Buying toiletries can be expensive! I know when I first was living on my own it was always a rather annoying and often unaccounted for expense. There are many things, however, that you can make at home using simple ingredients. Follow these instructions to make one such thing- your very own homemade, natural mouthwash!
A small container (I used a recycle glass milk jar)
1 cup of distilled or filtered water
4 tsps. of baking soda (get it on Amazon here)
4 drops tea tree essential oil (get it on Amazon here)
4 drops peppermint essential oil (get it on Amazon here)
Funnel (optional, but recommended)
To Make it
Pour the water into the container then add the baking soda. Finally add the essentials oils, cover and shake, and you’re good to go. Use it like any regular mouthwash to clean your mouth.
Baking soda has antibacterial properties and is a great (and cheap!) item to have at home for a variety of frugal needs- from cooking to cleaning to personal grooming. The essential oils can be a little pricey, so you may need to shop around. They can typically be found at stores that sell organic and natural foods. I found some well-reviewed oils on Amazon that are $6.99 for peppermint oil and $5.99 for tea tree oil.
The oils add a minty flavor to the mouthwash and have additional antibacterial properties. It isn’t recommended that you make any more than one batch at a time because the oils can settle and change flavor over time. To save even more money, skip the oils all together and just use baking soda and water! This form of mouthwash isn’t medicated like the store-bought variety, so if your dentist has recommended other types of wash for specific dental needs, follow their directions.