Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by lynn (york, pa) on 02/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I use over the counter 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash, but have always disliked the aftertaste. I purchased a bottle of peppermint oil from the baking section of my local market, and put one tablespoon in an eight ounce bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mouth feels very clean (and now minty fresh, too!) Others may like to add their favorite flavors, increasing or decreasing the measurement according to taste. Make sure to GENTLY shake your bottle before opening to keep peppermint oil evenly distributed, and keep your mouthwash in an opaque bottle (I use the same brown bottle purchased at the dollar store). Refrigerate if your bathroom is very warm, and keep bottle out of direct sunlight.

Replied by Jennifer
(Dallas, Tx)
02/09/2010

I just bought the peppermint oil - great suggestion - it is much better this way but I dilute mine with 50 % water. Do you use hydrogen peroxide 3% straight?


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Posted by FR (NYC) on 10/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, just wanted to share with you my cure for an infected gum -- hydrogen peroxide. Also wanted to respond to Subashini from Kuwait, because I may have an answer for her about the bad breath and oil pulling.

My story (I'll try to be brief)... got a piece of food stuck in the gum behind one of my front teeth. No matter what I did -- floss, oil pull, swish peroxide -- it didn't come out. I then went to a new dentist last week to have my teeth cleaned and the stuck particle removed. Lucky me -- the hygenist was just filling in for the day and during the teeth cleaning part, said she saw something dislodge but then "lost sight of it". Okay, fine, I thought. That night I awoke in the middle of the night with terrible bad breath. It was so bad it actually woke me up. Yes, I do have sensitive smell!! When I looked at the right front tooth the next day, I noticed that the gum was severely swollen, from the tooth to the roof of the mouth. The bad breath also persisted. I started my holistic regime of oil pulling, then later swishing with hydrogen peroxide. The oil pulling, like Subashini said, made my breath worse. YUCK! I tried swishing with sea salt. No luck. Finally I had the idea a couple of days ago to soak a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and then hold it (tightly) to the swollen gum for 10 minutes. I also pinched another h202 soaked cotton ball to the back side of the tooth where the piece of food had initially lodged. Interestingly, it didn't hurt, but certain areas of the gum turned white. 10 minutes later the white had disappeared. Glad to say that my bad breath smell immediately disappeared and has not returned. My gum is looking a little better. A couple more days of this (soaked h202 2x a day) and I think I will be back to 100%. I highly suggest this technique if you have a tooth abcess or swollen gums from an infection. It is the best way for hydrogen to penetrate, otherwise it just turns to foam if you swish it around in your mouth.

So Subashini, I think your issue may be an infection somewhere in your gums that the oil pulling is bringing to the surface. Infection smells like dental plaque -- quite disgusting. My suggestion is to pull up your top lip (then pull down the bottom lip) in the mirror in daylight and look for redness in your gums. If you can pinpoint an area, then soak it with hydrogen peroxide cotton ball 2x a day for a day or two. I would predict that your issue of bad breath will immediately go away, even after you oil pull.

Oh, one more thing. You will need to bend over a sink whilst holding the cotton ball to your gums and let your saliva run out. You may need to do round 2 during the same session. Most importantly, you don't want to swallow anything! Rinse well afterwards. Hope this helps someone, somewhere. All My Best,

Replied by Subashini
(Kuwait)
09/27/2007

hi, i tried oil pulling with sesame oil.i have done it for nearly 10 months not even 1 day left out.still my irregular period problem has not solved...only good thing is tartar in teeth's have disappeared... generally i do not get bad breath..after started doing oil pulling i am getting it now.once i leave oil pulling again the plaque formation started in my teeth....if i stop oilpulling bad breath stopped... i am highly optimistic charactor....how much i can convenince myself to continue it,,,,it is not working well.... Also by searching the cold pressed sunflower oil...i am tired too much...normal sunflower oil within one day bad breath starting....i don't know why...whom to get guidence from which website we do interaction with experts... www.oilpulling.org is only giving fewer information.... please advise me if i am wrong...i strictly follow the instruction how to do oil pulling even though it happends to me like this..


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Posted by Barbara (Charleston , WV) on 07/17/2007
5 out of 5 stars

A science teacher recommended this to me years ago and I've been doing it ever since. Hydrogen Peroxide is a great mouthwash. It kills the bacteria in your mouth which the cause of bad breath. Also brightens your teeth a bit. I take a swig of 3%, swirl it around my mouth for a min or so, spit it out and wallah, breath is fresh.

Replied by Vance MacThamhais
(Lugano, Switzerland)
03/22/2009

Oil pulling with one tablespoon of sesame oil, coconut oil , or rice bran oil. swish and pull one tablespoon of oil for 15-20 min. and spit out the oil. It should be a whiteish foam after 15-20 min of pulling.

This will help with all kinds of infections. It will help dotoxify the entire body.


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Posted by Edith (Elizabeth, NJ) on 05/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Have you ever known somebody with bad breath? Here is the cure.

1-Do gargles with hydrogen peroxide. All the bacteria accumulated by years will be killed and your breath will be as fresh as it can be.

2-Do the same once a week or maybe once a month. If you still have any problem, that I doubt it, probiotics will be the solution for getting rid of bad breath if it is accompanied by body odor.

But the first step is the gargles.


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Posted by Joe (Somerville, NJ) on 02/04/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've used hydrogen peroxide, 3% pharmacy grade cut 50% with water, to rinse my mouth before brushing, which has been a great help with eliminating bad breath and plaque. But here's a remedy that no one may have thought - a treatment for "tinea cruris" commonly known as jock itch. I had an issue with this for several months and during this period, several times a week, I used Curex and other over-the-counter options to eliminate it, spending $20.00 to $30.00 to no avail. I knew hydrogen peroxide was effective in killing bacteria, so, as a last resort, I cut the pharamcy 3% grade 50%, just like the mouth wash, and used it-in 2 days!!! the itch and soreness was gone! No joke. Total cost 20 cents!


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Posted by Cecelia (NY) on 12/14/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have always used natural remedies to cure my ills or take care of my skin, and when a cousin of mine became ill with liver cancer I started searching the internet frantically (that's how I came across this site) for a way to help him get rid of the toxins in his body, but it was too far gone. He died one month after being diagnosed with the cancer. A few months ago I started dating a gentleman, who is a great guy but he had bad breath, he brushed and gargled Listerine which didn't help, but masked the bad breath for a few minutes. Since it was his breath, and not his personality that was bad, I bought a bottle of hydrogen peroxide for him to brush his teeth and tongue with and also gargle. The next time we went out the bad breath was gone and he said he can tell the difference. I don't know what he had or what happened scientifically but the hydrogen peroxide worked.


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Posted by Sabrina (Albany, NY) on 11/13/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I started using hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water....Rinse mouth with the solution and let stand for 2-3 mins, if you look into your mouth you can see the peroxide solution working in between teeth and under the gum line. rinse well after 2-3 min and brush teeth as usual. If you use this solution at night you will notice a lack of morning breath in the am.....The peroxide kills the bacteria that causes bad breath....last but not least...peroxide is cheap!!


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Posted by Sach (Stockton) on 09/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

3% hydrogen peroxide cures halitosis, instantly. Excellent remedy for halitosis or sulphur smell when some one sneezes. This is not the masking agent like mouth freshener but it takes care of the problem and whitens the teeth.


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Posted by Carey (Springfield, IL) on 09/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have battled bad breath ever since I gave birth to my first born three years ago. When I had my second child, the smell got even worse. Almost smelled like a "toot"/fart, whatever, it was gross. I tried everything, but THE ONLY thing that has worked for me is gargling w/ hydrogen peroxide. I bought the regular 3% from the drug store and gargle w/ it in the mornings and evenings. The taste is gross, and it leaves a film in your mouth that takes about 5 minutes to disappear, but it's well worth it. After I gargle (20-30 secs. is all I can stand) I immediately use a tongue scraper 5 or 6 times. Make sure you scrape as far back on your tongue as you can and don't eat or drink for 15 minutes afterwards. It's cool b/c once you start to gargle, you can actually feel the hydrogen tingling on your tongue like it's fighting the bacteria. As an added bonus, my teeth are whiter, and my gums and tongue are a healthy pink color. I love this stuff, and at $.99 cents for a bottle, how can you go wrong?!

Replied by Dee
(Windhoek, Katutura, Namibia)
06/02/2008

I have read all the articles of all those people who have used hydrogen peroxide and it worked, my fear is that it might be harmful if taken undilluted, can you please give me the exact measurement to use when I gargle, or should I use straight HP, please help me get rid of my horrible breath...

Replied by Jennifer
(Dallas, Tx)
02/09/2010

Carey, about the taste - go to a local health food store or market and ask for a bottle of peppermint oil (spearmint and vanilla work too) and add a 1 tablespoon in an 8 ounce bottle of peroxide 3% for minty taste (no sugar so it won't be sweet) but it won't have that awful peroxide taste either. Leaves you mouth minty fresh.

Also, Dee, Dilute 1/2 water and 1/2 peroxide. I use two capfuls of HP and two capfuls of water. FYI

Replied by Jennifer
(Dallas, Tx)
02/09/2010

Correction: regarding amount of peppermint oil used in HP. Originally, i said 1 tsp for 8 oz bottle - not what I meant this was TOO much peppermint and too HOT! (Felt like it burned my tongue!) Try using only 1/4th (few drops) tsp per 8 oz then add more as you adjust to it.


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Posted by Andreinne (Fairfax, VA) on 08/16/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I started putting HP on my tongue and letting it sit there without swallowing it for 5 minutes. (before I put the HP on i brushed and flossed my teeth first thing in the morning). After the five minutes were up, my tongue was thick and gooey with bacteria. After that I scraped my tongue with a spoon. It was gross but my gums no longer bled when I brush them and also my energy levels are up!


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Posted by Noel (New Jersey) on 07/28/2006
5 out of 5 stars

After reading that Hydrogen peroxide kills breath odor. I decided to do some reasearch before I tried it. 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)
05/23/2009

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.


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Posted by Nature Lover (Grand Rapids, MI) on 06/20/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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)
08/24/2011

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)
08/25/2011

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.

Replied by Benjamin
(Philadelphia, Pa)
10/16/2015

Don't use hydrogen peroxide every day.


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Posted by Kimberly (Fayetteville, NC) on 06/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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


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Posted by Brenda (Brooksville, MS) on 06/01/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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


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Posted by Lathosha (Longview, TX) on 01/10/2006
5 out of 5 stars

"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)
03/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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)
02/08/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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)
07/28/2014

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.



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