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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
About 3 days into my family's 2 week vacation my son got a sinus infection. Guess his body just wasn't used to those Kentucky allergens because his allergies went absolutely haywire as soon as we left Georgia. By the time we got back home to see his doctor he had been living on decongestants, allergy meds and Advil for almost 2 weeks. The amount of snot that boy can produce is baffling! The doctor confirmed our sinus infection theory and even showed us something we had never seen before: Tonsil stones! That hard, white crud you get at the back of your throat when you are really sick actually has a name! The doctor recommended gargling with mouthwash and/or salt water to help loosen up all the junk flowing down his throat and to help flush out his tonsils. I decided to try making homemade mouthwash and hopefully by the time the antibiotics and steroids are done his tonsil stones will have disappeared as well.
This is my first attempt at making homemade mouthwash. I founds LOTS of different ideas for suggested ingredients and even found a homemade mouthwash Pinterest board. Play with the ingredients and ratios to find a 'flavor' that works for you. If you choose to use hydrogen peroxide make sure you store your homemade mouthwash in a brown bottle or in a cabinet. It will break down faster if exposed to light. I added a few drops of tea tree oil to this homemade mouthwash recipe for it's antibacterial effects but if you just want 'fresher breath' you can leave it out. You can also leave out the salt if you don't care for the taste. It is there to help sooth mouth irritations.
Easy Homemade Mouthwash Recipe
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.