Research links alcohol containing mouthwash to increased risk of oral cancer, the commercially available alcohol-free versions contain a daunting list of ingredients, and the few “natural” products are quite pricey. So, what to do?
Making your own mouthwash can be an easy, inexpensive and safe alternative! Recipes utilize ingredients ranging from aloe vera to witch hazel, but I decided to start with what I had on hand: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water. This concoction is virtually “flavorless”. If you want to get creative*, you can experiment with a variety of herbs and spices for flavor and enhanced antiseptic/anti-fungal properties.
Basic “Recipe” for Homemade Mouthwash
1 capful of 3% “food grade” hydrogen peroxide (no stabilizers, just purified water)
2 capfuls of water
pinch of baking soda
Combine all ingredients and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid – keep in the fridge if you like it cold!
Swish for 30-60 seconds and spit, don’t swallow the mixture. Use 1-2 times per day.
Prep Smart Tip: Flavor your mouthwash with cinnamon, mint, basil, oregano, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, or peppermint, or adding essential oils to the mix. When adding flavor with herbs/spices, flavor the “water part” by steeping/boiling, cool and then and mix with hydrogen peroxide and store in dark bottle (in fridge if you like it cold). A dash or drop of stevia can even be added for sweetness and antibacterial action.
By making your own mouthwash, you will save money, reduce your exposure to chemical and you even might get those teeth a bit whiter!
Read the newspaper article about mouthwash and smarter swishing that featured this recipe!