Make Your Own Mouthwash

Go Gingham homemade mouthwash

Have you ever wondered why a company would add sweetener to mouthwash? I mean really? We’re trying to clean and freshen our mouths here not have candy and sugar before going to bed.

Go Gingham homemade mouthwash

After reading the ingredients in our mouthwash, and not being able to pronounce most, we decided to buy an organic, non-gmo brand. The contents, which came in a plastic container, cost nearly  $10.00. This seemed liked getting robbed in daylight.

After finishing our store-bought, expensive mouthwash, I experimented with a few recipes and here’s what I came up with. Be ready for freshness!

Make your own mouthwash

  • 3 3/4 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable glycerine
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil

All you need is a measuring cup and a glass jar.

  1. Add 1 cup water to a 1 quart or 32 ounce glass jar.
  2. Add the baking soda and shake well.
  3. Next, add the glycerin and shake well.
  4. Now, add the essential oils and remainder of the water. Shake until well combined.

That’s it! Make sure to not swallow any of the mouthwash. The essential oil’s are not meant for consumption.

The glass jars I’m using our Apple cider vinegar jars. These are the same jars that I use for cleaning supplies.

You can buy whatever type of glycerine and essential oil brands that you like. I like the brand NOW for my non-gmo glycerine and essential oils. I buy them at Natural Grocers when they are on sale. They seem to have the best price for these items but do shop around.

(I use the vegetable glyerine for my facial moisturizer along with coconut oil. That’s it!)

Go Gingham homemade mouthwash
A small funnel really helps for this project. You can also make this in a glass bowl and whisk all of the ingredients together.

Before using the mouthwash, simply give it a shake before you use it.

One final note: after using this mouthwash for several weeks I went to the dentist. According to my hygienist, my gums have never been in better condition. I was thrilled with the results and I hope you will have a similar experience.

Of course I also love that I am not buying more products with added sweetener, sugar, food dyes, or things that come in plastic jugs. These glass jars can get used over and over.

Good for you, good for the pocketbook, and good for the environment! That’s the sweet spot that I love!

Sara

Sara, creator of Go Gingham, is passionate about cooking and feeding her family healthy, real food. She’s a green enthusiast, too, who loves to grow food organically. Sara loves to travel – especially by trading houses. An avid runner, she can also be found chasing after her chickens in the backyard.

4 Comments


  1. Just wondering about the shelf life of the mouthwash. How long will it keep?


    1. Hi Bobbie ~
      None of our mouthwash has been around long enough to test it out!
      I think it should be fine for 3 months or so but I haven’t tested that.
      Good question! 🙂


  2. I love this! But I have a question, how in the world do you get your ACV bottle sparkly clean? I don’t have a bottle brush that small and it is hard to get the sides clean, lolol. Leave it to me right?

    Wha does the glycerin do for your mouth exactly?

    Thanks, glad you’re back!


    1. Hah! Good question, Bobbi! I do have a method but now I’m thinking I’ll make a post about THAT. Thanks for the idea and writing in ~

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