Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day 262 of our Green Year: Making Our Own Mouthwash

Typically when someone needs mouthwash, they buy Scope. However, Scope has a lot of ingredients in it that are very hard to pronounce. According to some studies, dental experts do not believe that mouthwash that you buy offers very many benefits beyond what you would get from flossing and brushing your teeth. Mouthwash that you buy does not get rid of bad breath, it only masks it. On top of that, a lot of mouthwash does not come in renewable plastic bottles, thereby contributing more to the landfills.

Instead of doing this, Layla and I are going to try making our own mouthwash. We don't usually buy mouthwash, but some people at our home do and we want to offer them an alternative.

There are several recipes you can try to make your own mouthwash, courtesy of Planet Green.

Homemade Mint Mouthwash
2 oz filtered water
1/4 tsp baking soda or sea salt
1 drop of pure peppermint oil

Mix all of the ingredients together and swish like you normally would. This is only for one serving. Make as much or as little as you want.

Homemade Rosemary-Mint Mouthwash
2 1/2 cups filtered water
1 tsp fresh organic mint leaves
1 tsp organic rosemary leaves
1 tsp anise seeds


  1. Boil the water, add herbs and seeds, and infuse for 20 minutes.
  2. Let the liquid cool. Strain it and use it to gargle. This amount is enough to last about a week.
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