OK, I think this can be the last post about the insides of our mouths...for now, anyway. Since I already told ya'll I don't floss everyday, I don't think it'll be a huge deal to admit that I don't use mouthwash. During my last visit to the dentist, he gave me a coupon for purple Listerine and was so convincing that I needed it that I almost went out and bought some. But of course, it's packaged in plastic and full of chemicals. Hello? It was purple. I kept the coupon in my wallet for a long while before finally tossing it in the compost bin and continued on with my no mouthwash ways. UNTIL TODAY! I started off this challenge with the idea that I was going to share only what I was personally doing. And with that simple rule in mind, I was going to just skip talking about mouthwash since I don't use mouthwash. But after signing off last night, brushing and flossing my teeth, I settled into bed with my laptop and Stretch (my cat). I started searching the interwebs for a DIY, zero waste mouthwash. Plenty of options popped up and it didn't take long at all to see that it would be super easy (I like easy) and just a different combination of things I already had on hand.
I woke up this morning excited to make it. I decided to try the recipe from Going Zero Waste, because it contains aloe vera and I happened to have three aloe vera leaves in my fridge that needed to be used up before they completely went to waste. It took all of about 10 minutes. And then I used it and that was after brushing, tongue scraping, and flossing! And it was lovely.
Zerowaste Mouthwash • Ready In 10 Minutes
Adapted from Going Zero Waste
3 Aloe Leaves, harvest the inside gooey bits
(or use 1/4 cup Aloe Vera juice)
1 Cup Distilled Water
2 Tsp. Baking Soda
2 Tsp. Xylitol (I skipped this ingredient for now until I can find it plastic free or in bulk)
Food Grade Peppermint Oil, optional
Place the aloe vera gooey bits in a blender with the distilled water. To make distilled water, simply boil tap water and then let it cool off. Blend the aloe and water on high until mixed, about a minute. Strain it through a fine mesh. Stir in the baking soda and xylitol. Add a drop or two of food grade peppermint oil if you want the flavor. I was going to skip the mint, but decided to add some at the last minute. I only added a drop, because that is enough for me. Transfer to a glass bottle. Shake well before each use, swish, and spit.