If you are looking for ways to avoid chemicals, consider these natural mouthwash options and how to make them. When you think about using natural products for your oral care routine, one of the things that may not come to mind is your mouthwash. You may think that it is free of chemicals or that, since it is antibiotically rated, the mouthwash is fine. The truth is, it may surprise you just how many chemicals are in a simple mouthwash.
Natural Mouthwash Base
The first thing you need to make a natural mouthwash is the right base for your wash. You have several choices with this. You can use a bacterial killing cane alcohol or pure alcohol base. Keep in mind this will be diluted with distilled water so you do not need that much. Most people use a vodka and water mix for this. The goal is to make a Listerine style mouthwash.
If you do not want to use alcohol as a base, consider using baking soda and water. This works well without the burn and is ideal if you have issues with alcohol. Remember, either option needs to be diluted with water in a two parts water one part base mixture.
Natural Mouthwash Recipes
You need to figure out what you want your mouthwash to do. Decide if you are going for a whitening option, a fresh breath option, or if you are trying to keep pain at bay from gingivitis or other oral care issues. Research which essential oils or herbs should be added to the mouthwash and add those accordingly. Keep in mind that pure oils are very concentrated. This means you only need a few drops of the oil. You can add peppermint for typical mouthwash, clove for pain and inflammation, and other mints for various needs.
Here are three recipes for natural mouthwash–
Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash
Hydrogen peroxide is a popular antiseptic. Most people are familiar with the fizz and white foam it makes when applied to a cut. That’s a sign that it’s killing bacteria. A 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide is a good remedy for bad breath. Hydrogen peroxide can also destroy healthy cells which is why it is best diluted. Just swish and spit it out. Don’t store it, but only make enough to use each time.
Most people associate the smell of clove with the dentist’s office. Clove oil is used in dentistry because it relieves pain, is antiseptic, and antiviral. To make clove mouthwash, take three tablespoons of cloves and bruise them with the back of a spoon or knife. Add them to a pint of boiling water. Let the covered mixture simmer for an hour. Cool, strain, and use. You can add a bit of sea salt for taste. This recipe will act as a breath freshener and mild pain reliever. Refrigerate to keep fresh.
Myrrh and Golden Seal Mouthwash
This recipe is for a healing mouthwash. Myrrh has too many good qualities to list, but for our purposes, it is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and an astringent. The herb Goldenseal has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Add a tablespoon each of myrrh and goldenseal powder to a pint of boiling water and let steep for 20 minutes. This recipe is helpful for someone suffering from gum problems or canker sores. Refrigerate to keep fresh.
Store All Natural Mouthwash Correctly
One of the issues many people have with a natural mouthwash gone bad is the way it was stored. Make sure you are storing it in a cool dry place. Remember, a natural mouthwash does not have the preservatives and other chemicals that keep store purchased options fresh. You need to store the mouthwash in a glass bottle or jar. This will keep plastics from leeching into the mouthwash causing other issues as well.
The key when you are making your own natural mouthwash is to keep the mixture as pure as possible. This goes for your essential oils as well. Make sure that you are using pure oils and not flavorings or fragrance. Flavored oils contain sugars that should not sit on your teeth and fragrance is simply for the scent and can contain toxins that are harmful if accidentally swallowed.