- baking soda
- distilled water
- cloves, mint leaves or peppermint (optional)
1. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to an 8 oz. glass of 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, ideally for at least a minute.
3. Spit and rinse thoroughly, then you're done!
I loathe using commercial products that are laden with other chemicals and additives if I can help it, and this is a very simple and economical way of refreshing your breath. An added plus is that the alkaline nature of baking soda also helps balance the pH levels in your mouth after you've eaten highly acidic or sweet foods.
If you'd like to learn about other natural ways to maintain your oral hygiene, check out the Salubrious Exclamation posts on replacing toothpaste with baking soda and/or oil pulling!