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If you’ve ever found yourself standing in your bathroom holding a bottle of mouthwash wondering if you could use it for some other use, you’re in luck!  In case you’re wondering, yes- this really is what crossed my mind this morning, so I decided to do a little investigating and this is what I found:

Break the pet cycle– Sandy just wet on your rug, and you know she’ll return to the spot for future bathroom breaks if you don’t get all the odor out now.  The fix: Spritz the spot with a solution of 1 cup of water and 3 Tbs. of clear mouthwash (to avoid staining the run).  The minty scent will be too intense for Kitty’s sensitive nose, so she’ll stay away from that area.

Heal a blister in half the time– Those cute new shoes left a blister on your heel.  To treat it, moisten a cotton ball with mouthwash and gently dab the affected area once a day until the blister disappears.  The rinse’s menthol will temporarily numb the pain while its powerful antiseptic thymol will speed healing by a couple of days.

Get rid of nail fungus – If your nails start to take on a yellowish tinge, try soaking them in a solution of equal parts mouthwash and white vinegar for 15 minutes.  Repeat three times a week or until symptoms subside.  An antifungal compound in mouthwash and the acidic compounds in vinegar work together to help kill fungus.

Outsmart dandruff – An effective stand-in when you’re out of dandruff shampoo: After washing hair, massage 1 Tbs. of mouthwash into your scalp for 30 seconds, then condition hair as usual.  Mouthwash’s antimicrobial compounds kill the fungus that causes flakes to form.

Rescue a struggling houseplant– The easy Rx for an ailing indoor plant: Fill a spray bottle with a solution of one part mouthwash and three parts water and spritz the greenery once a week.  The blend of antimicrobial compounds will destroy the fungus – without harming the plant – in about a week.

Prevent a bang from becoming a bruise – The next time you have a run-in with a piece of furniture, dab the affected area with a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash.  The bathroom staple contains essential oils that stimulate blood flow to the area, dissipating the cluster of red blood cells so they won’t leave a mark.

Deodorize garlic hands – You know your friends will flip for the garlic-sauce wings you made for your Super Bowl bash, but now you need to get the smell off your hands.  To do: Use a cotton ball to apply mouthwash to clean skin, let dry, then rinse.  The natural odor fighters in the rinse will instantly neutralize garlic’s sulfur compounds.

Make laundry smell extra fresh – When you have some clothes that smell less than fresh, add 1 cup of clear mouthwash to the detergent compartment of your washing machine, then launder as usual.  Mouthwash’s alcohol and antibacterial essential oils will kill any odor-causing bacteria lurking in the fabric’s fibers

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