Mouthwash Comparison

Written by Bryn O'Reilly Design


Posted on April 19 2021

When researching products to implement into your oral hygiene routine, there are a lot of factors to consider. Is this product effective? Does it have concerning possible side effects? Will it be a pleasant product to use?  Will this product provide any additional benefits?

The Dirt’s Oil Pulling Mouthwash is effective, does not have concerning possible side effects and is certainly a pleasant product that provides more benefits than just oral health care. In order to understand just how great our Oil Pulling Mouthwash is, let’s consider the other options.


Chlorhexidine is considered an antiseptic antibacterial agent. It kills bacteria and prevents the growth of bacteria. Chlorhexidine is most often used to clean hands before a procedure, to clean the skin before surgery or injection, and to clean an injury. It is commonly used to treat gingivitis for what reason, we are unsure.

When used as an oral rinse, there are specific rules to follow because chlorhexidine can easily be inactivated. In order to reap the proper benefits of chlorhexidine, the mouth must be flossed, brushed and completely rinsed of toothpaste because chlorhexidine is a molecule that binds to the surface of your mouth. The mouth must also remain clean of food and drink for several hours after rinsing with chlorhexidine. Unfortunately, chlorhexidine can stain teeth and create calluses in the mouth.

Even more concerningly, the FDA warns of a rare but very serious allergic reaction to chlorhexidine. If an allergic reaction occurs, it will be within minutes of exposure. The symptoms include wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, and hives/severe rash that can quickly progress into shock which is a life-threatening condition. Instances of allergic reaction are rare, but they have increased in recent years so they are certainly worth mentioning and considering.

Listerine (Alcohol Mouthwash)

A more common and more easily used alternative to chlorhexidine is Listerine, a brand of antiseptic mouthwash. According to the official Listerine website, Listerine is made with a blend of four essential oils: thymol (“similar to the oil from the thyme plant”), eucalyptol (“extracted from eucalyptus”), menthol (“a minty oil, similar to extract of a mint leaf”), methyl salicylate (“inspired by wintergreen”). All together, these essential oils have antiseptic properties and wintergreen is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. 

There are eight main ingredients that house these essential oils including alcohol. Although Listerine now offers a non-alcohol product, this development is rather new and usually Listerine is made with alcohol. Even in low concentrations, alcohol does still create a burning sensation when swishing and dries out your mouth. Our mouth is made up of a complex balance of good and bad bacteria. Alcohol also kills both the good and bad bacteria in the mouth, leaving the mouth defenseless to the development of more serious diseases and bacterial infections. This actually promotes the breeding of bacteria and the bad is always first and most powerful when it comes back! 

The Dirt Pulling Oil Mouthwash

The Dirt’s Pulling Oil Mouthwash is a modern take on an ancient Ayurvedic practice. Pulling Oil Mouthwash eliminates bad breath, promotes healthy oral care of teeth and gums, and helps prevent long term diseases without alcohol, without concerning possible side effects, without questionable ingredients and without an unpleasant taste.

Our delightful blend of essential oils cleans your mouth with natural antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In addition, our oil blends provide relief for diseases like gingivitis without all the complications and fears that come along with using chlorhexidine. 

Not only are our variety of Pulling Oil Mouthwashes the best alternative to other oral care products like chlorhexidine and Listerine, but the oil pulling process also provides its own additional benefits. By swishing our Pulling Oil Mouthwash for longer than 5 minutes, you are bringing nutrient-filled blood to your teeth and gums, and toning the muscles in your face. The aromatic experience from the essential oils we have selected in our flavors may  also provide relief of headaches and nausea. 

It’s truly incredible just how many boxes The Dirt’s Pulling Oil Mouthwash checks off for the concerned, conscious consumer like you!

Our Pulling Oil Mouthwash now comes in a variety of flavors! Having a hard time deciding? We have a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer that can be used to select any flavors of the same size. 

Try them all now!