Previously we have discussed pH re-balancing mouthwashes and the importance of selecting a mouthwash that is pH balanced, today we are going to cover a do-it-yourself recipe for an antiseptic mouth rinse that is tremendous for improving the health of your gums and controlling bacteria responsible for causing cavities. It is also great for bad breath. All you need is a little bit of Bleach and some water.
That combination might sound scary, but the basic ingredients are exactly the same as tthose in some very expensive treatment rinses available for purchase through your dentist and this type of mouthwash used to be recommended by the ADA in the late 70s. Also I use it myself. However, since this is a prescription strength mouth rinse you consult your dentist before use.
Important: Do not use or add different ingredients to this recipe. Bleach is very reactive and doesn’t play well with everything you might want to use.
Only adults should be responsible for mixing the ingredients. As with any DIY concoction, you must first familiarize yourself with all the ingredients you’ll be using. Before handling the Bleach take time to carefully read the warnings and instructions for use on the back of the bottle. This way if you get any on your clothes, in your eye, or anywhere else you don’t want you’ll know what to do.
The goal is to create a mixture of 20 parts Water and 1 part Regular Clorox Bleach (5.25% NaOCl), so that we produce an effective concentration in solution for our active ingredient Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCl) of ~.25%. If you are using the concentrated Clorox Bleach (8.5% NaOCl), you’ll have to change the mixture to a 32 Water : 1 Concentrated Bleach mix.
If you make extra and store it, store the mouthwash below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) just like the instructions on the bottle bleach.
This mouth rinse really works well, and you really only need to use it for two weeks at a time. What I have found most effective is to rinse once a day for a 2 week period every other month. If you want to use this for longer periods of time, ask your dentist.
I don’t want to look silly for sharing this highly effective mouth rinse recipe with you, so consult your dentist before use.