Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash is a part of almost everyone’s oral hygiene routine. The stores are full of different types of mouthwash, promising everything from fresh minty breath to pearly white teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, there are two types of mouthwash – cosmetic and therapeutic.

The therapeutic mouthwashes help in controlling plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay, while the cosmetic mouthwash help temporarily by staving off bad breath and is used only as a rinse.

Some of the over-the-counter mouthwashes contain ingredients which have side effects that may not make them the best choice for everyday use.

Alcohol-based mouthwashes could potentially lead to dry mouth with continued use. Mouthwashes with fluoride can cause organ toxicity with long term use.

If you want to avoid such unnecessary side effects, you can go for a more natural approach and make your mouthwash at home. There are plenty of DIY recipes which can help you create natural mouthwashes at home.

These natural mouthwashes contain essential oils, combined with standard home dental care which can also help in reducing plaque and gingivitis.

Let us look at some recipes for natural mouthwashes you can try at home.

1. Natural mouthwash recipe

You will need –

Blend the ingredients in a dark glass container and store in a dark, cool place till you use it.

Echinacea is an immune-stimulating herb that helps fight inflammation and infection, and tea tree and myrrh are excellent choices for a fresh minty breath.

2. Homemade peppermint mouthwash

You will need –

Mix all the ingredients in a dark glass container and shake to combine. Store the mouthwash in a dark, cool place.

Advantages of this mouthwash-

  • Whitens your teeth
  • No burning sensation
  • Clean rinsing effect
  • No alcohol present
  • Delicious natural flavor
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Lasting breath freshness

3. Spicy orange mouthwash

You will need –

Blend all the ingredients in a dark container and store in a cool, dark place till you require it.

4. Super minty mouthwash

You will need –

  • 8 ounces of water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops spearmint essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a container and shake well to combine. Store the rinse in a cool, dark place till you use it.

5. Refreshing citrus mouthwash

You will need –

  • 8 ounces of water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 drops citrus essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop spearmint essential oil

6. All-natural herbal mouthwash

You will need –

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon Real salt or pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
  • 2 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops cloves essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil

Add all the ingredients to a glass bottle and shake it to combine all the ingredients. Try to prepare this mouthwash in small quantities to retain the freshness and flavors of the essential oils.

7. Homemade natural mouthwash

You will need –

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xylitol
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops mineral drops
  • 1 cup distilled water

Add all the ingredients to a storage bottle and mix thoroughly. Shake before each use to help disperse the oils and any baking soda or traces of salt that may have settled to the bottom of the bottle.

8. Natural and Anti-bacterial homemade mouthwash

You will need –

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup filtered or distilled water
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all the ingredients in a container and shake it up. Be sure to shake before each use as the baking soda will settle to the bottom when not in use. Make this mouthwash in small batches because the essential oils will continue to blend over time and the flavors can change.

9. Homemade mouthwash

You will need –

  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 cups spring water
  • 1 tablespoon calcium carbonate powder
  • 8 drops concentrated trace minerals liquid
  • 6 drops liquid stevia (optional)

Add the spring water, calcium carbonate powder and trace minerals in a Mason jar or BPA-free plastic bottle. Next, add the essential oils and mix all the ingredients well. Store this mouthwash in a dark place or your fridge.

10. DIY mouthwash with essential oils

You will need –

  • 1 cup of distilled filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon alcohol –free witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil of your choice

Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil, witch hazel and baking soda in a glass bottle. Fill the container with distilled water and store this mouth rinse in a dark, cool place.

Take away message

Mouthwashes are an essential part of anybody’s oral hygiene routine. Whether you are using a mouthwash for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons, over-the-counter mouth rinses contain some active ingredients which may not be safe for everyday use.

By making your mouthwash at home, you can control all the ingredients you want to add and prepare a mouthwash tailored to your specifications and requirements.

There are plenty of DIY Mouthwash Recipes that can be made combining several or a few essential oils, water, and baking soda.