A simple, tasty, home made mouthwash recipe

homemade mouthwashI love mouthwash. Though I thoroughly enjoy my Sonicare toothbrush, I love swooshing around a cinnamon-y or minty mouthwash a couple of times throughout the day to keep things fresh.

The cost of doing this can add up quickly, as health food store mouthwashes can be pretty pricey, upwards of $10 a bottle.

A friend of mine recently told me about a homemade mouthwash recipe that she tried out, and I thought I’d make my own version and let you know how it turned out.

What you need:

  • Pure, filtered water
  • Glass jar (I used a GT’s Kombucha bottle)
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil (cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint)
  • Vodka (optional, but why not vodka before lunch!?)
  • Stevia

What do to:

Pour 8 oz. of water into the glass jar, then add 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Cover and shake until the baking soda dissolves. Then add 3-4 drops of the essential oil of your choosing (I used cinnamon), 1 teaspoon of vodka, and about 1/8 teaspoon of stevia. Shake again. You’re done! Make sure to shake before each use to make sure that the essential oil mixes in. I noticed that after a few minutes, it came together to form little visible droplets.

I tried to calculate the cost savings of this recipe versus store-bought brands, but it was so cheap that I’m just going to say that it costs pennies.

The taste takes some getting used to (because of the baking soda), but overall the taste was palatable and it felt very refreshing.

What type of mouthwash do you use? Have you ever made your own?

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About Julie Hurley

A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living and is the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media. Visit her personal blog at: ourlunchbox.blogspot.com.

  • http://groovygreenlivin.com/ Lori Alper

    I have to say-I’ve never made my own mouthwash. What a great idea! I did laugh at the vodka option….might have to give it a try :)

  • Amir

    love this. Using it and have told several friends about it

  • http://www.miamidentist4u.com/patients.html Arabelle Mccuen

    Oh, this looks like a certainly cool concoction. Baking soda and vodka have helpful effects on the teeth (e.g., teeth whitening for baking soda while you can use vodka as a cure for toothache). So, it’s no wonder that a combination of the two could make a mouthwash. It’s important for people to visit their dentists, but they also have to take care of their teeth regularly. Stuff like this is helpful!

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  • JetCityOrange

    Here’s the recipe I use for homemade herbal mouthwash: http://JetCityOrange.com/mouthwash/