Make Mouthwash from Common Ingredients

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

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.

Mouthwash recipe

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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