DIY Mouthwash – An Oral Microbiome-Friendly Turmeric Recipe

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If you’re one of the millions of people who use mouthwash on a daily basis, you may not realize that bottle of blue or green liquid on your counter may be doing more harm than good. In fact, it may be contributing to the very bad breath and cavity formation that you’re trying to prevent.

The solution? This turmeric mouth rinse will fight irritation and inflammation, improving both dental and oral health—and you can make it yourself.

While long promoted as a necessary part of a good dental hygiene routine, conventional mouthwash is actually bad for you. It’s often filled with harsh chemicals and ingredients that disrupt the oral microbiome and dry the mouth, causing bad breath and leaving you more susceptible to cavities, mouth ulcers, and even oral cancer.

I’m a big fan of DIY dental care products—from toothpaste to retainer cleaner—and I love that this mouth rinse recipe contains one of my favorite ingredients: turmeric.

Turmeric is filled with antioxidants that can decrease oral irritation and inflammation, which are the root cause of most diseases including gingivitis and periodontitis. (1, 2) This rinse won’t get to the root problem of whatever is causing your inflammation and irritation, nor can it cure gingivitis or periodontitis. But it can ease symptoms while you improve your diet, begin taking oral probiotics and other supplements, and seek advice from a trusted dentist.

Additionally, turmeric can help to reduces teeth stains while also preventing the production of plaque. (3)

Here’s a look at the remaining ingredients in this mouth rinse and their equally amazing benefits:

L-Arginine is an amino acid supplement that helps prevent tooth decay while preserving the health of the oral microbial flora.

Calcium carbonate is a gentle and safe way remove debris and surface stains.

Baking soda reduces the formation of plaque and halitosis, while helping to prevent gum disease and cleaning the teeth. Baking also helps restore the mouth’s pH, and its antibacterial and antifungal properties have been proven to kill Streptococcus mutans, which is linked to tooth decay. (4)

Cloves reduce inflammation, help remineralize the teeth, and, because of their antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, fight infections. Cloves also stimulate circulation, enhancing gum tissue health. (5)

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Oral Microbiome-Friendly Mouthwash

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This mouthwash is best used before bed, to minimize the impact of foods eaten during the day. Swish a tablespoon for up to one minute before spitting. Do not swallow, and be sure to store in the refrigerator to keep fresh.

  • Author: Dr. Burhenne
  • Prep Time: 65 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x



  1. Remove the cloves from the water and add the remaining ingredients, including the water, to a glass jar.turmeric mouthwash
  2. Whisk until well-combined, or add a lid to the jar and shake, or add to a high-speed blender.turmeric mouthwash
  3. Use 1 tablespoon worth for a quick rinse.turmeric mouthwash

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  1. I don’t have all the ingredients for a lot of these recipes, would it be bad to make the toothpaste and mouthwash without some ingredients? What ingredients would be okay on there own? Would the mouthwash still work if it were just turmeric and water? Also, where would I buy each ingredient, would it have to be online? Thanks. 🙂

    • Mark Burhenne, DDS says:

      Hey there,

      Actually, if you click on the blue links, you’ll see the brands and products I recommend.

      Since the DIY’s were created with specific ingredients in order to achieve a high-standard of mouthwash, if you choose to leave out a specific ingredient, please be aware that your results may not be the same.

      Best wishes,
      Dr. B

  2. Should I use the water from the soaked cloves or add the cloves back into fresh cup of water with the other ingredients (after soaking). Just need clarification on if the one cup of water was for the cloves only, or if the one cup included in ingredients is separate from the cloves-step. Is the final product mouthwash supposed to have the cloves or just the water from the soaked cloves?

    • Mark Burhenne, DDS says:

      Hi there, Gianna~

      No, just add the water after the cloves have been removed. I hope you love the rinse!

  3. Hi, how long it can be used?? How many days is the use span of this if I make 250ml of this?

  4. Hi, how long it can be used?? How many days is the use span of this if I make 250ml of this?

    • Rebekah Edwards says:

      Hey, Alyza! At the exact instructions given, there should be 16 total servings. Since everything in this recipe is biome-friendly, you should be able to use it as often as you want. For shelf-life, I would recommend creating a new batch after 30 days if there’s any unused rinse left.

  5. Jane Johnson says:

    Can this be used for a five year old (baby teeth) to help bad breath? He always had a very dry mouth as a toddler as getting him to drink was impossible. Although he does drink a bit better now his breath is still quite bad (it improves after eating).

  6. Is it best to refrigerate these homemade mouth washes?
    Thank you.

  7. Hi, thank you for these mouthwash recepies, i want to give them a try in the near future.
    I wonder if it’s ok to use clove/star annise essential oil instead of soaking them. Is is still the same thing? I read the article about the dangers of using essential oils, but those two should be ok to use, right?

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