10 Alternative Uses for Mouthwash

February 13, 2020
Woman pouring mouth rinse into cap getting ready to try alternative uses of mouthwash

Did you know that before 1895, the mouthwash we know and love today was used as an antiseptic during surgery?

Nowadays, we use mouthwash to complement brushing and flossing our teeth. It’s a great way to improve our dental hygiene in one easy step. Not only is this antibacterial rinse great for our mouths, but there are other fun uses for mouthwash too.

10 Other Ways to Use Mouthwash

Cuts and Blisters

If you don’t have antibacterial ointment, mouthwash is a great alternative when treating blisters, cuts, and scratches. Just apply mouth rinse to the wound using q-tips, cotton balls, or rags.

Poison Ivy

Keep itching and irritation at bay by applying mouthwash to poison ivy. It will help dry out the inflammation for faster healing.


Get rid of smelly body odor with minty ingredients like eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and thymol. Simply soak a cotton ball or rag with mouthwash and apply it to your armpits.

Nail Fungus

Treat fungal infections with mouthwash’s alcohol and antiseptic properties by sweeping areas with equal parts mouthwash and white vinegar. You can do this 2-3 times daily.

Freshen Laundry

If you’re washing a particularly dirty load of laundry, try adding a capful of sugar-free, alcohol-based, near colorless mouthwash. It’s good for getting rid of that musty smell of laundry machines too.


The antibacterial quality of mouthwash means that it can take care of dandruff fast. Let equal parts mouthwash and water sit on your scalp for a few minutes after washing your hair normally. Just make sure when you rinse, it doesn’t get in your eyes!


You can use mouthwash as an antiseptic after your new piercing. Just dab a little sugar-free mouth rinse on the area for best results.


Mouthwash works great at slowing bacteria down that lead to decomposition in your beautiful flowers. Spritz a little into the soil and your flowers will last longer.

Clean Toilet

You can clean toilets using the antibacterial and odor-killing ingredients in mouth rinse. Pour a cup of mouthwash into your toilet and let it soak for about an hour. Scrub as usual. This makes a great alternative to traditional bathroom cleaners.


Mouthwash works as an astringent so it can be applied to your face in place of toner. After your normal cleansing routine, apply mouth rinse to a cotton ball and wipe evenly across your face.

Mouthwash has seen its fair share of transformations. From surgeries to flower care, the antiseptic and antibacterial solution seems to do it all. We love finding other ways to use mouthwash as a cost-saving bonus to our everyday routines. 

At GVR Dental, we want our patients to get their money’s worth from a simple product like mouthwash. Along with using it as an effective oral hygiene solution, there are a variety of alternative uses for mouthwash that are tried and tested. However, its most important use is to keep your smile happy and healthy!