People in America for intended purpose of oral hygiene use mouthwash. How can we be so sure that this is true? Well only in 2015 Listerine in the USA made more than $340 million. The numbers can approach 1$ billion if the brands are checked.
Mouthwashes contain active ingredients such as thymol, menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and few more. Mouthwashes are useful because they protect the mouth against gingivitis and plaque.
However, besides this, mouthwashes can be used in many other ways for different purposes. Some of them are:
- Deodorant – take a cotton ball, soak it in Listerine, and apply it on your underarm, or just spray it.
- Toenail fungus – due to the anti-fungal properties Listerine destroys fungal infections, thus soak your feet every few days for a course of couple of months.
- Blisters – dup a cotton swab in Listerine and apply it on the blister 3 times a day until it disappears.
- Cough – gargling Listerine 2 times a day to reduce the frequency and severity of coughs an colds, preventing bacteria from infection of the respiratory system.
- Foot odor – Listerine prevents body smell as it kills odor producing germs. Make a mixture of 1 part Listerine in 2 parts of warm water and soak them for 20 minutes.
- Dandruff – before using it as a mouthwash, Listerine was used as a treatment for dandruff. The ingredient in Listerine have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Rinse your hair and scalp with a mixture of 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of Listerine.
- Lice – soak the lice-infested head in Listerine, gather the hair in a shower cap, let it act or 1 hour, and then rinse hair with water. Massage white vinegar into the scalp and gather the hair again in a shower cap. Let it act for 1 hour and wash it off with a shampoo. Then use a lice comb to remove the dead lice and remaining eggs.
- Acne – Listerine has antiseptic properties that will help dry out the pimples, thus dab it with some Listerine and wake up with a clean face.