Mouthwash can be somewhat of a polarizing topic. There are those people who love it despite the burning sensation and the chemicals because they enjoy that squeaky clean feeling they get post-gargle. And then there’s the rest of us, myself included, who won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. While I think we can all agree that minty fresh breath is always a good idea, there’s just something about neon green, chemical-laden mouthwash that gives me the skeevies. But then I found out that you can make your own mouthwash at home! Not only is it just as effective at killing germs and freshening breath as its store-bought counterparts, it’s cheaper too.
What’s not love about fresh breath sans the chemicals? Call me a convert.
How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Mouthwash
As if you needed another reason to avoid commercial mouthwash, some scientists now believe that alcohol-based mouthwashes are partly responsible for the worldwide increase in oral cancer. It is believed that alcohol dehydrates cells in the mouth, which then allows carcinogens to more easily permeate the skin and cause cancer. So, while you think you’re doing something good for your teeth and gums every time you swish, you might really be making things much, much worse.
But the good news is that you can still get the disinfecting benefits of mouthwash without the alcohol. This DIY mouthwash uses peppermint and tea tree essential oils to freshen breath, kill bad germs and leave your mouth feeling sparkling clean. It also contains minerals to help replenish mineral stores in your teeth and gums, and baking soda to help remove stains and whiten teeth. It truly does it all and it tastes great to boot.
While I don’t like my mouthwash to taste sweet, some people prefer it. If you find that you need a little sweetness to make your mouthwash more palatable, simply add a drop or two of liquid Stevia.
Essential Oil Mouthwash
- Add all of your ingredients to a glass bottle and give it a good shake.
- Use twice a day, in the morning and at night, after brushing your teeth. While the essential oils inhibit bacteria, it’s better to be safe than sorry and make a fresh batch every week.