Why Do It Yourself?
What’s in toothpaste? That’s a great question, and I honestly had no idea until today. I knew there was fluoride and some other things I didn’t want such as artificial sweetners and sodium laurel sulfate. But there is more in it than that and most of the ingredients aren’t what I want in my body. If you are interested in more info on typical toothpaste ingredients, you can check out Dr. Mecca’s website that has a good article on it. Another plus to making it yourself is reducing the waste that your house produces. No more empty toothpaste tubes.
Making toothpaste is actually very similar to making your own deodorant. It has a lot of the same ingredients, and it’s very simple to make. The only ingredient that can be a little tricky to find is bentonite clay. I found it at our local health store, but it can also be found on Amazon.
I got my recipe from Live Simply, but there are similar variations out there if you google “toothpaste recipe.” I’ve modified Live Simpy’s recipe a touch, but it’s basically the same.
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Bentonite Clay
1/4 teaspoon Stevia (powder)
7-8 drops Peppermint Oil
In a bowl, you will mix the coconut oil (not in liquid form) and baking soda thoroughly. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. You will see that I resorted to mixing with my hands.
If you have children, you might want to play around with the amounts of stevia. Live Simply’s recipe calls for salt which I leave out. I’ve found with the saltiness of the baking soda and the salt, my kids don’t like the toothpaste. The abrasiveness of the baking soda is plenty to get the teeth clean without the salt. Also, if you need to, add a touch more stevia to sweeten it up a bit for them.
I store mine in a mason jar, and we just use our finger to scoop it onto our toothbrushes. Maybe not the ideal way to do it, but I’m guessing that getting my 3 and 5 year old to use a spoon to put it on just isn’t going to happen.
We also buy compostable wood toothbrushes off of Amazon. Like these. That way both our toothpaste and toothbrushes create zero waste when we are done with them!
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