Something For Nothing #7 - Mouthwash.
Presenting one’s self in the best light is always a good idea, but what if no one was left who cared? Would we pay attention to things like combed hair, washed hands and fresh breath? Maybe, but that’s a very different type of article, I think. But enough of that stuff, this week let’s see what miracles mouthwash can work outside the mouth!
#1 – Mouth Care.
It’s not the MOST important thing in survival, but it is a good thing to remember. This is less of a survival thing and more of a basic hygiene thing, your mouth is the gateway to your digestive system, keeping it as healthy as possible can’t be a bad thing.
#2 – First Aid. If there’s nothing else.
If the alcohol percentage is 25% or higher it will work as an antiseptic for cuts and scrapes. It’s going to sting but not as bad as losing something to gangrene.
#3 – Stink Control. There’s no award for the stinkiest survivalist...is there?
Rubbing mouthwash on your feet can stop foot odor. Dab beneath your armpits to control your B.O. And in a survival situation, you have B.O. Period.
#4 – Sanitation.
From toothbrushes to barbecue utensils. A little soak in mouth wash can help keep those pesky germs at bay. Also, mouthwash works great for cleaning cast iron cookware without destroying the seasoning of the metal.
#5 – Removing Ticks.
Douse a cotton ball in mouthwash and press over the tick’s head. This causes the tick to suffocate and forces it to pop its head out for air. Then you grab it and dispose of it as maliciously as you wish.
#6 – Soothing Bug Bites.
Mosquito bites, bee stings and wasp assaults are annoying on their own, but it's when they start itching like crazy that they truly come into their own. Just dab mouthwash on the affected area. Thus, killing any bacteria around the wound, soothing inflammation, relieving itchiness and helping speed healing.
#7 – Healing blisters. And no one, I mean no one, likes blisters.
It mostly falls under the first aid entry, but menthol mouthwash specifically can help dull the pain of a blister while simultaneously encouraging healing so that you much more quickly have no blister at all.
#8 – Relieve Dandruff. Because how can you call it surviving with an itchy scalp?
Just moisten a cotton ball and dab on your scalp. I’m unsure of the actual medicinal value, but it apparently works. Four parts water to one part mouthwash seems to be the right ratio.
#9 – Control Mold and Mildew. Not everyone wants to go green, not this way anyway.
Two parts water and one part mouthwash, mix and pour into a spray bottle. Spray it where you don’t want mold or mildew, simple.
#10 – Cleaning Computer Monitors. Glass ones, not LCD screens.
Dampen cloth with mouthwash then apply to screen. Afterwards, make sure to dry it with a dry
#11 – Eliminate Smells. This time with hands!
Onion and Garlic smells specifically can be eliminated from hands by rubbing your hands with mouthwash, letting them dry and then washing them normally. I haven’t tested this so if anyone has, let us know.
Likely there are some uses I didn’t find for this list, but I did find a video on how to make your own primitive mouthwash so I’m including that link amongst the others below. Until next time, may you all survive with exceedingly fresh breath.