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DIY Clove Mouthwash

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Make DIY Clove Mouthwash at home with just two ingredients. Not only is it effective and budget-friendly, it is zero waste because it is made and stored in a mason jar.

jar of DIY clove mouthwash, a wooden spoon of dried whole cloves and a bowl of whole cloves on white wooden background with title text

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My life-long philosophy has been: Why pay for something when I can make it myself? Anyone else out there feel the same way? I’ve been looking into ways to make my own dental products to see if it can be another area to save money. Guess what? It is! This DIY Clove Mouthwash costs under $1 to make!

How is Clove Mouthwash Effective?

I’m sure we’ve all used whole cloves to stud an orange for holiday decorations. It smells amazing and adds to the warm feeling of the holidays. Cloves, however, pack a way more powerful punch than I have been giving them credit for.

Cloves have antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. What does that mean? Basically, cloves can reduce gum swelling and irritation, stimulate circulation, enhancing gum tissue health, help soothe toothache pain, fight bad breath and kill bacteria in the mouth.

Phew, like I said. They pack a punch. So, why not use whole dried cloves to brew some homemade, budget-friendly mouthwash! Healthline has a helpful article on even more benefits of cloves beyond dental care.

Flavor Additions

This recipe is for basic clove mouthwash. It has a tingly, spicy flavor similar to cinnamon. Feel free to add any of the following ingredients to your clove and water mixture and steep together.

  • Peppermint leaves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange Peel
  • Rosemary

How to Make Clove Mouthwash

pouring water into a mason jar with one tablespoon of whole cloves

Bring 8 ounces of water up to a boil. Pour it over the dried whole cloves in a mason jar.

mason jar of whole cloves steeping in water

Allow the cloves to steep in the water until the water is completely cool.

pouring whole cloves and water mixture into mesh strainer over glass bowl

Strain out the cloves. That’s it! You’ve got 8 ounces of Clove Mouthwash for the cost of a couple Tablespoons of cloves. It couldn’t be easier, and it’s a huge cost saver!

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DIY Clove Mouthwash Recipe

Yield: 1 cup

DIY Clove Mouthwash

jar of clove mouthwash with wooden teaspoon of whole cloves

Make your own effective, frugal mouthwash with just two ingredients. It costs pennies to make and is zero waste.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes



  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Place whole cloves in a heat-resistant container, such as a mason jar.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the cloves.
  4. Cover the container and allow the mixture to cool.
  5. Strain the mouthwash and pour into a clean container with a lid.
  6. Use as you would any mouthwash. Do not swallow.


Clove mouthwash contains no alcohol, so you won't experience the burn that you do with store-bought mouthwash.

Note: You can also make Clove Mouthwash using Clove essential oil. For this, mix 8 drops of Clove essential oil with filtered water and store in a glass jar. No need to boil the water because this uses clove oil rather than whole cloves.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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By on June 27th, 2019

About Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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11 thoughts on “DIY Clove Mouthwash”

      • Hi thank you for this mouthwash recipe I love it but I use one tablespoon on a large mason jar I used more than 8 ounces of water and it still works for me I leave there for two days and when .y other bottle is finished I use my new one. Is this ok????

      • Hi LaKeisha,

        The mouthwash will keep for a year in a sealed container. I like to use a mason jar. It can be stored at room temperature. I keep mine in a medicine cabinet, but it is not necessary to keep in a dark place.

  1. Thank you, so much, for this recipe! I love cloves, have a bunch of them, and I also love the idea of adding cinnamon, orange peel, and maybe peppermint leaves. I’ve made a toothpaste with natural ingredients (herbs, salt, baking soda, coconut oil), as well, but it doesn’t taste very good. This sounds like the perfect mix to finish things off with. 🙂 I do want to say a word of caution re: using clove essential oil for this mix. My understanding (having taken a class on the subject) is that if essential oils are too concentrated, they can demineralize teeth, which of course would be counterproductive.


  2. Started doing more natural things for my health. Added the clove mouthwash and my mouth feels fresher for sure ! My son has requested some for his bathroom so after I shared a little of mine. Thanks!


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