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When I figured out that I could make my own mouthwash, I felt so liberated. You mean I don’t have to guzzle down the bottle of bright blue alcoholic liquid every time i want to freshen my breath?

Conventional mouthwash actually contains a good deal of alcohol, which alters the natural pH of the mouth. It can also contain harsh detergents and sugars that your body struggles to process like sorbitol and saccharin. Not to mention synthetic colors, aroma, and flavorings that alter naturally occurring mouth flora. So liberate yourself from the big blue bottle by making your own antibacterial mouthwash at home.

Peppermint Herbal Mouthwash

  • 1/2 c. aloe vera juice (like this)
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tsp witch hazel (like this)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil (like this)

Combine the aloe vera juice, water, and witch hazel in a bottle. Gently add in the baking soda, being careful that a reaction doesn’t overflow. Add in your drops of peppermint essential oil, cover, and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark  area for up to 2 weeks.

 Adapted from Do It Gorgeously

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56 Responses to DIY Peppermint Mouthwash

  1. tim says:

    It smells good too!

  2. Sarah York says:

    This looks awesome! My husband is obsessed with mouthwash, but I’m not a huge fan (for all the reasons you listed). I’m going to have to try making some. And where do you get all your pretty bottles to store your lovely brews?

  3. becca says:

    Yeah, this stuff (while may not be as sweet and “minty” as your husband is used to) really does the trick. I actually grabbed that cute little bottle at Michael’s Craft Store when I was cruising the aisles looking for an ink pad. I think it was $2.99. I’m always on the lookout for bottles, it’s an addiction :)

  4. r4 ds lite says:

    Great, thanks for sharing this blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  5. sacs chanel says:

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  6. becca says:

    Oh no, I’m sorry that happened! Thank you for commenting again :)

  7. Joanna says:

    Could I use cinnamon oil instead of peppermint? I’m not a fan of mint, but cinnamon seems to be OK. I am assuming this change is OK, but I know sometimes it matters. :)

  8. becca says:

    You should go for it! Let me know how it goes.

  9. Lauren says:

    Hi,

    I came across your post from a Buzzfeed article. I’ve been looking at natural mouthwashes for some time, but never switched because the products I’ve seen in stores never say that they are anti-bacterial. But yours is, so I”m excited to try it! What makes it anti-bacterial? Also, being sort of new to the natural stuff, I have a question about the aloe vera juice: whole-leaf or just the juice made from the inner gel? I didn’t even know there were choices until I started researching…

    Thanks,
    Lauren

  10. becca says:

    Hi Lauren!
    Thanks for stopping by :)
    The aloe vera plant contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s the star ingredient in this mouthwash recipe.
    It’s best to use the aloe vera juice for this recipe, and not the gel, as you’d need it in liquid form for the right consistency.
    I hope that helps!

  11. Lauren says:

    Hi! Thanks for responding! My question is that even the juice comes in 2 forms: made “from 100% inner gel fillet” (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fruit-Of-The-Earth-Aloe-Vera-Juice-32-oz/19802813) and “whole leaf” (http://www.amazon.com/Aloe-Juice-Organic-Whole-Preservatives/dp/B000S850UY), which I guess includes the outer bits. Which juice is better?

  12. becca says:

    Ah, I understand now. Based on those two choices, I would go with the organic aloe ver juice because it’s not treated with any sort of chemicals or synthetic fillers. I always purchase whole leaf, and have never heard of inner gel fillet. I did some internet research and came up with some conflicting data. I definitely recommend you do your own research, but my opinion would be the organic aloe vera juice. Good luck, let me know how it goes!

  13. Sharon says:

    I was wondering, I have tons of mint in my herb garden. Is there any way I could use it. I wouldn’t be very happy with green bits in my clean teeth :0) ! Maybe I could bruise the mint, add it to the mix and strain it a few days latter? I think I will try it and let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the blog, I’m always on the hunt for natural recipes.

  14. becca says:

    Hi Sharon!
    Ooh, I love fresh mint. I think you have a good idea of muddling the mint and straining a few days later. I’d say go for it! Another idea would be to make mint water by taking a lot (I mean A LOT) of torn mint leaves and pouring hot water (like from a tea kettle) and letting it sit for 30 mins. Strain out the mint leaves, and you’ve got fragrant mint water to add to the mouthwash mixture. I hope that helps.

  15. Mandy says:

    Do you think this could be done with aloe vera gel? That is all we have, and a giant bottle of it, the pure kind (not after-sunburn stuff) so it’s kind of liquidy.

  16. becca says:

    I wouldn’t recommend using aloe vera gel since the consistency is still pretty different from the juice.

  17. Noritta says:

    Thank you Becca, I will certainly try it, I’m never used witch hazel before, can you recommend where I can buy it from please?

  18. Heidi says:

    Love this idea! I live in Tucson and have lots of aloe vera plants in my yard. Any idea how I could put then to use and make the juice instead of buying it?

  19. becca says:

    Hi Noritta! You can find witch hazel at your local drug store or you can buy it online here.

  20. becca says:

    Hi Heidi!

    Lucky you :) Here’s a great tutorial for making aloe vera juice with your plants.

  21. Ohhhdear says:

    Look for great bottles of all types at resale shops! Some have 50% off days, others promote categories of items on deep discounts varying days of the week/month. Super buys, keeps stuff out of landfills, and buying at places like Salvation Army,, Goodwill, or World Mission helps less fortunate folks in any ways.

  22. Michelle Patterson says:

    On my way to a chemical free home….thanks for sharing the recipe!
    #oils4everyone

  23. Sabina says:

    Hi,

    I’d like to know how long does it last? Is there a way to make it last longer?

    Regards!
    S.

  24. Geena says:

    Do the two weeks mean it needs to sit that long until it is usable?
    Or is that the shelf life?

  25. becca says:

    2 weeks is the recommended shelf life.

  26. This DIY Peppermint Mouthwas recipe is awesome. And your presentation is beautiful. I can’t wait to make it and PIN it!

  27. Erin says:

    I was curious about how you feel about using essential oils that claim “for external use only” vs “For aromatic, topical, or dietary use” for this recipe… I believe the one you use in your picture and the one you link to are both for external use. Is this ok because you don’t swallow the mouthwash? (I’d imagine the witch hazel probably says its for external use only – as well.) Just thought I would check first. :-) Thanks for the great recipe!

  28. Jen says:

    Thank you! I will be trying this! Haven’t been able to use mouthwash in ages!!

    And Erin, I use one drop of “external use only” peppermint essential oil to brush my teeth with every day. It works great. Super fresh breath, nice, bright teeth, and no bad effects. It just burns a little, so I rinse with cold water and apply coconut oil to my lips afterward.

  29. Victoria says:

    Witch hazel and aloe vera juice?…BLAH!….What is the point of these two ingredients?…Any substitutes?

  30. Jill says:

    You could also try Thieves oil instead of peppermint, it’s a germ fighter and has a spicy flavor!

  31. Robin says:

    Where can I buy Aloe Vera Juice?
    So excited to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Genelle says:

    Hi Becca,

    When you store this in a cool place are you thinking like under a bathroom sink cool or in the refrigerator cool? Just asking because the aloe I’ve looked at asks you to keep it refrigerated. I want to make this for my husband but don’t want him to get the surprise of spoiled aloe vera juice when he fills up his mouth with the mouthwash. lol!

  33. becca says:

    Hi Genelle!

    I store mine in a cool cabinet in the bathroom, but you could definitely put it in the fridge :)

  34. Genelle says:

    Thank you. I’d prefer to keep it in the bathroom cabinet, so we’ll probably try that first and if we notice it spoils then we’ll move to the fridge. Can you tell me what brand of aloe you used?

  35. Lee says:

    Hi Becca,
    Would you recommend Dr. Bronner’s organic peppermint soap to substitute the peppermint essential oil. Just was wondering. I do use the soap and read on the Dr. Bronner’s website that it can be used to brush your teeth but not very tasteful… However, the scent is wonderful.
    Thanks

  36. becca says:

    Hi Lee,
    Dr. Bronner’s is a soap, so it’s a bit different from the essential oil I have in my recipe. If it’s been recommended to you, your can certainly try but I wouldn’t recommend it as a substitute for this recipe in particular.

  37. Tina says:

    How could I make juice from an actual aloe vera plant (we have 3) to use in this please? Would I use the electric juicer that we have?

  38. Becca, Your mouthwash is so much better than using commercial brands that are loaded with chemicals. Thanks for the recipe and I will share it on FB and Pinterest.

  39. edith says:

    Great idea. I use peppermint oil at night to clear my sinuses…; just a dap or two under my nose., so nice. Also, Aloe is such an easy plant to grow, even I can’t kill it. I harvest the plant leaves when they get to big and but them in the freezer to use as a first aid application for burns. Now I think I’m going to try mixing-up this recipe. Thanks!

  40. April says:

    I just made my second batch of this wonderful mouthwash. It’s not as sweet or as minty as commercial mouthwash but it leave my mouth feeling incredibly clean. Thank you for the recipe i will continue to enjoy it!

    Oh found the aloe vera juice at rite aid if anyone has issues finding it!

  41. becca says:

    Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing that with me April! Enjoy your creations :)

  42. Kathy says:

    Why the baking soda?

  43. becca says:

    Hi Kathy! Baking soda helps rebalance the pH of the mouth and cleans out bacteria. It’s the secret weapon!

  44. Ron Roberts says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve tried a few mouthwash products from different brands and I have to say that the majority of them does not taste that pleasant. As long as I know that homemade mouthwash is also possible, I’m just so happy and excited.. I will try your mouthwash recipe for sure and try to find out my favorite combination/taste.

  45. teri says:

    My daughter is allergic to Aloe Vera – any suggestion for a substitute?

  46. Jo says:

    I would like to find something to add the ‘good germs’ back in my mouth after using the mouthwash.

    I do oil pulling then rinse with a listerine type product. I worry about killing all the good germs. Yogurt has the good germs. You can also buy accidolphius pills to add good germs to your system. I would like to come up with something to replace the good germs.

    Right now I eat a little yogurt after using the mouthwash and it should work to add back the good germs,, but my mouth doesn’t taste as good afterwards as it did when I rinsed with the mouthwash.

  47. Patricia says:

    I’m new to this dabbling thing and really loved the idea of making my own tooth powder and mouth wash, neither of which I’ve done yet. I just spent a fair amount of money on the powder from a Natural Food Store and need to use it up plus quite a bit of money for a healing gum powder for my gum disease [it’s working really well too]. Now I want to make my own products. My question is regarding the mouth wash. Is there any sweetener like xylitol that would be ok to use or is there a particular reason you don’t use one?

  48. becca says:

    Hey Patricia! I’m loving that you are dipping your toe into the dabbling pool. Come in! The water’s warm! ;) Have you made the mouthwash without sweetener? I would try that first and then, if you still desire a sweetener, I would recommend a plant-based sweetener (but just a little bit). Happy dabbling!

  49. Kelly says:

    I was wondering if it would be ok to use peppermint extract in place of the essential oil?? Its edible, and its what i have on hand. But wondering if it would change anything important to the recipe. Thank you.

  50. becca says:

    Hi Kelly! Hmm, I’ve never tried that. Go ahead and give it a try, and let us know how it goes!

  51. Tania says:

    I love this recipe! I changed it slightly by adding clove and myrrh oil and a few drops of concentrace minerals…all support the health and remineralization process!

  52. becca says:

    Tell me more about concentrate minerals, Tania!

  53. Tania says:

    Gladly! Many remineralizing homemade toothpastes have calcium/magnesium powder, bentonite clay, and/or mineral drops added. Basically your teeth remineralize from the minerals in your saliva if your teeth aren’t coated with chemicals and glycerin…but most commerical toothpastes, even natural ones, have these ingredients. To remineralize/build enamel, your teeth need access to minerals. I started making my own toothpaste and my “traditional” hygienist was so thrilled with my results that she started making her own…and now she doesn’t even push fluoride :) For a quick rinse, especially before my kids put in their dental appliances, I made your mouthwash…but then thought “how perfect to add the mineral drops to the mouthwash as well so that they are abundantly available for the teeth to absorb :)

  54. Jennie says:

    I made this! My first DIY project!! It doesn’t taste like Scope(!) but after using it it feels like you’ve come back from a teeth cleaning!! Good stuff!

  55. Becca says:

    Hooray! Congrats Jennie!

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