Mouthwash gives you a fresh, clean feeling. It’s an essential part of your oral healthcare routine. But did you know it can be much more than a quick rinse?
Our 10 unusual uses for mouthwash may seem surprising, but this versatile product is more than just a fresh minty feeling. The popular brand Listerine was created as a surgical antiseptic. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, giving them cleaning and disinfecting capabilities.
1. Freshen up in a hurry
Sometimes you just don’t have time for a shower. Maybe you need to freshen up a bit after grabbing a quick workout. Remedy Daily recommends wiping a cotton ball moistened with mouthwash over your armpit to eliminate odor and kill bacteria. You can create an emergency refresher kit by filling a small plastic bag with a travel size mouthwash and several cotton balls.
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2. Skip the professional pedicure
You can have soft feet without an expensive trip to the nail salon. The Indian Spot guides you step-by-step through creating a safe and effective solution to gently remove rough spots and calluses. All you need is Listerine, apple cider vinegar, water, and a little time to soak.
3. Repel bugs safely
Instead of using harsh chemicals, create a safe mosquito repellent by pouring a minty mouthwash into a spray bottle. Simply spritz on for bug-free playtime outdoors. Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ points out that you may need to reapply the mouthwash version more often than traditional bug spray. She also advises you to avoid whitening mouthwashes — they may whiten your clothing.
4. Eliminate ants
The ants keep marching on and on — unless you use this creative solution to kill and repel them from your home. Frugal & Thrifty recommends mixing mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap together in equal parts. Spray it on ant-infested areas and leave it to soak for up to 15 minutes. Wipe up the remaining spray and any ants. The mixture is safe for use in homes with children and pets.
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