What You Should Know About Brown Listerine

These days, it's not uncommon for products to be sweetened up with sugar, food coloring, colorful labels, and clever wording in hopes of enticing consumers and getting a one-up on the competition. There's one product, however, that's still around in its original form after nearly 150 years. Even though the brand has created new, flavorful formulas, the original Listerine is still basic, brown, and — as anyone who's used it knows — very spicy.

According to Reader's Digest, Listerine Original Anti­septic Mouthwash was created in 1879 by Dr. Joseph Lawrence in St. Louis, Missouri. The doctor named his product after English surgeon Joseph Lister who spearheaded the use of antiseptics. Today, Listerine is a household name in an industry that The Insight Partners says was valued at over $5.9 million in 2019 and is projected to reach over $9.2 million by 2027. Here's a look at why you should use brown Listerine if you're not already doing so.

Unbelievable benefits of using brown Listerine

Though it's commonly used today as a mouthwash, Listerine was originally intended to prevent infections that could result from surgery (per WebMD). It also once was used to treat dandruff before becoming widely known for its oral hygiene properties. Containing mostly water and alcohol, it's the essential oils found in eucalyptus, mint, wintergreen, and thyme that make Listerine so powerful.

There are surprising uses for Listerine that go beyond mouthwash. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Listerine's antiseptic properties make it a good toilet bowl cleaner. They recommend using pouring one cup around the inside and letting it sit for an hour for it to work effectively. It can also be used to help get rid of strong odors in clothes. Adding a cup to the washing machine will help get rid of odors and kills bacteria, too. Because the original brown Listerine is sugar-free and 26.9% alcohol (per Listerine.com), it's also an ideal backup for hand sanitizer. Store some in a travel-size spray bottle and keep it in a handy place like your car or bag.