Easy Home Remedies to Remove Bad Breath
We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable feeling that our breath isn’t as fresh as it should be. Millions of dollars are spent by us each year on mouthwash and mints to protect against offending workmates, friends, and family with our less-than-sweet breath. But keeping your breath fresh doesn’t always require a trip to the personal care aisle of your local store. The remedy may be closer at hand, right in your very own cupboards.
Try one of these bad breath remedies:
- Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
- Arrange regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. Their antiseptic qualities help fight halitosis-causing bacteria.
- Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth-freshening burst of flavor. (Wash the rind thoroughly first.) The citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands—and fight bad breath.
- Chew a fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odors.
- Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse that is alcohol-free. Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil. Don’t swallow it!