I guess I have my mom to thank for this latest Tip Tuesday because she asked me about using baking soda as a mouthwash after seeing a segment on the Dr. Oz show. I was at work when the episode aired, but once I Googled it there were of course thousands of entries on the subject.
At first I thought why would anyone want to rinse their mouth out with baking soda. It tastes horrible. But then again sometimes so does the manufactured store brand of mouthwash. In my experience there are certain brands that either taste like straight alcohol or bubble gum. So why not add baking soda flavor, it couldn’t hurt right?
So I thought I’d do some research and give it a try. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which comes from soda ash. Soda ash is refined from trona ore, a natural deposit in the earth. Essentially the trona ore is mined and processed until its make up is that of the baking soda we are familiar with in powder and other forms. Now that I’ve gone all Bill Nye Science Guy on you, what can’t you use baking soda for? The answer is nothing really.
It has a slightly salty taste, is used in baking and mostly household cleaning. But over the years I’ve used baking soda to freshen stinky shoes, to get teeth squeaky clean, as an antacid, to clean the bathroom, freshen smelly towels, on the carpet, etc. I could go on, but maybe I’ll save some for a future Tip Tuesday. So it’s easy to see that using baking soda as a mouthwash could be the ticket to fresher breath.
Well when I decided to make my own I hit up Google again and this time went to the brand most people trust — Arm & Hammer and wouldn’t you know they had a “recipe” for the mouthwash.
All you need is a teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a half a glass of water until the baking soda dissolves. Swish it around in your mouth and spit it out. It’s important that you don’t swallow it. I mean if a little goes down, it won’t taste good, but it won’t kill you. That’s it. Odors are neutralized.
Pour into a container with a lid and the mouthwash is good for 24 hours. I wouldn’t use it beyond that. Plus you can easily make another batch. This mouthwash is good for the whole family. It’s safe for your child that’s just learning to brush his or her teeth. Just swish it around for 30 to 60 seconds and spit. They can follow the mouthwash with some plain rinse water (Note: if your child isn’t old enough to swish then just put a little of the mouthwash on a soft toothbrush and brush their teeth, gums and tongue with it).
Now if you want to take it a step further to kill some bacteria and possibly prevent bacteria and gum disease just add a pinch of salt.
You can see in my photos I didn’t use Arm & Hammer, but I say use what you’ve got on hand. If you are wondering if I tried it. Yes. I did and it didn’t taste at all like salt, just plain water. However, when I ran my tongue over my teeth there was a slightly salty taste there. Now here’s to a clean, freshened mouth. Say cheese!