Easy Homemade Toothpaste
Posted on January 15, 2013 | 0 comments
Over the course of two years, I've tried countless homemade toothpaste recipes. Most of which were just alright, while others were downright nasty. They all did a good enough job at cleaning the teeth and would work in a pinch. Say you ran out of toothpaste and have guests coming over, but no time to get to the store. Take comfort in knowing that your troll breath can be extinguished with a little baking soda and salt. Not very glamorous, no... and not very satisfying, either. I suppose a mouth just doesn't seem that clean unless it brings to mind a refreshing minty tundra with an arctic fox roaming around. Maybe that's just me... So finally, I've found a combination of ingredients that make a great basic toothpaste. It's easy to make, and easy to use - without sacrificing taste, texture, or effectiveness!
Perhaps you're wondering why anyone would even want to make their own toothpaste. After all, it can be purchased so easily from the store. I get the convenience factor, but there are plenty of reasons to make your own instead. Here are mine: Its healthy, inexpensive, more environmentally friendly, and its fun! Why healthy: You control the ingredients that go in, and their quality. Like many commercially made personal care products, most toothpaste contains undesirable chemicals. Some of us are wary of using Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a foaming agent, which is an irritant and potentially toxic. Many others are avoiding fluoride, and most grocery stores have a limited selection of toothpaste without it. Have you ever wondered why children's toothpaste doesn't contain fluoride? Because its toxic if swallowed and ingesting a tube of fluoridated toothpaste will kill a child. I tend to think that when people brush their teeth, they unintentionally swallow small amounts of toothpaste... and since fluoride accumulates in the body, these small amounts could add up to big health problems such as weakened bones or kidney damage. So why not make your own with ingredients that will improve your oral health without negatively affecting the rest of your body? Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and can help combat the bacteria that causes gingivitis. Adding peppermint, tea tree, clove, cinnamon or a number of other essential oils will also fight bacteria and keep those chompers cavity-free. Baking soda helps to scrub the teeth clean, while also neutralizing acids in the mouth which may otherwise cause tooth decay. Xylitol is not only a sweetener, but helps prevent tooth decay naturally! Why inexpensive: You can be as fancy as you like with the ingredients and it will still cost less to make your own than buy it at the store. Frugality alone is a huge selling point. Why environmentally friendly: (Yes, baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate comes from trona mines but we can't win 'em all, can we?) All the ingredients used to make this toothpaste are harmless and will not negatively impact water sources or the environment. Making your own products at home tends to reduce waste in packaging. Why fun: I personally find it immensely gratifying to make my own anything. Making things by hand builds confidence and a can-do attitude, and we also tend to have more appreciation for things made by hand. Children would probably also have a lot of fun helping to make a toothpaste goo! Making your own toothpaste can be as simple or complex as you like. You could even mix a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil and baking soda and it would be acceptable for teeth cleaning purposes. I started out by mixing table salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide together... but the taste and consistency were awful and I immediately returned to the convenient store-bought tube of silky-smooth, foaming paste. So here is the best I've come up with so far. I've found this combination to be the most appealing in texture, taste, and most importantly- it does give you that "Ooh-ahh" delicious, minty-clean feeling.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe2.5 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp baking soda 2 tsp xylitol 2 tsp vegetable glycerin (Optional. This gives a more gel-like consistency.) 28 drops peppermint essential oil 8 drops tea tree essential oil
Directions:Combine coconut oil and baking soda. Mix in xylitol and vegetable glycerin. If its too thick, add some more coconut oil or vegetable glycerin. If its too runny, add more baking soda. Adjust ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Now add your chosen essential oils, but starting out with a few drops and working your way up. Be careful when using essential oils, as some are much stronger than others and can cause irritation. Coconut oil will harden like a rock when cold, or become runny when warm- so depending on the time of year (or geographical location) you make this, the consistency will differ. (My house is freezing, so the toothpaste shown in the picture is firmer.) Something to keep in mind: Homemade toothpaste doesn't contain SLS, which gives conventional toothpaste that foaming action we're used to... and you will initially miss it. Without this foamy-sudsy-action you may even feel like your teeth aren't being cleaned sufficiently. I assure you, the mild abrasive action of the baking soda is doing a very good job. Just keep in mind that SLS is not only unnecessary, its also harmful to your health and we are much better off without it!
Storage:Since coconut oil is antibacterial, you don't have to store this in the refrigerator. Just scoop it into a small glass jar and dip your toothbrush in it when needed. If you have an empty tube of toothpaste you can try either piping in your homemade paste through the top if its thin enough, or you can snip off the other end and spoon it in.
To seal it you can fold the open end over a few times and staple it shut, use bag clips, etc. Get creative! I'm sure you have something lying around the house that will work. The squeeze tube isn't necessary (and I honestly prefer the look of the glass jar in the cabinet) but it is an easier way to use toothpaste, and this convenience can determine whether or not other members of your household will even be willing to use your creation! Besides, it's probably more hygienic to squeeze toothpaste onto the brush rather than dipping it into the jar. It's almost time for me to settle into bed with a good book, but first... To the bathroom for teeth-brushing! I summon thee, tundra foxes!