- Oral Health
Homemade Denture Cleaner Recipe
Many people wear full or partial dentures and spend thousands on cleaning products to kill germs and keep a sparkling smile. Denture wearers often buy fizzing denture cleaner or clean their dentures in an ultrasonic cleaner. While these cleaning methods are effective, there is no reason for them. Denture wearers do have to clean their dentures or they can develop bad breath or gum and mouth infections. You can save money and have the comfort of knowing what you are cleaning your dentures with if you make your own denture cleaner. Even if you are happy with your current cleaning method, homemade denture cleaner is great in a pinch. Homemade denture cleaner removes food buildup and germs just like the more expensive commercially available cleaners.
Making Denture Cleaner
Get a mason jar or an old pickle jar and wash it thoroughly. Place the jar and lid in a pot of water. Put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a slow boil. Turn the heat off and let the water cool until you can safely handle the jar. Pour the excess water out of the jar and let it cool to room temperature.
Buy a bottle of the most inexpensive vodka you can find or any type of vodka you have on hand will work.
Measure 1 ½ cup of vodka and add it to the jar.
Stir in 1 ½ tablespoons of baking soda.
Add 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice and eight to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Twist the lid onto the glass jar and shake the ingredients to blend them.
Place the dentures into a glass or glass bowl.
Pour the denture cleaner over the top of the dentures until the mixture covers them.
Let the dentures soak for a minimum of one hour or if you are in the habit of soaking them overnight, let them soak overnight.
Take the dentures out of the cleaning solution and brush them with a soft toothbrush.
Rinse the dentures.
Discard the denture cleaner that you just used.
Keep the denture cleaner tightly covered.
Write the ingredients on the label to help avoid accidental ingestion.
Shake the denture cleaner before each use.
The alcohol content in the denture cleaner will kill odor causing bacteria.
Never brush dentures with a stiff brush because you can scratch the dentures.
Clean your dentures at least once daily.
Store the denture cleaner in a cool area, out of direct sunlight.
Adjust the ingredient amounts proportionately to make more or less depending on your needs.