White Vinegar as Natural Mouthwash

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You know, if you're brushing and flossing properly, you really don't need toothpaste or mouthwash to keep your breath fresh. But if you absolutely need to use a mouthwash, and are looking for a natural alternative to commercial products, then try using white vinegar. White vinegar has great antibacterial properties that will kill the germs in your mouth.

White Vinegar as Natural Mouthwash


You'll Need:

- white vinegar
- distilled water
- cloves, mint leaves or peppermint (optional)


1. Add one part white vinegar to four parts distilled water. Add some cloves, mint leaves or peppermint to the mixture if you'd like a little bit of flavor.
2. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth as you would any other mouthwash.
3. Spit and rinse thoroughly. You don't want to leave any vinegar lingering in your mouth. The acid in the vinegar is what helps whiten your teeth, but leaving it in your mouth over a long period of time won't be good for the enamel. After rinsing thoroughly, you're done!


This is a very simple and natural way to refresh your breath and mouth without using commercial mouth rinses that are loaded with artificial flavors and other chemicals. Also helps kills the bacteria in the corners of your mouth that you missed while brushing.

Curious about other natural ways to maintain your oral hygiene? Try replacing toothpaste with baking soda and/or oil pulling!


  1. I would be very wary of using something so acidic as vinegar as a mouthwash...

    1. Yes, you're right, vinegar is very acidic. This is why the recipe calls for four parts water to one part vinegar. This dilutes the solution down to a level that is probably no stronger than the vinegar you would put on a salad. This way, the mouthwash is still effective, but not as harsh. Users are still advised to rinse out their mouths thoroughly after gargling!


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