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Sometimes your mouth can take on an unpleasant resemblance to a trashcan. You know the feeling. Whether you ate a potent meal of onions and garlic recently, or that less-than-fresh afternoon mouth just hit, your breath is stanky.

Don’t hide that pretty face behind your hand. All of us get bad breath now and then. And you don’t need to swish a bunch of chemical-loaded mouthwash or chomp on artificially sweetened gum to refresh your breath. Curing bad breath eco-style is easy. Any of these three natural remedies for bad breath will leave your mouth feeling zingy clean, minus the toxic substances.

Munch on Parsley

Chomp down on that garnish of parsley after your meal to revamp your breath. The high content of chlorophyll in parsley works as a natural mouth deodorizer. Munch on a sprig of parsley any time your breath feels a tad stale or add this kitchen staple to your meals regularly to ward off nagging bad breath. This cooling herb will leave your mouth feeling refreshed and odor-free.

Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda, that eco-cleaning powerhouse that scrubs away kitchen grease and bathroom grime, can work on a yucky mouth too! Baking soda naturally absorbs odors and provides antibacterial properties that will give you one clean, healthy mouth. Dip a damp toothbrush in a little baking soda and gently scrub your tongue and teeth for a grainy, but effective breath freshener.

Baking soda works so well as a gentle mouth cleaner that it tops the ingredient list in many natural toothpastes. You can even create your own homemade toothpaste using a combination of baking soda, salt and a few drops of essential oils.

Spice It Up

Give your mouth something to smile about by chewing on the seeds of aromatic spices including clove, cardamom or fennel seeds after meals or whenever your breath needs a freshening boost. The antimicrobial properties of these herbs will instantly pep up your oral hygiene.

While these three natural remedies will cure bad breath for a while, keeping up with your oral healthcare should fix most lingering bad breath situations. Bacteria and fungi can live on your tongue, so always brush that sucker. You can also use a tongue scraper or a metal spoon to scour away clinging bacteria. And make sure to drink lots of water to help produce saliva. Saliva naturally cleanses your mouth, rinsing away food particles and odor-producing bacteria.

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