So I’ve decided to bring back this little ditty that I started doing a few years back.  Instead of trying to start up a new linky, though, I’m just going to share tips and missions I’m setting for myself to do a better job at the old adage Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without.

I quit couponing years ago and am still reaping the bounty of that in many ways, but as I’m running low, I’m getting much more serious about not allowing “normal” stuff back into my home.  Instead, I’m looking for natural solutions or better than conventional store bought products.

My first mission?    Use up all my conventional mouthwash and find a better solution.   I need to use a bite-splint because I grind my teeth incessantly.   In the morning it’s kind of icky and I like to get that yucky taste out quickly, so I’ve been swishing with Crest Pro-Health.   It’s apparently working on the plaque front because my dentists offices have told me to keep using it.   But I recently started making sure that all my stuff was better and I realized it has parabens — an estrogen mimicker.   Arg!

So I have just a few trial/sample bottles left to use up.   Then what?   I’ve heard Tom’s of Maine isn’t as good since they changed the formula.   I did purchase some fermented cod liver oil and butter oil because on a partially related note, I think I have a cavity that I’m trying desperately to reverse since my dentist is MIA (long story).

Any tips?   Does anyone have a horrible dental record use natural products that work?    If so, I’d love to know what you do!

If you have a tip on using things up or would like to join me, I’d love to hear from you!

Jen S.

4 Comments on Use It Up #8 {Mouthwash Edition}

  1. Katie B. of
    31 May 2012 at 11:57 AM (9 years ago)

    You’re right that Tom’s isn’t what it used to be, and I’m so mad! My husband has very brittle teeth, and very poor brushing habits. He started “oil pulling” (you can Google that). It didn’t heal his cavities, but his gum health has improved by leaps and bounds, and his teeth are so much whiter now that the plaque is gone.

    Have you tried soaking your bite plate in a 1:5 vinegar-water solution for 10-15 minutes, then brushing it? The acid really helps clean away the plaque buildup without ruining the plastic.

    As for me, I dip my brush in hydrogen peroxide then baking soda when my love of coffee, iced tea and red wine are starting to show. A good 2-minute scrub gets them bright again.
    Katie B. of´s last blog post ..Got A Minute? Chores That Take One Minute Or Less


    jen Reply:

    Such great information! Thanks for sharing…I’ve heard of oil pulling, but I’m a little hesitant to try it :).

    I’ll have to try the bite splint soak.

    Thanks for the great reply!


    Katie B. of Reply:

    Oh, you’re welcome! I should’ve pointed out that, although they recommend sesame oil, I found it nasty as all get out. My husband uses olive oil, since that’s what I have on hand.

    Love your blog!
    Katie B. of´s last blog post ..Got A Minute? Chores That Take One Minute Or Less


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