How To Make Your Own Homemade Minty Mouthwash

by Tammy Taylor~

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It was a great night’s sleep.  You wake up feeling refreshed and rested as you stretch and yawn – streak of golden sunlight peeping through the blinds.  But morning breath?  UGH…  C’mon, we all have to deal with it, don’t we?

Now I’ve found many ‘recipes’ for making your own mouthwash.  But often they’re overly complicated or use ingredients I don’t want to have to buy.  What’s my battle cry?  Yep, y’all remember it well:  Use Whatcha Got!

 

Reusable, repurposed flip-top bottle. Making my own Homemade Minty Mouthwash helps me toward the zero-waste lifestyle I strive for. And using only simple ingredients! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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I’ll be sure to run this by my dentist at my very next checkup,  But I can’t imagine that any of these common ingredients would be any cause for concern for him.  As a matter of fact, I’d think using a gentle, non-alcohol mouthwash would actually be BETTER for your oral health!  I’ll be sure to share what my dentist says.  In the meantime, check this out y’all!

I try to maintain good oral health.  I brush daily and ‘try’ to floss daily.  But I’ve found even after brushing well and flossing thoroughly, sometimes a tiny fleck of something stays undetected & lodged in one of my teeth.  Now that’s just a recipe for bacteria and decay, not to mention odoriferous breath!

So I typically add a vigorous swish of this homemade mouthwash to try to make sure nothing goes undetected.  It’s nicely minty and it costs pennies to make.  And I love how my homemade version along with my compostable *Bamboo Toothbrush helps me to toward that zero-waste lifestyle that I strive for.

C’mon, did ya ever look at the ingredient list of the commercial mouthwash?  What ARE all those ingredients anyway?  And I don’t know how I feel about having them in my mouth. Again, always check with your own dentist before trying any homemade concoctions.

But I love how my homemade mouthwash is alcohol free.  And no hard-to-pronounce ingredients here.  Plus, the cost?  Yeah, that’s the ticket!

To make my homemade mouthwash I use an old flip-top bottle I found in an antique store.  Isn’t she a beauty?  Ironically I think this is a pint-sized alcohol bottle.  Oh, the irony!  LOL!

Reusable, repurposed flip-top bottle. Making my own Homemade Minty Mouthwash helps me toward the zero-waste lifestyle I strive for. And using only simple ingredients! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I cleaned my bottle thoroughly with bleach water and allowed it to dry completely before filling it with my homemade minty mouthwash.

Here are my complicated instructions:

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Homemade Minty Mouthwash

Commercial mouthwashes typically contain weird ingredients and alcohol.  My homemade version uses only standard pantry ingredients and costs only pennies to make!  Use a repurposed flip-top jar and you have made another step toward your zero-waste personal hygiene routine! (Check with your dentist if you have any reservations about homemade dental hygiene products) ~TMH~

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered Stevia
  • Mint Essential Oil to taste (4-5 drops?)

Instructions

  1. In my pint-sized flip-top bottle I add 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon powdered stevia sweetener (optional) and about 4-5 drops of mint essential oil.  I fill the bottle with filtered water, flip the top closed and shake thoroughly.


  2. To use, shake thoroughly & pour a small amount of mouthwash into a small cup.  Swish thoroughly through all your teeth and spit mouthwash into sink.  I like to swish with a little clear water afterward.

Recipe Notes

I store my mouthwash in my closet and have had no trouble. But for safety's sake I'd recommend storing in the refrigerator and using within a couple of weeks.

~TMH~

Want to read more about our zero-waste hygiene journey?

Compostable Bamboo Toothbrushes

Homemade Vanilla-Scented Shampoo Bar Soap

3-Ingredient DRY SHAMPOO Mix

Homemade Soap: Morning Motivation Mint

Homemade Soap: Lavender/Rosemary

 

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