15 Effective Home Remedies For Bad Breath

Did you ever know that your tongue needed some cleaning too while you were busy only brushing your teeth? Your tongue is a home for the microbes to multiply, brushing your teeth is not only enough to get rid of halitosis (bad breath) you also need to clean your tongue and reduce the multiplication of bacteria on the tongue.

When you eat something within a few hours of eating a white material covers your teeth this white material when not brush of turns into plaque by the action of oral bacteria. At this stage hard brushing can help remove it but if it is not removed than the plaque is converted to a calcified structure known as calculus which now needs scaling by a dentist to remove it. The accumulation of plaque and calculus leads to bad breath!
Here we will be providing you with the best home remedies to counter this problem!

“Try the home remedies that we have provided you with to get rid of your foul smelling mouth.”

15. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a brown colored spice found in the form of sticks. It can be crushed down to a powdered form which can then be used in a number of dishes. Cinnamon is a spice which is used to boost the energy and regulate the levels of LDL in the body. Some people also use it to cut down there sugar levels while the ones with cancer might also add it to their diet as it is an anti-cancerous agent.

Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, an essential oil which reduces the bacteria in mouth. Bacteria are one of the causes that causes halitosis therefore reducing the bacteria would help reduce the bad breath.

  • Take a cup of water and add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to it.
  • Adding cardamom to is optional
  • Mix the ingredients well and strain it
  • Use this water to rinse your mouth.

14. Lemon

Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus compounds that are said be a beauty enhancing fruit as they act as a bleaching agent on skin and makes it whiter. People who are diet conscious also use this little fruit to help them cut down the body fats. Lemons are little boosters of energy which help increase the immunity and make it stronger. They work to detoxify the body and along with this lemons are even used to lower down the blood pressure.

Lemons are acidic in nature, when ingested they make the environment unfavorable for the bacteria to survive. Hence killing the bacteria in the oral cavity and reducing the mouth to give a bad odor.

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  • Take a lemon and deseed it.
  • Squeeze the lemon in the cup
  • Mix some warm to it gargle with this water.

13. Cloves

The spice which has an unopened flower bud of a clove tree is known as clove. Cloves are tiny little spices which are strong in taste. They are used to formulate clove oil which is good for the dental aches and pains. Nausea and vomiting could be countered by chewing a few cloves. Some people who have sinusitis also prefer taking these to cure the ailment.
Cloves are good anti-bacterial spices that kill the bacteria even in the oral cavity. It helps reducing the number of bacteria in mouth therefore people with bad breath can consider this to cut down their bad breath.

  • Take a cup of water
  • Out three cloves in it and put it to boil
  • When done bring it off the stove and strain the water
  • Now use this water to gargle.

Note:  chewing cloves might not only help with the bad breath but also with the tooth ache problems.

12. Parsley

Parsley is a green leafy vegetable which is said to be an anti-arthritis agent. They help reduce the joint pain by their compounds and not only this but parsley is also helpful in giving a good bowel movement. So people who go through constipation problems can take parsley as a remedy for it. Girls who get menstrual cramps can try and have this as it contains a compound named apiol which help reduce the pain.

The chlorophyll present in parsley is used for the bad breath problem.

  • Take a handful of parsley leaves
  • Blend them with a little water
  • Sip the water with short intervals

Note: you can also chew the leaves.

11. Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds when studies from the health point of view were found to be amazing. People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be given this to help regulate their blood sugar level. People with high cholesterol are recommended to take fenugreek to make their high blood cholesterol to reduce down.

As far as women are concerned fenugreek can help with menstrual pain. Not only this but some women also take fenugreek to induce labor pains during delivery and to enhance the production of milk after birth.

Fenugreek seeds are used to make a tea that can help reduce bad breath if the causative agent is catarrhal infection.

  • Boil a cup of water.
  • Add a table spoon of fenugreek seeds to it
  • Keep on boiling for 15 minutes on a medium low flame
  • Take off the stove and strain it.

10. Fennel

Fennels are given to treat the intestinal worm which some of develop. Fennels are good anti oxidants and can be used to boost the immunity of the body. Fennel contains iron, potassium, magnesium vitamin C and vitamin B3. If you are having digestion problems you can have some fennels to improve your digestion, it’s a good source of fiber too.

Fennels are used as mouth fresheners that ultimately help eliminate the bad breath. The anti-bacterial properties of fennel make it fight the foul smell coming from mouth.

  • One can simply chew some fennel seeds


  • Seep some fennel seeds in warm water for 10 minutes and drink that water to kill the bad breath.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a bitter tasting liquid which an amazing source to reduce the body weight. People who want to get rid of their extra kilos are supposed to take a table spoon of it as a first thing after waking up.
Apple cider vinegar because of its quality of maintaining the ph level it is used to kill the problem of bad breath in their mouth.

  • Take a glass of water and add one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar to it
  • Mix the ingredient well in water
  • Have this daily before every meal.

8. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a powdered material white in color and tasteless in flavor. People who are into baking are familiar with this powder. In chemical terms baking soda is known as sodium bicarbonate.
It helps to fight the oral bacteria and also maintains the ph level of the mouth hence contributing to be a foul smell killer.

  • After brushing your teeth with toothpaste sprinkle a little amount of baking soda on the brush.
  • Brush your teeth with it and rinse.


  • Take a warm cup of water
  • Add one tea spoon of baking soda to it
  • Mix it well
  • Rinse your mouth with this water.

“Your embarrassing mouth smell is now no longer your problem as now we have provided you with the best home remedies to eliminate the foul smelling issue from your mouth.”

7. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is known to have antibacterial and anti fungal. It is used on the skin for acne problems too. People who develop corns on their skin (in corns skin hardens due to pressure a constant pressure being applied on it) can apply this oil and help their skin get softened. As it is anti fungal in nature tea tree oil can also be used in the rig worm disease and athlete’s foot disease.
Tea tree being antimicrobial can be helpful in the reduction of bad breath.

  • On your regular tooth brush squeeze some paste
  • Pour a few drops of tea tree oil on and brush it on your teeth.

6. Herbal Tea

Herbal tea as well as normal black tea both contains polyphenol in it which an antioxidant and also help fight the oral bacteria .So people who are regular tea drinkers must continue with if they think they are having any bad breath issues.
One can consider sage tea for the above given purpose:

  • Take a cup of warm water
  • Add some sage leaves to it
  • Seep them for five minutes
  • Strain the water and drink it.

5. Saline Mouth Rinses

Saline mouth rinses are actually nothing but simple table salt dissolved in water. Salt when dissolved in water can help kill the bacterial content thereby helping in reduce the foul smell from the mouth.

  • Take a glass of warm water
  • Add a tea spoon of salt to it
  • Gargle your mouth with this water.

4. Drinking More Water

Bacteria present on your tongue gets on multiplying when it finds a favorable environment for it to increase. A favorable environment might include an undisturbed environment where the pH level gets more and more acidic for the bacteria to survive. Therefore one needs to get rid of such a pH to maintain a healthy oral hygiene, free from the bacterial activity. For achieving so one must intake water at regular intervals to help maintain a normal pH. drinking more water will help to flush away the toxins as well leading to a normal, free from foul smelling breath.

3. Having Sugar Free Gums

The more the saliva producing rate more is your ability to flush off the bacterial toxins from the oral cavity. People who have dry mouth issues are more prone to develop dental problems as the saliva in the mouth performs the function of washing of the toxins and along with that it also provides immunoglobulins that help fight the bacteria in the oral cavity.

Having certain food items that stimulates salivation is recommended by the doctors. Chewing xylitol gums which are sugar free gums might help with this and thus helping with the problem of halitosis.

2. Probiotics

Sometimes we experience bad breath because of our poor gut health. When our digestive tract is loaded with toxins and not just that if digestive system stays upset due poor dietary problems than all of these might sum up to result in bad breath from the mouth.
A study was conducted which revealed that taking probiotics in diet like having yogurt or kombucha tea can help a lot with the bad breath issues.

1. Having Crunchy Raw Food

Having food items like carrots and apples etc might help scrape away the plaque that builds up in gum region of the tooth.  Plaque is yellow off white colored material which is not as a hard as a calculus. Plaque contains bacteria which produces toxins that can cause bad breath.

Hence having such raw and crunchy food would help reduce the plaque and also increase the saliva in the mouth thereby decreasing halitosis.

Tips To Follow

  • Change your tooth brush after every three months
  • Floss daily
  • If you are a denture wearer then you need to clean them daily and soak the denture in water daily over night.
  • First thing in the morning, drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins.

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