As my co-workers can easily attest to, I have a slight obsession with buying unusual beauty and haircare products. But what they don’t know is my other obsession with using natural household products in my daily skincare and haircare routine.
I will be starting a weekly feature on how to incorporate common household products into your beauty routine, and also how to make your own products too. Ken asked last week about how to make your own mouthwash so I found a few recipes. Most just involve simple combinations of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, herbs, and/or oils. I will have to try these!
BASIC MOUTHWASH FORMULAS
1. Mix 2 ounces of Water, 1/4 Teaspoon of baking soda or sea salt, 1 drop of pure peppermint oil, and 1 drop of tea tree oil.
2. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water, swish, and spit it out.
If you want a recipe that’s a bit more involved, try the following:
BASIC ALCOHOL FREE HERBAL MOUTHWASH FORMULA
1 ounce cloves or powdered myrrh OR 2 to 4 ounces goldenseal or rosemary
2 cups boiling water
1. Place the plant materials in a pint mason jar and cover with the boiling water.
2. Let steep overnight, then strain.
3. Swish around in the mouth and then spit out.
The basic science behind the above is that the baking soda (NaSO4) neutralizes the acidic bacteria in your mouth, eliminating bad breath. Tea tree and peppermint oil have antibacterial and antifungal properties that aid in reducing bad breath as well. You can also add a bit of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to these for added whitening and cleansing.