Mouthwash is usually used for keeping your mouth healthy by killing germs and keeping your breath fresh. But aside from keeping your mouth healthy, there are also some survival uses of mouthwash you might not yet be aware of.

It can be used for medicinal purposes, hygienic purposes and others.


Used for disinfecting cuts or scrapes

If you don’t have any antiseptic wipes or creams, you can use mouthwash to disinfect cuts and scrapes. Make sure to use sugar-free and alcohol-based mouthwash.

Facial cleansing

Mouthwash can also be used as a facial cleanser, all you have to do is put a small amount of it in a cotton ball to remove the dirt and grime in your face. You can use any mouthwash as long as it is sugar free and alcohol based.

Disinfect toothbrush

Use mouthwash to disinfect your toothbrush by washing it with antiseptic mouthwash at least three times a week. Any lingering bacteria in your toothbrush will be removed.

Treat rashes

Use mouthwash to treat rashes that are caused by poison ivy or poison oak. The mouthwash will help clear up the redness and inflammation.

Treat blemish

Put a little amount of mouthwash in a cotton swab and dab it on the infected area. The mouthwash will kill the bacteria and remove blemish.

As a deodorant

Proper hygiene is still an important factor even if you are in a survival situation. Mouthwash is commonly used for cleansing and it can be used as an underarm deodorant, but do not use it after shaving.

Mouthwash can also be used to help with foot odor; all you have to do is spray it into your feet.

As an anti-bacterial spray

If you don’t have any anti-bacterial spray with you, you can use mouthwash as a substitute. You can use it to clean your hands or wounds.

Treat fungi

Mouthwash can also be used to fight nail fungus and athlete’s foot. To treat athlete’s foot you will have to mix same amount of water and mouthwash and then soak your feet for a couple of minutes.

If you have nail fungus all you have to do is mix vinegar and mouthwash and apply in on the infected area.

Treat itchiness

Another survival use of mouthwash is to treat mosquito bite or itchiness in the skin. Put some mouthwash on a swab and rub it into the infected area.


Dandruff may be the least of your worries in a survival situation. But if you want to solve dandruff problems, just grab a mouthwash and a cotton ball. Put some amount of mouthwash in a cotton ball and dab it on your scalp.

Mouthwash is not only used for killing germs in your mouth but it also has a lot of uses, especially for survival purposes. Now that you already know the different survival uses of mouthwash, you might want to consider adding it in your preps. At the very least, mouthwash can be used as a barter item when SHTF. Make sure that you only use alcohol-based, sugar-free mouthwash.


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