Mouthwash – It’s good for cleaning too!

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by Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean / Special to azfamily.com

GMAZ interviews by Kaley O'Kelley and Javier Soto

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 12:14 PM

PHOENIX -- Believe it or not, mouthwash is a wonderful cleaning product and if you are using the right one, it can also disinfect. Here’s some tips for cleaning with mouthwash and also a mouthwash/rinse recipe.

Quick tip: I went to the Dollar Tree Store to buy the mouthwash and bought three different kinds for $1 each. This makes it a very affordable cleaner, too.

Clean your computer monitor: A strong, alcohol-based mouthwash will work just as well, if not better than , glass cleaner on your computer monitor, iPad, iPhone or TV Screen. Apply it with a damp, soft cloth and then buff dry. Use this ONLY on glass screens, not LCD. Alcohol of any kind can damage the material used in LCDs.

Add to wash water: Sweaty, smelly socks can be full of bacteria and fungi that may not come out in the wash. To really clean these socks wash in the hottest possible water with regular detergent and 1 cup of alcohol-based sugarless mouthwash during the wash cycle.

Underarm odor: To help eliminate the bacteria that cause perspiration odor, dampen a cotton ball with sugarless, alcohol-based mouthwash and swab your armpits. Wait at least 10 minutes to apply deodorant. If you just shaved, wait a day to do this.

Disinfect a cut: Did you know that before it was mouthwash, it was an antiseptic used to prevent surgical infections? If you have a small cut, use an alcohol-based mouthwash to disinfect your skin.

Cleanse your face: An antiseptic mouthwash makes a great astringent for cleaning your face. Make sure you pick a sugarless mouthwash and then wash your face with regular soap and water and then rinse. Dab a cotton ball with mouthwash and gently wipe your face just as you would with toner. You will feel a fresh tingling sensation. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Clean your toilet: Pour 1/4 cup of alcohol-based mouthwash into the bowl. Let it stand for at least ½ hour, then swish and flush. The mouthwash will clean and disinfect the toilet bowl.

Did you use up all your mouthwash for cleaning? Make your own natural alcohol and sugar-free rinse.

Put 1 oz of whole cloves and/or 3 oz of fresh rosemary in a pint-size container with a lid. Pour in two cups of boiling water. Cover and let steep for several hours or overnight. Strain it into a covered container and use to rinse mouth and freshen breath. Safe and natural!

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