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Homemade Mouthwash Green Choices

Submitted by on February 1, 2011 – 6:19 am2 Comments



Similar to over-usage of antibiotic medicines, the use of specific mouthwash brand time and again, can in fact be damaging. Also mouthwash brands don’t totally obliterate bacterial presence in the mouth. The remnant bacterial form could show resistance to a certain mouthwash, finally leading to super-bug settlements in the oral region.

Moreover, majority of the mouthwash brands contain bothersome amounts of alcoholic presence. Several mouthwashes even have dire chemical constituents like polysorbate, formaldehyde, cetylpyridinium chloride & sodium lauryl sulphate that are all known to be lethal to aquatic creatures. Also any mouthwash that doesn’t inadvertently get ingested simply ends up in the drains and polluting our environment.

Here are some homemade mouthwash recipes that are definitely a greener approach to maintaining optimal oral health.

A fine means of controlling bacterial forms apart from the use of toothbrush & floss is the use of saline mouthwash. This could be prepared by addition of salt to the extent that its dissolution in water no longer occurs and then gargling & swishing the mix inside the mouth to be done everyday. This mouthwash is especially beneficial for providing interim respite from oral infections. Another plus point of the use of the saline mouthwash is bringing about some extent of tooth whitening.

  • Lemon mouthwash could be made by mixing together the just mentioned ingredients in a closed bottle - a cupful water, soda beverage (half cup), aloe vera gel (a tsp), lemon essential oil (ten droplets) and vegetable glycerine (four). Avoid rubbing lemon extract or lemons directly on the teeth.
  • Mint mouthwash could be prepared by firstly boiling water, adding soda beverage (one-fourth cup), vegetable glycerine (four) & aloe vera gel (one tsp). Removing from the stove & allowing it to cool down. Now adding spearmint, peppermint (ten droplets) & shaking properly in closed container and stored for later use.
  • Tea tree oil homemade mouthwash can be made by mixing together constituents – tepid water (a cupful), tea tree oil (some droplets), mint/peppermint oil (some droplets), myrrh tincture (half tsp) and used for gargling.
  • Plain cranberries juice could also be used for gargling in the mouth in a vigorous manner prior to swallowing. Teeth must then be rinsed with water.
  • Apple cider vinegar could assist in dissolving calcified depositions in the mouth.
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  • Zoe says:

    I had a habit of using the branded mouth washes, i would not like to specify the brand name. It caused some problem to my teeth instead, may be due to the preservatives. I later found out a few of these methods from a mag, and they work perfectly fine. Thanks to you too for sharing this post. Good job.

  • nancy says:

    Some branded mouth washing liquids are sweetened, which totally defies the main purpose of their existence. They are even costlier. These homemade methods are better instead. Got to try them.

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