Homemade Natural Antiseptic Mouthwash

If you’ve been hanging around Healing Cuisine for a while now, you’ve probably noticed I like to make my own homemade and natural body care products.  Not only are they more clean and healthy, but frugal, too!

Benefits of Homemade Mouthwash

My husband is a doctor and has to be 1-on-1 with his patients throughout the day.  He doesn’t always have time to brush after lunch and appreciates having a mouthwash at his office to rinse with quickly it he needs to refresh.  Because it was in our price range, we had purchased the Spry brand mouth wash that claimed to be more natural and is sugar-free.  After purchasing two bottles on a buy one-get one deal, we found it contained preservatives Ethanol, Polysorbate 20, and Sodium Benzoate.  Yikes!

Then we started a search for a truly natural mouthwash, and were shocked at the price!  Double or triple that of conventional mouthwashes!  It was time to make a DIY version!  There are many benefits:

  • Cut out the chemicals.  It’s that simple, leave them out!
  • Control the ingredients.  You’re in charge of how much alcohol, germ killing herbs, and whitening power this oral rinse has.
  • Flavor how you like.  Experiment with different essential oils.
  • It’s cheap!  Make this mouthwash at a fraction of the cost if you bought it in a store.

This is Dr. Dave’s favorite blend of antiseptic ingredients that truly freshen your breath and keep your mouth feeling clean for hours.  We keep a bottle at his office and in our bathroom.  If you want to make this family-friendly, simply take out the alcohol and replace with apple cider vinegar.  (Alcohol mouthwash is not recommended for children.)

Natural Antiseptic Mouthwash
This is a simple DIY antiseptic mouthwash using natural ingredients that freshens your breath and keeps you feeling clean for hours!
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  1. 2 cups filtered and remineralized water
  2. 4 tsp vodka
  3. 10 drops pure liquid stevia
  4. 6-10 drops food-grade essential oil
  5. (We use peppermint flavor from Young Living)
  1. Add all ingredients to a bottle, cover and shake. Shake well before each use. You will notice the alcohol allows the oil and water to mix without separating.
  1. Alcohol mouthwash is not recommended for children. To make this family-friendly and kid-safe, replace the vodka with Bragg's brand apple cider vinegar.
  2. Other popular essential oil flavors for mouthwash are lemon, clove, Thieves, thyme, orange, or lavender. I recommend the Young Living brand because they are therapeutic and food-grade safe.
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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.


  1. Is the stevia necessary? Or does it just make it taste a bit better?

  2. curious- how does the bragg’s do with adding flavors? I know I wouldn’t be a fan of the ACV itself… does anything flavor well with it? :)

    • Elise Schwartz

      I’d go for cinnamon oil, clove oil, or Thieves oil. Maybe orange oil would be good, too..or a mixture. Something more spicy rather than minty would go with ACV. We sell Young Living directly. Let me know if you’d like to order, I’ll hook you up!

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