I am the first to admit that my homemade toothpaste is nothing spectacular. I mean, it cleans and all, but it doesn’t  foam or give you that minty fresh feeling (which, in my opinion, is part of the point of using toothpaste.) I actually taught a DIY household products class the other night at the rec centre, and I was a bit embarrassed to even include the toothpaste.

But I’ve recently found a recipe that makes everything ok. It’s mouthwash!

I had looked into homemade mouthwash previously, but was intimidated by the specialty ingredients (aloe vera juice anyone), but then I found a recipe that only included things I already had around the house.

It’s minty, it’s super ridiculously cheap, and it doesn’t leave me with the plastic bottle guilt or the burning mouth sensation of commercial mouthwashes. Why the heck didn’t I try this earlier?

homemademouthwash1 cup water
1TBSP baking soda
2 drops peppermint oil
1 drop teatree oil (optional, but slightly antiseptic)

Store in an airtight container.

Next up, I might try this spearmint tooth gel.

PS, if you missed the 90’s and hence the term “freshmaker”, you might want to watch this mentos commercial.



Filed under DIY, Hygiene

5 responses to “Freshmaker

  1. Laureline Spira

    Hi! I’m from Switzerland and i watched your movie the cleanbin project in the contexte of a green movie festival. I just wanted to say that what you did is great and inspiring. I’m gonna try the homade toothpaste right now 🙂 Thanks we need project like yours, it showes real simple stuff we can make to help the environment.

  2. Caroline m.

    Hi, I finally ran out of mouthwash and want to try your recipe, I have Peppermint 100% pure essential oil in my cupboard , on bottle it says not for internal use, is that normal, I mean is that the type of Peppermint oil I should use or is there another, since it won’t really be drank but just gargled, is it safe? Thanks again!

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