Surprising and simple.

You might know Listerine from your medicine cabinet which you use as mouthwash. But did you know that mouthwash such as Listerine has many other different applications? In this article, we'll explain a couple of them that will definitely surprise you. When Listerine was invented in 1879, it was used as a disinfectant (amongst other things) and was used as mouthwash for the first time  in 1970.

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Reduce Body Odor

Ever run out of your deodorant and not have a replacement on hand? Just pour a little bit of Listerine onto a cotton swab and apply the mouthwash to your arm pits. And just like that you don't have to worry about your body odor anymore.

As an Air Freshener

If you pour mouthwash into your toilet, it sounds wasteful but actually you can clean your toilet like this and simultaneously it imparts a nice smell to your bathroom. Even bacteria and fungi can be eliminated like this.

Combat Mosquitos

If you ever get stung by a mosquito or have other small bites, Listerine can alleviate the itchy sensation you get. This will prevent you from scratching yourself and will also disinfect the area that was stung.

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Prevent Dandruff  

Surprisingly, mouthwash used to be  recommended as a way to prevent dandruff.  Simply add a little bit to your scalp and wash thoroughly.

Prevent Pimples

You can use this mouthwash to free your skin of pimples and blackheads. Add a little mouthwash to a cotton swab and carefully apply to your skin. This way you can get control of the situation again!

Eliminate Nail Fungus

Mouthwash is a great remedy against nail fungus. Just take a bowl and fill it with Listerine. If you just take a foot bath for about 30 minutes in the Listerine, the mouthwash will eliminate the fungus.

For your Toothbrush

If your toothbrush is constantly in a moist environment such as in your bathroom, then it's very easy for bacteria to congregate on the bristles. So fill up a glass with mouthwash and dip your toothbrush in it overnight. This way bacteria have no chance!

For your Monitor

Your boss will think you're crazy if you spray Listerine on your computer screen but mouthwash can eliminate any oily films that form on your screen. Simply wipe a bit of the mouthwash over the screen and it'll be totally clean just like that.

To Prevent your Garbage from Stinking

Mouthwash is even useful if you throw it in your trashcan. Add a couple of drops to a paper towel and place it all the way at the bottom of your trashcan. This way the awful smell of the trashcan can be reduced and you don't have to deal with it in your kitchen anymore.