Mouse rinsing was first referenced about 2700 BC. Chinese and Ayurveda medicine used mouth rinsing for treatment of gingivitis. In the 17th century, living microorganisms were discovered in our mouth by Anton van Leeuwenhoek, who experimented with many ingredients, testing mouth rinses’ ability to kill these microorganisms. He noticed that the mouth rinses didn’t stay long enough to kill the plaque organisms.

In the 1960s, Harald Loe found that chlorhexidine is efficient against plaque buildup for a longer period. Today, many chemicals are present in mouth washes. Here are some of them:

– Chlorhexidine: using mouthwash two times a day can increase the blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. This chemical is the cause of that. It kills the “good” bacteria responsible for relaxing the blood vessels.

– Alcohol: alcohol reduces the saliva amount, and this leads to bad breath. The Dental Journal of Australia found that alcohol increases the risk of developing oral, neck and head cancer.

– Hexeditine (oraldene): excessive oraldene consumption will cause brain clots in the parts that control sensory and neural functions leading to their failure. It can cause unstable heartbeat, allergic reactions and is a carcinogenic substance.

– Methyl salicylate: this substance is equal to 23.300 mg. aspirin. Recently, a 17-year old from New York, absorbed a fatal dose by applying muscle pain reliever containing methyl salicylate to her skin.

– Benzalkonium chloride: this is a known allergen toxic to humans. It causes skin and mucous membrane irritation, and it can be fatal if ingested.

– Cetylphyridinium chloride: a chemical causing extrinsic tooth staining. It has an unpleasant taste and it can make your food or drink taste unpleasant as well. It contains high amounts of alcohol and causes pain and sensitivity in the tongue. In 1998, a study proved that this chemical actually increases the plaque rather than reducing it.

– Methparaben: a study in the UK reported unusually high amounts of paraben in breast cancer, meaning that this chemical can cause breast cancer.

In the 1970s, there were 15 mouth washes on the market in the USA. Now, there are 113! Most of them are created with the goal of controlling the bacteria in our mouth that causes bad breath.

You can use your own homemade mouth wash if you like. Its natural ingredients will demineralize and whiten the teeth, protect against cavities and freshen your breath. Here’s how to make it:


2 teaspoons calcium carbonate powder

1 teaspoon xylitol crystals

10 drops trace mineral liquid

10 drops peppermint essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops orange essential oil

2 cups filtered water


Stir the calcium carbonate powder and xylitol crystal together in a jar. Add the liquid minerals and drops of the essential oils. At the end, add the filtered water and stir. Close the jar tightly and shake it until the ingredients dissolve, then store it in a fridge. Shake the jar well before use.