Health, Lifestyle

Time to re-think how you use Listerine!

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
March 19th, 2016

This post is NOT sponsored by Listerine, we just couldn’t keep this to ourselves.

Bad breath is the WORST. I am so paranoid about a stinky mouth that I am constantly in cow-mode with a chewy in my gob nearly every waking moment and mouthwash is a staple in my bathroom cabinet. But did you know that Listerine turns out to be useful in so many other ways than keeping your breath minty fresh? We’re always up for a product with several uses to save us all some hard-earned coin.

Prepare to be dazzled…

Toothbrush soak:

Toothbrushes hold all kinds of gross bacteria, so letting it soak in a glass of Listerine for a couple of hours can get rid of all those nasties so your toothbrush is squeaky clean and extra minty. After all, Listerine was reportedly originally developed as a surgical antiseptic before being marketed as a mouthwash in the 70’s.

Banisher of pimples:

Particularly good if you have oily or acne prone skin, apply Listerine to a cotton pad and swipe over the face and the alcohol will help fight pimple-causing bacteria. You can also use it as a spot treatment by using a cotton bud and dabbing it on a zit at it’s first sign, killing it in its tracks.

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Stops a pimple in its tracks.

Fresh armpits:

We’ve all had those days when we’ve been in a rush and realised that shit, we’ve forgotten to put deodorant on. If you’re in a jam, gently swipe a bit of Listerine on your pits to combat B.O. NOBODY likes smelly armpits, except our girl Monty. She’s mad for it.  Buy yourself one of those little travel-sized bottles and keep it in your handbag just in case you need it for an underarm freshen-up (or if you can’t resist garlic sauce on your kebab).

Toenail fungus-fighter:

If your toenails are harbouring a bit of funky fungus, soak them for half an hour in a Listerine foot bath. If you’re prone to smelly tootsies this will also give them a good deodorising. Bonus tip: Wipe the insides of your runners with a paper towel to get them smelling fresh again and if they’re really bad, leave the Listerine-soaked paper towel in there overnight.

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Foot soak = goodbye fungus.

Deodorise your bins:

We’ve experienced the horrors of a smelly bin, right? No one is immune to the dreaded bin juice (insert vomit sound effect here), but you can keep your bin smelling a little fresher with the help of some Listerine. Soak a paper towel in Listerine and place it in the bottom of your garbage bag every time you replace the old one. Fresh as a daisy.

Clean your computer screen:

I’m not sure what my kids do with their iPads, but their screens are always revolting. Use some Listerine on a lint-free cloth and wipe your screens down (phones, iPads, computers, etc). The alcohol content will make sure it dries almost immediately and won’t leave it a streaky mess. Plus, it’ll kill God know what germs are on there.

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Clean those computer screens. Nifty.

Itchy relief:

Mozzies might not be in full force right now, but keep this one in the back of your mind for when the weather warms up. A cotton ball soaked in Listerine and applied to the excruciating itchiness of a bug bite is said to remove the itch. If you’re lucky enough to be going on a holiday to a warm climate, don’t forget to pack the mouthwash!

Toilet deodoriser: 

When you think of what actually goes into a toilet bowl, giving it a good deodorant bath often is a good idea. My go-to has always been White King but the harsh smell can give me a roaring headache, so next time I’ll try a bit of Listerine. Pour some in, give it a scrub with your toilet brush and voila – goodbye poo and wee and helllloooooo minty heaven. It’s also said to add a bit of extra shine too, so double win.

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Minty fresh toilet is something EVERYONE needs!

Do you have any crafty uses for Listerine?

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