I like mouthwash. It makes my teeth feel clean and my breath fresh. But I don’t feel comfortable buying the commercial brands. My family and I strive to use natural dental care, but it was only recently that I discovered just how easy it can be to make mouthwash.
Happy discovery! It cleans teeth and gums naturally, it’s inexpensive, it’s made from good and simple ingredients that I recognize (no chemicals or unnatural dyes!), and it gives me peace of mind.
The first mouthwash I’m sharing is a great starter recipe because it only contains two ingredients: water and cloves. Cloves are found in most grocery stores, so anyone can make it.
Simple Clove 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 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 by Janice Cox.
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.
Making your own mouthwash is simple. It’s a great way to save money and good step in the direction of all-natural dental care. Have you made your own mouthwash? What is your favorite recipe or tip?
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