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Why make homemade mouthwash? You can avoid the alcohol, dyes, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners present in many commercial mouthwashes and control the quality of the ingredients.
This article contains five mouthwash recipes, plus links to four more. What will you find in these recipes? Some of the ingredients include:
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Here's the most basic alcohol-free mouthwash recipe:
Mix all ingredients in a glass container that has a lid. Shake well.
Use as needed, shaking well before each use (the baking soda settles to the bottom). Swish 2 to 3 teaspoons of mouthwash in your mouth for a minute or two and then spit it out.
Source: DIY Natural
Place the following ingredients a glass container that has a lid:
Secure the lid and then shake vigorously until all the ingredients dissolve in the water.
To use, take a sip, swish it in your mouth for about a minute, and then spit it out. There is no need to rinse with water.
In addition to whitening, this mouthwash purportedly helps remineralize teeth using calcium carbonate powder and liquid trace minerals.
Store this mouthwash in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use as needed, shaking well before each use.
Source: Living the Nourished Life
One study indicated that aloe vera may be an effective mouthwash due to its ability to reduce dental plaque, while this study found aloe vera reduces indications of periodontal disease.
Mix all ingredients in a bottle and use as needed, shaking before each use.
Source: DIY Natural
Combine all ingredients in a glass container that has a lid. Shake well.
To use: Shake well. Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons in your mouth for about a minute, and then spit out the mouthwash and rinse your mouth with water.
Source: Health Extremist
Here are links to four more mouthwash recipes:
Herbal Mouthwash (contains alcohol and dried herbs, in addition to essential oils).
Antiseptic Homemade Mouthwash is a little more complicated, as you have to make an herbal infusion.
Lemon-Cinnamon Mouthwash uses lemon juice and cinnamon essential oil, along with honey, baking soda, and water.
Minty Clove Mouthwash contains whole cloves, ground cinnamon, and peppermint essential oil.
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