Five Plastic Free Mouthwash Options (+ Why You Should Switch!)
Have you ever tried plastic free mouthwash? If not, now is the time! There are more plastic free personal care items on the market today than ever before – and plastic free mouthwash is one of the easiest to try.
Why switch to plastic free mouthwash?
Personal care, and especially oral hygiene products, are often made of plastic. Think about your bathroom – how much of your shampoo, conditioner, styling products, face wash (we could go on forever) is encased in some sort of plastic?
We estimate that over one billion plastic toothbrushes end up in the landfill every year. Now think about how much mouthwash you go through each year – how many big plastic containers are you sending to the landfill each year? Even if you try to recycle them, it’s unlikely that the plastic bottles will actually be recycled. Just over 8% of recycling is actually recycled.
It’s easy to avoid the issue altogether – choose a plastic free mouthwash instead.
Five zero waste mouthwash brands
- To use: Dissolve 1 tablet in 20ml of room temperature water and use as normal
- Four flavors: activated charcoal, English peppermint, orange, and spearmint
- 180 tablets per bottle
- Natural, non-toxic ingredients
- Fluoride, glycerin, and SLS free
- Packaged in a glass bottle with a metal lid
- To use: Swish 4 teaspoons in your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds, just like a normal mouthwash
- 500 ml – liquid form mouthwash
- Packaged in a glass bottle with a metal cap
- Free of phthalates, parabens, and SS
- Made for sensitive mouths
- To use: Swish 1-2 tbsp in the mouth for 5 to 20 minutes
- 100ml – oil form
- Natural blend of coconut oil and activated charcoal
- Uses Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling to clean the mouth
- Free of phthalates, parabens, and SLS
- Packaged in an aluminum bottle, protection seal is made of biodegradable wood pulp
- To use: Dilute 1 part mouthwash to 4 parts water and rinse for 30 seconds
- 120ml – liquid form mouthwash
- Glass bottle with plastic lid
- Concentrated mouthwash, so this product will last a long time
Mouthwash is quite easy to make at home as well. Just mix ½ cup of water with two drops of essential oil – peppermint is great. To make a whitening mouthwash, just add 2 tsp of baking soda. Try getting the baking soda at a bulk store to avoid unnecessary plastic waste! Use 2-4 teaspoons of the formula at a time, just like you would normal mouthwash. Store in a glass jar and shake before each use.
For more on plastic free oral care, read up on bamboo toothbrushes and plastic free toothpaste. Let me know in the comments below which plastic free mouthwash you’ll try first!
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