Last Modified on Feb 26, 2014
We've all had embarrassing cases of bad breath, and a stick of gum is often enough to remedy the situation. But when bad breath is your typical state, a medical condition called halitosis, you need to get to the root of the problem causing your breath issues. Unfortunately, we often do not notice the odor of our own breath (we just grow used to it), and it takes someone else to tell us that we should do something to fix it.
Bad breath causes include undigested food, specific foods that cause mouth odors, tooth decay, gum disease, and problems with digestion. Poor oral health and dental care routines could be at fault, but for many with halitosis the cause is hard to pinpoint and not that person's fault. Nevertheless, smoking and tobacco products can make your breath smell worse. Dry mouth (sometimes a medication side effect) can also cause bad breath issues, as can infections and nasal or tonsil issues.
Get Rid of Bad Breath with Natural Cures
Gum, mouthwash, and mints can cover up or wash away your halitosis for a little while, but you want a lasting cure for your bad breath issues. First of all drinking more water, brushing your teeth after meals, and flossing more regularly can help. Second, the Ayurvedic medical practices of oil pulling and tongue scraping may also improve your oral health (the back of the tongue is often a source or bad odors). For ECers, a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash or toothbrush application is the most popular bad breath remedy. Check it and other home remedies for bad breath out below!
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apples and Cheddar Cheese
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Avoid Dairy
- Avoid Sweeteners
- Baking Soda
- Chewing Cardamon or Cloves
- Cinnamon and Honey
- Coffee Bean
- Colloidal Silver
- Cream of Tarter
- Deep Breathing
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Garlic Tabs
- General Feedback
- Goldenseal and Echinacea
- Good Oral Hygiene, Nasal Cleansing and Supplements
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- H. Pylori Cause
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Magnesium, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Manuka Honey
- Multiple Remedies
- Neti Pot
- Oil Pulling
- Over the Counter
- Pranayama Breathing, H2O2
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Water Gargle
- See a Dentist
- Sinus Connection
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Tongue Scrape
[YEA] 02/16/2013: Love from Louisville, Ky: "YAHOO! BRAVO! I've had bad breath for the last 20 years. My teeth and gums are OK... It didn't dawn on me that it could be my stomach?
I'm a green juicer and maybe that was causing my bad breath. Oil pulling helps a bit, but, not enough. So, last week I went to the health store and bought Acidophilus (3 billion) and within 20 minutes my bad breath was gone.... I take two daily.
Usually when I get up in the morning I have bad breath... Not anymore!!!! I'm over the moon happy. I still brush with baking soda and swish with organic coconut oils... But, I finally solved my issue!
I haven't had bad breath since buy acidophilus. I wish I had know years ago. I also foundout that diary and sugar gives you bad breath.
Thank you! Love"Replies
04/25/2013: Tn from Elkridge, Md replies: "I just started taking a strong form of Acidophilus from that I got from a Holistic Health & Nutrition advisor. She told me my symptoms sounded like I had been infected with Candida throughout my body. So I researched and came across people who had extremely bad breath from a Candida overgrowth in their esophagus. An endoscopy showed white patches all over their esophagus! I went to an ENT and he offered to schedule an endoscopy to verify (he openly doubted it was Candida) and urged me to continue the probiotic because he was shocked it was alleviating some of my IBS symptoms so quickly.
I am taking 4 pills a day instead of the two because I have such terrible IBS symptoms- constipation, bloating, indigestion, gas, stomach pains, occasional cramping and the horrible bad breath. The symptoms aren't totally gone but it's so much better than before! I no longer have an awful taste in my mouth. The white coating isn't on my tongue. My morning breath is tolerable.
Side note- I've tried several different natural methods without a long-lasting result. Oil pulling with different oils, cayenne pepper in warm water, hot water with lemon, chorella, Zinc, high dosages of Vitamin C, peppermint capsules, etc. These methods weren't working for me because they don't kill Candida."
05/04/2013: Kelli from Nashville , Tn replies: "Do you have tonsil stones? I got my tonsils removed a few weeks ago because they cause horrible breath. I can tell a major improvement but I too have ibs so I am going to double up on the acidophilus and hopefully that will cure the total problems..."
05/27/2013: Andrea from Concordia, Ks replies: "Can acidophilus be used for an 11 year old? My daughter has terrible breath. She also has stinky feet when she wears tennis shoes and socks all day, but there is no peeling or itching like athletes foot. She also has a plantars wart on her foot near her big toe and the one next to it. We had a doctor 'remove' it with the cautery method 2 and half years ago. It seemed to have gone away for awhile, but now it's getting larger and isn't reacting to salicyc acid. I found this site last night searching about the banana peel method, so we are going to try that. I was just wondering if there is something internal like a virus that is causing the bad breath, stinky feet, and wart susceptibility? Any suggestions would be great."
05/28/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "Could be a vit B deficiency? Start with 1/2 TBS. of BSM (Blackstrap Molasses) in some milk or water before going to bed. That contains all the B vitamins and they must be taken together to prevent a deficiency in any of them."
05/28/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "In addition, try 100% white cotton socks."
[YEA] 03/08/2007: Kathryn from Delafield, Wisconsin: "My friend who sells herbs and vitamins noticed my bad breath and told me how to cure it. He said my small intestine was in need of good bacteria so he put me on Acidophilus (___, 8 billion) per day and now I not only never have bad breath, my gums no longer bleed and hurt and it is helping me with my fight with Candida. I won't go without the Acidophilus ever again!"Replies
04/02/2009: Tiger from Atlanta, GA replies: "Please provide information of your friend that sells the herb product. I would prefer to speak with the salesperson to ensure that I purchase the correct product. I have tried numerous remedies and the breath problem is still here."
[YEA] 10/26/2009: Karen from Fayetteville, Nc replies: "I cannot thank you enough for the information you have given about Acidophilus, as I have suffered humiliation for many years about my bad breath. I notice a difference after just 3 days. I would ask you to ask your friend if he knows, is there a point where we reach a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria or do we just continue taking the acidophilus?"
11/05/2009: Helen from Wyoming, Mi replies: "Kathryn from Delafield, Wisconsin can you provide me with the information about your friend that sell the herbs& vitamin? I also have bad breath i do take acidophilus 1 billion. my bad is so bad the smell come through my nose this morning i got a spoon in scrape my tongue it smell pretty bad let a toilet.I been to the doctor he said everything look ok but my breath is pretty bad. my kids cover there nose when i talk to them that is bad.i do have some constipation some time. If i can contact him by phone would be good."
02/14/2010: Naena40 from New Orleans, Louisiana replies: "I am wondering where to get the acidophilus. I am having the same problems."
03/19/2010: Tnvolgal from Chattanooga, Tn replies: "You can get Acidophilus at any vitamin or health food stores. I take it everyday twice a day. I have ulcerative colitis and this product has helped me in so many ways. I will never go without it."
06/04/2012: Emmamay from New York, Ny replies: "I have had bad breath, lost my job due to it. Tried to find a new job but it's very hard once you stink up the office. I had tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told me to Google Oraltech Labs as it got rid of his bad breath and his post nasal drip. I've been following Oraltech Labs for about 2 weeks now and I feel much better, also people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my bad breath as well."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/19/2013: Paul from Near Boston, Ma: "I have had Bad Breath for years but did a good job masking it and like many I tired many things that did not work. Finally I researched the internet and found activated charcoal and gave it a try and I notice a difference the 1st day. In the morning my breath is not is bad and during the morning to lunch period it's not horrible like it used to be. What really got me thinking in the activated charcoal is that a year ago I had a sewer vent pipe that would give out a terrible smell. I fixed the smell by installing a carbon filter which basically traps the toxins like the activated charcoal. Knowing this and knowing that my BB was from the inside I tried the AC and its working great. I think many people concentrate on the mouth when in reality its coming from the inside. I will try the hydrogen peroxide as well but AC is been great!"
01/31/2013: Mother Earth from Manila, Philippines: "I once read a home remedy book for different diseases such as BB, and it says there that an ordinary charcoal used for grilling foods can be used. Just powderized it and mix it in a glass of water and then drink it... Or buy empty capsules from a drugstore, pour the powderized charcoal in it then drink it w/ a glass of water... after reading about the HP & BS, I guess I'll try those..."Replies
04/19/2013: Bill from Westwood, New Jersey replies: "I wanted to chime in regarding using regular charcoal for ingestion.... IMO you would be taking serious risks by putting this in your system. Activated is charcol is readily available and cost effective so why would you even consider such craziness. I'm sure the grilling charcol is loaded with toxins and adjunts that I personally would not suggest ingesting on any level."
[YEA] 06/05/2008: Yasha from Oslo, Norway: "re: gum disease, bad breath and burning mouth syndrome: I have been suffering for gum disease and bad breath for the passed few years. I brushed my teeth nearly everytime i eat to avoid bad breath, change toothbrush twice a month, used Corsodyl very often, chewed chewing gums almost every hour, used toothpicks. But all this didn't really help me quit the bad taste in my mouth. It has been so frustrating. But thanks God for charcoal powder. Now the bad breath and burning mouth is gone. I could talk properly without having to worry with my breathy. Really thankful for this remedy."Replies
03/02/2012: Jasim from Kuwait replies: "Thanks for this site, I have been suffering a bad breath also for more than 10 years and by reading all the blogs in here, I follow using hydrogen peroxide for a day and it's awesome, my bad breath disappears the time I tried it and now I will use it for the rest of my life, thanks man!!! Your site is very helpful, more power to you and your team God bless!!!"
[YEA] 07/24/2012: Bellabing from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hi, I have been suffering chronic BB for 5 years to the extent that I resigned from my job and lost an opportunity to work abroad. I have suffered so much humilation and people will almost laugh at me everytime they smelled my stinking breath. I was diagnosed with ulcer, hiatal hernia, gastritis, esophagitis, and doudenitis. I've been taking prescriptions but my bb is still there. I went to ENT to have my throat and nose examined and the doctor found out that I have tonsil stones that smelled like "poo". I was able to remove it and cleanse my tonsils after brushing and rub with a mixture of salt, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I tried so many remidies like brushing, flossing, oil pulling, liquid chlorophyll, gargling with 50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide after meals, but my breath would still stink. I have seek an alternative medicine and the doctor told me that I have to cleanse my system with fruits and vegetables especially "raw and green" to detoxify my body. Strickly no meat, white breads, pasta, sweets, fried foods, soda, and dairy foods. He advised me to drink organic, green vegetable smoothie with fruits everyday especially in the morning on an empty stomach. I also take "activated charcoal capsules" in a glass of warm water 4 times a day, 2 hours before meal. And I noticed my breath has improved and I can talk to people face to face. Thanks to the wonders of nature "green veges and fruits", "activated charcoal" (please google search activated charcoal for more info) and, "internet" for the priceless information. God is good all the time. Cheers! :)"
08/12/2012: Nob from Manila, Philippines replies: "hi bellabing, where can I buy activated charcoal in manila?"
08/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "If you cannot find Activated Charcoal in your area, you can easily make your own by overcooking bread (burned toast), let it cool and then eat it."
08/13/2012: Reader Of Ec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "This is not good advise as burnt toast would not be "Activated" or infused with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms."
[YEA] 03/13/2012: Flori from Ma, Usa: "I got rid of white coating at the back of the tongue, I made three changes first off I started drinking lemon water approximately 1 lemon a day I wound have half in the morning half at night. Next I started taking chlorophyll tablets, just one per day. Then one day I decided to gargle some strong vodka for around three minutes it burnt alot but after I brushed that day I didn't have anymore white coating and I didn't have to do it again as it did not come back again. Thanks to that and I guess the chlorophyll my breath has been fresh."Replies
03/14/2012: Abler from Bklyn, Ny replies: "Hi Flori, did you have the bad smells coming out of your nose is why you started the change or was it just the white coating of the tongue? What vodka did you use? How long have you made this change to know it is not temporary? When I say temporary I mean like a couple of hours, if it last the whole day and then some then that would be great. Please let me know. Thanks."
Apple Cider Vinegar
12/19/2011: Seema from London, Uk: "Hello Akbor,
I read your dilemma and was compelled to write. I myself have suffered for as far back as I can remember. 20 yrs or so. I am now finally Bad breath free. I also had problems with flatulence and body odour - and I'm a woman. How shameful do you think that was for me??!! Yes I had tried everything for all my probs, yes I too felt suicidal at times. I came to control my gas and BO but the most distressing was BB. All the expensive mouthwashes had failed me. After spending hours on the internet while hubby was away on business I came across apple cider vinegar. I took a couple of tsps before every meal and amazingly my breath and gas was better. Well gas was non-existent because of this and even I started sleeping better. I am so thankful for this board, ACV has really sorted out all my problems it seems years of lack of digestive enzymes was the cause of my problems, I even now take probiotics which again helped the breath but never 100%. I know what i;m about to write will sound sooooooo stuuuuuupid but unless you have some thing really internally not right or perhaps are really overly Lactose intolerant (as this means that undigseted lactose gets into intestines and beacuase body cannot break it down it is exhaled in the breath and hydrogen in breath STINKS, but even that is quite temporary) it really is all about the mouth. NOw let me say I brusha nd brush and brush and then use mouthwash and the smell wiuld be back like within minutes. I really believed I had the best oral hygiene.
However when I started flossing my breath every nook and cranny in my mouth by bad breath just disappeared. I'm assuming that you may have tried this but if yiu havent pls do try it. I realise now that becasue my teeth are so tightly packed right next to one another I assumed I didnt need to floss, but that was exactly the cause of my problem now to think I had never flossed since I had my adult teeth sounds just insane no but I really thought brushing and mouthwash would be enough. I can now actually get confidently close to people without the sniggering and enjoy kissing my husband. I wish you well."
[YEA] 03/07/2007: reeree from Dallas, texas: "apple cider vinegar is a great mouthwash, it actually takes and conquers the odor of bad breath for long lengthy hours try it"Replies
07/21/2009: Kawaii from Nagoya City, Japan replies: "im kawaii from jpan. Can i ask were i can buy the apple cider vinegar? pls. help me coz im suffering of bad breath for many years."
EC: Check out this page: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/apple_cider_vinegar_buy.html#JAPAN
06/12/2010: Josecito from Miami, Fl, Usa replies: "How should the Apple Cider Vinegar be prepared as a mouthwash? How long should I gargle? Once I finish gargling should I just swallow it since ACV is great for the body?"
06/16/2010: Waggy from Calgary, Alberta replies: "Please do not swallow anything you gargle. This places the toxins back inside your body, where as we want to get them out. If you'd like to take ACV as well, I place 2 tablespoons in 8 oz of water and drink this."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
[YEA] 04/21/2013: Long Sufferer from Albany, Usa: "I started a self regiment of apple cider vinegar and acidophillus treatment for bad breath and it seem to be working great. This is the day2 of me talking close up without consistent nose pinching and squirming of faces.
I start of by taking 2 activated charcoal overnight before bedtime and brushing with Apple Cider Vinegar as mouth wash. I wake up and take two acidophillus 4billion tablets. Evening, a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and I am still monitoring this wonderful progress. Also, I want to say the reduction in bloating and gas problem that I have had due to hpylori. Although the hpylori had been treated, I wa still having the bloating feeling, gas, indigestion and nasty feeling in mouth. The only thing I have change in my life style is reduction of beef."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
[YEA] 06/02/2009: Ivan from NYC, NY: "I used this site to help stop bad breath. I brush with baking soda first,then rinse with acv, then rinse again with baking soda and its been helping the breath a lot. My girlfriend is not gonna lie to me. Im also drinking acv twice a day with a sprinkle of cinnamon and that helps a lot with taste. I put 2 tablespoons in about 8 ounces of water and sprinkle the cinnamon and then chug that bad boy down. It felt great. Ive had previous cases of acid reflux because i drink so much soda. Im gonna buy ph strips next to keep track of my ph levels."
[YEA] 02/04/2009: Alicia from Louisville, Ky: "I have had bad breath for the last few weeks. I have no cavities and I brush regularly.. Recently I tried gargling with apple cider vinegar and baking soda in warm water and it worked immediately.. I no longer have that feeling of being insecure around people when I talk. My mouth feels fresh and cured.
-a teasppon of apple cider vinegar.
-quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda.
-a cup of warm water."
[YEA] 11/07/2009: Punkfly from Columbus, Ohio replies: "I've been doing oil pulling with Sesame Seed Oil, and it's been working great for my bleeding gums. Cleared it up in 2 days! However, like some of the other posts I read, it actually caused my breath to be worse. So I followed it up with the ACV & Baking Soda gargle and rinse at it totally worked. Awesome."
02/07/2010: Jcm from Dallas, Texas replies: "Alicia, hello. I am just getting started with this gargle. Never done it before but hope it will provide some relief for this halitosis. I noticed 1 cup of water is ALOT to gargle; do you gargle multiple times to use all of the cup? How long do you gargle? Thanks."
08/11/2010: Lala from Cape Town, South Africa replies: "The smell of Apple Cider Vinegar is unbearable for me - theres no way I can drink it so tried it as toner for my problem skin but quit because of the smell. It's been 9 years and still sitting with my problem skin - no doctor and no meds have helped. Do you not feel nauseous when gargling this?"
Apples and Cheddar Cheese
[YEA] 09/18/2008: Cathy from Medford, Oregon: "I have discovered 2 healthy things my dogs love for treats. Apples and cheese. I cut up a couple apples in small chunks (with peel on) and cut up some cheddar cheese slices (small, but long in length). I give them apples a couple times a day for health benefits (heart, joint inflamation, cleans the teeth..and good breath!) I also give them a very small slice of cheese as bedtime snack.(make the slice long enough that they have to chew it a second and don't immediately swallow it, so it will coat the teeth.) The cheese has been proven to reduce tartar build up. How easy is that? Give yourself these treats too..same benefits!"
08/31/2012: Joanie from Greenville, Sc: "Years ago while on the Atkins Diet, I used Splenda in my tea and coffee. After about a month I had a horrible smell coming from my breath and pores. I quit using it and started using aspartame, stevia, and then saccharin. They all had the same effect on me. I read an article about someone with the same problem, and it said that artificial sweeteners are broken down to powder form by methane gas which is what wreaks from your breath and pores. Now if I use only a little bit from a packet it still makes me smell like a fart so I avoid it. I recently went on an all fruit and veggie diet. I started tasting gas and smelled it on my breath. On 2 different occassions, I laughed and people around me would say they smelled sewage. I read about Fructose Intolerance and how it has that same effect on your system. Fructose is in everything! Especially fruit which I had been eating a lot of. It's also in most vegetables. Please look it up online to see if you have this problem. It lists foods to avoid, and ones to eat. No change yet in the few days I've been off all forms of sugar, but it may take a while. Meanwhile, I'm anti-sociable til I smell better!"Replies
09/01/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Joanie, as is the case for many of us, it seems you need to do a colon and perhaps a gallbladder cleanse plus any kind of detox; and maybe even parasite treatments. There are sooo many things that derail our metabolism and we end up w/ all the waste products polluting our bodies.
Let us know of anything that works for you."
09/06/2012: Joanie from Greenville, Sc replies: "Thank you Timh for your response. How do I find info on what you think are the best colon and gallbladder cleanses, detox and parasite treatments? Those would have to be the answer to my problems which have not really changed much from avoiding sugar in all forms."
09/07/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Joanie, a good cleaning does seem appropriate as dietary modifications seem inefficient. Here are some E. C. links to get you started:
Not much on Colon Cleanse but there is much info on the web, probably too much as there can be too much variation. All health food stores carry products for "intestinal cleansing" as well as "parasite formula", some combine the two. Do the gallbladder cleanse first. It's a little unpleasant but it works ( I just completed one w/ good results two days ago and feel much better now).
Also, take a high quality multivitamin/mineral/whole food supplement w/ every meal, this will greatly improve metabolism.
I hope this "level one" protocol resolves your issues. Report your progress."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/18/2008: HaHa from Long Island, New York, New York: "Bad Breath Caused By Milk:
I suffered from bad breath for as long as i can remember. But never knew why and what was the cause until recently. A few days ago, I started cleaning my colon. While on it I had to follow a strict diet for almost 7 days. I could only eat fruits and vegetables and nothing else. During that time that's when I noticed that my breath was no longer smelling.
You see, I used to eat cereal with milk every morning or at least every other day. Soon after I stopped drinking Milk for about 7 days, the smell went away. Now I eat everything else except milk. The Bad Breath never came back. It's been almost 2 months now. Having bad breath was terrible. It affected every relationship and friendship I had even with my son. I always had a pack of gum in my packet. Today I enjoying my new life."
[YEA] 12/07/2007: Monique from Windsor, Canada: "My son had the worst breath I've ever smelled. I took him to the dentist, no problems with his gums or teeth. I kept on making him rinse his mouth with mouthwash and chew gum. It was so bad when you opened his bedroom door it would make you gag. I couldn't figure out why. Low and behold one day I was figuring out my budget and how I could cut back. So while I was grocery shopping I decided not to buy my son's regular 2 blocks of cheese per week. It was something he would have to do without. After a couple weeks of not eating cheese, we noticed his breath was refreshing. I was so happy, I realized right away it was the cheese since it was the only change from his regular routine. To this day, he eats cheese once in a while but does not suffer from bad breath. Hope this will help some other people with this terrible problem."