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Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Antibacterial, DIY Mouthwash


Why do I make my own mouthwash? Because my family of mutants, MTHFR cannot use most personal hygiene products you find at the store. There is just too many toxins in them. And while many people think I’m cray, cray and it’s all in my head, I have seen how my family reacts when we use the store bought crap. I am tired of watching my family suffer. Asthma, “allergies”, eczema, body aches, hair loss, headaches, hives, mood issues, fatigue,  getting every bug that went around because of a bad immune system, this is what happens when we use products with toxins in them. When we remove them and we read labels and know what we are using on our bodies and in our bodies, life is much easier for us.


  • Menthol  – Fragrance, antiseptic > Irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Sodium fluoride > Antibacterial > strengthens tooth enamel Fluorosis – spotting, mottling and yellowing of the teeth especially in children; osteoporosis – ingested fluoride leeches calcium from the bones; allergy/hypersensitivity reactions; ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, and diarrhea.
  • Sorbitol  –  Sweetener, tartar control agent > Mostly safe, but if swallowed can cause bloating, diarrhea.
  • Aroma  –  Fragrance > Perfume by another name, composed mostly of solvents; drying to the mouth and potentially neurotoxic; allergic reactions may mimic common dental problems such as bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, gingivitis.
  • Poloxamer 407  –  Surfactant, detergent, film former > Chemically similar to polypropylene glycol (PPG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), thus potentially contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, impurities linked to breast cancer. In medicine, it’s a vehicle for injected drugs and an ointment and suppository base.
  • Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate  –  Preservative, antibacterial > Allergens, sensitisers; urticaria, asthma, rhinitis and anaphylactic shock have all been reported following oral, dermal or inhalation exposure to both substances.
  • Sodium saccharin  –  Sweetener > Carcinogenic – linked to bladder cancer in animals. Banned in the U.S.
  • Alcohol  –  Antiseptic, antibacterial > Dries and denatures mucous membranes in the mouth; changes mouth and throat pH; promotes mouth and throat cancer.
  • Eucalyptol (Oil of Eucalyptus) > – Fragrance, antiseptic > Allergic skin, nose and eye reactions, inhalation may trigger asthma; vocal cord dysfunction in sensitive individuals. Ingestion can cause vomiting, stomach pains, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, bleeding, coma, and death.
  • Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen)  –  Fragrance, antiseptic > Respiratory tract, skin and eye irritation; allergic reactions; small ingested amounts are fatal to young children; may cause reactions in aspirin-sensitive people.Thymol Fragrance, antiseptic > Derived from thyme oil; harmful if swallowed, may cause irritation to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, affects central nervous system. Common fungicide.
  • CI 42053, CI 47005  –  Colourings > CI 42053 (Fast Green FCF) is a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant; the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists this coal tar dye as an animal carcinogen. CI 47005 (Quinoline Yellow) is a coal-tar dye that causes contact dermatitis and sensitization. Banned in the Australia, USA, and Norway.


Benefits of Using Homemade Mouthwash

  • Improves your oral health by fighting bad bacteria.
  • Freshens breath
  • Prevents Cavities
  • Inexpensive – Homemade mouthwash will be a fraction of the cost of store-bought mouthwashes with the same or better performance.
  • No harmful chemicals –  – Manufacturers often include dyes, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and other chemicals that are harmful to your health. When you make your own mouthwash, you know exactly what is in it.

DIY Mouthwash Ingredient Benefits

  1. Baking soda – Is sodium bicarbonate which works as a mechanical cleanser on the teeth and gums, neutralizes the production of acid in the mouth and also as an antiseptic to help prevent infections occurring. A paste made from sodium bicarbonate and a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial toothpaste.
  2. Tea tree oil –  has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action, and is also believed to have beneficial cosmetic properties.
  3. Peppermint oil – is shown to be more effective than the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in preventing the development of biofilm that contributes to cavities.12 It can also prevent bad breath.
  4. Trace Minerals – By adding drops of trace minerals in your water, you will alkalize your mouth, preventing further break-down of your tooth enamel.  You are delivering the trace minerals, right where you can use them, to re-mineralize your teeth. 


The ingredients are easy to use, easy to find and have multi uses. The essential oils and trace minerals last me a long time and  I always have baking soda on hand. Remember to use an aluminum free baking soda. It will usually specify on the box if it is.


D.I.Y. Mouthwash

2 cups  Warm Filtered Water
2 tsp baking soda
10 drops Trace Minerals (or 1 tsp sea salt)
4 drops Tea Tree Oil
4 drops Peppermint Oil

Add the baking soda, trace minerals and oils to the container then pour in the warm water. Cap and shake the bottle.

I used an old glass vinegar container and it has worked perfectly for me. You could also use an oil dispenser and a couple shot glasses to make it look cute.
We really do enjoy this mouthwash. It’s not “spicy” as my littles would say so they like it. It has helped my son with his ulcers, it helps a lot with the pain.

Do you have a DIY Mouthwash recipe?
Could you benefit from making your own?
I’d love to hear from you.


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2 thoughts on “Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Antibacterial, DIY Mouthwash

  1. This is so neat! I never really thought about making my own mouthwash! I may have to give this a try!

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