Detox Your Mouthwash with this Chemical Free DIY

Is your mouthwash doing more harm than good? You may be surprised to learn that the “tingly feeling” you get after using your current brand is actually making life easier for the bacteria you’re trying to kill. Surprised? You’re not alone.

Most commercial mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol. The alcohol serves no purpose except to give you that tingle—the illusion that you’re doing something good for your mouth. In reality, the alcohol reduces saliva and actually contributes to your bad breath issues.

Even if you use an alcohol-free brand, don’t stop reading just yet! Most commercial mouthwashes also contain a variety of harmful chemicals. Just like toothpaste, the warning label clearly sates to avoid swallowing, keep away from children, and to call poison control if swallowed. This is not a product we want in our mouths twice a day!

Gum Disease Remedy lists the top 9 chemicals you will find in most commercial oral wash products. Note: We have never tried the product they are advertising, nor do we suggest it, but the information in the article is a solid explanation of the common toxins frequently listed as active ingredients in many mouthwashes.

We love that “minty fresh feeling” as much as the next person, but not at the cost of our long-term oral health. We have found that a simple homemade recipe does the job nicely, and the essential oils kill bacteria without harming delicate gum tissues.

You will need

  • Glass container (We get ours on Amazon and we love the pump. They come in clear, cobalt, or amber.)
  • 4 oz distilled or purified water
  • 2-5 drops essential oil of choice (peppermint, cinnamon, wintergreen—we like Now Brand Essential Oils)


Put in the essential oils, add the water, put the lid on and shake. Shake before each use as the oil and water can separate.

Easy, right? Also easy on the budget. Your mouth will feel fresh and clean and no harmful chemicals to worry about! We have been using this recipe for years and couldn’t be happier.

If you’re still on the fence about how important it is to avoid the toxins in commercial mouthwash, Dr. Mercola enlightens us regarding the possible links between commercial oral products and cancer. You may be surprised what you find out.

If you are new to essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe has written a great overview to get you started. Be sure you understand what constitutes a quality essential oil and only use a reputable brand. We use the Now Brand Essential Oils for household cleaners and some personal products. We use Hopewell Essential Oils for all medicinal purposes.

In addition to changing your mouthwash, go crazy and consider changing your toothpaste at the same time, and for very similar reasons. To take your oral health to the next level, try practicing the ancient art of oil pulling.

Finally, always remember that diet plays a key role in all facets of health, including your teeth and gums. Feed your body well. Reduce the toxins, and watch the miracles happen!

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