When people think of mouthwash, they generally think of a strong bad tasting product for freshening the breath and killing germs. However, it is good for more than just oral care. Try these alternate ways to use mouthwash instead of using it exclusively to control bad breath. It has far more uses than many people realize.
An Alternate Way to Clean the Toilet
Next time you run out of toilet bowl cleaner, do not make an unplanned trip to the store. Empty it by pouring a bucket full of water inside the toilet bowl. It will not refill. Use two capfuls of mouthwash and an ordinary toilet brush as an alternate way to clean the bowl. Mouthwash effectively kills germs in the mouth, and it will also kill germs in the toilet bowl and around the rim while leaving a clean fresh scent.
Sanitize your Toothbrush
Toothbrush manufacturers recommended tossing out a brush when it is just a few months old. If the bristles are out of line, it should be replaced. However, if nothing is wrong with the toothbrush, do not waste money by throwing it away. Manufactures want people to throw away perfectly good toothbrushes because this generates more sales. Use germ-killing mouthwash as an alternate way to sanitize the toothbrush. Better yet, do not wait until it is months old before sanitizing it. Clean the brush once a week by soaking the head and bristles in germ-killing mouthwash. It can last far longer when properly cleaned and sanitized.
An Alternate Way to Clean Combs and Brushes
Toothbrushes are not the only items that can be cleaned with mouthwash. Use germ-killing mouthwash as an alternate way to clean combs and brushes. Use a small comb to remove hair from the bristles of brushes, and soak them in a 50/50 mixture of hot water and mouthwash. Rinse the combs and brushes thoroughly after soaking, and dry them completely before putting them away. Doing this every two to four weeks will keep them clean and fresh.
Use it to Clean the Sink
Cleaning is one of the most practical ways to use mouthwash. After brushing the teeth and rinsing, use a capful of mouthwash and a scrub sponge to clean and sanitize the sink. It will be clean and fresh and without having to use ordinary cleaning products.
Save the Tops to Use as Handy Travel Cups
The tops of mouthwash bottles are just as useful as the mouthwash inside. Instead of throwing away the bottles and caps, recycle the bottles and save the caps. Use the caps as alternate travel cups. They are nifty little cups, especially for kids. They are ideal when trying to drink from a water fountain.
These are just some of the countless alternate ways to use mouthwash. Hard durable surfaces that can be safely washed and rinsed can be cleaned and sanitized with mouthwash instead of bleach or other harsh chemicals. It is a versatile product with numerous uses that go far beyond oral care.