Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis

Last Modified on Dec 12, 2014

Hydrogen Peroxide   35  1   

Posted by Noel (New Jersey) on 07/28/2006

[YEA]  After reading that Hydrogen peroxide kills breath odor. I decided to do some reasearch before I tried it. I found a great website that talks about hydrogen peroxide What I was basically trying to find was information that would convince me that peroxide wasn't going to poison me. Well I was convinced and decided to try. I've been rinsing my mouth with diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide for the past 3 days and it worked...I had horrible bad breath it was horrible but now it's gone. I'm even having my boyfriend do the same. I'm so happy I tried this. I highly recommend it!!!!!

Replied by Bella
Bellflower, CA, USA
I suffered from halitosis for many years. It is embarrassing. When I talk to people they keep a distance or cover their nose when I get close. This is my second day of trying the hydrogen peroxide. I hope it will work. I have faith. Thank you for this website.

Posted by Nature Lover (Grand Rapids, MI) on 06/20/2006

[YEA]  I had a problem of Bad breath for many years now. I had mints all over the place to make sure I had them all the time. I brushed my teeth after every meal and yet within an hour the bad breath was back. Then I came across Sharon's advice last week. Tried it and it WORKED!!! No bad breath from then on. Amazing! I rinsed my mouth in ordinary peroxide for about 2 minutes. Yes, my tongue was a bit sore. I rinsed after lunch and didn't have dinner-- I wasn't hungry, just so very happy. Next day my tongue was back to normal. Thank you very much, Sharon! It has changed my life. A question: Do you think it is okay to have a quick peroxide rinse everyday morning? Does it harm the teeth enamel in any way?

EC: We read somewhere on the internet a few months ago that hydrogen peroxide can potentially wear down dental fillings, but is fine for dental enamel (it's what they use in teeth whitening formulas). We rinse with it every few days and have NOT noticed any fillings deteriorate!

Replied by Ihatebadbreath
Lithonia, Ga
I don't know how else to post on this thread so I am sub posting. I developed bad breath right around 18 when I started eating meat again. I've been to many dentists all who said I have PERFECT teeth. Well Ive tried so many things and the only thing that is working now is lemon juice in my water bottle. I add about 1 tbsp to a normal sized water bottle and I have one daily. Another person I know is successfully using digestive enzymes also. I can attribute my bad breath to my diet but I don't know what specifically is causing it. Even though this is helping I still don't know what is the root cause for my BB.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
I think that Chlorella helps with deodorizing.... maybe you could look into that? It seems to help not only for bad breath but also transpiration smell.

Posted by Kimberly (Fayetteville, NC) on 06/11/2006

[YEA]  Cured and relieved me of bad breath. I could tell it worked. It was painful for a few days but it cleansed everything out.

Posted by Brenda (Brooksville, MS) on 06/01/2006

[YEA]  I use it to rinse my mouth, after I brush my teeth. Cures bad breath.

Posted by Lathosha (Longview, TX) on 01/10/2006

[YEA]  "i've used hydrogen peroxide for about 2 yrs. I use it as a mouthwash every morning. I don't suffer with bad breath at all.

Replied by Jj
Abuja, Nigeria
[YEA]   I've been at war with bad breath for over 25 yrs, been to several dental clinics with no positive feedbacks... Bt I was lucky to find this site and Hydrogen peroxide has renewed me, am a new person now, bye bye to a lifetime of chewing gum, finally free. It works 100%. God bless you guys.
Replied by Gentlebounce
Charleston,, S.c. Usa
[YEA]   Hydrogen Peroxide for Bad Breath: I just want to thank everyone for their input toward this website. A BIG God bless you, to everyone of you. I came across this site looking for help with my fibroids and this site has done that. I also was looking for help with my Bad Breath. This site did that. Thanks a million. I just hit the lottery! (lol). I feels like it though. Amazing results on both of my problems. Now I've been on this site since 9am this morning. I stop once to cook dinner. This site I soooo informational- I can't get off. I know it had to be a child of the KING that came up with this and what a big heart you have. It also helps me to connect with people. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God Bless!
Replied by Andy
Dubai, UAE
Hi. I am surprised to know that you have been cured. I'm facing the problem of bad breath from last 4 years.

Can you tell me if using hydrogen peroxide safe and can we use it for long term . or its just a temporary benefit.

Posted by Sharon (NYC) on 12/15/2005

[YEA]  My boyfriend started using pysillium husks a few weeks ago to cleanse his intestinal tract. He felt great, but my God! his breath became so foul!! After a few days of being polite, I finally figured that I needed to say something and help him find a cure. I figured it had to have been caused by a change in his intestinal flora from the pysllium. The change must have caused severe candida overgrowth. His tongue was coated in white -- a sure sign. I had him take a few capsules of ParaGone (it was what was leftover in my medicine cabinet) to start to kill off the candida. That seemed to help, but didn't completely stop the halitosis. This is going to sound gross, but I made him open his mouth to detect whether the stench was coming from his breath, or from his teeth. I have particularly good smell and pinpointed that the smell was coming from the upper right side of his mouth! Well, after that I had him soak his mouth in straight hydrogen peroxide for about 3 minutes. Once it foamed up, I had him to it again. That was the cure! No more bad breath! The peroxide did make his tongue sensitive for a few days, so I would suggest to anyone trying this that they dilute the peroxide in water. I think that bad breath is often a sign of candida or yeast overgrowth so killing it in the mouth with peroxide AND taking some kind of candida cleanse is the answer. One more note: I read on the internet that it can take up to 3 weeks to cure bad breath. Well, this took a few minutes with the peroxide. Don't believe what you read! Hope this helps some of your readers. Thanks.

Posted by Sharon (Branson, MO)

[YEA]  Just a note to the readers and especially to Sharon from NYC. One thing that psyllium does so very well is clean out the bowell. In doing this it also cleans out toxins that have been stored in all those little folds of your intestines. The coating on your boyfriend's tongue was more likely just a sign that his body was releasing toxins and not a sign of candida overgrowth. Bad breath can also a sign of toxins being released. They have to come out somehow. Drinking more water sometimes helps. I am glad to know about the peroxide mouth wash although I don't think it would be good to do very often. BTW, Psyllium promotes growth of good bacteria for the stomach & intestines. Another reason a Candida overgrowth was unlikely.

Posted by Carolyn (Slidell, LA)

[YEA]  I had bad breath really terrible. I use 3% HP drug store for mouthwash twice a day. It works. I am reading on your site I should not use 3% drug store in my mouth. I do not swallow it and I rinse my mouth with fresh water after use of H2O2 to remove the thick foam. Is 3% drug store H2O2 dangerous to use as mouthwash?

Posted by Tom (California)

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  H202 helps bad breath but after a while it comes back again. I think the bacteria becomes immune to it. what should you recommend.

Replied by Dee
Windhoek, Katutura, Namibia
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   i have tried hydrogen peroxide, i use it and the bad breath goes away for a while then it comes back, i want to know if i can drink HP, i smell goo from my nose and my mucus...can i not rinse my nasal passages with HP? PLEASE HELP
Replied by M.
Ny, Ny
That sounds like a post nasal drip issue. I have the same problem and this works for me:

Try using a Neti pot. It is a small pot you fill with lukewarm water and salt solution. It is used to flush out your nasal passages. Use it 1x - 2x daily to clean out the gunk collecting in the nasal/throat area. Definitely run a search on google and youtube to learn exactly how to use it. It's painless, all natural and definitely helps.

Also, with a tongue scraper, remove any white fuzz that collects at the back of your tongue. When gargling with peroxide (2 tsp of 3% peroxide with 2 tsp of water), tilt your head all the way back and stick out your tongue to ensure the nasty germs that dwell back there are killed. I would never swallow peroxide under any circumstances because I believe it's toxic.

Make sure you rinse & gargle with water thoroughly after.

Replied by M
Ny, Ny
I forgot to add one thing.

Make sure you brush, tongue scrape and Hydrogen Peroxide gargle after each meal for this to work (up to 4x daily as per instructions on HP bottle).

Let us know how this works for you!!

Replied by Phil
Dearing, Ga, USA
Hello all. I have always heard of people using chlorophyll for bad breath, I do not know if it will work for everyone... But alot of people believe it to have cured their bad breath. These are people that I know personally and not something I have read.

Get you some Clorophyll pills and give it a try.

Hope this helps someone!

Replied by Ramg66
Sacramento, Ca
[YEA]   I have had Bad Breath for as long as I can remember, I just recently tried Hydrogen Peroxide. OMG this has worked better than anything I have ever tried, and I have tried all sorts of stuff. I am using it 100% (thats how desperate I was) but will begin to dilute 50/50. Its hard to tell if you have bad breath unless its morning breath, and that is gone too! I am so glad I read this, I hope this is a permanent remedy. Only people who have had this problem can realize my excitement. Good Luck.

Lime Juice   1  0   

Posted by Myda (Denver, Co.) on 11/23/2014

[YEA]  I got lime juice and used a tongue scraper, WOW!! Usually when I brush my teeth and use mouth wash or use hydrogen peroxide, bad breath just comes back, even if I scrape my tongue. I am amazed by how well the lime juice is working!

Magnesium, Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Jodi (Merrillville, IN) on 01/27/2007

[YEA]  Unlike others, my bad breath is caused by a sinus condition. The phlegm sits in the back of my throat causing bad breath. I was told to try magnesium which is supposed to break it up and makes the passageway clear. For me, it is the first thing to ever clear the throat. I then tried the hydrogen peroxide and no more bad breath. let me know how this works.

Replied by Ricardo
Port-Louis, Mauritius
[QUESTION]   Could you please indicate how much magnesium supplements had to be used and also for how long before noticing any change in the bad breath. Thanks for the great job overall.

Manuka Honey   0  0   

Posted by Lim (Singapore) on 04/15/2011

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  By chance we discovered that taking a teaspoon of manuka honey (not mixed with water) gets rid of bad breath for mum almost immediately. She has that problem on and off as she does not have the habit of drinking water. Well, we are glad that Manuka honey works for her all the time.

Multiple Remedies   5  1   

Posted by Elizabeth (Va Beach, Va) on 05/05/2013

Lifelong ailments: Hi, I'm hoping I can get some clarity on my situation. I'm a 25 yr old female, and for as long as I can remember (pretty much all my life) I've suffered from bad breath and constipation. And I truly have no idea why. I have excellent dental hygeine, so I know that's not the culprit. No gingivitis or tonsil stones. I've never had the healthiest diet, but I feel like so many people eat horribly, and still don't have bad breath. Not to mention, I've had it since childhood. My mother also has bad breath, but she has dental issues, and her tongue isn't coated and gross like mine. I think I may have really slow digestion, because I can eat a piece of toast and sleep for 2 hours after. Digestive enzymes and apple cider vinegar don't help. I've tried every vitamin and supplement out there. I just don't understand. Everything I eat and drink stays on my tongue until I brush it again. Especially in the back middle of my tongue. It's pretty much made me a social outcast, and I've never really formed any intimate relationships because of my breath. I feel like doctors are so quick to get people in and out, they don't really look for the root cause. I'm not lactose intolerant or have a gluten allergy. I really don't know what could be causing this, but I'm at the end of my rope. I'm sorry this is so long.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
Try coconut oil, eat it, brush with it, add a dab of baking soda and put a blob in your mouth before bed. Spit in trash in the morning... won't be long.
Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Elizabeth: According to the book, Digestive Wellness (Lipski), if you have halitosis, you may want to do the following:

  • be checked for infections (H pylori, GERD, gastric ulcers)
  • eliminate constipation (which you mention you have) by increasing your fiber intake, make sure you are properly hydrated, exercise, take magnesium (most of us are deficient), take digestive enzymes, evaluate any medications you are taking which may cause constipation, take vitamin C
  • take a good probiotic
  • have your HCl levels checked (your food may be fermenting instead of digesting properly) by having your doctor run a comprehensive digestive stool analysis with parasitology evaluation

Perhaps a naturopath instead of a regular doctor might be what you need. In the meantime, the book I mentioned is really interesting and addresses all sorts of digestion problems. You even may be able to find it in your library. They do say that good health begins in the stomach. I hope you find the answers you are seeking. Good luck! Bess

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Elizabeth: This looks like an obvious case of "dirty colon". This is usually the case of aged persons, but you must have undergone some kind of exception. Anyway, here's a link to remedy this condition.

Let us know how you're progressing.

Replied by Traveler
Dallas, Tx
Do you use a tongue scraper? How often do you visit a dentist to clean your teeth and pockets? Have you tried an elimination diet, or a cleanse-- like master cleanser or a raw milk (if you have a reputable dairy nearby) cleanse?

Also, how many grams of fiber from whole foods are you getting, preferably from fruits and vegetables, not from bran or fiber powder? Is it at least 25grams or more? I noticed I would be very constipated for a long time because my average for many years was more around 9-15 grams a day, sometimes not even that. In terms of constipation, and menstrual issues, I was helped a lot by blackstrap molasses: 1-3 tablespoons a day in water normally, and the day before my period or during my period I would take 3 tablespoons two or three times a day.

Also, how much do you sweat? Maybe there's someting wrong with your lymph system and I could see how, having body odor you wouldn't want to emphasize that by sweating but that helps get out the funk and detox somewhat. So if you can encourage sweating with exercise, and also use epsom salts/baking soda (and ginger if you want) baths. Alternatively, you can do hot and cold showers which help the lymph system and the skin because it increases blood flow. It also helps with depression.

And, what type of deodorant are you using? I've been conventional-deodorant free for several years and have run the gamut of baking soda, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, various alternative commercial deodorant. I've now been using perfume oils that are made with essential oils and I'm in LOVE with this stuff.

Posted by Bk (Queens, New York, Usa) on 01/23/2013

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  I have noticed that my bad breath doubles or triples with exercise. Running, weight training or even brisk walk for 15 odd minutes will boost the bacteria growth in my mouth. Taste in the mouth and the odor just gets worse and worse. I think it also shoots up a lil in the winters.

Spent countless dollars and still go through this hell every day. I think I have tried everything mentioned on this site, some work and some don't which is pretty normal. In the last 10 odd years I have travelled to all different corners of the globe and met different kinds of doctors. From Chinese traditional medicine to African witch craft doctors, from Muslim hakeems to Jewish Rabbis to Bible cures to Buddha meditation to Yoga, from Indian herbal medicine to acupuncture, acupressure, hypnotism therapy, traditional Japanese medicine, Arabic cures to Red Indian remedies, from meeting with old masters of Shaolin Temple to spending time with vegan Baba's of India, from Russian Babushka advice to Allopathic, Osteopathic to homeopathic to German medicine, world renown ENT, GI, and also to top ranked surgeons who completely removed my tonsils. But no permanent cure.

From what I have learned, there is NO CURE known to man for chronic bad breath or Halitosis. It's a genetic disorder and my only hope is that stem cell research will perhaps explore this avenue to finally find a cure. I am sure that will be long after we are gone from this world. (I usually envy and smile at folks who come up with the suggestions to keep a good oral hygiene, floss, diet, carbs, protein, lots of water, green foods, organic juices, good sleep, etc.. The only thought that runs into my mind at these times is, , , "You have NO IDEA what it is"

For now, I think we all just need each other's support and keep trying to treat the problem with different kinds of remedies that are ALL a temporary relief. Sometimes while driving to work, I smile and tell myself, "These are my happy pains".

There is a lot of talk here about 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, please be cautious that it does have side effects. It's abrasive but more importantly it's a poison. 1/2 HP and 1/2 H2O works for a couple of hours but I have yet to hear from any doctor who would recommend this for a long term use. Many dentists would not recommend the use for more than a week. Sometimes they even prescribe ONCE a week for 3 or 4 weeks and that's it. I used 50/50 ratio for a few weeks and got the burning sensation in the throat and nostrils till I got a throat infection. My mucous had blood and the doctors put me on antibiotics to kill the infection. I still use it with 1 and 5 ratio but I know no doctor will recommend it for long term use.

Personally, I will be jumping up and down with joy and happiness if I find any remedy that safely covers up the problem 100% for 4 hours and allows me to eat, drink and talk freely as anyone other person. I will gladly do it in the morning, after lunch and before the bed.

Posted by Zekia (Chicago, Il) on 11/08/2011

[YEA]  I've had really bad breath for a decade and no one told me... Until my mother. I did a great deal of research on the subject. My Bad breath and gum disease is gone!

1. Buy: Organic coconut oil. Apple cider vinegar. Baking soda, peroxide and soft toothbrush.

2. In the morning, brush teeth with baking soda, then rise with baking soda and peroxide. I squirt a little peroxide into a 1/4 of water. I rinse for 2 minutes and spit it out. Then get a teaspoon of organic coconut oil and swish around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. This will pull toxins from your body and mouth.

3. Do all of this twice daily for a week or so. Your month will feel brand new and the stuff from under your gums will fallout and the gums will heal.

4. Drink two 8 ozs. glasses of water with one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. One early and one later in the day. This will further kill bacteria in the body.

5. Most importantly, change your diet. Eat organic fruits and veggies and green juices. Drop kick dairy, sugar, meat and processed foods. In three days you will feel brand new.

6. Take 5,000 units of D3 daily, Omega 6 and B12. You will become a new person... In less than a week. I guarantee.

Hope this helps!

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