Did you know Listerine, which was formulated in 1879, was originally developed as a surgical antiseptic and, historically, has been used for all sorts of things? It actually wasn’t marketed for bad breath until the 1970s! If you’ve got a stash of Listerine sitting in your bathroom closet, check out some of the cool, unconventional ways that you can use it—and maybe save yourself a few bucks!

1. The ingredients found in Listerine (eucalyptus, alcohol, and thyme), can kill bacteria that cause acne.

Dab Listerine on the affected area using a clean cotton ball—just be sure not to use too much, and be cautious if you have sensitive skin.

2. Skip the pricey products and use mouthwash to get rid of your pet’s fleas.

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You can use Listerine in a couple of different ways, including mixing it with shampoo in a bath or diluting it with water and using it as a spray. To get step-by-step instructions on how to use Listerine to kill fleas, check out this guide from eHow.

3. Banish stinky feet and alleviate athletes foot.

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To keep foot odor at bay, soak a cotton ball in Listerine and rub it all over your feet. You can apply a small amount along the inside of your shoes, as well. Using Listerine has more than one perk for feet—it has been shown to help alleviate athletes foot, too.

4. Eliminate germs and odors in your garbage disposal.

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Speaking of stinky things, have you ever been cooking in your kitchen and noticed a foul smell emanating from your sink? To eliminate sink odors, simply pour half a cup of mouthwash down the disposal.

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5. Out of deodorant? Use Listerine!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking—a KCL run out of deodorant?! Perhaps it’s not likely, but on that off chance that you actually do find yourself without a stick of deodorant, now you can have a backup. Simply dab a bit of the mouthwash on a cotton ball or towel, wipe it on your underarms and you’re good to go!

6. Kill the germs on your toothbrush.

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Immersing your brush in Listerine for 20 minutes has been proven to be just as effective as soaking your brush in expensive toothbrush sanitizers.

7. Use the anti-fungal ingredients in Listerine to get rid of dandruff.

Dandruff, which is actually caused by a fungus called Pityrosporum, can not only be embarrassing, but it can be extremely uncomfortable and itchy. To use Listerine as a dandruff treatment, wet your hair thoroughly with the mouthwash and wrap your hair in a towel. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then shampoo as normal. You may need to do multiple treatments before the Listerine kills off all of the fungus and eliminates the dandruff completely.

8. Clean your shower, toilet, sinks, and floors—and kill mold and mildew.

If you’re using Listerine on shower mold or mildew, you can use it full strength, but if you want to use it to clean other things around the house, fill a spray bottle with half Listerine and half water. Not only will you have a clean house, but it will smell minty fresh!

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26 thoughts on “8 Alternative Uses for Listerine”

where all the coupons at lol im on a seach

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I use it to clean the windows. No streaks and it smells better than windex.

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if your neck or armpit is dark listerine makes it clean the dark parts of

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Hey… What about pet-potty-spots on carpet…?…! Any Hope?

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When I was in Marine Corps boot camp we cleaned the floors, urinals, toilets and everything with listerine.

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When I was in Marine Corps boot camp we cleaned the floors, urinals, toilets, sinks and everything with listerine.

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It also helps with fungus on the feet. Soak feet in the yellow Listerine, so your nails don’t turn blue from the colored one. For years my husband had his big toe infected and started soaking every night and now no toe fungus! He’s glad he can wear sandals now :)

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I didn’t know about these alternative uses of Listerine. I am using Listerine for my healthy mouth and for oral care hygiene .

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I am extremely household cleaner sensitive. I began cleaning and disinfecting with rubbing alcohol. Works for windows toilets and nearly everything mentioned. I will go out and buy Listerine now. I love that it does so much and smells so much better the hospital smell. Thank you I just became a follower and Im hooked already.

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I would never use it as deodorant, YIKES

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Great information but realistically it would be way too expensive to clean with Listerine.

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I also use it as a quick clean/disinfect for animal bowls and buckets. If you have hoofed animals (horses, goats, ect) you can use it as the cheapest ever thrush prevention/treatment. It’s not harmful to them and keeps everything nice and clean.

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where is the sale for this? I don’t l have any. I have 3 mouthwash in my stock but none of them are Listerine. We don’t use a lot of this but I want it to clean the pipes!

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Interesting, thanks for sharing!

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It has kept household mold at bay …. I spay it liberally in RVz & MoHomes … bugs don’t seem to like it much, either. Thanks for the good info.

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Been-there-dun-that…! I bet its great for rain rot too…!

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This reminds me of the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and his love of Windex. Made me chuckle, but also glad to see what other uses it has.

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Lol, we should do an article on Windex next!

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I use windex to kill ants in the kitchen, works great and no poison!

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Can also be use to get rid of head lice. Just FYI…found that remedy online while I was pregnant & got it from my 7 year old niece when she picked it up at school. Just coat your head in it, put on a hair net, let sit for an hour, & then wash with a shampoo made up of vinegar, dawn dishwashing liquid, and tea tree oil. No harsh chemicals! :)

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Great tip, thanks!

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Now I’ll stock up on more Listerine, Thanks for the info KCL.

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Ironically, all 8 of these alternate uses for Listerine are much better than what it was originally intended for, namely, as a mouthwash.
“What choo talkin’ bout, Pizzaz?!”
Any mouthwash with alcohol in it can cause mouth cancer if overused. Coconut oil has been shown to kill all bad bacteria in the mouth and leave the good bacteria intact. The good bacteria in your mouth protects you; it is the first line of defense to your immune system. Killing the good germs with the bad can make you sick.

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Something to think about, thanks!

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Wow these are all great ideas, thanks for sharing. And might I add with the price of Listerine now you’d be crazy not to by it KCL style :0)

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60% listerine and 40% Skin So Soft, in a spray bottle works better than any bug spray against skitters,flies,no seeums,and green heads

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