Homemade Natural Essential Oil Mouthwash Recipe

This homemade mouthwash recipe is all-natural, antiseptic, and super easy to make!

I love that it’s made with lots of beneficial essential oils, with none of the questionable ingredients found in many mouthwashes today.

homemade mouthwash recipe

How Do I Make My Own Mouthwash?

My husband was buying a particular brand of natural mouthwash, and he was happy with it.

But then he ran out and we couldn’t just go pick up some more at the health food store.

Necessity is often the mother of invention, and that’s how this mouthwash recipe came about.

In his desperation to get some mouthwash, my husband scoured our cupboards and this is what he came up with!

Actually, before going through the cupboards, he studied the ingredients of his favorite natural mouthwash.

He enjoys studying natural health and how to use herbs and essential oils to support wellness.

After looking at the ingredients, he realized he could make something similar.

As it turns out, it’s pretty great stuff (we’ve been using it for the past 4 months). And we no longer buy mouthwash because this one works so well.

homemade essential oil mouthwash recipe

Homemade Mouthwash Ingredients

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Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your DIY essential oil mouthwash.

If you don’t have some of the essential oils farther down on the list (like myrrh) you can leave them out.

Below the recipe card you can find the benefits of each of these ingredients.

How to Make Essential Oil Mouthwash

This mouthwash is so simple to make!

All you really need to do is mix it all together in a glass bottle and you’re done!

homemade mouthwash recipe

Homemade Mouthwash Recipe

Homemade Natural Antiseptic Mouthwash Recipe

Servings: 10 ounces
Author: Joy at Artful Homemaking


  • 1/2 cup 4 oz. purified water
  • 1/2 cup 4 oz 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup 2 oz. aloe vera juice
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • 4 drops spearmint oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon oil
  • 2 drops myrrh oil
  • 1 drop clove oil
  • 1 drop thyme oil
  • 2-4 tsp xylitol


  • Combine all the ingredients (we used a 2-cup glass measuring cup) and stir to thoroughly blend.
  • Pour into a suitable container (glass jar or food-grade non-BPA plastic bottle with flip-top lid.
  • Give the bottle a shake before each use. Use first thing in the morning and swish for 30-60 seconds (the longer the better for antimicrobial activity), then spit. Try to swish mouthwash all over teeth and gums to make sure all parts of the mouth are reached. Rinsing with water afterward is optional.

Benefits of This Natural Mouthwash

(The following isn’t medical advice, it’s just notes from our own reading. See my disclaimer here.)

So many mouthwashes available today contain all kinds of ingredients that may do more harm than good.

Things like alcohol, saccharin, sucralose, and artificial colorings have all been linked to potentially negative health effects.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want these things in my mouth!

This natural mouthwash recipe uses all-natural ingredients. To be fair, just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean you don’t have to ever be careful with it.

But it does mean that these are more naturally based ingredients that are safer to than artificial chemicals.

Based on our study, here is why each of the ingredients in this recipe are helpful to promoting good oral health.

  • Peroxide: antiseptic (kills bad bacteria), teeth whitening, helps prevent and treat gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and periodontitis (inflammation of tissues around the teeth)
  • Aloe Vera: fights plaque and periodontal disease
  • Peppermint: kills bacteria that cause gum disease and eases dental pain
  • Spearmint: strong antiseptic and aids wound healing
  • Eucalyptus: helps whiten teeth, exhibits antibacterial activity against cariogenic (tooth decay-causing) and periodontopathic bacteria
  • Rosemary: strong disinfectant
  • Cinnamon: antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay
  • Myrrh: antiseptic and may help with mouth ulcers
  • Clove: kills germs and helps with tooth pain
  • Thyme: broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal action
  • Xylitol: adds sweetness without sugar (bacteria thrive on sugar), naturally antibacterial, helps to mask stronger essential oil flavors

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    1. Yay! Thanks for featuring my post, Jennifer! 🙂 If you get a chance to try the mouthwash I hope you like it!

    1. Hi Tanya! No, it’s 3% hydrogen peroxide, which you can usually find at any drugstore or grocery store. It’s a totally different product than chlorine bleach, which would be dangerous in this recipe. Hope that helps!

      1. Hi Joy
        Oh ok I thought household bleach didn’t sound right but hadn’t heard of anything else. Ill look up your sugesstion.
        Thanks for the reply.
        Tanya xxx

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