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How To Make Your Own Mouthwash - Homemade Natural Mouthwash

Updated on December 5, 2014

Homemade Natural Mouthwash

The best natural mouthwash is made at home with ingredients that you trust 100%, and with the perfect recipe for your oral hygiene need. Yes you can kill bacteria with essential oils, you don't necessarily need to use alcohol, or chlorhexidine, or other harsh chemicals. You wont be able to make the teeth strengthening type of mouth rinse, because that contains fluoride, but you can make germs killing and odor refreshing mouthwashes, that will not numb your taste buds, nor make any food you eat taste like a chemical.

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Listerine Mouthwash - Credit: Vox Efx
Listerine Mouthwash - Credit: Vox Efx

Why Make Your Own Mouthwash

Mouthwashes are created to help with a few problems:

  • Strengthen the teeth,
  • Stop and prevent gingivitis,
  • Remove plaque,
  • Help with dry mouth,
  • Neutralize food odors,
  • Neutralize bad odors caused by bad bacteria in the mouth and throat.

Manufacturers try to combine ingredients to help with more than one issue, but for many people this is a bad product. For instance chlorhexidine, which is the active component in many antibacterial mouthwash products, has quite a few side effects, among which are teeth staining, increased gingival bleeding, and temporary loss or alteration of taste. Alcohol, which is another antibacterial in many mouth rinse products, it causes mouth dryness, which in turn will create an even higher dependence on a mouthwash. Alcohol dries out saliva, and without saliva to neutralize the bacteria in plaque, we have to rely on a mouthwash. See the link?...

Mouthwash Recipe for Sore Mouth

The Simplest Mouthwash Recipe

Salt Mouth Rinse

Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of water. The water should be lukewarm.

Baking Soda Rinse

Dissolve 1/3 - 1/2 pure baking soda, (sodium bicarbonate), in a cup of lukewarm water. Swish and spit.

You can also combine the two salts as follows: 1/5 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1/5 baking soda in a cup of water.

Natural, Homemade, Propolis Mouthwash

Prepare an infusion with the following ingredients:

  • three cups of water,
  • 1 tablespoon of wild thyme, (Thymus serpyllum),
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme,
  • 1 tablespoon of spearmint,
  • and 1 tablespoon of salvia.

The water is brought to a boil then, you take off the stove and add all the plants, and let it infuse for 30 minutes in a tight covered recipient. The better the insulation the less aromatic oils are lost during the infusion. Strain well and put it in a glass bottle. When the infusion mixture has cooled down a little, add one tablespoon of propolis tincture to this mix, and mix well. Close tight with a cork, or a tight cap.

Every time you want to use it, mix this 50% with water, swish it in the mouth, and then spit it. It is best used after the evening teeth brushing.

The effectiveness of the Propolis for gingivitis and periodontitis is documented here:

Spearmint Leaf, Cut & Sifted Frontier Natural Products 1 lbs Bulk
Spearmint Leaf, Cut & Sifted Frontier Natural Products 1 lbs Bulk

Bulk spearmint leafs, cut and sifted, ready for you infusion, or tea.


Wild Thyme

Wild thyme is not as strong as the garden thyme, but it contains essential oils that you cannot find in the cultivated thyme variety.

Wild thyme is more efficient in treating some ailments than its cultivated counterpart, this is the reason it is included in the recipe.

This wild thyme comes from France, and it was picked in Provence. In France wild thyme is called serpolet, (thymus serpyllum), and it is used in many recipes of the Proven├žal gastronomie.

Propolis Tincture - 70% concentration

This tincture is a great product, with a good concentration, 70%. You need a high concentration so the propolis is not overly diluted in alcohol. With too much alcohol, your gums will be wiped out of any bacteria, good or bad. You need the good bacteria in your mouth, so it can protect against pathogens. By using as little alcohol as possible, you protect your microflora.

Essential Oil Antibacterial Mouthwash

Did you know that many essential oils are strong antibacterial, in fact after spraying certain essential oils in our kitchen, we reduce the bacteria to almost zero. The essential oils are one of the best and safest for humans antibacterial. If you wanted to get a safe, and powerful antibacterial, that kills germs as well as alcohol or clorhexidine, but without the side effects of those, this recipe is for you.

Half a cup distilled water, (you can use boiled water instead of distilled)

Half a cup pure aloe vera juice

15 drops of tea tree essential oil

10 drops of peppermint essential oil

As a variant you can replace the 10 drops of peppermint oil with ten drops of cinnamon or clove essential oil. Both of them are good bactericides, but they have a different taste. The most effective is the tea tree oil, and it is important to have it in a greater proportion, but if you find the result being too medicinal reduce the tea tree and add your favorite but keep the proportion. If the mouthwash is too strong for you, just add a little more distilled water.

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Homemade Mouthwash for Bad Odors

This mouthwash recipe is created to kill bacteria and neutralize bad odors. The witch hazel formula is an anti-inflammatory, the baking soda is known for its power to neutralize odors, the peppermint oil is refreshing, helping the mouth odor, it is also a good antiseptic, and astringent.

  • 1 cup aloe vera juice
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • half of cup distilled water

Himalayan Salt - Credit Jegelskermad
Himalayan Salt - Credit Jegelskermad

Treat Gingivitis with Natural Mouthwash

If you have gingivitis, and are concerned about the effects of using a commercial mouthwash to cure it, do not discourage. There are at least two powerful natural homemade mouthwashes that can help you reverse gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a condition of the gums in which the gums are inflamed and pink, and sometimes they are bleeding when touched firmly. This is a condition that must be treated as soon as possible, as it can develop into a more serious condition, periodontitis, (periodontal disease). Gingivitis is mainly caused by improper oral hygiene, which in turn allow plaque, (bacteria build up), to irritate the gums.

The best natural cures for gingivitis are baking soda, salt, tea tree, and propolis. They are safe, effective, and scientifically proven to work reducing bacteria. The best way to benefit these four great natural bactericides, is to use them alternatively. Mix salt, baking soda, and pure aloe vera juice, with water, and swish and gargle with this mixture. Spit it, never swallow it, if ingested in large quantities, both baking soda and salt, are dangerous for your health.

Use one of the above tea tree, or propolis based, mouthwash recipes to swish, gargle, and spit.

Use these alternatively, and your gums will be back in shape in no time.

Baking Soda effectiveness for plaque removal

All Natural Alcohol Free Mouthwash

If you don't want to go through the trouble of making your own, or prefer an already established recipe, here is one of the best alternatives on the market.

This natural mouthwash combines natural extracts, natural cleaner, natural antibacterial, for a clean feeling, and great support for your gums and teeth.

Natures Answer Periobrite Mouthwash 16 oz
Natures Answer Periobrite Mouthwash 16 oz

Ingredients list:Extracts from: Centipeda Cunninghamii, Calendula Flower, Chamomile Flower, Green Tea Leaf, Echinacea Purpurea Tops, Goldenseal Rhizome, Gotu Kola Herb, Olive leaf, Grapefruit Seed, Black Walnut Green Hulls, Prickly Ash BarkEssential oils of:Peppermint, Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Eucalyptus Bio-Saponin from:Quillaia, Yucca Extract, Wild Yam Root Extract, Sarsparilla Root ExtractIt also contains Xylitol, Folic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coenzyme Q10, Chlorophyll, Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin


Did you have any bad experiences with commercial mouthwashes?

Did you ever make your own mouth rinse? Did it work for you?

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      3 years ago

      I was wondering, does periobrite kill the good bacteria in your mouth? I 've only seem one claim online that it is safe for your good natural mouth bacteria.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      This is fantastic - I was just thinking this morning that I'd love to make mouthwash at home but had no idea where to start. Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      This is such a great idea!

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      5 years ago

      I love the idea of a natural mouthwash

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @ValerieJoy: Valerie, the commercial ones are great, but we should limit the usage in time. The problem is when you need to use one on a regular basis.

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      5 years ago

      Mouthwashes are so beneficial. Good to know you can make your own.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      What a good idea - thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Great lens. Pinned.

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      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for this very useful information. I've been using chemical mouthwashes daily for about a year and they certainly do cause my mouth to be dry.

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      5 years ago

      Cool lens. I'll be linking to it.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks so much. I was looking for something like this

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      5 years ago

      Great lens. I was looking for recipe online but you just helped all of us improve our healthy lifestyle. Thank you so much and keep up the good work.


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