Here is a recipe for Clove Mouthwash. Guaranteed to wean you off of the store bought, big brand mouthwashes which, without naming names, contain high amounts of alcohol and or cancer causing preservatives. Clove is the "anti" herb. Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. You may experience a slight numbing or tingling sensation during each use because Clove is an anesthetic. Plus, it makes your breath smell good.
And how about a Clove Mouthwash recipe two ways! Clove buds can be easily decocted, and a mouthwash made for the week in just 20 minutes. The only issue with this is, it could spoil in as little as 5 days. The alternative is to make a clove tincture (which is good for at least a year), and dilute into water before each use.
(1:5 50% ABV)
3 oz. dried clove buds
15 oz. 100 proof vodka
1 mason jar
14 oz. dropper bottle
Place 3 oz. of clove buds into a mason jar and add the measured out alcohol. Make sure the contents are completely covered with alcohol, so add a bit more vodka if necessary. Cap and store in a cool dark place. Shake this mixture once a day for at least 2 weeks. Strain in a cheesecloth, and pour contents into a dropper bottle and/or other container.
To make the mouthwash, simply pour a bit of water into a cup (~1 oz.), add the clove tincture (~10 drops).
To make a Clove decoction, place 3 ounces of clove buds into a pint (16 oz.) of water. Bring to a boil, lower heat just to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the contents from the liquid. You have just made mouthwash! Use about 2 ounces each morning, dilute with water if it seems to strong. Place the liquid into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.