There’s been a lot of “dental” talk around these parts lately…
First it was making our own toothpaste, then it was healing gum disease, and just recently I shared the fact that my dentist declared my mouth pretty darn healthy (thanks to our dental routine and despite not having a cleaning over 2 years!).
But something has been missing.
It didn’t dawn on me until a month ago or so when I ate a clove of honey-infused garlic to ward off some ickies I felt coming on… and Mr. Crumbs smelled my breath, lol.
I needed mouthwash ASAP, but didn’t have any after purging our closet of big green bottles of unknown chemicals and ingredients.
Fortunately, this simple homemade mouthwash was ready in just a few minutes and made my breath just as fresh – if not fresher – than any conventional mouthwash ever had.
Homemade mouthwash is really, really easy. So easy, that it kinda seems silly to even share an official recipe… but I’m doing it anyway. Y’all need fresh breath too and I’ve already done the experimenting with flavors. Why not share what I’ve discovered?
After trying a few (not so great) variations, I’ve come up with one that is by far my favorite. It uses a blend of three essential oils and baking soda to re-create the “ahhh” and slight tingle you get from typical mouthwash, and the fresh breath lasts a pretty long time!
- peppermint essential oil cleanses the mouth and acts as a preservative
- lemon essential oil is a natural whitener, and helps to boost immunity as well
- thieves essential oils is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary, thieves is known for its purifying properties. It also mellows the pungent peppermint and enhances the overall flavor by adding a hint of sweet.
- baking soda is a natural whitener, but it also neutralizes odors and acts as a pH stabilizer. It also helps to mix the oils and water.
DIY Homemade Mouthwash
Homemade Mouthwash Supplies
- 1 cup distilled water (or water that has been boiled, then cooled)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil
- 3 drops Thieves Essential Oil
- Baking Soda
Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
Homemade Mouthwash Method
In a small glass jar, combine the water and baking soda. Shake vigorously until the baking soda is dissolved. Carefully add the essential oils, shake and adjust to taste.
Additional Recipe Notes for Homemade Mouthwash
Essential oils are very powerful, so please use caution when handling and using. Do not swallow this mouthwash and keep out of reach of children.
I use the term “adjust to taste” loosely. Basically you can add another drop of any of these oils, but due to the fact that essential oils are highly concentrated, I personally wouldn’t add any more.
This recipe can easily be doubled, but smaller batches ensure consistent (and desired) flavors.
I personally find my homemade toothpaste to be sufficient in terms of fresh breath on a daily basis, so to help stretch this recipe, I recommend swishing every other day.
Homemade Mouthwash Cost
As with many homemade beauty items, there’s an up-front cost with essential oils. Although once you have them, they tend to last a time time. A few drops here and a few drops there make one bottle several last months!
- water: FREE
- baking soda: $.02
- peppermint essential oil: $0.34
- thieves essential oil: $0.34
- lemon essential oil: $0.04
Total cost of homemade mouthwash: 74¢ for one cup.
To give you a rough cost comparison, Listerine costs $1.04 per cup, Scope is 80¢ per cup and Tom’s of Maine is $2 per cup.
This usually goes without saying, but something else to consider are the ingredients in commercial mouthwash. Glycerin (which prevents teeth from remineralizing) and various forms of sugar (like saccharin) are the biggest offenders that really aren’t needed or even contradictory to dental health. Sure you might be able to score mouthwash for 25¢ using a coupon, but consider what it’s made of. Do you really want to cover your teeth with it?
Other Dental Health Posts
- homemade toothpaste (that’s just like Earthpaste)
- healing gum disease naturally
- our 50¢ secret to healthy teeth and gums