Listerine is a popular mouthwash with a long history. It has been
around for a long time. Originally it was created as a surgical
antiseptic. Then it was marketed as a mouth wash and became the huge
empire it is today. But Listerine can be used around the house and for
a number of other things as well as for helping keep your teeth and
Listerine can be used to aid in taking care of a number of problems that you or your family may suffer from. As a home remedy many have been praising its powers since around the 1930's. It can help with a number of issues for a number of reasons, some of which we don't even fully understand. Many of the reasons have to do with its germ killing power and its combination of essential oils.
- Fungal infections. Some of us have
to deal with fungal infections in the form of one or more problems:
nail or toe nail fungus, athlete's foot, jock itch, or truckers bottom.
Listerine is a great way to kill the fungus. To do this apply it with a
spray bottle (new, don't ever reuse them) or a cotton ball or square.
Wet down the infected area and let it air dry. For tough infections
such as nail infections soaking is often more effective. Soak the area
for 20 minutes and then let air dry. You can also add a couple of cap
fulls to your bath for some added relief. This will get rid of the
itching and help get rid of the fungus (though it will take several
treatments to get rid of the fungus).
Listerine can also take care of dandruff. In fact, it was even marketed
as a dandruff solution for awhile. To use it spray it onto the roots of
your hair and gently massage it in. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes
and then wash your hair as normal. You can repeat as necessary.
Sometimes it will take several uses before the dandruff is completely
gone though itching should stop almost immediately. It is also
something you will likely need to repeat in the future.
- After shave. Shaving
can cause irritation to the skin. There are a wide range of products
out there that can help and Listerine is one of them. The essential
oils in Listerine help to sooth irritated skin and leave it soft and
smooth. Plus you can choose a flavor that you like and it will leave
you smelling fresh and clean.
- Body deodorant.
Listerine was created to kill bacteria. It does this very well. It can
therefore be a way to kill germs that leave odor on the body. You can
splash it under your arms or in other locations to fight odor and leave
yourself feeling and smelling clean.
- Wounds. You
can also use Listerine as a wound care product. It kills bacteria,
helps sooth, and even helps repair. You can pour it over wounds that
aren't serious in the same manner that you would use hydrogen peroxide
- Lice. Many people claim that Listerine is a good way of killing and treating for lice. While I can't promise that it is true, it should be noted that if it does work it would do so less expensively and safer then traditional lice removal methods. Thoroughly spray down the hair and scalp and let it sit. It is also a good idea to spray down the hair and scalp of those who don't yet have it.
- Skin issues. There are a wide range of skin issues
that Listerine can help provide relief for. To apply rub it on with a
cotton ball or square, squirt it on with a clean squirt bottle, or
simply slosh it on with your hand. The various skin issues that it can
help with are psoriasis, shingles, various rashes, acne, and bug bites.
It is also good for providing relief to allergic reactions such as
those caused by nature including (but not limited to) poison oak,
poison sumac, and poison ivy. Itching should stop immediately. It can
be used again when itching starts back up and it will help in the rash
to heal quickly.
In addition to being good for several home remedies and helping to keep you and your family comfortable, it is also good for a variety of cleaning around the house. To do your cleaning you can pour it on or use a clean spray bottle and pour it on that way. In most cases mixing 1 part water with 1 part Listerine makes for a strong enough solution to be effective everywhere you use it. Choose a flavor that you enjoy the scent of and use it all over the house making your home clean and leaving it smelling fresh.
- Disinfectant. Listerine is a powerful disinfectant
and because of that it can be used all over the house to kill germs.
Use it in the kitchen for a product that is safe for your family and
for use near food, but kills dangerous germs, and leaves the space
- Toilet cleaner. Listerine is also
a good toilet cleaner. It kills germs and bacteria, leaves it smelling
fresh, and is even good at getting rid of tough stains and mineral
build up. Pour a cap full or two in the toilet, let it sit for a time,
and scrub out using a toilet brush.
- Floor cleaner. You
can also use it on your floors for clean floors that have less germs.
Simply add a cap full to your mop water and use it instead of dangerous
chemicals to get the job done.
- Mold and mildew killer. Many
of us have to deal with mold and or mildew at some point in our lives.
One great way to deal with it is to spray Listerine on it. Let it sit
for a few minutes and then scrub with a brush. It will kill the mold
and mildew, stop its spread, and even help get rid of the stain left
behind (however it doesn't always remove all the stain on the
Listerine was first available for surgery. Then the dentists had it as a prescription based mouth wash (in the days before mouth wash took up an entire aisle). Then Listerine was marketed as a mouth wash (the first mouth wash available without your dentist). Some also claim it was marketed at various times in history as a dandruff aid, a floor cleaner, and a toilet cleaner. No matter what all it has been sold for, it has a wide range of uses all over the house.