Banish bad breath with a homemade mouthwash.

Everyone has had to face their own bad breath or deal with bad breath from a loved one or coworker. There are many different causes of bad breath, including medications, dental health issues, poor oral hygiene, or an abundance of bacteria in the mouth or throat.

Over-the-counter mouthwashes contain unnecessary ingredients like artificial flavoring and colorings. The benefit of making mouthwash at home is that the ingredients used are readily available, and no potentially harmful ingredients are added to it. An additional benefit of making mouthwash at home is that it is usually much less expensive than store-bought mouthwash.

Cinnamon, as opposed to mint, kills off the bacteria that cause bad breath instead of simply masking it. People who chew cinnamon gum instead of mint have a 50 percent decrease in oral bacteria, according to the International Association for Dental Research.

Manuka honey contains an ingredient called methylglyoxal, which has antimicrobial properties. Although honey itself makes the mouthwash taste sweeter, it also helps to kill of bad breath-causing bacteria.

Lemon juice is included because it has a powerful scent that can help mask particularly bad cases while the other ingredients are doing their jobs.

Baking soda is an ingredient known for its deodorizing properties. It is often placed in refrigerators to get rid of food smells and essentially does the same thing when inside the mouth and throat. It also has the added benefit of whitening teeth.

Homemade Cinnamon Mouthwash for Bad Breath



  1. Put the cinnamon into a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid, and add the lemon juice, honey and baking soda.
  2. Pour 1 cup of very warm water, which is needed to melt the honey, into the jar and stir well.
  3. To freshen up breath, give the mouthwash a quick shake and swish it around in the mouth.