How to Make Mouthwash

Posted by Mrs Money on February 12th, 2010

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After all the discussion that my toothpaste recipe sparked regarding mouthwash, I knew I would have to come up with some natural mouthwash ideas. Don’t worry, I haven’t failed you!  I’ve got some ideas (some from you!) that will help keep your mouth feeling so fresh and so clean, clean without breaking the bank and pumping your mouth full of toxins.

1. Vodka mouthwash. It will kill germs and leave your mouth smelling fruity if you use flavored vodka.  If you aren’t into that, you can make your own mouthwash by combining half vodka, half water, and then about five drops of cinnamon essential oil. Shake before using. Yum-o!

2. Baking Soda Mouthwash.  Add about half a teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt to a glass of water, and a drop of peppermint essential oil if you wish.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash.  Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and use like regular mouthwash!

Thanks to everyone that contributed their ideas! I’m personally a fan of the vodka mouthwash, but will definitely be giving the others a try. If you aren’t into making your own, I would recommend a natural mouthwash like Kiss My Face mouthwash or Tom’s of Maine.

What do you use for mouthwash?

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15 Responses to “How to Make Mouthwash”


  1. Monevator says:

    Hmm, while I like the rock and roll idea of swigging from a bottle of vodka every morning, would the alcohol not dry your mouth out?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Monevator- The half water should help with it not drying out your mouth. Give it a shot and see how it works. Just don’t get pulled over on your way to work. ;)

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  2. Loved the vodka idea so decided i try to it… wow offlicer problem drinking no ihaven’t zzzzzzz

    What I wasn’t suppose to swallow?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LeanLifeCoach- No! No swallowing in the morning- only at night! ;)

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    Anna - Penny Sophisticate Reply:

    Oooooohh, only swallow at night. ;-)
    Great post, by the way.

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  3. Karly says:

    I use a recipe I made up one night in my bathroom. I took some water, some vegetable glycerin, and some peppermint essential oil and put it in a jar. I take a little sip every time I brush my teeth and gargle with it. It definitely works…just try not to swallow it!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Karly- I have a new affinity for vegetable glycerin! I will have to give this a try. Is it nasty if you swallow it?

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    Karly Reply:

    No, it isn’t nasty, it’s just not recommended to swallow essential oils unless they’re “food grade”. But you will really feel the peppermint killing all the germs, and you’ll smell minty fresh afterward! :P Plus, it saves a lot of money on commercial mouthwashes.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Karly- Good to know! I buy the Aura Cacia essential oils and I’m pretty sure they are food grade. I better check! ;)

  4. I love the idea of using flavored vodka as mouthwash, though my hubby might wonder what’s going on with me, lol. Instead, I’ll try the baking soda recipe. Thank you the post. I look forward to reading more, :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jessica M- LOL! I think the baking soda on would work just fine. :) Thanks so much for the nice comments!

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  5. Little House says:

    Hmmm….Vodka and cinnamon sound pretty yummy. I might have to try it, oh wait, I’m supposed to spit it out after swigging right?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Little House- You are supposed to spit it out in the morning. At night is optional. ;)

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  6. H Lee D says:

    I use 8 oz. water, a tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 tsp salt. That’s the recipe the oral surgeon gave me years ago when I had some teeth taken out, to prevent germs/infection. If it’s good enough for a mouth with wounds, it’s good enough for a healthy mouth. Keeps my gums nice and pink.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    H Lee D- Sweet! I am going to have to give that a try. It sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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