So, if you read the title you are probably thinking “what?!”
You read it right. I don’t use typical toothpaste…
and yes, my teeth are fine.
I don’t use regular toothpaste, so to speak, but I do use toothpaste. Homemade toothpaste.
A little disclaimer: it wasn’t my idea original to use homemade toothpaste. It was my mom’s.
I think it has been about 2 or 3 years since we first made toothpaste. And we have used the same basic recipe since.
Now the question is “why?”
Do you think about what is in your cosmetics? Your facial wash? How about your shampoo? Many people don’t think about those things, and if they are actually beneficial for them.
These images are two examples of ingredients in toothpaste. Read what is circled in red.
Do you really want to be putting something “dangerous” into your body?
I know I don’t. That is the reason to make your own toothpaste.
Another reason why we make our own toothpaste is all the “extra” ingredients. Including “flavor”, “color”, and a number of ingredients that I cannot pronounce (or spell).
“Natural” toothpaste is better for you, but it can also be kind of expensive.
Homemade toothpaste is simple, and relatively inexpensive. Sure, the initial cost might be high, but you can make a lot of toothpaste for the amount you spend, and some of the ingredients you’ll already have on hand.
Here is our recipe:
Homemade toothpaste recipe
Small container, preferably glass, with a lid. We use jam jars (8oz)
Coconut Oil (about 8oz or however much you need for your container)
Baking Soda (about 1tsp or more depending on container size)
Mint Essential Oil (5 drops)
Scoop coconut oil into jar leaving a small amount of room at the top.
Soften (not melt) the oil in the microwave (make sure container is microwavable). Try not to melt the oil, but you do want it to be soft.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into the coconut oil. Stir well.
Add 5 drops of essential oil to the paste. Mix.
Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to the paste. Stir well.
Clean the edges of the jar, and screw lid on.
Refrigerate for several hours so that the paste can harden.
Scoop with tip of toothbrush, or a small spoon and brush teeth as normal.
and here is an image:
Thanks so much for reading!
This is my first time ever doing a post like this, so what do you think? Are you interested in healthier toothpaste?
I had an enjoyable time sharing this and hope that it made you think! 🙂