This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I ran out of mouthwash. Instead of going to the store I decided to try making my own. I like a minty flavor so I started adjusting the mixture until I had the right taste.
Many of the mouthwash recipes I’ve seen uses mint essential oil but this recipe uses mint extract instead. I had a full bottle of mint extract in the kitchen that I never used so I thought I’d use it for this.
What is an extract? An extract from herbs is a mixture of herbs and alcohol. The solids are removed and only the oil of the herbs are left. I used a mint extract that is commonly found in the spice section of any supermarket.
I had purchased it a few months ago for cooking or baking purposes but never got around to using it.
You will need:
1 cup of vodka or white rum
2 cups of filtered water
1 1/2 tablespoons of mint extract
5 drops blue food coloring (optional)
empty mouthwash bottle
Mix vodka and mint extract. Stir well. Add 2 cups of filtered water (adjust according to your taste-add more water if the mixture tastes too strong).
Optional step: If you want a blue mouthwash like the store bought kind, add 5 drops blue food coloring.
Pour into the empty bottle.
Use the same way you would use regular mouthwash. Pour into the cap, swish around your mouth and gargle.
I tried out the mouthwash and had the family test it out as well. It taste similar to a store bought mouthwash and freshens just as well.
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