Alternative Uses for Mouthwash

September 27, 2017


A good swish with mouthwash can be the final touch in your dental hygiene routine. It can freshen breath and cut out any lingering bacteria that brushing and flossing leave behind.

But did you know that your mouthwash has a number of other uses as well? Lowry Main Street Dental is taking the chance to share some cost-saving tips for repurposing your mouth rinse.

Mouthwash Wasn’t Its Original Use

In 1879, Listerine finished developing a product intended as a surgical antiseptic. Later, it was found to hold a dual function as an oral disinfectant.

Today, smart customers know how to get the most bang for their buck by using mouthwash to treat a number of maladies and to make life easier at home.

Keep reading to check our five favorite alternative uses for mouth rinse. For these uses, you’ll want to use an alcohol-based mouthwash.

Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Mouthwash

  1. Keep Flakes Away: Mouthwash contains ingredients that can be used to treat dandruff, a common ailment. Most dandruff is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that causes skin irritation and leads to excessive skin growth. To nip flakes in the bud, mix 1 part mouthwash, 1 part witch hazel, and 8 parts water into a spray bottle. Spritz daily on roots and scalp.
  2. Deodorant: Back when mouthwash made its debut as a surgical antiseptic, it had another intended use, deodorant! Thanks to bacteria-fighting ingredients like methyl salicylate, thymol, and eucalyptol, it can wipe out the bacteria that cause odor. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with mouthwash and swipe it over your armpits a few times.
  3. Freshen Your Washing Machine: Washing machines can develop a less-than-fresh smell. Water doesn’t always drain completely from the machine, creating a haven for musty-smelling bacteria. To resolve this issue, simply add a cup of sugar-free, alcohol-based mouthwash to your next wash cycle. You may want to tread carefully with colored mouthwashes−you don’t want it to stain your clothes.
  4. Extend the Life of Your Flowers: Add a capful of mouthwash to a vase of water to keep your bouquet looking fresh for longer.
  5. Take Care of Athlete’s Foot: Mouthwash’s alcohol and antiseptic ingredients can get rid of fungal infections. Just soak a cotton ball and swipe over affected areas.

Mouthwash packs a multi-tasking punch! While we hope you find these uses to be helpful, remember that the best use for mouthwash is to wash your mouth, in addition to brushing and flossing.