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Easy Homemade Mouthwash

Homemade Mouthwash is Easy and Cheap to Make.

Homemade Mouthwash is Easy and Cheap to Make.


Mouthwash is one of the products along with toothpaste and floss that should be used at least twice daily to maintain good oral hygiene.

Many assume that brushing our teeth twice daily is enough to ward off the germs and bad breath but mouthwash is essential and has an important part to play in maintaining clean and healthy gums, teeth, and breathe.

Quite often it is the one of the three dental products to be omitted off the shopping list when tightening the belts is needed.

Is it an essential, do we really need it at these prices?

They don’t come cheap; certainly the big brands such as Listerine, Corsodyl or Plax can cost a pretty penny or two.


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providing a mouthwash for guests is more cost effective when made yourself.

providing a mouthwash for guests is more cost effective when made yourself.

Benefits of Mouthwash

  • Freshens Breathe
  • Fights Against Cavities
  • Kills Germs in Hard to Reach Places
  • Loosens Food Particles Trapped Between the Teeth
  • Helps prevent Tooth Decay
  • Fights and Prevents Gum Disease
  • Easy to Use
  • Improves Teeth Discoloration
  • Helps Remove Plaque and Tartar Build Up

Peppermint Mouthwash

quick and easy non toxic peppermint mouthwash.check out the video easy homemade mouthwash to see how!

quick and easy non toxic peppermint mouthwash.check out the video easy homemade mouthwash to see how!

Making Your Own Makes Sense

Making homemade mouthwash may sound strange and difficult but it is really cheap, quick, easy and tons better for your gums, teeth and breathe.

The benefits far outweigh any of the commercial products which often contain harsh ingredients, so let’s take a look at what these benefits are:

Benefits of Homemade Mouthwash

You are in Total Control – You have carte blanche on exactly what you are putting into your mouth. You decide on the ingredients and quality to suite you.

No Hidden Chemicals – In regular commercial mouthwashes and mouth rinses there are often hidden nasties lurking behind those unpronounceable names. Preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners and dangerous chemicals may be there in numbers so avoid all that by choosing the easy homemade options.

Cost Friendly – You will make mouthwash at a fraction of the cost and still retain the excellent benefits of a commercial brand.



Apple Cider Makes Great Mouthwash

not only do apples benefit your health but your oral hygiene too.

not only do apples benefit your health but your oral hygiene too.

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salt is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient in mouthwash.

salt is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient in mouthwash.

Witch Hazel

Quick & Easy Mouthwash Recipes ~

Here is a selection of different mouthwashes to get the gargling juices flowing!

Peppermint Twist Mouthwash

Mix in a bowl 1 cup of distilled water, 1 tsp aloe vera gel (ingestible), 1 tsp vegetable glycerine and 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. Transfer to a clean sterilized jar with a tight fitting lid. Use within a few days. Peppermint oil is excellent in eradicating odor causing bacteria and freshens breath. Aloe gel helps soothe gums.

Apple Cider Mouthwash

Mix together 1 cup distilled water and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in a clean sterilized glass jar. Screw on lid and store indefinitely although if you are using regularly this quantity will not last long. If you fancy a cool mouthwash, store in the fridge. Shake well prior to using. Use like regular mouthwash, give it a swirl in the mouth and spit out, do not swallow.

Warm Water & Salt Mouthwash

This is a favorite of dentists to recommend, after certain procedures including root canals and extractions. Take a coffee cup, fill halfway with boiled water and fill to the top of the cup with cold water. Add 2 tsp salt and give it a stir. Use the entire cup by gargling for 10 seconds and spitting out. Do not keep this one but use as needed. This is a great mouthwash for helping to keep gums strong and healthy. Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Natural Minty Mouthwash

Mix the following ingredients together and store in a recycled container or glass jar with tight fitting lid. It will make approximately 14 oz and you may store it for up to two weeks in a cool dark cupboard. 1 cup aloe vera juice, ½ cup distilled or filtered water, 1 tbsp witch hazel, 2 tsp baking soda and 20 drops peppermint essential oil.


Witch hazel contains ethyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) so if you prefer to not use commercial brands with it, use natural witch hazel distillate.

Easy Homemade Mouthwash Recipe with Peppermint, Witch Hazel, Distilled Water, Baking Soda & Aloe Vera


All Natural Mouthwash with Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil

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Easy Homemade Mouthwash Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 30, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

Many thanks for taking the time to visit and comment! I will be publishing more recipe ideas for mouthwash and have just published a list of ingredients that are popular in homemade recipes. Hope you have fun experimenting!!

Claudia Porter on April 30, 2013:

I like that these don't have alcohol in them. I feel comfortable letting my daughter use them. I don't think there is an end to what you can make for us! Pinned etc.....

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 27, 2013:

Hi Paul,

Many thanks for visiting and for comments. Salt and warm water I probably would not use every day but it is great to use as you say for sore throats and for keeping the mouth bacteria free. I will be doing another hub with a list of other ingredients great to use for natural mouthwash you may find good too if you have problems with any of the other ingredients in Thailand. Many thanks for votes, shares, tweets and pin!

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 27, 2013:


This is a very interesting and useful hub for me. Mouthwashes are so expensive in Thailand! I remember using warm water and salt for sore throats, but never realized this would serve for a mouthwash. Your other recipes for mouthwashes are also very interesting and useful. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 21, 2013:

Hi teaches,

Great to hear you are a fan of this and going to give the apple cider one a go. Apple cider is also great for skin but if I remember correctly you are sensitive so it may be a wee strong for you in skin care treatments. Look forward to hearing how it goes for you! Cheers for the vote up!

Dianna Mendez on April 21, 2013:

I am going to try the apple cider vinegar mouthwash. My doctor prescribed this when I had a sore throat. Love your niche on homemade, natural products. Keep them coming! Voted up!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 15, 2013:

Hi Being Puneet,

These are ideal for that very reason of being chemical, sweetners etc . . . free. There are quite a few different "unknowns" in mouthwash that can be abrasive, harmful and do more damage than good. Many thanks for the interest!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 15, 2013:

Hi Janet,

So good to know you are finding these informative and useful. I too find the warm water 7 salt great after any dental procedure, infection or any sensitivity/pain. Hope you get to try out a few different ones in the future. Appreciate the nod of interest!

BeingPuneet on April 15, 2013:

thanks for sharing... i have always avoided using mouthwashes because i read they are agents for oral cancer... I'll surely try it.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on April 15, 2013:

This is another great hub. I love natural products and I learn a lot from you . I have often used the Warm Water & Salt Mouthwash after dental treatments.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 14, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

Many thanks for Q glad it was answered okay! Appreciate your interest!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 13, 2013:

Thank you Suzie. So nice of you to answer my question. Makes perfect sense :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Nicola,

Many thanks for your comments and interest here. Apple cider is such a useful ingredient as it is great for the skin too and may be used in different ways like a skin tonic or toner. Enjoy the recipe!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

Thanks for dropping in. The warm water was recommended to me by 2 dentists to use with salt. Used for helping ward off any infections and heal any new procedures. I find the water being warm is easier on the mouth if you have sensitivity issues. Hope this helps, try it with distilled at room temperature as an alternative by all means. many thanks for your comments and votes and share!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Many thanks for dropping by. Mouthwash is a great money saver so hope you do try it sometime.Appreciate your interest!

Nicole A. Winter from Chicago, IL on April 13, 2013:

This looks like something right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, I definitely would like to give the apple cider mouthwash a try, apples are so beneficial to your oral health.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have fun trying one of the recipes out!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Victoria Lynn,

Thanks for stopping by! Tap water is not recommended as it contains chlorine, mercury, nitrates and may contain carcinogens. Distilled, filtered or even mineral water is preferable to use but of course it is your choice. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the question! Appreciate your votes!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 13, 2013:

I'm going to try the salt water rinse. Question. Why is it necessary to boil the water? Especially if I'm using distilled.

These are excellent and healthy alternatives to store-bought mouth rinses. Thanks and voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 13, 2013:

I may try this. I've been thinking about making homemade toothpaste, too. The apple cider one looks easy. Tell me why the recipes call for distilled water? Is regular tap water not good to use? Thanks! Many votes, including up!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 13, 2013:

Wow! I never thought about making homemade mouthwash! I am all for anything to save money, and chemical-free is always comforting.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on April 13, 2013:

I didn't realize this could be made. I will definitely try this sometime. I like that you provided so many options!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi emilybee,

Mouthwash is expensive for sure so these few recipes will certainly cut the cost down and the chemical content. Thanks so much, appreciate your interest :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Careermommy,

Have fun checking these out, peppermint is so refreshing and they are easy peasy to rustle up. Glad you enjoyed and thanks very much for commenting!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi prettynutjob,

Welcome from the land of chocolate chips, love it. Thanks so much for your visit here. It is great to give new things a go at home so hope you enjoy this trying this one!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Vellur,

Great to have you visit as always. Mouthwash is easy so hope you have fun giving it a go! Cheers for the votes my friend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

So good to know you enjoyed this and will be giving it a try! Many thanks for your votes and for shares, always much appreciated from you!

emilybee on April 12, 2013:

Wow this is totally awesome. I go through a lot of mouthwash and it's expensive, and has a lot of chemicals in it. Will be trying to make my own soon. Thanks!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 12, 2013:

Suzie, this is a great hub. I'm all for natural products. This is one I will have to try out, and pass along to my family. Thank you for sharing!

Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on April 12, 2013:

Great hub, voted up and shared. I will have to give your natural mouthwash recipe a try, I love anything I can make myself.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 12, 2013:

I never knew we could make mouth washes right at home! Great hub, useful and informative. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2013:

Hi Suzie,

This is very interesting and since I'm all for natural products I'll be giving this a try. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 12, 2013:

Hi tipoague,

Many thanks for your email and comments! So glad you enjoyed this and do try the other varieties. There are many different ones out there depending on your likes. Appreciate your interest!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 12, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for checking this out. Easy Quick and Cheap . . . what's not to love eh?!! Thanks so much, have fun experimenting!

Tammy on April 11, 2013:

Great and useful hub! I have often used the salt and water wash. It was very helpful when fighting a sore throat. I will have to try out the mint ones. I am always on the lookout for other alternatives than commercial named products. Thanks for sharing these simple recipes.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 11, 2013:

How neat that you can make your own mouthwash! I never would have thought of that. I love the idea of customizing the flavors.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi younghopes,

Many thanks for dropping in, Hope you get to give these a try as they are super easy to make. Appreciate you stopping and commenting here!

Shadaan Alam from India on April 11, 2013:

this sounds too good, i have never tried any of these to be true. but now perhaps would love to give it a try, nice hub

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi bravewarrior,

Thanks very much for checking this out, was trying to do something new for the collection! Appreciate that you are enjoying these!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 11, 2013:

What a great hub, Suzi! I just love your homemade "green" recipes. Keep 'em coming!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Well i learn a great deal from you my friend be in no doubt, but thank you that is so nice of you to say! The salt and warm water i would use weekly more than daily unless you have a mouth infection or a recent procedure done in the mouth. Ones with peppermint are great for everyday, i really liked the video recipe with the two ladies. Thanks Thelma for votes and pin :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi Crystal,

You are so kind with your commenting, I do appreciate it greatly. Nice to know you find it interesting and I am humbled by the compliments. Hope you get to try out sometime, cheers so much for the votes and shares!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi Prasetio,

Lovely to see you drop in here. Hope you enjoy trying some out! Appreciate the thumbs up here and interest my friend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi Bill,

So good to see you my friend. It was my dentist to said to use as a mouthwash and no need for the commercial stuff. Then I saw another dentist about a second opinion on a procedure who mentioned using Cordosyl so the difference got me thinking. Both dentists were different age groups too. the younger recommending the branded variety which is expensive here. i would use the salt and water maybe not twice a day but a few times a week. It is a good one to try to get kids to use particularly if they eat a lot of sugar in candy, fruit etc. . .they develop soft teeth and gums and I have seen my very young niece with soft teeth even though she does not eat huge amounts of sugary things. It helps keep everything strong by using it weekly, in my opinion. Cheers Bill, thanks so much for all your comments, votes and sharing :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi livingsta,

So glad you stopped by here and found interesting. It is ultra easy to rustle up a DIY mouthwash so do give one a try! many thanks for your votes and sharing much appreciated!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 10, 2013:

Another awesome hub, Suzie. I like your articles and I´m learning a lot from you. I have been gargling water with salt as a mouthwash but only when I have sore throat and colds. I did not know that I can even use this without having sick. Thanks for the info. Voted this up and pinned.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on April 10, 2013:

Another great one! Without fail, you produce quality, interesting, informative and thoroughly researched and original hubs. Always happy to share and am sharing this one.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 10, 2013:

Very inspiring hub. I love your tips and I can't wait to make it soon. Suzie, you have done a great job by sharing this hub with us. Voted up and God bless you :-)


Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 10, 2013:

Hi Suzie. I've actually used one of these, the warm water and salt mouthwash. When I was a kid my mother would have us gargle with this when we would get a sore throat. I never knew that it could also be used as a mouth wash. Great hub Suzie. You really had a great niche going here so keep pumping them out. Voted up, shared, etc...

livingsta from United Kingdom on April 10, 2013:

Another useful and interesting hub Suzie. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us.

Votes up and sharing! I am sure many will benefit!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 10, 2013:

Hi Cozy Pozy,

Many thanks, welcome to HP! Glad you enjoyed this and hopefully may use sometime.

CozyPozy from USA on April 10, 2013:

These recipes are really handy to have. Thanks!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 10, 2013:

Hi bridalletter,

So good to have you stop by and glad you found it so interesting. Hope you have fun trying these out and they tick all the boxes for sure!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 10, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Many thanks my friend for those lovely words which mean a great deal, believe me. I am certainly enjoying this subject and if i can impart some good information to people I am a happy person! Cheers again Bill!!

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on April 10, 2013:

Now that is awesome! Never thought of making my own. I have the perfect little bottles to keep it in. I love the idea and cannot wait to try it out. Nice cost effective hygiene product!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 10, 2013:

I talk all the time about people finding their niche in writing and you, my friend, have found yours. You are a living example of how to get ahead in this writing business. I am certain that over time you will receive many views and see your earnings rise. You are doing great, Suzie! Keep it up.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 10, 2013:

Hi my good friend Carol,

So good to see you I have been thinking of new ideas and this was one I felt was something missing in my collection. Glad you enjoyed, it always means a great deal, as you know. Thanks very much for your continued support, encouragement and faith. Cheers for voting and pinning my friend :-)

carol stanley from Arizona on April 10, 2013:

Sounds easy and good. What a great idea. Peppermint is great..Thanks for the great recipes that you always provide. Voting up and pinning.

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