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Zero Waste Mouthwash

Make this concentrated mouthwash with ingredients in the pantry. After it steeps for a month, to use, dilute 1/4 teaspoon with 2 tablespoons of water.
Prep Time5 mins
Resting time30 d
Total Time30 d 5 mins
Cost: $3.50


  • 1 glass jar


  • 1 cup vodka
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken to fit your jar
  • 8 to 10 drops essential oil if desired, such as cinnamon, peppermint or tea tree oil (optional)


  • Pour vodka and spices into a jar. Replace the lid. Shake.
  • After a month, strain the tincture.
  • To use, combine 1/4 teaspoon with 2 tablespoons of water, swirl around your mouth, gargle and spit out if desired.