Do you use store-bought mouthwash? If you do, you must have noticed how pricey a bottle of, say, Listerine can be. Since my new year resolution is to lead a healthier and more sustainable life, I decided to make my own mouthwash. So, I googled for a suitable recipe and found this.
Here’s the recipe.
All you need to make your own mouthwash:
- A container – I use a small glass bottle
- ½ cup of filtered or distilled water
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, or rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
How to make it:
Put all of the ingredients in your chosen container and shake well.
How to use it:
Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake mouthwash before each use. Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of this homemade formula in your mouth for a minute or two. As with any mouthwash, try to avoid swallowing this while gargling.
Feel free to double this recipe for a larger batch. Making really big batches is not recommended because the oils will continue to blend over time and flavours can change.
Choose 100 percent pure essential oils only, as they offer healthful benefits. You can find them at health food stores and online. Don’t use synthetic oils–they do not have the same benefits.
This mouthwash is all that and even has antibacterial and antifungal properties to help keep bad breath at bay. Aside from that, homemade mouthwash is much cheaper than those store-bought ones. And more importantly, it works! I think it’s better than those toxic-chemical-laden liquids on the store shelves.
If you want to know just how bad commercial mouthwash is, reading this Wikipedia article is a good way to start.
For those of you who don’t get the joke regarding the picture on your right, maybe reading this will help: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100826215233AAza1HN