10 Uses for Listerine…Aside from the Obvious

You already know that Listerine is one of the best tools in your arsenal against bad breath, but did you know it has other uses beyond that? I have an odd sentimental attachment to Listerine because my grandfather was such a huge fan. While he always kept a bottle of the Original Antiseptic Mouthwash on his bathroom counter, I prefer the Cool Mint flavor. Although the majority of the tips on the uses of Listerine out there call for using the original, I’ve used the Cool Mint and other varieties for different things without any issues. I’m a big fan of the new Listerine Ultraclean Mouthwash to keep my breath fresh, and since I keep that on hand, I don’t see any reason to go out and purchase different types for the different uses.

 10 Different Uses for Listerine Aside from Freshening Your Breath

  1. Stopping itching from bug bites. Aside from using it for the purpose intended, Listerine is my go-to source for stopping bug bites from itching like crazy. I use a ton of it during the months when mosquitoes are biting! This is probably one of the most common alternate uses for Listerine.
  2. Sooth a sore throat. While nothing can replace seeing your doctor and following his advice (yes, that was an “I’m not a medical professional” disclaimer!), gargling with Listerine can really help soothe a sore throat.
  3. Combating dandruff. Skip the expensive anti-dandruff shampoos and just toss a cap-full or two (depending on the length of your hair) onto your scalp. Work it in, then rinse. I don’t have dandruff, but I still love that tingly fresh feeling from the Cool Mint Listerine! Hey, it beats spending $30 on a bottle of mint shampoo!
  4. Fighting acne. Many people swear by Listerine to clear up their acne. Use a small amount on a cotton ball and dab that pimple. I wouldn’t recommend this, though, if you have very dry skin.
  5. Deodorant. Another one of the more popular alternative uses for Listerine is to use it as a deodorant. While you can apply it straight to your underarms using a cotton ball, if you are very sensitive you may want to put it in a spray bottle. That way, it’s more of a gentle mist. Also, you probably want to avoid using it this way right after you shave your underarms!
  6. Disinfecting your house. Listerine is designed to kill some heavy-duty germs in your mouth, so it makes sense that one of the many uses of Listerine would be as a household disinfectant too. You can use it to clean your toilet, your counter tops, and pretty much anywhere else that you would use a general cleaner. Spot test first, though, just to be sure it doesn’t cause any unwanted effects.
  7. Getting rid of lice. The mere mention of the word “lice” gives me the heebie jeebies! They’re icky, nasty, persistent little creatures. There are many who swear that Listerine works as a great way to kill the lice and prevent the spread to others.
  8. Repelling bugs. Lice aren’t the only bugs that don’t care for Listerine! You can use it as a bug spray during the summer, when all the nasty biting insects are flying around. Spray it on your plants and areas that tend to attract the nasties.
  9. Soothing a toothache. If you have a toothache and can’t get to the dentist right away, try using Listerine to numb the pain and soothe the ache.
  10. Removing pet odors. Mixing Listerine with an equal amount of vinegar can help get rid of pet odors in your carpet. Make sure to test an inconspicuous spot first, though!

With so many great uses for Listerine, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular mouthwashes in the world! I’ve been using the Listerine Ultraclean mouthwash , along with their new Listerine Whitening Original Gel to keep my teeth clean and breath nice and kissably fresh. The gel toothpaste is strong, like as strong as the mouthwash, but it leaves my whole mouth feeling really tingly and clean. The Listerine Pocket Paks are great for taking on the go. Pop one of the little strips into your mouth after a garlic-laden meal and you don’t have to worry about knocking anyone out with your breath!

About Listerine


It is the only leading mouthwash that contains an anti-tartar ingredient! The fresh clean lasts up to 3 times longer than just brushing alone. Of course, like its predecessors, Listerine Ultraclean also helps kill germs and fight gingivitis.


The Whitening Original Gel helps keep your teeth whiter by removing surface stains and controlling tartar. It also has ingredients that help restore the enamel and strengthen your teeth, plus fluoride to fight cavities. Plus, since it’s made from Listerine, it makes your breath nice and fresh!

Visit the Listerine web site to learn more about their great line of products. Also, right now on the website under special offers, there is a $1 off product coupon to help you cut down your costs!


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  1. Tamara says:

    What awesome ideas, I never knew half of them. I am going to try the pet smell one and the dandruff one for my son. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Audra Weathers says:

    I never knew you could use it as a deodorant; that’s something new.
    :-) Having an awesome day visiting your blog.

  3. Carol L says:

    I love these different uses for Listerine. I’m definitely going to be trying quite a few. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Carol L.

  4. Megan Cromes says:

    freshen your breath,and sanitize to.

  5. Nickida says:

    It works on dandruff for certain. Its the only thing that works for me.

  6. Cynthia C says:

    Gee, I thought Listerine was just a mouthwash. Thanks for the awesome ideas.

  7. Sara Haaf says:

    My friend’s dad swears by gargling with listerine to keep from getting sick, but it has to be the original nasty flavor, I use the wintergreen one and it does help when my throat is sore. I had never heard of a lot of these uses, will definitely need to try the bug bite one!!

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  9. Ashley says:

    Those are great ideas!! I’ve just been using Listerine for mouth rinsing/wash.

  10. Lanieekat says:

    Since Ive only ever used LIsterine as a mouthwash, I found some of these ideas cool. I think I will try it on bug bites next time. Thanks for the ideas.

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  13. David Haug says:

    Oh, it stings my pits, so just nine more uses for me :-)

  14. Sierra says:

    I never would have thought of most of these awesome ideas. Thank you! And I’m pretty awesome myself :)

  15. This was a great post! I had no idea listerine had these uses.

    • Nicole Etolen says:

      Thanks! I knew about some of them, but was surprised about a few of the others when I was doing research. It’s such a versatile product!

  16. Elena says:

    I never knew I could use Listerine in so many ways! Your blog is awesome, you are awesome and I am awesome too :)

  17. I do not have any other uses for Listerine, but I love using it! I’m pretty awesome because I have fresh smelling breath!

  18. Amanda Hoffman says:

    i never heard of these other uses i think i will try! 😀

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  21. ky2here says:

    Bug bites makes sense, I’d never thought of that. I’m in!

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    No special uses for Listerine but I’m working on being awesome.

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  24. Jennifer R says:

    Listerine can be used for wound care antiseptic applied with cotton ball.

  25. Nicole C. says:

    These are some great uses for Listerine, and I didn’t know any of them!

  26. susan smoaks says:

    i read somewhere that you can put it in a spray bottle and water it down and then apply to your dog after washing to cut down the lab smell, i’ve done it for years and it works!!!

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    For some reason it is great for cleaning my wedding band. It is gentle on the ring and it always make it sparkle!

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  31. School Nurse says:

    It definitely works for lice. I have passed this info on to many parents who have tried OTC “cures”. The best thing is it can be used on small children since it is not a pesticide. Just be very cautious and have help (those little ones can be squirmy and we don’t want it in their eyes or ears). For older kids and adults you can saturate dry hair, work it down and onto scalp, don’t wring it out, wrap in a towel and sit for 20 to 30 min. You get a nice tingly scalp treatment too.

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  42. Ron Maughan says:

    Another use for Listerine is in the shower. Use full strength or dilute by half with water. It is great to spray on your feet (top and bottom) after the shower to kill the nasty itchy feet and other germs all over your body. Listerine has even helped me get rid of yellow toe nail fungus on my big toes. Also in the evening after being on my feet as a auto salesman, I take off my shoes and socks and spray the tops and bottoms of both feet. Gets rid of the itch and I can then relax. Love the other ideas as well. A little common sense can go along way.

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