3 ways to Green Your Mouthwash
The number one environmental concern associated with mouthwash is the concoction of chemicals that comprises most conventional varieties. Synthetic, petroleum-based chemicals used to add color and flavor, and fight bacteria, threaten wildlife and waterways when washed down the drain. These same chemicals can threaten human health. Whether buying natural or making your own, the best way to green your mouthwash is to opt for plant-based antibacterial ingredients and essential oils in place of chemicals. Up your green dental care routine by choosing eco-friendly packaging when available and recycling your mouthwash container once you're done.
Natural mouthwashes replace synthetic coloring and flavoring with essential oils, and swap dangerous antimocrobial agents for natural antiseptics, such as tea tree oil. Fewer chemicals in your mouthwash mean fewer chemicals in water supplies and your body.
Recipes for homemade mouthwash can be simple and flavorful. Using common ingredients, such as herbs, essential oils, and baking soda, you replace store-bought synthetics and ensure that what goes into your mouthwash is nothing but natural.
Mouthwash sold in recyclable plastic or glass makes it easy to properly dispose of the packaging waste when you've used up the bottle's contents. Buy in bulk to decrease your waste even further.