Make Your Own Toothpaste
We use toothpaste everyday (at least most of us do…I hope). Television ads portray their toothpaste users absurdly happy about their bright, shiny smiles. But there’s a dark side to toothpaste that you may have never considered. The ingredients that are used to make that pepperminty paste or wintergreen gel may not be things you want swishing around inside your mouth on a daily basis.
You can find toothpaste with more natural ingredients, but you may have to pay more for those products. Of course I’m going to tell you to just make your own. I’ve been making our own toothpaste; it’s easy, inexpensive, and works just as well to clean, polish, and freshen breath, as any store-bought product I’ve used.
The Go Get List:
- Baking Soda
- Calcium Powder
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oil (peppermint, tangerine, etc.)
- A small glass container for storage
I have been using a little jar that originally had minced garlic in it (I promise that I washed that out really well before adding my toothpaste!).
Spoon about 5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your jar and microwave until just soft enough to mix in your other ingredients (20-30 seconds). Stir in 2 tblspn baking soda and 5 tblspn calcium powder. Now add the essential oil. How much is completely up to you, and will depend on how strong you want your toothpaste flavor to be. A little essential oil can go a long way, so start off with a few drops first, stir, try, add more if desired.
I have also made cinnamon toothpaste by adding in some ground cinnamon instead of using an essential oil. Turned out pretty good.
You can also try adding xylitol to your paste. Xylitol will add a little sweetness, but unlike other sweeteners it actually neutralizes plaque acids so it won’t cause cavities!
That’s it. Now brushing your teeth will make you smile not just because of your clean, shiny chompers, but also because you’re saving yourself a lot of money AND using an all natural product!