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Homemade Herbal Mouthwash Recipes

Bottle of homemade mouthwash with bottles of tinctures and a wooden toothbrush.

The last time I picked up a bottle of generic mouthwash, I couldn’t pronounce most of the ingredients listed. That’s a serious red flag for me. I always tried to take care of my teeth and even though I brush twice a day and floss a few times a week, I felt like something was missing. So, I decided that I didn’t want to skip the swish and spit part of my dental hygiene routine. Natural, homemade mouthwash to the rescue! Organic extracts and teas are wonderful ingredients to help you avoid artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners often found in commercial mouthwash products. There are more than a few herbs you can use as a base to both flavor your mouthwash and lend their herbal superpowers to your DIY creation.

Organic rose tea offers an astringent base and relief from occasionally irritated gums. Organic peppermint is a classically cooling and refreshing flavor with significant cleansing properties. Organic sage has been traditionally used for its germ-fighting properties and makes an excellent application for oral and dental care.

DIY Natural Mouthwash Recipes

Everyday Natural Mouthwash

This is a great recipe to use each day after you brush your teeth. 



Deep Cleaning Herbal Mouthwash REcipe

This mouthwash is perfect during times when you need a little extra care. 



  1. Mix all ingredients together in an amber or cobalt bottle and store in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.
  2. Swish a mouthful or two each day for 30 seconds and then spit out.


Simple Cleansing Mouthwash

Save this recipe for when you’re experiencing the sniffles or an occasional bug. 



  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a glass bottle or jar for no longer than one day. Shake before each use.
  2. After brushing your teeth, swish a mouthful for at least 30 seconds and then spit out.
  3. Rinse with plain water afterwards for a clean mouthfeel.

Pro Tips

  • The alcohol extract and refrigeration should preserve the first two recipes for a little while. Although, I don't know for sure how long since the batch is usually gone within a week. 
  • If your teeth are sensitive to cold, you can mix it with a little hot water to warm.


continue exploring diy dental hygiene recipes!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

Topics: Natural Body Care, Recipes, Green Living


Written by Alyssa on November 22, 2021

Alyssa Bascue, Marketing Strategist, is passionate about sustainable business and the outdoors. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps her tell Mountain Rose Herbs' story of supporting organic agriculture and socially conscious business practices. Alyssa is a certified Master Recycler, former Employee Transportation Coordinator and has a long history of community volunteerism. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, and hiking with her husband, kiddos, and brindle pup, Kiwi.

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