Survival uses of mouthwash

Survival Uses of Mouthwash
Weird Survival Uses of mouthwash

Mouthwash helps prevent cavities and plaque buildup as it
delivers its promise of freshening breath (by decreasing the
offending sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath), but
mouthwash has a multitude of uses for preppers!

Mouthwash contains alcohol and as such has many first aid
applications as an
antibacterial  (kills bacteria). Other brands of
Mouthwash contain
antiseptic (kills bacteria, fungi, protozoa and
viruses),  as well as a
disinfectant (destroys bacteria, viruses and
fungi).

Mouthwash is on the prepper's list of improvised tools and
supplies! We've "scoped" out a list of  weird survival uses of
mouthwash...

14 Fabulous Survival Uses of Mouthwash
You know mouthwash can help you prevent cavities by helping to
slow the buildup of plaque. Mouthwash also helps you fight bad
breath by reducing the sulphur compounds in your mouth. While
both are ideal uses for mouthwash, here are some interesting and
unusual uses of mouthwash for survival:

Mouthwash Survival Use #1: Acts as antiseptic first
aid for cuts and scrapes.  
It's good to know that mouthwash has a second life as a prepper
antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes. This is true of brands of
antiseptic mouthwashes which have a significant amount of
alcohol, (about 25 percent alcohol). It may sting a little, but
you'll kill the bacteria, which is the job of an antiseptic. Look for
a sugar-free, antiseptic mouthwash to do the trick.

Mouthwash Survival Use #2: Cleans cookout
equipment.
Did you know you can use mouthwash like bleach to sterilize your
cooking equipment? This information comes in handy, especially if
you have cast iron cookware. Soap can ruin the seasoning of your
cast iron pan, so it it minimally or not at all! Never use bleach on
a cast iron pan either. This is where mouthwash can help.
Mouthwash can work in a pinch to sanitize your cast iron pan (or
other cooking equipment) in a camping or bugout scenario.
Because it's safe for your mouth  mouthwash is also safe to clean
your
Lodge Cast Iron pans, and it has the benefit of not stripping
the seasoning coating. What's the best way to clean a cast iron
pan? Hot water. If you need abrasion, try scrubbing the pan with
rock salt.

Mouthwash Survival Use #3: Combats lice infestation.
Listerine includes Thymol, which may have effects towards
combating lice. Combing through the nits will remove lice, but it
is a painstaking process. In survival times, you'll likely not have
the resources to get a pharmaceutical cure for head lice, so it's
good to know that everyday Listerine has an ingredient also
useful for lice!

Mouthwash Survival Use #4: Controls blemishes.
As a facial cleanser, the alcohol content of mouthwash acts like
an astringent or facial toner and the other ingredients help kill
bacteria. A sideline benefit is that your skin will smell minty fresh
and awaken you for your survival duties! One caveat is that
alcohol has a drying effect, so you'll want to moisturize. Your
teen prepper will love knowing this. We'll call it teen survival!

Mouthwash Survival Use #5: Disinfects the Toilet.
In a situation where cleaning supplies are limited and you're
concerned about contagion, then you can pour some mouthwash
into the toilet bowl to help disinfect it.  Forget the mouthwash or
the toilet cleaner altogether if you have a can of Coca Cola!
Contained in a Coke is phosphoric acid, which breaks down lime
scum and buildup in a toilet. You don't really want to drink that
stuff, do you?

Mouthwash Survival Use #6: Heals blisters.
A splash of menthol mouthwash will numb the pain and
simultaneously serve as an
antiseptic to keep your blister clean,
which will help it to heal faster. Think of the blisters on your feet!
They will get the bonus of a refreshing menthol bath to kill the
stink.

Mouthwash Survival Use #7: Kills ticks.
It's a weird idea, but if you have a tick and you have mouthwash
and nothing else, give it a try: dab mouthwash with a cotton ball
directly where the tick has penetrated the skin to suffocate it.
This procedure draws out the tick, and according to Teresa
Graedon, Ph.D., dropping a tick into
mouthwash should kill a tick.
Why drop the tick into the mouthwash? You'll want to save the
tick to check for Lyme disease. Look for an antiseptic mouthwash,
such as Listerine Cool Mint antiseptic mouthwash, pictured right.
Best of all, this is an antiseptic mouthwash that's
fluoride-free.
You'll kill germs that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis
(along with the annoying tick you found wedged in your skin).


Mouthwash Survival Use #8: Lubricates your bike seat.
Certainly, this is a weird use of mouthwash, but in survival times
it's good to know that you can quiet a squeaky seat on your
bugout bike with mouthwash as a spray lubricant. This is an old
biker's trick. Pour mouthwash into a spray bottle and spray the
seat rails.

Mouthwash Survival Use #9: Minimizes body odor.
Not the preppers will ever need to control body odor for survival,
but it's good to know that mouthwash can double as a deodorant
when it's not available. That's because body odor comes from
bacteria under the armpits and mouthwash kills the bacteria.
(Those around you will be able to "survive" your apocalyptic
stench.)

Mouthwash Survival Use #10: Remedies nail fungus.
Mouthwash as a cure for Nail Fungus? Certainly this is an unusual
way to use mouthwash, but we have something better:
Tea Tree
Oil (an essential oil used as disinfectant and antiseptic for
centuries). Funga Soap, pictured right is a better alternative for
help with nail fungus. This patented soap is enriched with tea
tree oil. FungaSoap cleansing wash helps relieve the discomfort
of itching and dryness associated with athlete's foot while it
cleans and refreshes skin.

Mouthwash Survival Use #11: Sanitizes a toothbrush.
Oops! Did you accidentally use someone else's toothbrush or drop
your own toothbrush on the ground? No worries if you have some
mouthwash. To remedy the problem, dip the brush into a cap full
of mouthwash and swish the toothbrush and the toothbrush will
be cleaner than before and free of bacteria! (And now you don't
need to get a replacement toothbrush.)

  • Here's another toothbrush tip: Brush your teeth with a dip
    of mouthwash on your toothbrush. It works like toothpaste!

Mouthwash Survival Use #12: Soothes rashes and bug bites.
Have an itchy rash or a mosquito bite, bee or wasp sting? As a
first aid ointment, mouthwash can soothe the inflammation and
relieve itchiness of a mosquito bite or a rash, such as poison ivy.
The bonus is that mouthwash dries up the affected area to speed
the healing process. Listerine will provide relief for a bee sting.

Mouthwash Survival Use #13: Substitutes a hand sanitizer.
Mouthwash sanitizes your hands as well as it sanitizes your
mouth! That's handy to know should you run out of hand
sanitizer. Why not keep a trial size mouthwash in the car? The
bonus is that you'll be minty fresh and ready for that job
interview or date.

Mouthwash Survival Use #14: Treatment for athlete's foot
Mouthwash treats athlete's foot? Yes, and it leaves your stinky
feet fresh, too! Some say you can heal nail fungus too, but we
have a better alternative for nail fungus. For nail fungus, try
Funga Soap, right. Fighting fungus is a serious issue.

While other prepper Web sites have wild claims about what
mouthwash can really do in survival times, we're a little skeptical
about using mouthwash to numb toothaches. Another idea is that
mouthwash can cure dandruff. Yes, Listerine can cure your
dandruff, though you'll survive anything having dandruff just the
same.

Mouthwash isn't the only item in your medicine cabinet that has a
multitude of uses for preppers: Read also the
survival uses of
Dental Floss.

Ingredients of Antiseptic Mouthwash:
Mouthwash antiseptics include ingredients such as cetylpyridinium
chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your
Dentist), or zinc chloride. Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic
Mouthwash pictured top right, is, according to the manufacturer,
not only a germ killer but a people pleaser. It fights germs that
cause plaque and gingivitis.

  • Listerine Cool Mint is available at Amazon Prime Pantry box,
    immediate right. Prime Pantry provides exclusive access to
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    Adding this item to your Amazon cart will start a Prime
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  • Therabreath (alcohol-free mouthwash): Mouthwashes can
    neutralize sulfur-producing bacteria, even without alcohol.
    TheraBreath, pictured right includes OXYD-8, a patented
    version of CIO2, which neutralizes bacteria that live on the
    tongue and throat. This powerful oxygenating agent is
    effective and safe to use. This mouthwash also includes
    essential oil of peppermint, which aids with digestive
    problems, and also has antibiotic properties.

Didn't have time to stock up on mouthwash? No worries, just
reach into the fridge. In a pinch you can
gargle with apple cider
vinegar as a mouthwash. Who knew apple cider vinegar freshens
breath.

Happy endings...
You thought mouthwash was only for fresh breath, didn't you?
Now that you know the benefits of mouthwash, you won't cringe
at the bottle. You'll have a healthy respect for how it might save
your life, and your breath will be much better when you perform
CPR.

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