What makes my teeth clean and my breath fresh?
Mouthwash! I love it!
And yet… I don't feel comfortable buying the commercial brands. My family and I strive to use natural dental care, but only recently did I discover just how easy it is to make my own all natural mouthwash!
Happy discovery! It cleans teeth and gums naturally, it's inexpensive, and it's made from good, simple ingredients that I recognize (no chemicals or unnatural dyes!). Not to mention, it gives me peace of mind.
The first natural mouthwash I'm sharing is a great starter recipe because it contains only 2 ingredients: water and cloves. Cloves are found in most grocery stores, so anyone can make it.
Simple Clove All Natural Mouthwash
A little spicy, it may not be suitable for younger children. On the plus side, it will leave your mouth feeling quite fresh.
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 cup boiling water
Makes 8 ounces.
Place cloves in a heat-proof container (such as a canning jar). Pour boiling water over cloves. Cover the container with a lid or plate and leave mixture to cool. Once cool, strain out the cloves and pour the clove-infused water into a clean container. Rinse mouth with approximately 1 teaspoon of the mixture. This mouthwash will keep approximately one week.
Parsley Mint Homemade Mouthwash
Parsley and mint are helpful in killing bacteria and freshening breath. Since this recipe includes a small amount of vodka, it will last longer than the simple clove mouthwash above.
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 tablespoon vodka
Makes 8 ounces. Recipe adapted from Natural Beauty at Home.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes (or until everything is mixed well). Pour through a strainer to remove any residual herbs. Pour into a clean jar and close tightly with lid. Rinse mouth with 1 tablespoon of mixture.
Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is not a mouthwash per se, but it is especially helpful for healing sore gums and ridding the mouth of bacteria.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Makes 8 ounces.
Mix together the warm water and salt. Gargle and rinse with the mixture.
It's so simple to learn how to make your own all natural mouthwash. It's a great way to save money and good step in the direction of all-natural dental care.
What do you think about homemade mouthwash? Do you know how to make all natural mouthwash? What is your favorite recipe or tip?
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