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9 Best Homemade Natural Mouthwash Recipes

Published on March 17th 2015 by under DIY

Smile more; talk more to your friends confidently trying these mouthwash recipes! Bad breath is repulsive! To have a fresh breath, so that others would love to come close to you, all you need is a good mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Here are the best recipes with fresh, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-bad breath properties, that would not only keep you energized with loads of confidence all day at home or at work, but also would take care of your dental health. It’s all about your mouth, teeth, gums and buccal cavity. Try and see how the recipes work…..

Homemade Mouthwash

Homemade Mouthwash

Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

Antiseptic/Antibacterial Mouthwash Recipes

For Gingivitis

The detoxifying properties of Neem, the Ayurvedic herb, reduces plaque, fight periodontal diseases like gingivitis (infected swollen gums) etc., that might result in other oral health issues like sore gums, ulcers, bleeding gums etc.


  • Baking soda – 2 tsp
  • Warm water – ½ cup
  • Essential oil of peppermint – 2 drops
  • Tea tree oil – 1-2 drops
  • Thyme essential oil – 1-2 drops
  • Neem oil – 1 tsp
  • Raw honey (natural sweetener) – 1 tsp
DIY Simple Mouthwash Recipe

DIY Simple Mouthwash Recipe

How to make

Add baking soda, peppermint and tea tree oils in the warm water and mix thoroughly. To this, add the neem oil gradually while mixing. Your mouthwash is ready to use.
(Thyme oil contains 20-54% of thymol, an antiseptic agent that is the main ingredient of Listerine mouthwash.)


  1. This mouthwash in particular (containing tea tree oil, baking soda and peppermint oil) makes a great remedy for dry mouth.
  2. When baking soda dissolves in water, it gains excellent alkaline properties, that makes it good for sensitive teeth.

With herbal ingredients

The oil of eucalyptus has antibacterial properties that fights against bacterias (‘cariogenic’) causing tooth decay. You might as well use ginger, oregano or basil oils and turmeric (0.1% curcumin extract) for the purpose.


  • Strong herbal infusion (made with peppermint leaves, sage leaves and echinacea angustifolia root) – 4 oz
  • 100% wild-crafted extract from mint leaves – 8-12 drops
  • Extract of thyme – 1 tsp
  • Flower water (peppermint hydrosol) – 4 oz
  • Myrrh gum extract – 2 tsp
  • Eucalyptus oil – 5-7 drops
Homemade Antiseptic Mouthwash Recipe

Homemade Antiseptic Mouthwash Recipe

How to make

Take a mason jar and pour all the ingredients together in it. Keep shaking strongly until blended well, and you are done! Store this in your bathroom rack, and it will stay for an indefinite period of time. However, shake the mixture well every time you use it.

With tea tree oil & baking soda

Tea Tree Oil has multiple benefits. It is a natural disinfectant, antiviral and antifungal agent, while aloe vera kills bacteria, moisturizes your mouth with healing properties against canker sores, fights gingivitis (including receding and swollen gums) and organisms causing cavities.


  • Distilled water – 1/4 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Essential oil of tea tree – 2-4 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil – 10 drops
  • Witch hazel – 1 tsp
  • Aloe vera juice – ½ cup
Antibacterial Mouthwash with Tea Tree Oil & Baking Soda

Antibacterial Mouthwash with Tea Tree Oil & Baking Soda

How to make

Mix the aloe vera juice, witch hazel and water in a bottle and add the baking soda to this (but pour in gently, else the reaction would overflow the liquid). Finally, add the peppermint oil and shake vigorously with lid covered. Swish your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes, but avoid swallowing it.

Mouthwashes for halitosis (bad breath)

With cinnamon and clove oils

(The clove oil not merely freshens your breath but also helps fight cavities)


  • Distilled water – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon oil – 10-15 drops
  • Clove oil – 10-15 drops
Mouthwash Recipe with Cinnamon

Mouthwash Recipe with Cinnamon

How to make

Mix both the ingredients, and it’s ready to use. The shelf life of this mouthwash is long. You can store this for an indefinite period of time.

For remineralizing teeth

Other than helping in bad breath, lemon is also a natural bleach that whitens your teeth.


  • Chalk of paris white (calcium carbonate abrasive) – 2 tbsp
  • Mild neutral soap powder – ¼ tsp
  • Lemon essential oil (a natural bleach) – 4-6 drops
  • Mineral water – ¾ cup
  • Gum Arabic (emulsifier) – 1 tsp
  • Glycerin – 1 tsp

How to make

The procedure is the same. Just pour all contents into a jar and shake well to combine. Store it and use whenever you need. Use this regularly, and you won’t again suffer from the embarrassing problem of bad breath.


Homemade Organic Mouthwash


  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Salt Water – 1 cup
  • Vanilla essential oil (antioxidant) – 1-2 drops
Mouthwash with Apple Cider Vinegar

Mouthwash with Apple Cider Vinegar

How to make

Mix and store in a jar. Swish your mouth with this solution, whenever you need.

  • Salt mixed with water (saline water) is ideal for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Homemade DIY Xylitol Mouthwash


  • Xylitol crystals – 1 tsp
  • Peppermint essential oil – 10-12 drops
  • Mint essential oil (or lemon oil) – 4-5 drops
  • Spearmint essential oil – 4-5 drops
  • Filtered water – 2 cups
  • Calcium carbonate powder – 2 tsp
  • Trace minerals liquid (concentrated) – 10-12 drops

How to make

Take a large glass cup and mix the calcium carbonate powder and the xylitol crystals. To this, add the liquid minerals and both the essential oils and stir properly. Add the water and mix well. Transfer this mixture to a glass bottle and shake well, closing the lid so as to dissolve the xylitol completely. You can store this in your refrigerator for up to a fortnight. Use it whenever necessary, but shake well before you use it.


Xylitol is dangerous for dogs. So, if you have a pet dog at home, be sure to keep it away from its reach.

DIY Mouthwash Recipe with Hydrogen Peroxide


  • 2% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) – 1 cup
  • Distilled water – 1 cup
Mouthwash Recipe with Hydrogen Peroxide

Mouthwash Recipe with Hydrogen Peroxide

How to make

Just mix the ingredients well, and done! You can use it directly to mouthwash. This mixture works effectively as a whitener and disinfectant.

  • Other than hydrogen peroxide, different other oxidizing agents like zinc chloride and chlorine dioxide are also common mouthwash ingredients.


Be sure you do not swallow down the liquid accidentally since H2O2 might be bad for you.

Antimicrobial Mouthwash (with alcohol)


  • Vodka – 2 tbsp
  • Goldenseal tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL – 1 full dropper
  • Myrrh tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL – ½ a dropper full
  • Calendula tincture/herbal oil -NOT ESSENTIAL OIL – 1 full dropper
  • Peppermint essential oil – 1-2 drops
  • Zinc tablet – 1
  • Distilled water – ½ cup
Antimicrobial Mouthwash Recipe with Vodka

Antimicrobial Mouthwash Recipe with Vodka

How to make

You need a dark glass bottle to store this mouthwash. Allow the zinc tablet to dissolve. Finally, combine all the ingredients together and shake well. This solution is a concentrate. When you mouthwash, dilute each 3 tbsp of this mouth rinse with ½ an ounce of water. For best results, use this twice daily – once in the morning and again, before you retire to bed at night.


The three herbal oils mentioned above, are NOT essential oils.

Children’s Magic Mouthwash (for mouth sores)


  • Milk of Magnesia – 2 tsp
  • Children’s Benadryl – 2 tsp
  • Water – 2 tsp

How to make

Mix the above ingredients by simply stirring it thoroughly in a jar.

  • This works as a good numbing mouthwash for almost all kinds of pains and sensitivity inside the buccal cavity.

Make your own natural, homemade mouthwash, discarding the chemically-treated strong solutions available at the stores. Try them if you want to keep away all the dental infections and all those gum swellings, toothaches, and everyday hazards away from your life forever! Go through the 9 great recipes for a healthy, strong set of pearl-white teeth and a pair of healthy gums, pink with health. Also, do share with us your thoughts and recipes, if you have an interesting few. We look forward to your support and share it all with our other readers!

7 thoughts on “9 Best Homemade Natural Mouthwash Recipes

  1. Ms says:

    DO you have to store the Antiseptic/Antibacterial Mouthwash Recipes with aloe vera juice in the refrigerator?

  2. John says:

    Apple cider vinegar is not a good mouthwash, it is acidic and will destroy the enamel on your teeth!

  3. Marcia says:

    Do any of the recipes need to be refrigerated after preparation?

  4. Jenna says:

    I’ve been looking for a mouthwash recipe with Thyme, so thank you 🙂 This is great!

  5. Lexi says:

    When using hydrogen peroxide the ratio 3 to 1 (water being the 3 and the peroxide being the 1). If you use too much peroxide it will wear down your enamel and make sensitivity worse and weaken teeth drastically. Yes, it will white your teeth, but it is only doing that by wearing down the layers of enamel. PLEASE DO NOT USE MORE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE THAN THE 3 TO 1 RATIO. IT WILL DAMAGE YOUR TEETH PERMANENTLY.

  6. Mr. Randall says:

    What is I want alcohol in mine.

  7. Mr. Randall says:

    You can remove this duplication. Leave the next one.

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