Unique Uses for Antiseptic Mouthwash

Most bathrooms have a bottle of antiseptic mouthwash in a cabinet somewhere. Everyone knows a little swish of mouthwash will freshen your breath, but an antiseptic mouth wash can do a whole lot more. Here are a few uses for mouthwash you may not know about.


Clean minor abrasions. Mouthwash should never be used in place of proper medical attention or treatment, but it can help prevent infection by killing bacteria and germs in minor cuts and scrapes. Dab a little on with a cotton pad. But be warned, it will sting. Mouthwash was originally used as an antiseptic for surgical procedures. It was later marketed for killing bacteria in the mouth. Antiseptic mouthwash can also help stop the pain and itch of insect bites.

Freshen up your toothbrush. We don’t always think about a toothbrush needing to be cleaned, but it is a good idea to do so now and then because germs can congregate there. Let your toothbrush soak in some antiseptic mouthwash for a few minutes and then rinse with water.

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Disinfect your toilet bowl. It won’t get rid of those stubborn stains in the bowl, but antiseptic mouthwash can help get rid of some of the undesirable germs and odors found there. Pour some antiseptic mouthwash in your toilet bowl (only about a half a cup is needed) and swirl it around with your toilet bowl brush. Let it sit there for a few minutes and then flush.

Stop foul odors in trash containers. Trash cans are known for being smelly, which isn’t surprising because of what we throw in there. To make your trash containers smell better, just soak a paper towel with some antiseptic mouthwash and leave it in the bottom of the trash can. Replace as needed.

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Get rid of dandruff. Dandruff can be a frustrating nuisance. Some people find that a little antiseptic mouthwash helps eliminate the problem. Wash your hair as you usually do and then spray your hair with antiseptic mouthwash. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse your hair with water. No need to shampoo again.


Never smell like garlic again. Garlic can add a lot of flavor to a recipe, but it can also leave an odor on your hands after cooking with it and in your mouth after eating it. A good swish around your mouth will get rid of garlic breath and a little rubbed on your hands will put an end to the garlic odor lingering there.