Giving plastic free mouthwash a try

As part of reducing the amount of plastic in my life I decided to give a homemade mouthwash a try. The one I was using is cinnamon and clove based, so that was the kind of recipe I looked for on zero waste Facebook groups. Finding a mouthwash you like the taste of is important. Here is the recipe I am currently using.


This is all you need to make your own mouthwash!

– 1 cup of water
– 3 cm of ginger, sliced (an anti inflammatory)
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (preventing cavity causing bacteria)
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom or 1 whole cardamom pod (anti microbial)
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or 2 cloves (reduces gum inflammations, freshens breath and kills bacteria)


Bring the water to a boil and add the spices. Simmer for 15 minutes and strain.

The final product.


You are meant to keep the resulting liquid in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks. However I find that it’s much more convenient to just keep in the bathroom cupboard, using an old jam jar and a pottery egg cup to dispense. Or you can use an old mouth wash bottle. It has lasted two of us using once a day around 3 weeks. I do water it down by around half, as it’s quite strong. There do not seem to have been any ill effects.

Check out my previous article on toothpaste if you are interested in this topic.

4 thoughts on “Giving plastic free mouthwash a try

    • Slightly with the cloves and the cinnamon but in a good way. You should try some next time you are over!

  1. This is a great combination – have you tried essential oils – they can give similar results with even more intensity. My family uses a similar combination with activated charcoal as a homemade toothpaste. Works really well and no empty tube to dispose of!
    Thank you

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