Halitosis is a fancy medical term for bad breath. It was also a fantastic marketing campaign for Listerine. Listerine, being the most popular mouthwash out there, made over $340 million dollars in 2015. Listerine used the fear of halitosis as the backbone of their ad campaign in the 1920’s and their stock prices have been rising ever since.
It served many purposes initially, from floor cleaner to surgery antiseptic to even a cure for gonorrhea, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s when it was commercially marketed as a mouthwash.
Here are some more ways in which you can use Listerine.
What’s interesting is that Listerine was not originally sold as mouthwash. In fact, its formula was first used as a form of antiseptic.
An English doctor by the name of Joseph Lister showcased that carbolic acid (a component in Listerine) would severely decrease the chances of a post-surgery infection.
This in turn inspired another doctor, Joseph Lawrence, to use an alcohol-based formula as a form of surgery antiseptic.
He named the product in honor of Lister, Listerine.
1. As mentioned earlier, Listerine contains a healthy dose of alcohol. This in turn can help clean screens. The mixture can erase any dirt and fingerprints from a TV, tablet or any other electronic device’s screen.
P.S. It’s alcohol content listed at 22 percent, or higher depending on the flavor, can actually cause some drivers to fail a breathalyzer test!
2. Listerine can also be a fantastic product for your pet. It can be used as a repellent for fleas. Rubbing Listerine all over your dog’s fur can help eliminate fleas.
3. The strength of Listerine can also help eliminate horrible garbage odors. Place a paper towel soaked with Listerine in the garbage bag, and it should be smell-free the next morning!
4. It should help ward off raccoons as well unless they are trying to fight off that dreaded halitosis.
5. Listerine’s purpose is to fight bacteria and odor in your mouth. But placing it on a cotton ball and then dabbing it onto your armpits can help eliminate bacteria and odor there as well!
6. Rubbing Listerine on bug bites can help soothe the itchiness. It is also effective on poison ivy.
7. Listerine is also strong enough to clean toilets. Pour some in the toilet bowl and scrub away, it’ll be sure to leave it looking clean and fresh.
8. If you soak your feet in a tub full of Listerine mixed with water it can help treat toenail fungus. But be sure to keep your feet in the wash for at least 30 minutes!
9. Listerine also has properties that can help beat dandruff. Rub some Listerine on your scalp, wrap your head in a towel, and then rinse it off. This procedure should help reduce if not, beat dandruff.
10. Toothbrushes can become one of the dirtiest things in the washroom if left unkempt. In order to disinfect it, leave your toothbrush sitting in a cup of Listerine for a couple of hours. Just make sure not to rinse with that cup afterwards!
11. It can also fight acne. Applying Listerine to the areas that have acne can help make the face clear and shiny once again.