With these incredible mouthwash hacks, you’ll need to visit the drugstore pretty soon. We know how much you loved 17 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide, so we decided to find another product that you can use around the home. Mouthwash has always been known for oral care and dental hygiene, but let’s go a step further, and begin to use mouthwash for other reasons! I am going to share some knock your socks off mouthwash hacks, that have nothing to do with your mouth, below!


Incredible Mouthwash Hacks That Have Nothing to Do With Your Mouth!

From using Listerine for your deodorant, toilet bowl cleaner, to treating poison ivy and so much more. You will be amazed at all the alternative mouthwash hacks. Listerine contains ingredients like thyme, alcohol, and eucalyptus, so it isn’t surprising that you can use it in so many different ways! You can use other brands of mouthwash, but I recommend the powerful magic of Listerine!

1. Get rid of bruises with mouthwash

How to Get Rid of Bruises With Mouthwash

Mouthwash has antiseptic properties which make it safe to use on the infected skin. Lessen the darkness of a bruise, by dabbing a little mouthwash on the bruise. Perform this using a cotton pad or by gently massaging with your fingers.

The “old wives tales” advise to do this morning and night. It will not only lessen the purple look but it will make the bruise heal much faster too.  How does it work??  Most mouthwash brands are anti-septic and have properties that are antibacterial.  When you have skin infections or bruising keeping them clean helps them heal faster.

2. Mouthwash hacks for the toilet


No toilet bowl cleaner? Don’t worry! Use mouthwash as a last-minute cleaner and the results will shock you. Pour a quarter cup of mouthwash around the toilet rim, let it sit for 30 minutes, and scrub just like regular toilet bowl cleaners.

You will not only have a clean toilet bowl, but this will leave your toilet smelling minty fresh!

3. Trash can freshener

Hate taking the trash out? Firstly, this mouthwash hack saves you time. Secondly, none of that foul trash can smell has to linger in your kitchen.

Soak a paper towel in mouthwash and place it in the bottom of the trash, it can help freshen up the trash can as it fills up.

You can layer this each day or as frequently as your bin fills up.

4. Mouth wash to treat flaky Dandruff

Eliminate Dandruff with Mouthwash

If you have a mild case of dandruff, you can use mouthwash to treat the condition. After you wash your hair, use a cotton ball soaked with mouthwash and dab on your scalp. It will give you that relaxing soothing sensation. Aaaaah.

After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, rinse it off with plain water.

Repeat this step with every hair wash and it will help reduce flaky dandruff.

5. Mouthwash hacks for smelly armpits


If you are in a bind and are out of deodorant, we’ve got another use out of this amazing drugstore purchase. Yes, good old Listerine in place of deodorant. Just put some on a cotton ball and rub on your armpits. This will help remove any body odor and give you that fresh smell.

6. Sanitize toothbrushes with mouthwash

You know you should change your toothbrush every 3 months, yes? What you can do before that time is up is sanitize your toothbrush regularly. To sum up, the same germs in your mouth are the same germs on your toothbrush. If it can fight one, then it can fight the other. We are taking dental hygiene up a notch with this one.

To achieve this, soak the head of the toothbrush in mouthwash overnight. Then just rinse and let dry.

7. Piercing aftercare with mouthwash

If you have a new piercing you can use this mouth spray in place of saline solution. Just dab some mouthwash on the area using a cotton ball to help prevent infections.  You will feel a stinging sensation because of the alcohol in Listerine but nothing you can’t handle.

This is not only great for lip piercings but can be used on any piercing.

8.  Foot Fungus? Try this mouthwash hack!

Use mouthwash for your footbath

Listerine is powerful, so powerful it can help lessen and even cure foot and toe fungus. Simply soak your feet for half an hour in a bath and allow this bad boy to do its work. this  Do 1 cup Listerine to a gallon of warm water. If your evenings get busy, apply this to a cotton ball and massage it around your toes

If you have severe fungus, add in 1/3 cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is recommended because of its high levels of acidity.

9. Mouthwash hacks for the kitchen

Listerine is designed to fight off a bad odor, so how about that aggressive onion smell? Wash your hands with mouthwash, followed by washing with water and soap. It will lessen or even fully remove the odor of garlic and onions from your hands. Repeat as needed.

That’s one more incredible mouthwash hack for the kitchen!

10. Mouthwash for bug bite relief

If you have an itchy bug bite, put some Listerine on a cotton ball and dab on the bite. It will not only help lessen the itchy feeling but the bite will heal faster too!

You will find this really helpful for a camping trip. Yes, Listerine is officially a must-have camping essential.

11. Treat Minor Cuts and Scrapes

You can use this bathroom staple to disinfect a minor cut or scrape. Simply dab some on the cut or scrape to clean it. It will sting a little but the results will be worth it.

12. Keep humidifier clean

Humidifier cleaner Listerine

Keep your humidifier clean by adding 1-2 tablespoons of mouthwash with your water when you run it. Do this once every couple of weeks to a month, when you are using your humidifier. It will disinfect it.

13. Poison ivy relief

Help relieve the itch of poison ivy by gently applying mouthwash on the affected area. Do this a few times a day to help make it manageable and stop itching like crazy. Here’s another reason to always carry a small bottle of mouthwash on outdoor trips.

14. Mouthwash hacks for blister relief

Help those blisters heal up faster after a long nature hike! Just dab some mouth wash on your blister with a cotton ball 2-3 times a day, and in a few days, your blister will be gone.

15. Mouthwash hacks for keeping flowers fresh

Another incredible mouthwash hack for your plants? You bet!

Keep your fresh-cut flowers alive for longer with this amazing breath freshener! Mix 1 tablespoon of mouthwash to four pints of water. Replace the water in the vase every 2-3 days. This works to kill bacteria that could accelerate decomposition in your flowers.

16. Clean and fresh garbage disposal

Pour 1/2 cup of mouthwash down your garbage disposal and run the disposal for a few minutes with the water running. This is a great way to disinfect and deodorize. If the foul smell persists, repeat the process.

17. Keep pets from peeing on rugs

Oh, that terrible smell of cat piss on your favorite couch.

Keep your cat from marking their territory by spraying a mixture of 1 cup water and 3 tablespoons clear mouthwash (to prevent staining). Then just spray the area where your cat or dog pees, to repel them. The mint smell will be overpowering to your little paw friend. As a result, your furry friend may learn to pee outside.

If you don’t have pets around you, share this helpful tip with a friend!

18. Athlete’s foot relief

If you have a case of Athlete’s Foot, then you know how stubborn it can get. This incredible mouthwash hack may be just what you need to get rid of this aggressive condition!

Just apply your Listerine morning and night on the bottom of your feet to help get rid of the athlete’s foot. Additionally, you may put on a pair of socks overnight to keep your feet soft and supple.

19. Mouthacks for cleaning windows

Is there anything that screams clean home more than a  shiny and squeaky window?

You can use your favorite mouthwash in place of a glass cleaner. Just pour into a spray bottle and wipe down windows like you would with other window cleaners. That will do the trick!

It keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

20. Prevent fungus on indoor plants

Another mouthwash hack for gardening? Oh yeah!

If your indoor plants look like they are getting hit with fungus or mildew, try this method. Spray the leaves with a mixture of 1 part mouthwash and 3 parts water. Because of the anti-fungal properties of the mouthwash, your plants will look new in a couple of weeks.

Spray your plants with this mixture every couple of days.

Incredible Mouthwash Hacks That Have Nothing to Do With Your Mouth!


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    1. Hi, Cheryl! That’s a good question! I would think that it would work, maybe just test it with a small amount first to see!