Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Mouthwash at Home

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You are highly commended for taking good care of your teeth and mouth through the use of toothpastes and mouthwashes.  After all, you are lessening your negative impact on the health care system and, consequently, on the environment.

Harmful to the Environment

Did you know that by using over-the-counter mouthwash, you are actually doing more harm to the environment? Just think of the many chemicals on mouthwashes that are harmful to the environment, which include formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, polysorbate and cetylpyridinium chloride.

Take note that these are toxic to aquatic organisms.  How, you might ask?  Well, when you spit out the mouthwash after swishing it through your mouth, you are contributing to the cesspools of toxic by-products of our society’s obsession to oral health at the expense of the environment.

Plus, you have to remember the various processes that these mouthwashes must go through in order to land in your bathroom sink from their manufacture to their transport.  Again, the carbon footprint that every bottle of store-bought mouthwash leaves behind will make your eco-friendly conscience cringe at the thought.

Harmful to Your Health

There is also the matter of bacterial resistance.  Just like how the uncontrolled usage of one antibiotic builds up immunity against it, so does the use of one particular type of mouthwash.  You might just start a species of a superbug in your mouth! And just the thought of letting formaldehyde touch your sensitive mouth must be giving you the creeps right now.

So, what is an environmentalist who desires to be orally healthy without damaging the environment to do?  Don’t stop taking care of your teeth and mouth, of course.  Just use eco-friendly, homemade mouthwashes instead.

Eco-Friendly Mouthwashes

Right in your kitchen pantry and medicine, you will find many ingredients for an eco-friendly mouthwash.   You can save money on your grocery when you do use these homemade mouthwashes and save the environment as well.

Below are just some of them:

* Combine as much table salt as you can with warm water then use daily for maintenance of oral health as well as to fight off bad breath and minor infections

* Mix a half teaspoon of baking soda with an 8-oz glass of water and use as mouthwash, which will neutralize acidic bacteria and hence, freshen your breath

* Add 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water and then use as a mouthwash and teeth whitener (Hydrogen peroxide is a  main ingredient in teeth whitening products)

* For an easy-to-do herbal mouthwash, boil 2½ cups of distilled water, take it out of the stove and then add 1 fresh mint leaf, 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves and 1 teaspoon anise seeds.  Infuse the whole concoction for 20 minutes, let cool and strain. You can then use it as a daily mouthwash.  If you wish to make a larger bottle, just add 1 teaspoon of tincture of myrrh to preserve it.

With a little ingenuity in oral health care, you can actually be Mother Earth’s ally in protecting her.  And you get to save money on expensive mouthwashes, too!

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  1. Rock_Girl says:

    Wao! i never know that i can make my own mouthwash. I can’t wait to checkout my kitchen and medicine cabinet to make the mouthwash. I think that i have all this ingredients in my home. thanks for the article… is a good one!!

  2. k3 charger says:

    Wow! That’s really a great alternative. I should start looking for household products that can be replaced with natural products.

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