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#1 Posted on 2.5.04 2251.53
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A strange question, but this is the "random" forum. So I'm cleaning up around my parents house and find a bottle of Listerine... from 1997.

Being the bored out of my mind person I am, I look at the ingredients... the stuff's mostly various alcohols and water. I mean it's not like any of the ingredients have a half life or anything!

So I ask myself, since it's been closed properly, and it would in theory kill any germs that would be within it... is it usable?

And now I ask you... does Listerine really go bad or is it one of those products they stick an EXP date on more for show than anything else?

Anyone on The W chemical savy?

Yes I am this bored. Enjoy!
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#2 Posted on 3.5.04 0128.35
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a) What's the EXP?

b) Has it ever been used?

c) Does it still smell like Listerine?
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#3 Posted on 3.5.04 0257.33
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Well I know that products with alcohol in them, which can be used as a kind of perservative, still have a self life. Though offhand I can't say how long Listerine lasts, after all it is designed to kill bacteria... but then antibiotics go bad. But Fuelinjected asked the pretty relevant questions. The the only thing I can think to add is what is the average self life of the kind of alcohol used in Listerine, 'course I can't keep the different kinds straight at all.
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#4 Posted on 3.5.04 0759.45
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1.) Mix Listerine with OJ, maybe a little vodka.

2.) Give to DEAN~!

3.) Await full report on Wienerboard in next booze review.
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#5 Posted on 3.5.04 0845.35
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Or, stop being a cheap bastard and spend a few bucks for a new bottle! (just kidding of course)
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#6 Posted on 3.5.04 1124.48
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    Originally posted by lmo911
    And now I ask you... does Listerine really go bad or is it one of those products they stick an EXP date on more for show than anything else?
There should be an 800 number somewhere on the bottle?
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#7 Posted on 3.5.04 1236.34
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by lmo911
      And now I ask you... does Listerine really go bad or is it one of those products they stick an EXP date on more for show than anything else?
    There should be an 800 number somewhere on the bottle?


1-800-223-0182, weekdays 9am to 5pm (EST).
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#8 Posted on 3.5.04 1354.03
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Originally posted by CRZ
        Originally posted by lmo911
        And now I ask you... does Listerine really go bad or is it one of those products they stick an EXP date on more for show than anything else?
      There should be an 800 number somewhere on the bottle?


    1-800-223-0182, weekdays 9am to 5pm (EST).


Yeah, but what are you supposed to do if your Listerine dilemma takes place on a WEEKEND?

The short-sighted SOBs they....
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#9 Posted on 3.5.04 1631.14
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His bottle is from 1997.
What if it's a wrong number!? What to do?!
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#10 Posted on 3.5.04 1633.46
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well for the record me and my girlfriend just moved out of our old apt. we cleaning her room and same thing happened. found this old bottle of Listerine unopened she said would have been there since about 98 or so. now you all will think I'm fucked but as a joke(a stupid one but i enjoy doing fucked up shit to see ppls reactions to it)i chugged it right down like it was an ice cold brew. felt kinda of fucked for about 20 Min's and insides burned. but that was about month ago and I'm fine. and keep in mind a drank the shit, not used it to cleanse my breath. so my theory is it's fine.

of coarse rereading what i just read i sound like a mental case. ah well
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#11 Posted on 3.5.04 1641.02
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    Originally posted by HarleM HeAt
    well for the record me and my girlfriend just moved out of our old apt. we cleaning her room and same thing happened. found this old bottle of Listerine unopened she said would have been there since about 98 or so. now you all will think I'm fucked but as a joke(a stupid one but i enjoy doing fucked up shit to see ppls reactions to it)i chugged it right down like it was an ice cold brew. felt kinda of fucked for about 20 Min's and insides burned. but that was about month ago and I'm fine. and keep in mind a drank the shit, not used it to cleanse my breath. so my theory is it's fine.

    of coarse rereading what i just read i sound like a mental case. ah well
...or an alcoholic. You don't drink vanilla, too, do you?
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#12 Posted on 3.5.04 1805.38
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    Originally posted by HarleM HeAt
    well for the record me and my girlfriend just moved out of our old apt. we cleaning her room and same thing happened. found this old bottle of Listerine unopened she said would have been there since about 98 or so. now you all will think I'm fucked but as a joke(a stupid one but i enjoy doing fucked up shit to see ppls reactions to it)i chugged it right down like it was an ice cold brew. felt kinda of fucked for about 20 Min's and insides burned. but that was about month ago and I'm fine. and keep in mind a drank the shit, not used it to cleanse my breath. so my theory is it's fine.

    of coarse rereading what i just read i sound like a mental case. ah well


Kids, don't try this at home.

I'm pretty sure this stuff is fatal in large enough doses, but I can't remember for sure. I think this came up in one of my Psychology classes (the LD50 of Listerine that is). I'll have to see if I can find anything on the web when I'm less busy.
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#13 Posted on 3.5.04 1820.32
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Originally posted by CRZ
        Originally posted by lmo911
        And now I ask you... does Listerine really go bad or is it one of those products they stick an EXP date on more for show than anything else?
      There should be an 800 number somewhere on the bottle?


    1-800-223-0182, weekdays 9am to 5pm (EST).


Your not expecting someone else to make that call are you?

From whats been reported in the local paper alot of the homeless drunks in town have taken to stealing listerine to stay drunk and warm for the winter. Go figure eh?
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#14 Posted on 3.5.04 1829.40
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A: crz ,no im not an alcholic. and that was a great jab at me u make me laugh. really i aprricaite a good comment. i deserve it for reviling that story. i htought it was fucked that this thread was so simlier to something tyhat happened. but know im not a drunk, htought i love to have some booze now and again.

B: this wasn't one of thoses full size bottles of mouth wash but mediem i think. stupid things i do at times but it wasn't for buzz on, more stupid show.

and guru said what i should of: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. i do dum things butit cna't be any worse then sniffing lines of tsunami liek on jackass
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#15 Posted on 3.5.04 1832.32
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    Originally posted by HarleM HeAt
    A: crz ,no im not an alcholic. and that was a great jab at me u make me laugh. really i aprricaite a good comment. i deserve it for reviling that story. i htought it was fucked that this thread was so simlier to something tyhat happened. but know im not a drunk, htought i love to have some booze now and again.

    B: this wasn't one of thoses full size bottles of mouth wash but mediem i think. stupid things i do at times but it wasn't for buzz on, more stupid show.

    and guru said what i should of: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. i do dum things butit cna't be any worse then sniffing lines of tsunami liek on jackass


You sound drunk RIGHT NOW.
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#16 Posted on 3.5.04 2302.02
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This thread ended up...strangely informative.

I just might call the number tomorrow and see what they say.

I definitely know I don't plan on drinking it, tis one of those massive bottles. Especially after those HarleM HeAt posts...

It does beckon to me though, sitting there so innocently on the table..."Drink me!" "Drink me!" "Drink....



Screw this! I'm throwin' it away!
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#17 Posted on 3.5.04 2310.32
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I could only find information regarding mouth cancer and alcohol.

I did find that it is around 26% alcohol, and it is considered flammable medical waste by reverse producers of medical waste. Whatever the hell that means.

Odd.
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#18 Posted on 3.5.04 2356.05
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    Originally posted by bubblesthechimp
    Your not expecting someone else to make that call are you?


I would. I'm that bored.
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#19 Posted on 4.5.04 1402.39
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How do you know it's from 1997 exactly? What if it's from 1987?
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#20 Posted on 4.5.04 1546.57
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According to the pfiezer consumer help line, THROW THAT SHIT AWAY! (yes, I had nothing else to do today!)
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