DIY Essentials: Whitening Mint Mouthwash
I love a good beauty DIY, especially when it allows me to make natural alternatives to everyday drugstore products and this mouthwash is one of my favorites! Ever read the ingredient list on your average mouthwash? It's usually full of alcohol, sulfates, mineral oil, sugar, dyes, synthetic flavors and a bunch of stuff I can't even pronounce. Yeah - not exactly an appealing group of things to swish around your mouth twice a day. Studies are even claiming that alcohol-based mouthwashes are partly responsible for the rise in oral cancers because they are so harsh on mouth and gum tissue. Luckily, it's easy to make your own toxin-free version at home. Not only is this DIY less expensive than store bought mouthwash, it's also 100% natural and will keep your mouth feeling oh so fresh and clean.
This mouthwash starts with a base of good old purified water. Every now and then I'll get fancy and use a bottled mineral water like Evian, but any filtered water works just fine here. To that you'll add peppermint, spearmint and tea tree essential oils, which combined provide antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial benefits to kill germs that cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Last but not least, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) provides gentle whitening benefits and aids in removing plaque build up. Right now I am loving this Beauty Booster Powder from Keeko - it's an organic, aluminum-free sodium bicarb that is harvested from natural underground mineral deposits, so it adds an extra boost of tooth strengthening minerals to your mouthwash.
Now for the recipe:
1 1/2c purified water
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops spearmint essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
2 tsp. Keeko Beauty Booster
Add all ingredients to a clean glass bottle. Shake thoroughly and swish after brushing morning and night.
I like my mouthwash extra minty, but depending on your preference it's absolutely ok to add more or less essential oil. This 13-ounce bottle should last you a week, and while the essential oils do inhibit bacteria growth, it's best to make a fresh batch every 7-10 days.
So there you have it - an easy 5-minute DIY that will give you minty fresh breath and a sparkling white smile! If you want to give this recipe a try, you should be able to easily find the essential oils at your local health food store and you can shop the Keeko powder here. What are some of your favorite beauty DIY's? If you have any DIY requests drop them in the comments below and I will work up some recipes! As always, thank you for reading!
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