Mouthwash - Your All-Purpose Power Disinfectant

Thanks to its anti-microbial properties, your mouthwash can be a multi-purpose disinfectant, and not just for your mouth! Find out how versatile this toiletry can be.


Mouthwash containing alcohol and herbal oils can help combat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

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Dab the affected areas with some mouthwash using a cotton pad, or spray some via a spray bottle twice a day to treat the infection.


“The thymol, eucalyptol, menthol and methyl salicylate (found in Listerine, $8.75 from Fairprice supermarkets) will eliminate the yeast responsible for scalp infections,” explains Dr Joe Graedon, author of Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy.

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Massage mouthwash into your scalp for 30 seconds every evening to banish those pesky flakes.


Body odour is caused by bacteria feeding off sweat in places like the armpit and groin. Since mouthwash targets bacteria in the mouth, it can also be useful for eliminating bacteria on other parts of the body.

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Splash some mouthwash onto the offending areas and let the alcohol work its magic. You’ll also get an icy-cool feeling that will perk you up immediately.


Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, mouthwash makes a useful cleaner and disinfectant.

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Freshen up laundry, and clean and disinfect floors and toilets: Mix equal parts mouthwash and water in a clean spray bottle for use on hard or nonabsorbent surfaces such as countertops or vinyl upholstery. For the toilet bowl and other tough surfaces, apply mouthwash onto the problem areas directly.


Mouthwash such as Colgate Total Plax ($8.50 from Watsons) contains triclosan, the same anti-bacterial agent used in acne medication.

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“Dab a mouthwash-soaked cotton ball on a spot to calm it down,” says Joey Green, author of Wacky Uses. It also makes an excellent astringent for use right after you clean your face.


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