DIY Mouthwash

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share something different with you.

Yes, it will require a little cooking…and yes, it will need edible ingredients you may find in your pantry. But the end result is something you may use in the morning and before bed?

Okay guys, it could be many things but in this instance, it is homemade minty mouthwash! I thought it was pretty cool to DIY a commercial product that I never thought of making at home. Enjoy!

DIY Mouthwash

(adapted from Homemade)

What you need:-

  • 1 cup (250ml/8 fluid ounces) water
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tsps finely chopped fresh parsley

Let’s get started:-

(1) In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat (or use recently boiled water from the kettle). The original recipe specifies removing the pan from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract and parsley and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Alternatively, I prefer to *boil the mixture for 5 minutes. You need to top up more boiling water to make a cup due to the loss of moisture during boiling. Strain off the solids and set aside to cool. (2) Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container.  I love the idea of storing the liquid in traveling size bottles and pretty up the bottles caps with colourful sticky tapes from Typo. (3) Store the mouthwash in the refrigerator, where according to the recipe, it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.

*by boiling the mixture will intensify the aroma and flavour of the cloves and cinnamon into the liquid

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13 thoughts on “DIY Mouthwash

    • strong clove and peppermint scent. Unlike the commercial ones which has a really strong after taste after rinsing…. the homemade version seems to neutralize the breath rather than overpower it… 🙂

  1. mine looks kinda thick…not like the picture you have lol…what did i do wrong…its not like super thick but it doesnt look watery like the picture…help 🙂

  2. I only had dried ground cloves and dried parsley so
    I used 1/2 t. ground cloves and 1 t. dried parsley. It still turned out strong but great tasting. Love that there is no alcohol or sugar in this recipe. This is a winner mouthwash! I love it! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Hi there..

    If we have to use Peppermint essential oil, how do i use it here? Should i put it after straining the liquid and how many drops? please clarify.. I dont have peppermint extract on hand right now..

    • Randy, I have not yet made this recipe, as I just found it this evening, but I sub oils for extracts pretty often, and if it calls for 1 tsp, I’ll generally start with 1/8 tsp, you can always add anther few drops if you want a stronger flavor.

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