Did you know that mouthwash has a ton of uses beyond keeping your breath fresh? Its antiseptic and antifungal properties can be helpful for a handful of everyday things, from treating acne and dandruff to cleaning your glasses and keeping feet odor free.
We found 16 surprising and money-saving uses for mouthwash that have nothing to do with your teeth.
1. Eliminates odor
It helps to eliminate any lingering odors:
- After cutting onion, garlic, or fish in the kitchen, simply rub a little mouthwash into your hands.
- Place some mouthwash on a washcloth, and massage your feet with it after a shower to keep foot odor at bay.
- You can also prevent your kitchen garbage from stinking by placing cotton balls or paper towels soaked in mouthwash inside the trash bin.
2. Helps cure fungus on your nails and feet
Mix 2 equal parts of mouthwash and vinegar. Moisten a cotton ball with the mixture, and apply it to the nails and/or feet 2 to 3 times a day. If you do this consistently, in a couple of weeks you will see the results.
3. Prevents dandruff
Mouthwash has antifungal properties, which makes it perfect to fight dandruff. Before bathing, mix 1 part water with 1 part mouthwash. Once you have washed your head with your regular shampoo, apply this mixture to your scalp, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse.
4. Relieves mosquito bites
Mosquito bites are very common…and very annoying. Use a cotton ball soaked with mouthwash on the affected area. This will effectively reduce swelling and itching.
5. Can be used as a facial toner
If you are out of facial toner, you can use mouthwash instead. Not only does it remove any excess makeup and dirt but it also fights pimples. Dab some mouthwash onto a cotton ball and apply it over your face, but don’t try it if you have chemical-sensitive skin.
6. Prevents infection
If you got a new body piercing or a tattoo, mouthwash will help your skin heal faster and prevent infections. Simply apply some mouthwash onto the blisters every day.
7. Prevents bruising
To save yourself from an unpleasant bruise (or at least reduce its appearance), dab some mouthwash onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area.
8. Can be a good deodorant
This is an ideal trick to save you from an embarrassing situation. Take a cotton ball, soak it in mouthwash, and dab into your armpits.
9. Prevents lice
Mouthwash is also very effective for killing head lice. Saturate the hair with mouthwash, put a shower cap on, and leave for 15-20 mins. When the time is up, rinse the hair with water.
10. Relaxes your feet
To soothe tired and sore feet, immerse them in a container with warm water and 2 or 3 caps of mouthwash. Sit for at least 15 minutes.
11. Bottle cleaner
Cleaning the insides of bottles and removing the smells from them can be a challenge. You can avoid this if you pour a mixture of 1 part mouthwash and 3 parts water inside the bottle, let it stand overnight, and then rinse.
12. Clean your toothbrush
Mouthwash has antiseptic properties, therefore it’s perfect for cleaning your toothbrush. Just soak your toothbrush bristles in mouthwash for several minutes (it’s best to leave it overnight), then rinse thoroughly with hot water.
13. Clean your glasses
Your glasses will be perfectly clean if you apply a little mouthwash and remove it with a soft cloth.
14. Clean your bathroom
If you want to make your dull tiles look like new, clean them with a mixture of 1 cup of water and half a cup of mouthwash.
To get rid of germs and odors in the toilet area, pour half a cup of mouthwash down your toilet and let sit for an hour. Then swirl it around with a toilet brush.
15. Keep mosquitoes away
Insects don’t like the smell of menthol, so you can use mouthwash to repel flies, mosquitoes, and even ants (they will just go away).
Spray your house and the places in which they can hide with a mixture of 1 part mouthwash and 1 part water.
16. Keep your flowers fresh
Put your freshly cut flowers in water. For each ½ liter pour 3 caps of mouthwash. This will help flowers last longer and look better.