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What is a mouthwash recipe that uses hydrogen peroxide?

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To make mouthwash, add 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoons of raw honey and five to 10 drops peppermint essential oils to a dark bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. To properly use the mouthwash, shake the bottle, put some mouthwash in your mouth, and swish and gargle the mouthwash for two minutes. Spit out the mouthwash, and rinse your mouth with water. Never swallow the homemade mouthwash.

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Because hydrogen peroxide breaks down in sunlight, make and store the mouthwash in a dark container. Only 3-percent hydrogen peroxide is safe to use in mouthwash. Other concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can be hazardous to one's health if used in mouthwash.

If desired, replace the distilled water with peppermint hydrosol to increase taste and add healing benefits. Create your own hydrosol by placing a glass measuring cup in a pot. Adding water and peppermint to the rim of the measuring cup. Cover the pot with an upside-down lid, and place ice on the lid. Steam, but do not boil, the water for 20 minutes, allowing the hydrosol to accumulate in the measuring cup.

Any flavor of essential oil can be substituted for the peppermint. Suggested flavors include sweet orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and sage. Additionally, more than one essential oil can be used at a time, such as five drops of peppermint combined with five drops of spearmint.

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