Y’all know I’m into making my own stuff. Well, I think to myself, if it exists on the marketing shelves, I can make it myself. I have this DIY DNA strand in my chemical make-up and it’s hard to resist the call to create something simple and easy to replicate again. The easier, the better.
My husband is the opposite. If the label says it’s for whitening teeth, or rinsing mouths, he buys it. I have been making my own dental tooth powder for a couple of years now, and he still refuses to use it (I guess my labelling isn’t up to professional standard yet and he says it looks and smells like compost!)
Anyhow, in order to keep marital harmony, I have learnt to let him stick to what he feels safe and happy with, and slowly, ever so slowly, he will come round to my way of thinking (and making). Our dentist recommends toothpaste with fluoride and whitening agents for his “unlucky” teeth, so he sticks with that advice. I guess fear is a very very important marketing tool. That same dentist remarks at my healthy teeth and applauds my toothpaste and flossing regime….”Uh, I don’t use toothpaste and I don’t floss, I use my own dental powder and a soft bristled bamboo toothbrush that gets into all the crevices with ease.” “Oh wow, then keep doing what you’re doing, it’s working!”she says.
So my Your Truly brings home a new Mouth Rinse product because our dentist recommended it. I am such the sceptic. Put it in a plastic bottle and slap a label on and the people will buy it! Haha! That’s my Marketing 101 course in a nutshell!
After purchasing his second bottle at $14, for 3 weeks worth of product, I suggested we make a mouthwash with the empty bottle. Him, the sceptic, says he’s happy to pay the price and simply buy it. Me, the lover of recycling and challenges, quickly whips one up and offers it to him to try out. He does so begrudgingly and claims with surprise that it actually feels good. So begins the many mouthwash-making sessions till I tire of making it every 3 weeks for him and decide to live the “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day…..teach him to fish…….”story, so I write out the recipe on the back for him, tape over it so it doesn’t rub off and I have empowered him to make his own!! Yay!
- Fill your 250ml bottle 3/4 full
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tspn salt (Himalayan)
- 1/8 tspn stevia (ground)
- 1 tsp gin or alcohol of choice
- 6-8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops clove essential oil
Add all the ingredients to your bottle, give it a good shake and voila! You have your very own mouth wash.
The baking soda neutralises mouth acid, the salt remineralises tooth enamel, stevia makes it just a little sweet, the gin acts as a preservative/emulsifier and peppermint and clove essential oils serve as a mouth freshener and antifungal, antibacterial and anti inflammatory for teeth and gums. Give it a try.