The risk of acquiring cancer rises almost five times for users of alcohol-containing mouthwash. Over the counter mouth washes can contain coal-tar, colorants, synthetic dyes and other petroleum-based chemicals. They also commonly contain formaldehyde, parabens, methyl salicylate, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic sweeteners and flavorings, triclosan and thymol. Many of these ingredients are known carcinogens.
I didn’t want to give up mouthwash all together, so I decided to make my own.
Homemade Hippie Mouthwash
1/2 cup purified water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
2 tsp baking soda
5 drops essential oil of Peppermint
Shake before use. I find this to work just as well as the store-bought mouthwash I was previously using. It also whitens your teeth. If you gargle with it, the hydrogen peroxide gets bubbly and frothy. These tiny bubbles help disinfect the sinus cavities and can prevent sinus infections.