10 Easy DIY Mouthwash Recipes

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Have you ever seriously thought about what's in your mouthwash & how easy it might be to make your own? Those two questions are why we decided to do this post for you. We have compiled a great variety of natural mouthwash recipes that will be sure to please almost everyone.

Commercial mouthwash often contains unwanted preservatives. Best of all, they are full of great ingredients for dental health. Plus, they are effortless to make. Let's get into it:

easy DIY homemade mouthwash recipe

DIY Mouthwash Recipes

Homemade Mouthwash
  • 1 C. Water
  • 1 Tsp Baking soda
  • 3 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions: Pour the ingredients into a glass jar and shake well. Use a funnel if necessary. To use, take a swig, swish for up to 30 seconds, and spit it out. You can store this mouthwash in the bathroom.

Disinfectant Mouthwash

  • 1 C. Water
  • 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions: Mix the ingredients into a glass vessel. Blend all ingredients and add to a sterile glass jar. Shake well before use. Swish the mixture in your mouth, then spits it out. The product can be stored in the bathroom and should last indefinitely.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash

  • 8 Ounces Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 4 Ounces Water

Directions: Mix all ingredients. Swish mouthwash in your mouth then spits it out. Mix enough for single use and get rid of any excess solution.

All-Natural Herbal Mouthwash

Create an herbal infusion by making a steep. Just like making tea, take the dried ingredients, add boiling water, and steep for two minutes.

  • 2 Cups of Hot Water
  • .5 Oz Cloves
  • 1 Oz of Oregon Grape Root
  • 1 Oz of Rosemary

Directions: In a glass mason jar, steep the dried herbs and boiling water. In the morning, use a piece of cheesecloth and strain the tincture. To apply, gargle a small amount and then spit it out. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Simple Essential Oil Mouthwash

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 20 Drops of Essential Oils (We recommend a blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Wintergreen, or Tea Tree Oil.)

Directions: Blend all ingredients in a sterile glass jar with a lid. Before each use, make sure to shake well. Shaking helps to distribute the essential oils evenly in the mixture. This mixture should last for years.

Old-Fashioned Antiseptic Mouthwash

  • 4 Ounce Peppermint Hydrosol
  • 4 Ounce Herbal Infusion
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons Myrrh Gum
  • 10 Drops Mint Flavor Extract; we recommend using 100% Wild-crafted

A hydrosol is a water-based liquid made from flowers. This recipe calls for herbal infusions from Echinacea Angustifolia root, sage leaves, and peppermint leaves.

Directions: Add the ingredients to a mason glass jar. Lid and shake until well incorporated. Before each use, you will want to shake the mason jar. Place a small amount into your mouth and gargle. Expel after 30 seconds. This recipe doesn't need any preservatives as Myrrh Gum has antiseptic properties.

peppermint mouthwash recipe

Whitens and Remineralizes

  • 2 Teaspoons Calcium Carbonate
  • 1 Teaspoon of Xylitol Crystals
  • 10 Drops Trace Minerals
  • 10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Lemon or Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops of Spearmint Essential Oil
  • 16 Ounces of Water
It yields approximately 16 ounces, and that should be good for about 15 uses.

  1. In a Pyrex bowl, stir together powder and crystals.
  2. Add the Trace Minerals and Essential Oils.
  3. Add water and stir.
  4. Use a sterile glass jar and funnel. Pour the mixture into the container.
  5. Replace the lid and shake. Make sure that the Xylitol dissolves after about 60 seconds.
  6. Always shake this mixture before using it.
  7. For storage, place this recipe in the fridge for up to 14 days.

What benefits do these ingredients provide?

Calcium carbonate powder: remineralizes teeth.

Xylitol crystals add a touch of sweetness and also provide cavity protection.

Concentrated trace minerals liquid: remineralizes teeth.

Peppermint essential oil: gives an excellent taste and promotes fresh breath.

Lemon essential oil: helps to whiten your teeth.

Spearmint essential oil: another great addition to flavor and taste, plus promotes fresh breath.

Tincture Mouthwash

The myrrh tincture helps strengthen gums and combat tooth and gum infections. Calendula cleans and soothes gums and helps with gum inflammation. Plus, goldenseal is highly antimicrobial and has lots of astringent properties.

  • 1 - 4-ounce glass bottle
  • Funnel (not necessary but makes it easier)
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Two tablespoon vodka
  • One dropper full of calendula tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL
  • One dropper full of goldenseal tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 0.5 dropper full myrrh tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 1 to 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a funnel in a 4 oz dark glass bottle and shake well. Dilute three tablespoons of the rinse in 1⁄2 ounce water, and use it as a mouthwash morning and night.

DIY Aloe Mouthwash

Aloe is a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can help treat the gums' common issues, such as inflammation. You can also use it to help soothe canker sores and cold sores.

  • 6 Ounce colored glass bottle
  • 4 Ounces Organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • 2 Ounces Water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Ten drops of Peppermint Oil

aloe used in mouthwash

Add liquid ingredients to a pyrex glass bowl that has a spout. Mix with a whisk. Then pour into a sterile container using a funnel. Remember to shake it before using it. This homemade formula will last up to 14 days.

DIY Peppermint Mouthwash

Peppermint oil has antiseptic properties that help to fight bad breath and numb pain.

  • 4-ounce dark glass bottle
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Three drops of peppermint essential oil

Pour your water and essential oils into a dark glass bottle. Then shake. When using, stir first and take a small sip of the mouthwash. Swish and gargle for 30 seconds. Do not swallow.

About the Author
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.