If you’re like me, you brush your teeth after every meal, bar none! I mean, come on, there’s something so satisfying about running your tongue over clean teeth. Yet, sometimes, gorging on sugary snacks is JUST as satisfying. That’s when you need to bring out the heavy artillery: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
You heard right: the stuff that cleans wounds and makes your fridge smell fresh also does wonders for your mouth. This particular blend is our favorite because it’s a) made from common household items, b) inexpensive, and c) contains absolutely NO hidden chemicals or additives, which is certainly not the case with commercial products!
To make your very own plaque-busting mouthwash, you must first gather together the necessary ingredients. You will need:
- 1 TBSP baking soda
- ½ tsp of salt
- ½ cup of drug store hydrogen peroxide (1-3% only)
- 1 cup cold water
- ½ cup warm water
Before you combine all these random ingredients, make sure you follow this recipe to the letter!
As the experts at Intelligent Dental point out, “hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in mouthwash can be a godsend or a curse.” If you know anything about this chemical mixture, you know that too much is not necessarily a good thing. That’s why you need to make sure you stick to the formula!
Also, since swallowing this mouthwash can be harmful, be sure to keep this away from the kiddos.
- To get started, first combine both your salt and baking soda in a small container.
- Run your toothbrush under some warm running water, then swirl the bristles around in the baking soda-salt mixture.
- Brush your teeth normally, and spit out the homemade paste when finished.
- Now’s the time to move on to the best part—the mouthwash! This step is really simple. All you need to do is combine the ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with the ½ cup of warm water and swish around in your mouth for about a minute or so.
- To remove as much of that sticky tartar as possible, use a toothpick on the hard-to-reach areas and rinse the excess away with cold water.
Repeat this up process to twice a week, but remember, this DIY dental routine isn’t meant to replace your daily flossing and brushing. Just think of it as a fast, fun, and economical way to make residual plaque a thing of the past. See, we said it would be easy!
Now that you’ve whipped up your own batch, take some time to learn about even more homemade dental care tips.
What do you think of this DIY mouthwash?
Have you ever made this concoction before?
Do you have a favorite mouthwash recipe of your own?
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