Image courtesy of AARP.
Using mouthwash is an important part of dental hygiene that protects against bad breath, reduces the risk of cavities, whitens teeth, and fights gum disease. Some people avoid using mouthwash because of the burn and sting it leaves in their mouths, which means they are missing out on the benefits mouthwash has. Luckily, there are plenty of organic mouthwash options available that leave you feeling fresh and clean without the irritating side-effects. In this article, we’ll cover:
- Organic Mouthwash Brands to Try
- How to Make Your Own Mouthwash
Organic Mouthwash Brands to Try
If a product is labeled as “organic,” that means it was manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals and does not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or other additives. Below is a list of organic mouthwash products that we think you’ll like.
Schmidt’s Wondermint Mouthwash
Plant- and Mineral-Based Freshness
In 2010, Jamie Schmidt of Portland, Oregon developed a formula for a plant-based, natural deodorant. Five years later, she partnered with Michael Cammarata, an entrepreneur. Together, the two began to create more natural products, like toothpaste and mouthwash that use plant- and mineral-based formulas. Aside from Wondermint, their mouthwash comes in other flavors, like Tea Tree & Ginger and Coconut & Aloe.
All of their products are:
- Free of aluminum, parabens, artificial flavors, and more
- Vegan and cruelty-free; they never tested on animals
- Good for you and the environment
- Affordable and available for all
Tom’s of Maine’s Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash
Alcohol-free and Sea-Salt Infused
Tom’s of Maine was started by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1968. With naturally sourced and derived ingredients, which are all listed on their website, the company is devoted to creating personal care products that follow sustainable business practices.
None of their mouthwash contains animal ingredients nor artificial additives, is not tested on animals, and does not have ethyl alcohol. Other flavors include Fresh Mint, Peppermint Wave, and Sea Salt-Infused Refreshing Mint. There are also flavors for children, like Silly Strawberry Anti-Cavity rinse, which is alcohol- and dye-free.
Tom’s also keep their product packaging out of landfills through their partnership with Terracycle, a company that converts mouthwash bottles and caps, floss containers, and more into other products. They also donate 10% of their profits to nonprofit organizations.
Hello Activated Charcoal Extra Freshening Mouthwash
Take a Swish on the Wild Side
Hello products are vegan, made in the United States with globally-sourced ingredients, and free from artificial dyes, additives, and gluten. Founder Craig Dubinsky, who is available to talk with consumers, emphasizes products with natural formulas that clean your teeth and don’t leave your mouth stinging. Plus, their products are environmentally friendly, with packages are made from recycled paper and use soy-based ink.
Blisque Organic Mouthwash
USDA-Certified Organic and Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
Blisque, founded by Emil I., is a company that strives to create effective and earth-friendly oral care products. None of their ingredients are made synthetically, harmful to the environment, or processed with chemicals or additives. Shake well before use, and once you’re done, you’ll feel refreshed and clean.
Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash
Natural Mouthwash in Eco-Friendly Packaging
With natural ingredients and no synthetics, Georganics produces organic oil pulling mouthwash that attacks bacteria that leads to gum disease. The company’s packaging is sustainable, with zero-waste and eco-friendly packaging. They also have a “zero to landfill” scheme that allows people to send back old Georganics products that you cannot recycle at home. This allows for less waste and a more conscientious approach.
How to Make Your Own Mouthwash
Unsure if you want to try one of the products listed above? You can always make your own!
This recipe from Oh, the Things We’ll Make is a free, cheap, and quick way to make your own mouthwash using household products. You’ll need:
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. xylitol
- 8 drops of peppermint essential oil (or a different oil), optional
- 20 drops of mineral drops
- 1 cup of distilled water
All you need to do is add the ingredients to a bottle and mix. Other than that, just shake well before each use.
Purchasing one of the above brands or making your own mouthwash is a great way to use alcohol-free, organic mouthwash. If you’re unsure which type is best for you, contact us and schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.