Homemade Natural Mouth Wash is a super easy project that does more than give you fresh breath.
Making your own mouth wash is not very expensive if you already have the ingredients and use them for other homemade projects. In fact, using herbs or oils you already have makes this recipe very frugal!
If you are starting off from scratch, it makes sense to use your ingredients for multiple recipes. For example, you may want to consider making other homemade items like an All-Purpose Cleaner, Laundry Soap, Furniture Polish, and even Air Freshener. There are many essential oils and other ingredients that can be used for many household uses, making it a frugal step for your household.
When buying from the store, mouthwash is pretty cheap. But as I mentioned above, there are a lot of health reasons to avoid it like the plague!
So what do you need to make your own? This depends on what you’d like to try. Here are a few options:
3 Natural Mouth Wash Recipes
Each of these methods will freshen breath, kill bacteria, and support healthy oral hygiene.
1) Oil Pulling
Ok, so oil pulling isn’t really a recipe, but you can add various options to your oil pulling routine.
Oil pulling is a practice that has been used for centuries (For more information on the ins and outs of the oil pulling discussion see my article: What is Oil Pulling?).
All you need to oil pull is a healthy oil, such as coconut oil. Place a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish. You may start with 5 minutes to begin with, but try to work up to 20 minutes if possible (swish while taking a shower). Don’t swallow any of the spit and oil in your mouth. Spit it all into the trash when finished. I know some people who put a drop of peppermint essential oil in their oil before swishing. That is definitely an option as well.
The motion of swishing, along with the oil in your mouth causes your glands to release toxins and rid your mouth of bacteria.
2) Herbal Mouth Wash
Anti-bacterial herbs for better breath and oral health: cloves, mint, parsley
Herbal Mouth Wash
- Combine herbs and hot water in a 8 ounce glass bottle or mason jar.1 cup hot water, 1 tablespoon herb of choice (see list)
- Let steep for 30 minutes and cool to room temperature.
- Pour a small amount in a cup and swish around your mouth for one minute and spit.
3) Essential Oil Mouth Wash
Essential oils can be used as you would herbs, but you need to remember how powerful a drop of essential oil is compared to a leaf. The oil is much more concentrated and must be used properly.
Mouth Wash with Essential Oils
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
Plus essential oil of choice
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 drop clove essential oil
- Combine baking soda, water, and essential oil in an 8 ounce glass bottle or mason jar.1 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- Shake well before each use.
All of these recipes will stay fresh for 2 weeks or so, depending on how pure you keep them. Make sure to pour them into another cup before swishing to help them last longer.