make your own teeth whitening mouth wash

This post marks an important milestone for me. I’m coming out of the closet. I’ve tried to conceal the fact that I like being a hippie, but I’m afraid I can’t hide it any longer. Sure, there have been hints. I make cloth diapers, after all. I freely share about how I make my own laundry detergent, and I’ve not been ashamed to admit that all of my cleaners are all-natural, toxin-free, and homemade. But considering families are facing the realities of our economy and our environment, these things aren’t looked on with wrinkled noses and rolling of eyes any longer. In fact, they’re pretty standard steps people are taking to make their homes more safe and their budgets more flexible.

But see, I’ve gone even further down the path of hippie-hood. Or hippie-dom. Or a hippie-lifestyle? I’m certain you’ll be seeing future posts filled with ideas and ways you can join me on the dark hippie side, but allow me to start with a relatively simple one.

We haven’t bought mouthwash at our house since probably our first year of marriage. It’s just one of those things in life that you find you don’t need. It’s nice to have on hand, but we just never said, “Oh no! We’re out of mouthwash! We need to stock up!”

Also, I love coffee. I drink about two cups of it a day, and this habit does indeed take its toll on the whiteness of my teeth. I’ve previously been a big fan of whitening toothpaste and whitening strips, but I’m a little uneasy about ingesting those chemicals.

So I did my research and decided to make…….

Homemade Teeth Whitening Mouthwash!

Ingredients needed:

2 Cups filtered water

1 Cup lemon juice

2/3 Cup salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

12 drops wintergreen (or peppermint, or spearmint) essential oil

5 drops tea tree oil

{You can buy essential oils, including tea tree oil, at a variety of places. Whole Foods and Mountain Rose Herbs are my favorites. I know they can seem pricey, but 1) A single bottle will last you forever. I’ve had that tea tree oil for almost three years and 2) Once you start down the hippie path, you’ll find an amazing amount of uses for these oils.}

I chose to put my homemade mouthwash and teeth whitener in an old pedialyte bottle we had on hand. Of course I thoroughly washed it beforehand.

You seriously just put the ingredients into your chosen vessel, and voila! Because of the ingredients involved, it does settle a little. Just give it a good shake before you do our gargling thang, and you’re good to go!



I’ve been using the mouthwash for about two weeks now and love it! I know it seems silly to think lemon juice and salt could whiten your teeth, but it does actually work.

Hooray for fewer chemicals in my house, for spending less money, and yes I’ll say it – for being a hippie!

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