We’ve all been there. We’ve had a cup of coffee in the morning after brushing our teeth and BAM… the bad breath appears. A bit of garlic with your dinner? BAM… bad breath! Bad breath affects millions of Americans and Europeans on a daily basis, and pretty much everyone from time to time. In other words, you aren’t alone. But a few sprays of this magical potion I call ‘breath-away in a bottle’ and you could see dramatic results! This could be one of the best diy bad breath sprays I’ve ever tried!
- There are a few causes of bad breath. First and foremost are the different food and drinks we consume on a daily basis. Coffee, garlic, onions, smelly fish, dairy products and horseradish are just a few foods that are link to bread breath.
- Beyond this, halitosis (the scientific word for bad breath) can be either an oral hygiene issue, or potentially a sign of something not being quite right in your stomach.
Nevertheless, as long as you’re getting that toothbrush to every spot of your mouth and ensuring that you floss properly, this could be the cure for you! Every ingredient has been hand chosen to either cover the bad smell or eliminate it completely. I love making natural home recipes, and this could be just the thing you need to freshen up your mouth!
So let’s take a look at the different ingredients I’ve chosen for this amazing bad breath spray. It’s really the best natural cure I’ve found. You can make this even more natural by omitting the artificial sweetener, but don’t substitute it for sugar or you’ll destroy the shelf life of this amazing home remedy for bad breath!
What you need to make my bad breath spray
- Vodka (enough to fully cover all the other ingredients during maceration, usually about 200-500ml)
- A handful of fresh Thyme (at least 20g)
- A handful of fresh Mint (at least 35g)
- 5 tsp of Dried Eucalyptus Leaves
- 3 tsp crushed Cloves
- 3 tsp crushes Star Anise (although aniseed will be fine also)
- The rind of 1 lemon
- 1 tbls Sorbitol or other Artificial Sweetener (omit if you want this to be all natural)
- 4 tbls Glycerine
- Medium sized Mason Jar
- Pestle and Mortar
- Square of Cheese/Muslin Cloth and Sieve
- Spray Bottle, large enough or multiple bottles to hold your total liquid
- Box Grater (optional)
- Blender (optional)
NOTE: It can be difficult to judge how much liquid you’ll need for this home remedy, and in turn how much liquid you’ll have to bottle. Just measure how much vodka you’re using, and source a spray bottle that will comfortably hold all of your ingredients (with spare room for the glycerine).
First things first, measure out 5 tsp of your dried eucalyptus leaves and pop them straight into your mason jar.
I find dried leaves easier to procure and work with. You won’t need to chop or blend them yourselves this ways.
Chop up your fresh thyme and mint. To save yourself a bit of time, you can make use of a blender, but this isn’t necessary at all.
For the sake of showing you it’s possible, I’ve chopped mine myself. I find that it much easier if you pluck the mint leaves from the stems before you chop. I wouldn’t bother doing this with the thyme though. If you’re finding chopping a little tedious, try tearing the mint leaves with your fingers instead – it works just as well!
Then just pop the leaves into the mason jar with your eucalyptus.
Using a pestle and mortar, smash away at your star anise. Star anise can be happily substituted for aniseed if you can’t find it at your local grocery store.
I really enjoy this part, I find it very stress busting! I just think of bad customer service experiences when I do this. Once you’ve finished, measure out 3 tsp and pop them into the mason jar.
Repeat step 3 with your cloves, making sure the heads are ground and the stems are at least crushed.
At this stage, I like to rind my lemon. You can do this by using a box grater, making use of the largest whole for the sake of time saving.
I like to get all of the zest and then just a bit of the rind, just because too much can make the whole thing a little bitter.
But if you’re feeling a little bit lazy (don’t worry, I do 80% of the time) then just peel the damn lemon and be done with it! If you’re doing this, make sure to cut it up into smaller bits.
Then, add it to your other ingredients in the mason jar.
Measure out 200ml of vodka in a measuring jug. Normally this should be all you need, but depending on the size and shape of your mason jar you may need more.
Add your sweetener and give it a quick stir so it can disolve. Then when you’re ready, pour the vodka into the mason jar.
You want the vodka to mostly cover all the ingredients. If it doesn’t just top it up. I was using a different mason jar this time, and found it didn’t quite cover it. If you need to top it up, just make sure you leave it to stew for a little longer than I say to below.
Let your jar sit in a cool, dark to macerate place for a minimum of a week, although I generally recommend a month. I would definitely recommend leaving it for the full month if you’ve had to top it up with a bit more vodka.
After the full month, it should turn an interesting brownish color.
Once you’ve left it for a month, strain the residual pulp from the liquid by using a bit of cheese/muslin cloth (also known as cheese cloth in some parts).
You want to get as much of the solid out of it as possible, so it may be necessary to use a sieve as well.
Once it’s properly separated, add your glycerine and give it a stir.
Pour the liquid into a spray bottle, large enough to hold all of your liquid. You may need to use a funnel You can use multiple bottles if you can’t find one big enough, or want to use this on the go.
Then that’s it! You have a fabulous homemade spray to fight of bad breath! Store it in a cool dark place, such as your refrigerator.
- While this diy bad breath spray does take up to a month to complete, it’s actually super easy to do. There’s nothing complicated about it, and it really does work!
- The only thing I would say about this is that because it’s primarily made of vodka, I would avoid using while you’re pregnant. I would also use it sparingly if you’re planning on driving. The last thing you want to be doing is taking shots of this and then heading on a road trip.
- If you’re not driving, use a little or as much as you like. I’d suggest no more than a couple of spray at a time though. Be careful not to spray any in your eyes, as this will really sting! If this happens, just wash out your eye(s) with some clean warm water and you should be fine.
- If you use this and you’re still seeing people turn their heads or leaning back when you speak, maybe have a chat with your dentist or doctor to try and get to the bottom of the problem. But definitely give this diy remedy a try first, it’s cheap and super easy to whip up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post today, let me know how you get on with this recipe below or post any home recipes for bad breath that you feel would help others. Also spread the word on social media so that everyone can benefit from clean, fresh smelling breath. We all know somebody who could really use this!