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Homemade Mouthwash (Hard or Soft)

Bad breath is embarrassing, but have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients in some of these products?

Still. There’s nothing quite like the cool, crisp feeling of inhaling through your mouth after using a good, strong mouthwash. Having good breath is a good goal for the day! Thankfully, when you use either of the following recipes, you are doing something good for your dental health at the same time.

Double Duty Mouthwash

2 ounces Vodka
3 ounces Distilled or Reverse Osmosis Water
½ tsp. honey*
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia (Xylitol prevents cavities and reduces plaque)
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

If you’d prefer, you can pour a little in a small cup and mix with a bit of water before swishing in your mouth. Or, you can use it commando style. Just be sure to spit it out. Or I’m telling.

*Your first reaction to honey in this recipe is probably, “What? Why would I put a sugary substance on my teeth right after brushing?” But I promise I have a good reason!

I originally had vegetable glycerin in this recipe as an emulsifier. Of course, there is a big controversy over whether or not glycerin actually causes tooth decay, so I decided it wasn’t a good choice for my mouthwash.

“What about honey?” I thought. It has a similar consistency; and I know it acts as an emulsifier in salad dressings! But honey is…sweet. So, I did a little research and found out that not only is honey an emulsifier, but it actually reduces cavities! Read the whole article here: Honey Fights Tooth Decay

Alcohol-Free Version

5 ounces Aloe Vera Juice (keep refrigerated) or 5 ounces Food-grade peroxide
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

Aloe Vera is extremely helpful for your mouth and gums, but it should be refrigerated after opening.


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