Hygiene is very important in a disaster situation, in a long term catastrophe or in a world without good insurance (Thanks Obamacare) taking care of your teeth will be much harder and much more important.
Products like mouthwash are also pretty expensive so being able to roll your own makes economic sense also.
I like this recipe for homemade mouthwash because few ingredients are needed and the flavor is not horrible.
Also since it uses baking soda, it deodorizes your mouth (just like it does your fridge),instead of masking it with mint.
You should try this DIY homemade mouthwash at least once, or take the time to look at the book “where there is no dentist“.
Oral hygiene is doubly important during a long term disaster where medical resources are not readily available.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tb baking soda
- 5-8 drops peppermint/mint essential oil
- Some kind of sealable container to keep it in
Mix it, gargle it, and tell me what you think
Notes on Homemade Gargle
as you can see the homemade mouthwash ingredients are few, and it is a simple mix. you can even take it one step further and look at my mint extract video and make your own flavorings if you want to get truly DIY on your homemade mouthwash. This gargle is not essential for oral health today, but in a large scale collapse or economic downturn it would be handy.