Less Plastic Challenge Day 3: Mouthwash

I don't know about you, but I'm not comfortable using any mouthwash product that bares the warning, "call poison control if swallowed." If it's poison, then it's not even a good idea to put it in your mouth in the first place.  Not only are mainstream mouthwashes full of toxic ingredients (Thymol, Hexeditine, Methyl Salicylate, Benzalkonium ChlorideEucalyptol, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Methylparaben) that harm the body and the environment, they are also packaged in plastic!

Making mouthwash at home is very inexpensive, and it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare. I bet you already have most of the ingredients! 

Basic Mouthwash

Ingredients: 

1 cup filtered water

1 teaspoon baking soda

5 drops peppermint essential oil

3 drops clove essential oil

The Steps: Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and give it a good shake. I store mine in my medicine cabinet. It keeps perfectly well! 

Baking Soda: People have been brushing their teeth with baking soda well before the introduction of fluoride toothpastes that are filled with synthetic foaming agents. I use baking soda in my mouthwash and toothpaste because it's a mild abrasive and cleans the teeth by removing plaque, as well as polishing, whitening, and freshening breath. Its antibacterial activity also kills bacteria that cause tooth decay. 

Clove Oil: Clove oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral. It can be effective against cavities.

Peppermint Oil: Peppermint essential oil has antiseptic properties. It can help teeth and gums ward off unwanted germs, while eliminating bacteria that cause bad breath. 

This mouthwash is super refreshing-- I think you'll love it!

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