Mouthwash is a bathroom staple that is good for much more than fresh breath. From cleansing your skin to getting rid of dandruff, here are a number of other ways you can use mouthwash.
Disinfect A Cut
When you need to clean out a small cut or wound, use an alcohol-based mouthwash to disinfect your skin. Remember that before it became a mouthwash, it was successfully used as an antiseptic to prevent surgical infections.
Get Rid Of Dandruff
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo; then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. You can follow with your regular conditioner.
Cleanse Your Face
An antiseptic mouthwash makes a wonderful astringent for cleansing your face. You should however check to be sure that the ingredients does not contain sugar, before using. Wash your face with warm, soapy water and rinse.
Dab a cotton ball with mouthwash and gently wipe your face as you would with any astringent. You should feel a pleasant, tingling sensation. Rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cold water. Your face will look and feel clean and refreshed.
Treat Athlete’s Foot
A sugarless antiseptic mouthwash may be all you need to treat mild cases of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. Use a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash to apply to the affected area several times a day.
You should however note that it may sting a bit. Athlete’s foot should respond after a few days. Toenail fungus may take up to several months. If you do not see a response by then, make an appointment with a dermatologist or podiatrist.
Add To Wash Cycle
your smelly and sweaty clothes, especially gym socks are often full of bacteria and fungi that may not all come out in the wash. You can add a cup of alcohol-based, sugarless mouthwash during the regular wash cycle to cleanse them.
Cure Underarm Odour
Regular deodorants mask unpleasant underarm odours with a heavy perfume smell but if you’re interested in attacking the cause of the problem, something may come to your rescue. To get rid of the bacteria that cause perspiration odour, dampen a cotton ball with a sugarless, alcohol-based mouthwash and swab your armpits.
If you’ve just shaved your armpits, it’s best to wait for another day to try this to avoid the stinging effect.