The majority of people who use the minty fresh liquid we all know and love as Listerine use it as a mouthwash. However, what most people don’t know is that there’s a lot more to Listerine than meets the eye. The antiseptic wash is jam-packed with essential oils – like eucalyptol, methyl and thymol – making it so much more than a dental cleaner.
So what can you use it for other than getting your teeth minty fresh? Perhaps the best alternative use is as an anti-dandruff shampoo. It sounds crazy, but Listerine was actually marketed as an anti-dandruff product for two decades during the early 1900’s. This starts to make a lot more sense when you consider that very few people regularly brushed their teeth back then.
How does it work? To rid your scalp of flakey skin: massage a mixture of 1/2 a cup of Listerine with 1/2 a cup of water into your scalp, leave it for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Furthermore, the trusty mouthwash consists of methyl acolyte which is anti-inflammatory. This means that it provides a cooling action which is prefect if you want to sooth your itchy scalp.
Clean teeth and hair aren’t the only practical uses for mouthwash. Here’s just a few of its other uses.
Listerine can be used as deodorant
If it’s immediate freshness you’re after, soak a cotton ball in Listerine and rub it around your armpit to banish underarm odor.
Listerine can be used to get rid of foot fungus
Soak your feet for half an hour in Listerine, vinegar and water, and the magic mixture will remove six months worth of dead skin. This is because its ingredients have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
Listerine can be used to fight fleas
As an alternative to harsh chemical remedies, you can use Listerine mixed with shampoo to rid your pet of fleas.
Listerine can be used to clean your screen
Mix the mouthwash with water and spray it on your computer or TV screen to abolish fingerprints.
Listerine can be used for bites
For many people mosquito bites are an unavoidable evil, Listerine helps to provide instant relief to alleviate the itching and swelling of bites.
Listerine can be used to clean your toilet
The cleaner works wonders on your mouth, and it can work wonders on your toilet too.
Listerine can be used to kick acne to the curb
Many people swear by toothpaste when pimples start popping up, others swear by Listerine. You can use the magic product as a ‘wash’ to clear up spots. In addition, your skin won’t just look amazing; it will smell amazing too!
This article originally appeared on Viral Thread.