Urine Mouthwash

Bearman Cartoons Urine Mouthwash in Ancient Rome

Yes friends urine luck, as I tell you the history of Urine Mouthwash.  Well back before the days of Listerine and Scope, people needed something powerful enough to cure the breath of a dragon.  Already used as a way to clean laundry someone must have said, “If it cleans my sheets, it has to do wonders on my teeth and breath”.

But Ancient Romans being Romans didn’t just want their own fluids.  No they wanted to import the stuff from as far away as Portugal.  In fact it became such a profitable and popular item that Nero did what all governments like to do….he taxed it.

I am sure you can find practitioners of the practice today still but I wasn’t adding that to my research.  You can find out for yourself.  haha

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  1. Bill Murphy says:

    Thanks for that piece of trivia Bearman! 😀
    You should have seen the look of horror on my friend’s face last week when I let him know that sweat is 10% urine.
    Wait till I tell him this one! 😀

  2. duncanr says:

    ‘the portuguese are still, to this day, selling urine mouthwash – under the guise of ‘Vinho Verde

  3. Comedy Plus says:

    I’ll keep my bad breath thankyouverymuch. That is just, well wrong on so many levels.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  4. frigginloon says:

    Hmm, interesting? Anyone want some authentic Aussie Loon Urine, I’m selling for $10 a bottle plus $2 GST.

  5. Binky says:

    Your post left a bad taste in my mouth.

  6. David Hurley says:

    A piece of History I never new about . . . YUCK!

  7. lisleman says:

    Wow wash my mouth with soap. If this practice makes a comeback it would be a good reason to out and get pissed.

  8. I feel in our society with crap,herbal cures I could make a killing off this.

  9. AM Frasier says:


  10. Tim Green says:

    Why was I never taught this in school?

  11. Tony McGurk says:

    And I thought “Taking the piss” was just a slang for making fun of someone. GROSS!!!

  12. Tony McGurk says:

    I can’t help wonder though what’s so great about Portugese urine.

  13. Perk says:

    Bad breath? Urine trouble.

  14. DadaHyena says:

    That’s only the fourth or fifth most obscenely disturbing thing I’ve heard about the Romans (you don’t want to know what ranks higher up on the Disgust-O-Meter).

  15. Joseph DR says:

    That’s a nice piece of gross out info, Bearman! I saw a book on Amazon about urine diet or something.

    I found it. Here it is:

    Urine Therapy – How To Drink Your Own Urine

    How did I come across this title? I don’t know!

  16. jynksie says:

    Milk, Milk, Lemonade. Around the Corner, Fudge is Made… please don’t tell us what the Romans do with the fudge… no one needs to know! …. EVER! [yeeesh]

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