Let’s face it, sometimes brushing our teeth just doesn’t help with that lingering smell of onions and garlic we had the night before, or maybe you just need to freshen your breath after a long day.
Whatever the reason, mouthwash is a quick and easy solution to getting better smelling breath without doing the whole toothpaste routine, but it’s also beneficial in cleaning and disinfecting any germs that might be floating around in our mouths. Yuck!
Conventional mouthwash mostly cleans and disinfects due to the high amount of alcohol in it, which is what gives that not-so-pleasant “burn” you feel when trying to keep it in your mouth for 30 seconds. While most mouthwashes on the market do have some essential oils in them to help kill germs, it’s way easier (and cheaper!), to make at home.
Natural Homemade Mouthwash
This mouthwash is super simple to make, but the recipe will only make a small amount, enough for 3-4 uses. You can easily double the recipe to make more, but I wouldn’t make it any larger than that because the oils will blend and change taste over time.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2-3 drops tea tree oil
- 2-3 drops peppermint
- 1 tsp xylitol (optional, but it helps cut the saltiness of the baking soda, and it’s really good for teeth and gums!)
- Small jar for storage
What To Do
- Combine all the ingredients in a small glass jar and shake well to mix.
- Use 2-3 teaspoons of mouthwash and swish around mouth for 30 seconds.
- Baking soda tends to settle at the bottom, so shake well before each use.
You can also use a teaspoon of coconut oil (melted) and 2 drops each of tea tree and peppermint oil as a natural mouthwash. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties on its own, and is great for using with the oil pulling method for clean, healthy teeth.
Do you use mouthwash at home? Have you ever made your own natural version?