All Natural Mouthwash Recipes

December 15, 2018
Natural mouth washes are the best way to keep bacteria from multiplying on your tongue after brushing. They also leave you with fresh breath.

Bad breath is an oral health problem that can be a sign of infection, tooth or gum disease, and even problems in the digestive system. Mouthwash can be a good solution for dealing with it. But why do you get bad breath and how does mouthwash work?

In a few cases, the source of bad breath can be traced to the tongue, which is a fundamental part of the mouth and starts off the digestion process. It’s also a good place for bacteria to accumulate.

Bacterial growth on the tongue can lead to chronic bad breath and other oral problems that can reduce your quality of life or cause you social problems.

For this reason, it’s really important to develop proper hygiene and use disinfecting agents beyond your normal daily brushing.

Keep reading to discover all natural mouthwash recipes.

What’s the best way to disinfect the tongue?

For a cleaner mouth and tongue free from bacteria, you’re going to need the following:

  • 1 clean toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • 1 tongue scraper
  • Mouthwash

Instructions

  • Put a little toothpaste on the toothbrush and start brushing your tongue from front to back. Rinse using warm water.
  • Take the tongue scraper and use it to remove any remaining white residue. The correct way to do it is scrape it from front to back using light pressure.
  • To finish, clean your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash for one to two minutes.

This last product will eliminate any microscopic germs that remain after the first two steps.

You can find it in many types of stores or you can choose to use natural ingredients to make your own at home.

We recommend reading: Your Tongue, Health and Emotions

1. Natural baking soda mouthwash

You can use baking soda to make a mouthwash.

Baking soda is a powerful ally for oral hygiene because it helps disinfect the mouth and neutralize bad odors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 drops mint essential oil

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a glass bottle and shake to mix well. Swish around your mouth several times, then spit out the liquid.

2. Apple cider vinegar rinse

Apple cider vinegar can improve your breath.

This simple rinse leaves the mouth cleaner and eliminates the odors that cause bad breath.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions

Combine the two ingredients in a bottle and use the liquid as a rinse after brushing.

3. Parsley and clove rinse

You can use parsley and clove to make a mouthwash.

An infusion of parsley combined with cloves can help neutralize bad breath and bacteria in the mouth.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 3 whole cloves

Directions

Boil the sprig of parsley with 3 whole cloves in a half a cup of water. Let cool, strain, and then use the liquid as a mouth rinse.

4. Hydrogen peroxide rinse

This mouth rinse disinfects the mouth and and has a whitening effect that helps remove yellow stains from teeth.

Ingredients

  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 3 parts water

Directions

Mix both ingredients and use as the final step in your oral hygiene routine.

5. Antiseptic mouth rinse

The recipe for this natural mouth rinse combines several ingredients with antiseptic, antibiotic and refreshing properties to make cleaning the tongue, gums and teeth easier.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 15 g powdered myrrh gum (antiseptic)
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

Directions

Incorporate all the ingredients into a clean glass bottle and shake to mix well. Use just enough to swish around the mouth, then spit it out.

Also read: Treatments for the Most Common Mouth Problems

6. Mint rinse

You can use mint to make a mouthwash.

Mint possesses antibacterial and disinfecting properties that help slow the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

The best part is that its refreshing fragrance will freshen the mouth and leave it smelling great.

Ingredients

  • 5 mints leaves
  • ½ cup water

Directions

Prepare an infusion with the mint leaves and water, let cool, then use the resulting liquid to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.

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