There are various reasons why someone might want to rinse their mouth with a hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwash. Some use hydrogen peroxide because the dentist asked them to, others want to use mouthwash with natural ingredients. However, pure hydrogen peroxide is so strong that you must dissolve it with water. The simplest recipe in this article uses only hydrogen peroxide and water, but if you don’t like the taste, you can make a flavored mouthwash.
Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of lukewarm water in a dark bottle, either glass or plastic. Dark bottles were chosen because light can degrade the hydrogen peroxide more quickly. Make sure you use filtered or distilled water.
Add 1 cup (240 ml) of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Higher levels of hydrogen peroxide can be detrimental to oral and dental health.
Close and shake the bottle you used to mix the ingredients, then place the bottle in a cool, dark place until you use it.
Use mouthwash a maximum of twice a day. Pour the mouthwash into the cup, then gargle for 30 seconds. When finished gargling, remove the mouthwash. Gargle again with water, then discard the remaining mouthwash in the cup.
Making Flavored Mouthwash
Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of lukewarm water in a dark bottle, either glass or plastic. Make sure you use filtered or distilled water. For a mouthwash that feels fresh, you can use peppermint or spearmint hydrosol .
Avoid using plastic bottles as essential oils can damage the plastic over time.
Add 1/2 cup (120 ml) of 3% hydrogen peroxide, which can be found in most supermarkets. Higher levels of hydrogen peroxide can be detrimental to oral and dental health.
Add 7-10 drops of an essential oil, such as peppermint or spearmint . You can also try other essential oils, such as clove, grapefruit, lime, rosemary , or sweet orange.
Adding 1 tablespoon (22 grams) of sugar to the essential oil will help with the emulsification process.
Skip this step if your child will be using mouthwash.
Close the bottle, then shake to mix the ingredients. Remember that you will need to shake the ingredients each time you are going to use the mouthwash.
Use mouthwash. Shake the mouthwash, then gargle for 2 minutes. When you’re done, throw out the mouthwash, and rinse your mouth with water.
Do not swallow mouthwash.
Store mouthwash in a cool, dark place.