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.
– 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.
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.