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Why Natural Advantage Mouthwash Recipes?

A refreshed mouth goes much longer when you know that the ingredients in the mouthwash are safe and natural. These are the advantages of making your own mouthwash and other cosmetic products.

Not only do you know the ingredients in your product but the message that you send out to the big cosmetic companies is that you no longer support them.

Many DIY'ers are tired of being ripped off, tired of the chemicals that have unknown long term effects and tired of the poor labelling.

Why Should You be Interested in Natural Advantage Mouthwash Recipes?

For the most part, YOU are in control of the ingredients. All too often we read about increasing awareness of toxins in cosmetics. Cancer is increasing, pollution is increasing and the cost of cosmetic products offer no value in return.

Many of us no longer wish to be the guinea pigs of big pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. We no longer wish to have additives such as preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners and harmful chemicals in our cosmetics.

Benefits of Natural Advantage Mouthwash Recipes

Dating back to around 2700 BC, mouthwashes are part of oral hygiene that helps to kill bacterial plaque that is the cause of cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.

Natural advantage mouthwash recipes work by killing the bacteria in the mouth and leaving a refreshing taste. A key component of most commercial mouthwashes is for the active bacteria killing ingredient to remain attached to the mouth surfaces for as long as possible. This characteristic provides continued anti-bacteria protection.

The common commercial ingredient is Chlorhexidine. While harmful in high doses, it was considered safe in low doses. Today, there are several papers that warn that low doses may not be safe either.

As usual, the cosmetic companies like to play hide and seek. This means that Chlorhexidine has several pseudonyms. These are the ones to look out for :

  • Foam Safe
  • Hexicleans
  • Peridex
  • Perichlor
  • Periogard Oral Rinse

Also, many commercial mouthwashes contain sodium lauryl sulfate which should also be avoided. These natural advantage mouthwash recipes do not contain any of these chemicals.

How to Make and use Natural Advantage Mouthwash Recipes

All DIY cosmetic recipes are fun to make, especially if you are new to it. Even though all the ingredients are natural, some are very potent, such as essential oils. Always inform yourself when using potent natural ingredients.

Tweak existing recipes until you get blends that work for you. Making natural mouthwash recipes will not create toxins for you or the environment.

Taking Care of Your Utensils and Containers

Always go to the extra effort to make sure that all your mixing utensils and containers are VERY clean - sterilised if possible.

Dirty utensils and containers are perfect environments for bacteria. In uncontrolled environments, bacteria will make you sick.

Taking Care of Yourself

Never apply anything to skin that has just been shaved.

If these formulations burn the skin, then dilute them with more water.

Do a patch test. After you have made the product, add some to a cotton-wool ball. Place the cotton-wool ball onto your inner elbow for a few minutes. If there is an irritation, you are either allergic to one of the ingredients or it may be too concentrated.

If there is an allergic reaction, you will need to identify and eliminate the ingredient - once again, you can use the patch test one ingredient at a time.

If the concentration is too high, then dilute with more distilled water.

Remember that distilled water only has all minerals removed. It is not necessarily safe to drink - most often, the water is not sterilised.

Taking Care of Your New Product

There are no preservatives in any of the recipes. Once water is added, the product becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Typically, a product will last for around 4 weeks - less in warm temperatures and longer in cool temperatures.

To maximise storage of your products, keep them in the fridge.

These are the basic signs to look out for when the product is starting to spoil :

  • changes colour
  • develops fungal growth
  • smells differently from when you made it
  • changes texture (for example, smooth to lumpy)

Treat your natural mouthwash like food. Doing so will go a long way to keeping you safe from bacteria and maximising shelf life without having to use preservatives.

Here are some simple natural advantage mouthwash recipes that are easy to make, easy to use and provide effective performance without having to add synthetically made chemical ingredients.

Recipe 1 - Cinnamon and Spice Mouthwash

Ingredients :

  • 425 ml water
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. anise seed (spice)
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves (spice)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (spice)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground all-spice (spice)
  • 125 ml ethyl alcohol (ethyl alcohol is a drinking quality alcohol and is also known as ethanol, alcohol, pure alcohol or grain alcohol)

Let the spices steep in the ethyl alcohol. After a week, strain the alcohol and add the peppermint extract and water.

Use about 4 tsp. (20 ml) and swish and gargle in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Don't swallow.

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Recipe 2 - Clove Mouthwash

Ingredients :

  • 50 ml plain vodka
  • 125 ml water
  • 1/4 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves or clove oil

Combine all the ingredients and stir well to dissolve the honey. If you've used ground cloves, then strain the mixture.

Use about 4 tsp. (20 ml) and swish and gargle in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Don't swallow.

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Recipe 3 - Herbal Mouthwash

Ingredients :

  • 2 tsp. fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. fresh mint
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 tsp. plain vodka

Combine ingredients in a blender and process on high until well blended (about 2 minutes). When completed, pour liquid through a strainer.

Use about 4 tsp. (20 ml) and swish and gargle in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Don't swallow.

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Simplicity makes it fun

These natural advantage mouthwash recipes are simple to make and easy to use. Most ingredients are available from local health shops. Occasionally, you may have to buy some ingredients on the internet.

If the ingredients are not available in your country, always check your local laws to make sure that you can import cosmetics into your country - some countries restrict the import of cosmetic ingredients.

These natural advantage mouthwash recipes are probably just the tip of the iceberg. There are probably many more favourites out there.

If you have one that you love and would like to share, we would all be very grateful and so would our community.

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