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Best Homemade Mouthwash Recipes

Updated on June 20, 2013
Best Homemade Mouthwash Recipes Uses Kitchen Classics Including Fresh and Dried Herbs
Best Homemade Mouthwash Recipes Uses Kitchen Classics Including Fresh and Dried Herbs | Source

Best Mouthwash Option ~

Are you sick and tired of forking out for expensive mouthwash brands all claiming to be the best mouthwash and most effective?

On top of that, your mouth is left feeling drier after the temporary minty and clean taste has disappeared into oblivion.

The benefits to a homemade mouthwash far outweigh the commercial brands in this writer’s opinion and go far deeper than the cost of a bottle on the supermarket shelf.

Oral hygiene is vital to us all in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums and mouthwash has earned its place along with toothpaste and flossing for being an essential step in our daily dental routine.

Making Mouthwash is Easy

fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil may be use in homemade recipes.
fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil may be use in homemade recipes. | Source

Natural Ingredients

mouthwash ingredients contain fresh or dried herbs and spices including cinnamon, cloves and turmeric.
mouthwash ingredients contain fresh or dried herbs and spices including cinnamon, cloves and turmeric. | Source

Benefits to Homemade Mouthwash ~

Ingredients – You control exactly how many go into your recipe. Unlike commercial brands, you do need to have 20+ ingredients with unpronounceable names.

For a list of great familiar ingredients check out my all natural mouthwash ingredients which lists over 30 kitchen classics and their excellent mouthwash benefits. Commercial brands often include preservatives, artificial dyes and sweeteners.

Synthetic fragrance and unknown chemicals may be used in store bought mouthwash, more great reasons to make your own and avoid any harmful effects they could cause.

Quality Control – you decide on the quality of ingredients that go into your recipe. Mouthwash brands may use ingredients of an unknown quality in a bid to be competitively priced.

Alcohol Content – Most brands of quality will contain alcohol and if this is a concern for you, homemade recipes gives you the option of leaving it out and having an alcohol free mouthwash.

Alcohol is often the cause of bad breath and for drying out the mouth. It is also the cause of much research and debate over its link to oral cancer. Alcohol free is a great option for making mouthwash for kids.

Cost Effective – The savings are real and noticeable with homemade options.The ingredients and the quality will make it a variable but it will still be a more inexpensive choice with great oral hygiene benefits.

Boiling, Steeping and Straining

herbs generally will need heat in order for their benefits and qualities to be extracted.
herbs generally will need heat in order for their benefits and qualities to be extracted. | Source

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has antibacterial and antifungal qualities in mouthwash.
Aloe Vera has antibacterial and antifungal qualities in mouthwash. | Source

How to Make Mouthwash ~

There are three ways to make mouthwash so let’s take a look at them:

1 Mixing Ingredients

This method works perfectly for essential oil recipes. Put all the ingredients into your bottle and shake well. Before each use, give your mouthwash a good shake to mix up the oils.

2 Boiling / Infusing Ingredients

Bring water to the boil and add all your herbs. Allow to infuse for 20-30 minutes. Strain, cool and bottle up.

3 Steeping Ingredients

Place all your herbs in your bottle and pour over boiling water. Allow to cool and pop on the lid. Leave overnight and strain. If you wish, you may leave the mouthwash for up to a week before straining which will produce excellent results. Remember to give a good shake daily.

Water

use distilled, filtered, bottled or mineral water and not tap water.
use distilled, filtered, bottled or mineral water and not tap water. | Source

Basic Rules to Making Mouthwash ~

  • Mouthwash recipes contain water but do not use tap water as it often contains mercury, chlorine and nitrates. Chromium-6, a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent) may also be present in tap water. Use mineral, bottled, distilled or filtered water instead.
  • Dried or fresh herbs generally need a heat source to bring out their qualities so use the boiling or steeping method way.
  • Non herbal ingredients such as baking soda, salt and glycerine do not need heat so just need mixing.
  • Essential oil recipes do not need heat so use the mixing method for them.

Best Mouthwash Recipes ~

  • These recipes are in my opinion the best of the bunch. I have another 3 recipes shown on Easy Homemade Mouthwash which includes the benefits of mouthwash and further mouthwash information.
  • The recipes below have a shelf life of approximately a month but should you find your solution smells rancid or “off” discard immediately and whip up a new batch!
  • All of them require a mouthwash bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid. Recycle an old one or buy an inexpensive container that is suitable. Thoroughly clean and sterilize before use.
  • Remember to check out the full list of ingredients that may be used and feel free to experiment in your own potions. Don’t forget to make up your own mouthwash names as I did for a bit of fun.
  • Recipes may be easily doubled up to make larger batches.
  • To use, take 2-3 teaspoons and swirl around the mouth, do not swallow any of these recipes.
  • N.B Each of these recipes will refer to one of the three ways to make mouthwash described above.

Honeylicious Mint Mouthwash

(Mix Ingredients)

1 cup water

1tsp organic honey

1 tsp lemon juice

2 drops spearmint essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil

1 drop anise seed oil


Liquorice Allsorts Mouthwash

(Boil or Steep Ingredients)

2 ½ cups water

1 tsp anise seeds

1 tsp mint leaves

1 tsp rosemary leaves


Soda Pop Mouthwash

(Mix Ingredients)

1 cup water

1 tsp baking soda

4-5 drops peppermint essential oil

4-5 drops tea tree essential oil

Which mouthwash recipe appeals to you?

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Tutti Frutti Mouthwash

(Mix Ingredients)

¾ cup water

¼ cup vodka (optional)

6 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops bergamot essential oil

1 tsp aloe vera gel


Easy Peasy Mouthwash

(Boil or Steep Ingredients)

2 cups water

4 cloves

4 rosemary sprigs or

2 tsp dried rosemary


Bacteria Busting Mouthwash

(Mix Ingredients)

1 cup water

2 tsp baking soda

2 drops lemon essential o

2 drops cinnamon essential oil

4 drops tea tree essential oil

½ tsp myrrh essential oil (or tincture)

1 pinch of stevia


Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash

(Mix Ingredients)

1 cup water

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Important Points

  • Only make this as required, and discard any left over.
  • Always use at least a 50% ratio with water, never alone.
  • Always spit out completely.
  • May cause temporary foaming, which is normal.
  • Only use once per day never more.
  • Has a chalky taste which does not last.

Measuring Ingredients

always measure your ingredients, particularly essential oils and do not overuse.
always measure your ingredients, particularly essential oils and do not overuse. | Source

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Great job. We have always used the bought Listerine and it's scary what's in these mouthwashes. And as you mentioned they are not cheap. Will have to whip up a batch of one of these and test it out. They sound good but especially the Bacteria Busting with lemon and cinnamon. This is another great DIY home recipe. Keep them coming. You have a great series going here. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc...

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for yet another great beauty hub. Those recipes sound all interesting.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Interesting concept! Although I've used the peroxide and water combination when ill, the others sound worth a try. I've heard that chewing on fresh parsley is good for the breath.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      It is so good to hear you enjoyed this one and may try the Bacteria Busting recipe out sometime!! Armed with the type of ingredients that may be used, making mouthwash at home is easier than people think and cuts down cost greatly compared to the big brands like Listerine. The benefits are equally good if not better for you so there are many reasons to go this route. Many thanks my friend for your great words of inspiration, votes, shares and pin, all of which mean the world!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Many thanks for visiting here and leaving a comment. Hope you do try one out, they are easily made and may be tweaked to suit individual taste, so to speak! Glad they sound interesting to you, appreciate you stopping by!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Welcome to my world of DIY and it lovely to have you visit and comment! Hydrogen Peroxide is one ingredient that is popular in homemade mouthwash and yes, parsley may be chewed in order to freshen the breath. Thanks for dropping by and for your input and interest!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This looks most interesting and worth trying.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Lovely to see you as always! So glad you enjoyed this and hope you get to try one out sometime. Many thanks for your continued support, I treasure it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Suzie, love these recipes made with natural ingredients. Oral health is of paramount importance and these natural recipes will also prevent the harmful effects of the chemicals that are in commercial products. Thanks for incorporating a link to my stevia hub.

      I'm linking this hub to my hub, Dental, gum and teeth diseases. voted up, useful and interesting. Pinned and shared as well.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done Suzy, I like being able to make my own ingredients - especially those that have a more naturalistic approach. Great hub and links - I love those dividers too - professional look. Upvoted/useful/following. Peace. Kawi.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      You are most welcome with the link, it was perfect as stevia many may not be familiar with and it's great benefits. Appreciate your comment greatly and delighted to know you are a fan of these natural remedies as I am. Sincerest thanks for linking to your dental gum and teeth diseases hub, I am honored and will be over to read it a.s.a.p! Cheers for your votes, pin and shared you are a gem!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kawai,

      Many thanks for reading and commenting here! So good to know you enjoyed and thanks for your compliments, I like to be a bit creative with layouts and love linking to other great hubbers to showcase their talent , there are soooo many! Appreciate the votes and follow, have a great day in Hawaii!!

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      shannon 3 years ago

      Peppermint essential oil contains approx 40% alcohol

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      teri 2 years ago

      Tried water and peroxide love it

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