Make your own antibacterial and natural mouthwash
Did you ever look at the clock to see if you can take the burning pain caused by your mouthwash for an entire minute?
I was never tough enough to bear the burn of the standard mouthwash and after I read more about the properties and benefits of peppermint essential oil I did the natural thing that a do-it-yourself person would do which is to create my very own mouthwash.
Natural antibacterial mouthwash
We try to make and share recipes that are effective, cheap and easy to make.
This particular mouthwash has all the benefits stated plus it is antifungal, antibacterial and keeps the bad breath away. Here are the ingredients you need to make it:
You need a container, (you can use a mason jar)
- 1/2 cup water filtered or distilled (checkout the best water purification systems)
- 2 Tsp baking soda
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil (here you can find 100% pure essential oils)
After you prepare the mouthwash, the baking soda will always remain at the bottom of the jar so don't forget to shake before using the mouthwash.
Wash your mouth with 2-3 teaspoons of this mouthwash for one or two minutes.
Also don't forget to spit it out and avoid swallowing just like you do with other commercial mouthwash.
If you want to make a larger batch, you need to double the recipe.
Although it is not advisable to make large quantities since the essential oils interact in time, and they change their flavors.
Have a better and less expensive mouthwash
A couple of years ago we bought a liter (almost 34 ounces) of standard Listerine and paid $3.50, and that is just about the best price you can find.
If we do the math and divide $3.50 by 34, we have approximately $0.10 per ounce for a generic store mouthwash.
The recipe stated above has 5 ounces of raw ingredients and costs barely $0.03 per ounce.
If you make a liter of this natural mouthwash, it will cost around $1.00, which is with $2.50 less expensive than the store product.
Do-it-yourself mouthwash gives us a saving of 250%.
Here are a bunch of other optional ingredients and the xylitol mouthwash
Xylitol is a natural sweetener, which was proven to have benefic effects on gums and teeth.
It is recommended by pretty much all dentists, and it is currently used in natural toothpaste and mouthwash products.
You don't need to add it to your homemade mouthwash; however, it does give it a sweet taste, and it improves its effectiveness.
If you want to add it to this recipe, you should use about one teaspoon.
Matt has no more toothpaste so he is making another batch that will include coconut oil and some Xylitol.
Warning: Xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs.
So store all your Xylitol or products sweetened with it away from dogs to keep them safe.