Uses for Listerine

Uses for Listerine Mouthwash


Original Flavor Listerine works great as an astringent when it comes to acne. After washing your face with soap and water, saturate a cotton ball with Listerine and apply to face. Pay special attention to blemishes. Leave the antiseptic mouthwash on your face until you feel the tingling stop (usually around 10 minutes). Then rinse your face with warm water to remove the Listerine and follow up with cold water to reclose your pores.

Bee or Wasp Stings

When stung by a bee or a wasp, apply some Listerine to the stung area. It will relive the pain almost immediately.


To keep blisters from becoming infected, dab a little bit of Listerine mouthwash on it.

Body Odor

In a pinch, Listerine works great as an under arm deodorant because the antiseptic kills the bacteria that causes perspiration odor. Simply soak a cotton ball in Listerine and dab it under your arms. (Do not use if you have just shaved however because it will burn.)

Canker Sores

Listerine can help canker sores heal quicker because the antiseptic it contains will kill the bacteria that irritates the sore. Simply rinse your mouth with this mouthwash whenever canker sores are a problem.


Listerine workds great in a pinch as a household cleaner because it disinfects and deodorizes. Mix equal parts of Listerine mouthwash with equal parts water and put in a spray bottle. This mixture can be used to clean toilet bowls, floors or even as an all purpose cleaner. It works well for mold and mildew as well.

Cuts and Scrapes

Because Listerine is an antiseptic, it will prevent cuts and scrapes from getting infected. Pour a little bit of Listerine over the cuts and scraps and dry with a clean towel.


Listerine actually used to advertise on its bottles that it is great for curing dandruff. While they have removed that advertisement, many people still swear by its effectiveness. After shampooing with your regular shampoo and rinsing your hair, rinse your hair with Listerine.


Listerine is great when used as an anti-itch formula. Apply the Listerine mouthwash to the hives with a saturated cotton ball to get rid of discomfort.


Another lesser known use of Listerine is to get rid of head lice. Listerine contains thymol which not only kills lice but will also prevent reinfestation. Thoroughly wet your head and scalp with Listerine and cover with a shower cap. Leave the cap on for about two hours. Then wash hair as usual. This remedy can also be used on family members as a preventative measure if they have been in close contact with someone who is infected.

Skin Rashes

Listerine is also effective in reducing the itching is associated with skin rashes caused by such things as poison ivy, poison oak and other skin irritants.

Listerine supposedly works wonders when the itching is associated with Shingles. Simply use cotton ball or cloth soaked in Listerine and apply to itchy areas.


Listerine is also very effective in numbing the pain of a toothache, lost filling, broken tooth or exposed cavity. Because it is an analgesic, it will not only instantly relive the pain of the exposed nerve, but it will also keep the area numb for quite awhile.

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