Our homemade mouthwash is natural, effective, and gentle, not harsh like the store-bought stuff. It’s easy to make and costs far less than commercial brands but works just as well.
Ever watched the clock hoping you could endure the burn of your mouthwash for a full minute? I have never been able to stand the harsh burn of commercial mouthwash. So after reading about the beneficial properties of peppermint essential oil, I did what any creative DIY’er would do, I set out to make my own.
Homemade Mouthwash: Natural and Antibacterial
Yield 4 ounces
We strive to create recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and effective. This homemade mouthwash is all that and even has antibacterial and antifungal properties to help keep bad breath at bay.
Baking soda will settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use, so be sure to shake your homemade 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 flavors can change.
Homemade Mouthwash Video
Better and Cheaper than Commercial Mouthwash
A few years ago we paid $3.50 for a liter (nearly 34 ounces) of generic Listerine, and that’s about the lowest price you’ll find. If we divide $3.50/34 we get approximately $0.10/ounce for the store-bought mouthwash. Our mouthwash recipe above yields 5 ounces with raw ingredients that cost approximately $0.03/ounce.
If you were to make a liter of this homemade natural mouthwash it would cost you approximately $1.00 which is $2.50 less than the store bought.
Homemade mouthwash delivers us a savings of approximately 250%.
Xylitol Mouthwash and Other Optional Ingredients
Xylitol is a natural sweetener proven to have a positive effect on tooth and gum health. It is recommended by many natural dentists and is now a popular ingredient in natural toothpaste, gum, and mouthwash. It is not a necessary ingredient for this natural homemade mouthwash but it will improve the taste and even the effectiveness. About 1 teaspoon is recommended if using in this recipe.