Listerine is expensive, and there’s some controversy about whether it may lead to mouth cancer. (Mouth cancer!) We’ve been making our own for a while, and I thought I’d post the “recipe” (it’s not much of a recipe) for you all.
You will need:
- A glass jar (mine holds about 1.5 to two cups)
- Baking soda or non-iodized sea salt (I like to use both)
- tea tree oil
- peppermint oil or peppermint extract
Put everything into the jar. I just made a batch with the following proportions: 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, six drops tea tree oil, four drops peppermint oil. (When I have used peppermint extract in the past, I’ve used about half a teaspoon.) Add enough hot water to dissolve and mix everything, then fill with cool water. You may need to adjust the amounts so it tastes all right. You will not get that sting you get after rinsing with Listerine, but, um, I think that’s a good thing.