How To: Use mouthwash for more than bad breath

Use mouthwash for more than bad breath

Find out how mouthwash can multitask for you. Use that mouthwash for more than bad breath. Uses include: clean cuts and burns, tone your face, make your own hand sanitizer, banish dandruff, extend flower life, sanitize your toilet, neutralize smelly hands, and prevent underarm odor.

You Will Need:
* An alcohol-based, sugar-free mouthwash
* Cotton balls
* Moisturizer
* An empty hand sanitizer bottle
* Witch hazel

Step 1: Clean cuts and burns
Use mouthwash as an antiseptic: Pour it on minor cuts, scrapes, and burns to prevent infections.

Step 2: Tone your face
After washing your face with your regular cleanser, wipe it with a mouthwash-dampened cotton ball. It will work like an astringent to tighten pores.
*Tip: Follow up with a dab of moisturizer – mouthwash can overdry your face.

Step 3: Make your own hand sanitizer
The next time your pricey little bottle of hand sanitizer runs out, refill it with mouthwash. It will do the trick just as well.

Step 4: Banish dandruff
Nix dandruff with a simple mix of one part witch hazel and one part mouthwash with eight parts water. Put it in a spray bottle and spritz at your roots – on your scalp – after shampooing and conditioning, while your hair is still damp. Leave in, and style with your usual products.

Step 5: Extend flower life
Make cut flowers last longer by adding two tablespoons per gallon of water. The mouthwash will inhibit bacterial growth.

Step 6: Sanitize your toilet
Sanitize your toilet by pouring two ounces into the bowl, letting it sit for 30 minutes, then swishing and flushing.

Step 7: Neutralize smelly hands
After handling a smelly food like garlic, wash your hands, rub them with a cotton ball soaked in mouthwash, and rinse them.
Tip: For best results, let your hands air-dry before rinsing.

Step 8: Prevent underarm odor
Out of deodorant? Slap some mouthwash under each arm and you're good to go.

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