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Natural Mouthwash

Source: frugallysustainable.com/2012/02/antiseptic-homemade-mouthwash-recipe/

Basic Mouthwash: 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 drops peppermint essential oils. Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Store on bathroom counter.

Old-Fashioned Disinfectant Mouthwash: 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Combine ingredients and store in a glass jar. Shake well prior to use. Swish mixture in mouth, then spit out. Will keep indefinitely on the counter.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash: 1 part hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 part water. Swish mouthwash in mouth, then spit out. Mix enough for single use and discard extra solution.

Lemon Whitening Mouthwash: Not really a mouthwash, but you can rub a piece of lemon on stained teeth for a whitening effect.

Herbal Mouthwash: Create an herbal infusion by steeping 2 cups of boiling water, 1/2 ounce of whole cloves, 1 ounce of Oregon grape root, and 1 ounce of rosemary in a pint-sized glass mason jar, overnight. In the morning strain the infusion using a piece of cheesecloth. Swish in mouth, the spit out. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Will keep for 1 week.

Simple Essential Oil Mouthwash: To 1 cup of water add 20 drops of either cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, or tea tree oil. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Shake well prior to each use in order to distribute the essential oils. Will keep on the bathroom counter indefinitely.

Antiseptic Homemade Mouthwash: 

Combine all ingredients in a pint-sized glass mason jar and shake well.

  • 5 ounces Rum or Vodka
  • 4 ounces water
  • 1/2 ounce vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 ounce powdered myrrh gum
  • 5 drops essential oils of cinnamon
  • 5 drops essential oils of clove

*Due to the alcohol content, can have a drying effect. Don’t use every day. Shake well prior to use. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Will store in glass jar on bathroom counter indefinitely.


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Tooth Powder

The usual tube of toothpaste presents many hazards. Sodium lauryl sulfate is irritating to gums, fluoride is NOT all it’s cracked up to be (and quite a challenge for the body to handle in large amounts), artificial colors/flavors, unpronounce-able chemicals and some toothpaste contains sugar (?!).

Try these recipes for Tooth Powder! They’re cheap and will make you feel quite exotic:


  • 3 parts Baking Soda
  • 1 part course grind sea salt (Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt)
  • Optional: montmorillonite (french) clay (helps scrub and reduce stains)


  • Clove essential oil: gum healing properties
  • Tea tree oil: germ-killing
  • Myrr powder: germs-killing


  • Essential oils: peppermint, cinnamon, fennel, basil… anything you like
  • Stevia

SAMPLE DIRECTIONS (your method and ingredients will vary according to your unique tastes)

  • Fill a jar 3/4 of the way full with baking soda.
  • Add salt to almost fill the jar.
  • Add a half teaspoon of clay (optional).
  • Pour into a larger jar, add 8 drops cloves and 3-5 drops tea tree.
  • Shake!

-4 parts bentonite clay
-1 part baking soda
-1/2 part myrrh gum powder
-1/2 part ground cloves
-1/2 part ground stevia
-essential oils of cloves and cinnamon


1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar. Tightly close the lid and shake jar until well combined.
2. To use, apply a small amount of tooth powder to your tooth brush with a spoon and brush as you normally would.



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Natural Cosmetics

Exfoliating scrubs: http://www.wholeliving.com/136431/best-exfoliating-scrubs-buy-or-diy?lpgStart=1&currentslide=4&currentChapter=1#/27708

More exfoliating scrubs

Natural Sunscreen: frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/a-recipe-for-natural-homemade-sunscreen/_http://goodcheapeats.com/

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