Not only to protect your teeth, but you can also use mouthwash to protect your garden. Discover 7 amazing Listerine Uses in the Garden!
Why Use it?
Because it’s easily available in every home, is simple to use, inexpensive, and strong–this is why it works. You just have to mix Listerine in water, and you’re good to go!
1. Get Rid of Powdery Mildew and Other Fungal Infections
Mouthwash has strong anti-fungal properties. It can be used to get rid of powdery mildew and some other fungal infections from your garden. For this, mix 75% of water and 25% of mouthwash to make a working solution and spray it on the infected parts.
2. Prevent Cats From Peeing
Most cats have this irritating habit of peeing on the furniture, in corners, or near the plants. You can use mouthwash to stop the problem of inappropriate urination. All you need to do is blend water and mouthwash in equal proportion (Or apply the mouthwash undiluted) and spray it at cat peeing sites.
The smell may not be that subtle for a human nose, but it is too intense for the cats, and therefore they avoid the sprayed spots.
Note: *You can apply the same trick to dogs.
3. For Aphid Control
If you’re looking for a harmful-chemical-free way to control aphids, mouthwash can be an effective ingredient. Just add water and mouthwash in equal proportion and spray it on the plants suffering from aphid infestation.
You can also add a similar amount of mild liquid dish soap to make this recipe even stronger.
But before you apply, just do a patch test a day before doing this on your plant on a couple of leaves. If you see burnt or yellowing leaves after application, just reduce the concentration of Listerine.
4. Mouthwash Fertilizer
One of the quirkiest Listerine uses–you can make a homemade lawn fertilizer using other ingredients. Make a combination of mouthwash, Epsom salt, liquid dish soap, and Ammonia, 1 cup each, and a can of beer. Apply it using a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer. Use it once every three weeks!
Another Listerine fertilizer recipe has the following ingredients, 1 cup each–Mouthwash, Epsom salt, Ammonia, and mild liquid dish soap. Mix all of them well and transfer the fertilizer into a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer. Apply this to your trees, shrubs, and foliage plants like hostas, ferns, etc.
5. Listerine Medicine for Mosquitoes
Use Listerine to get rid of mosquitoes when you’re enjoying time outdoors. Mist the surrounding area and air around you, especially where mosquitoes are buzzing the most. Lightly mist it on your exposed skin as well.
This is not as effective as commercial mosquito repellants and DEET, but it is safer and works because Listerine contains eucalyptol, a derivative of eucalyptus oil, in a low amount. *Eucalyptol is used as a key ingredient in Eucalyptus-based mosquito repellants.
6. Get Rid of Foul Odors
Get rid of foul odors in your garden using mouthwash. Make a solution of mouthwash and water in equal proportion and apply it at the affected site.
This solution will kill the acting bacteria and other microorganisms that function in the rotting process and fill the place with a freshening smell.
7. Listerine to Disinfect Garden Tools
This is the last hack in our mouthwash uses garden. You can use Listerine to disinfect garden tools. Simply soak them for one minute, or spray full-strength Listerine on your smaller garden tools to disinfect them to prevent disease.
Are mouthwashes like Listerine harmful to plants?
So far, there is no evidence or reports that suggest that mouthwash can be toxic to plants. On the contrary, there are mouthwash uses that are beneficial for plants.
However, common Listerine has alcohol as an inactive ingredient, and if you apply it liberally on your plants–the result won’t be good.
For example, orchids: you can use Listerine on orchids suffering from bacterial infections and crown rot. Spray the undiluted mouthwash directly on the infected part.
Also, spraying Listerine (follow the recipe in point number one) on roses affected by black spots helps to control this fungal disease.
Who knew Listerine had so many uses. It is a permanent fixture on our bathroom but I was not aware it was so versatile. Fabulous post on the ingenious uses of Listerine. Thanks for sharing!
Listerine rocks..also mix it with essential oils, Dawn, spray for pests on your Hosta’s
Thank you I needed this!
I have a serious infestation & a widespread of fungus. I was thinking of adding it to my neem oil sprayer. Do u think this is bad choiice.??
Don’t add it to Neem oil, it will break it down and render it useless. However putting Listerine and water in the sprayer is OK.
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Thank you so much.
I mix with alcohol, aloe Vera, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil to make hand sanitizer. Use the yellow listerine.
does it have to be listening original or can you use cool mint..(i already have the cool mint)
Any work. I buy the store brand to spray the yard before parties to keep mosquitoes down. Don’t dilute it- just put in a small sprayer & go. :)
sorry, I meant listerine not listening
The brown Listerine works great on dogs with hotspots as well. Mine gets them once in a while so I shave the area to air it out and apply Listerine 2-3 times a day until it scabs up and then it heals within a week or so.
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Thanks for the remedy i will tell my daughter
Thanks for the wonderful uses of listerine.
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Excellent article. I will be experiencing many of these issues as well..|
Awesome! Orchids, Cats peeing in my flower beds and my dog gets seasonal hot spots. Will try them all.🌻
I learned a lot about tomatos
Cats peeing is this also for cat spraying
Yes I would like to know that question too
do you think it would stop squirrels from digging plants up
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Very informative, I will be using this for many of my problems cats to plants ending with a beautiful green lawn. Eliminating mosquitos from yard. Just from my Listerine, WOW, who new.
Wow who knew
I have a hibiscus in the house that keeps getting whites flies and the eggs on it, will listerine work on it, willing to try anything
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I’ve used this formula (1cup each of Listerine, dish soap, Epsom salts, household ammonia and a bottle of beer) on my lawn for years. Put it in a hose end sprayer and spray at 25:1 over about 2500 sq ft. In 2 weeks you’ll have the greenest lawn you’ve ever had!
I use Listerine in a small spray bottle as an under arm deodorant. Works brilliantly.
Great ideals tsk use all the time
Used it in the old days for face . Never had acne or any problem with break outs!!!
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Hi, is there anything i can use for termites. My trees been invaded by termites..i do not want to cut the tree because it gives good fruits..e.g. mango tree
Thank You for the Information. Very Interesting
Is listerine good on lavender plants ??
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Love to know what kind of DIY should i do to prevent mice/rat digging on the pots with flower/plant?
I used red pepper flakes around my plant’s and it stopped the rats from digging up my plant’s
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Will Listerine be affective as a spray to be used to eliminate those little tiny gnats I have everywhere I guess from of my house plants?
Can I use it around roses and clematis where cats digs up and poop and wee
Thank you very useful
Does it have to be Listerine can it be one of the other mouth washes.
I have these tiny little flies in my aloe vera plant and in my African violet plant. Is it safe to use this mouthwash remedy on them?