Oil Pulling Challenge – Day 2

Welcome back to our week-long Oil Pulling Challenge – it’s day 2! I’m challenging my readers to do oil pulling for a week and to write about their experience – so we can all learn and be motivated by each other. I’m learning so much from you as you have left very informative comments and great questions!

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Follow the whole challenge here!

My Day 2 Experience

I usually like to do it in the mornings, but today with the time change, we all woke up late and were rushing off to church. So, I did it while I was making lunch instead! My husband was outside playing with the kids, so that made it much easier for me because I didn’t have to talk. I set the timer for 20 minutes, put a drop of peppermint essential oil in my teaspoon of coconut oil and got to swishing. I still had trouble not swallowing, but it was noticeably easier as I only swallowed twice. It really helped to be busy with lunch and the time passed so quickly I went over! Again, my mouth feels SO clean and fresh. The peppermint helps a lot with that. See the Day 1 challenge post if you missed how to use peppermint oil in it.

Reader Comments

Here’s one from Susan that I want to share. She was responding yesterday to a reader who was curious if olive oil would work okay. I’ve read that any oil works, but coconut oil works the best. Here’s Susan’s experience!

Olive oil does not seem to work as well. It doesn’t have the properties of coconut oil — anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. I tried this with olive oil a year ago and it didn’t really result in anything.

I had trouble with a recurrent abscess 6 months ago. Nothing would touch it — not antibiotics, not the dentist, nothing. Oil pulling with coconut oil completely solved it in 1 day.

Wow, now that’s impressive!

Wal-Mart Carries Coconut Oil!

Another reader, Sara, who blogs at Sara’s Craft Cacophony, got her coconut oil (unrefined and organic!) at Wal-Mart! Great to know they carry it. She is also writing about the challenge on her blog! So, you can follow her story here.

Clean, Fresh Feeling

Everyone seems to report that their teeth and mouth feel very clean afterwards. I feel the same way – it really feels like I’ve brushed my teeth, which makes me think it’s cutting through plaque and removing anything that was stuck on before.

Having Trouble Fighting the Urge to Swallow?

Reader Fuego writes: “I avoid swallowing as best as possible by tilting my head forward, chin down, & gently relieving the urge. I don’t think I swallowed anything.” Great tip! I tried that today and it really did help.

Common Struggles

Many don’t like the feeling of the coconut oil going from a solid to a liquid in their mouths. A suggestion is to melt the oil first so you start with it in liquid state. Others complain that it’s hard not to gag, but they are pushing through and not giving up! Good for you, that’s not easy to do!

So, thank you for all your comments! How did Day 2 go? Is it getting easier? Tell us your experience, either good or bad, below!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Better day today. I decided since my gagging has been getting the best of me to do set 2 small goals – 10 minutes each. I made both today, and the second one I actually stretched to 12 minutes. WooHoo. I agree, it does make your mouth feel awesome afterward.
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  2. I’m a little late joining but hoping that is okay. I read about oil pulling a week or so ago but never started. I’ve decided to jump in and join the challenge, can’t wait to see the results! Thank you for encouraging me!
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  3. I started this challenge yesterday, so today is day 2. I love how my teeth feel, so clean and smooth, and they continue to feel that way. I so far am not having any trouble with swallowing or with the 20 minute time frame. Hopefully at the end of this my mouth will be healthier, my teeth less sensitive and maybe a bit whiter!

  4. I vacuumed while oil pulling for my day 2. No gagging since i was looking down most of the time. I mouth and teeth feel great. Need to get some essential oil to try with it next.

  5. I completed day 2. It was a lot easier today. I found also that my lips are much softer. I guess that makes sense!

  6. This challenge is great! I started Friday but forgot about it Saturday, so technically this is my 2nd day also. 🙂 I found it helpful for me to do this while making lunch or supper. I love the peppermint idea & plan to try it tomorrow. At first I didn’t like the idea of the feel of oil in my mouth but it’s not near as greasy as I thought it would feel.
    My one problem is communicating with my hubby & daughter while swishing. 🙂 I have to write notes to them while swishing AND trying to cook! LOL

    • I know! I find it’s easier to do it when the kids are asleep, but life doesn’t always work out that way, does it? The kids will just get used to us doing sign language and writing notes!

    • Ikr! My daughter was getting a little frustrated while trying to talk to me and said, would you just spit that out! Ha 🙂 I just kept on swishin and “signing” things out.

  7. I started today as I did not see the post in time to start on day 1. Have been wanting to try this for a while. I used 1 teaspoon and lasted a minute before I started gagging and had to spit it out. I did find even with that one minute, my mouth felt like it does when I leave the dentist. I may try again before bed. We’ll see.

  8. I did it, it does taste kind of funny, blah. But i did 10 minutes, its all i could take. will try for longer time tomorrow.

  9. I set the timer, swished more slowly than the first day. Gagging was not a problem. I did have so much “juice” in my mouth that it squirted out a couple of times, but not really a problem. Things went well.

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