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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

# #diybeauty # baking soda

Natural Homemade Toothpaste

Why would I want to make my own toothpaste? In my quest to live a healthier and more frugal life, I make as much of my food as possible and household cleaners from scratch, using natural ingredients and avoiding harsh chemicals. I've been hesitant to make my own personal care products such as homemade toothpaste though, because the recipes I found in the past contained ingredients that were cost prohibitive, and were used for that recipe only and nothing else.


So what exactly is wrong with conventional toothpaste? After some research (here, here, here, here and here) I was shocked to find out the toxic ingredients contained in commercially made toothpaste, even the so-called natural ones. So I set out to make a homemade version that was easy and frugal. It wasn't difficult at all, and the final product only contains three ingredients, baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oil. I've used baking soda in the past to brush my teeth, when I wanted to get them really clean. Baking soda is a very mild abrasive which aids in cleaning and whitening your teeth. But, I wanted more of a paste, so I decided to add coconut oil. Not only to make it more paste-like, but for it's health benefits. Coconut oil is antibacterial, which can help destroy the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. And lastly I added peppermint essential oil to flavor it, as baking soda can be a bit salty. Peppermint essential oil has also been shown to inhibit the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities. (source) My simple recipe allows you to use natural, non-toxic ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry, which makes it more frugal to make.


As with any homemade alternative, this homemade toothpaste takes a little getting used to. It can taste a bit salty from the baking soda, but the essential oil helps with the flavor tremendously. It also doesn't foam up, which toothpaste companies would have you believe is necessary to clean your teeth, The foaming action is totally unnecessary though, and does not make your teeth any cleaner then they would be without it.

Natural Homemade Toothpaste

Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil,melted
1/4 cup baking soda
20 drops essential oil (Peppermint, cinnamon, orange, and lemon are good choices)

Directions

Place the coconut oil and baking soda in a glass container with a lid and stir well to combine.
Add the essential oil and stir again until well blended.
Screw on the lid for storage.
To use: Just wet your toothbrush and dip in the toothpaste. Or, if you're not comfortable doing that, just scoop out a small amount with a spoon, then apply to your toothbrush.

Notes: *The mixture will thicken up a bit over the first 24 hours. Give it a good stir on the second day, in case there was any separation, then you'll be good to go, no need to stir it again after that.

*Please remember this is not like store-bought toothpaste. It will not suds up, and is not smooth and soft.

*Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees. If the temperature in your house drops below that, the toothpaste will solidify. To soften it up, just set the jar inside a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

*I've been using this toothpaste for several month, and have noticed in cooler weather that the coconut oil wants to cling to the sides of the drain a bit. To solve this issue, I just pour a pot of boiling water down the drain once a week. Or, you can just spit it into the trash once you're done brushing your teeth.

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15 comments:

  1. We've been using this for probably the past year. Up until the last time, I always used Peppermint EO but I was out of it (screeeeech!), so i used Lemon EO. I think the hubs likes the Lemon even better :) Good stuff and appreciate your Blog!

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    1. Oh! I thought of cinnamon and orange as additional flavors, but forgot about lemon. I'll have to add that to the list of alternative flavors in the recipe. Thanks for the suggestion, and for your kind comment! :)

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  2. I am going to have to try this ASAP. I've been trying to get rid of all the products that are so full of crud and noticed that toothpaste is yet another one. I don't know why I thought you shouldn't consume essential oils. ?

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    1. Essential oils are safe for consumption Katrina, as long as they are a good quality oil, such as dōTERRA or Young Living essential oils brands. Some companies cut their oil with things you wouldn't want to eat, but the two companies I mentioned above sell only pure oils, so you can feel safe using them.

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    2. I use Young Living and they are wonderful. Did you know oregano oil is good for us? Another reason to love Italian foods, LOL!

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    3. Aren't essential oils amazing Jane?! I only started using EO's a couple months ago and have learned a lot about their benefits in that time. I haven't done a lot of research on oregano oil yet, but you have my interest peaked now, so I'll have to look into it. :)

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  3. My holistic daughter will love this. I remember using baking soda sometimes as a child when we ran out of the toothpaste. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. It's so much better for you than the store bought varieties Jas. I was truly shocked when I researched the ingredients they use, and the problems they can cause.

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    2. You are absolutely right! I'm glad you shared this with Thursday Favorite Things. Hope your weekend is nothing short of amazing!

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  4. How genius are you!! I think I may try and brush my teeth with this mixture today!

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    1. Awesome, you'll be surprised how clean it makes your teeth feel GiGi. Just remember, it takes some getting used to, and is nothing like store bought toothpaste.

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  5. That's it! I'm ordering some essential oils! :) I've seen so many blog posts lately on things I want to try using essential oils. Pinning this to try once I have some essential oils to use. I love coconut oil, excited to try this.

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    1. I love my essential oils. Some people are a bit put off by the price at first, but one bottle last a long, long time, so it's definitely worth the price.

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  6. Only 3 ingredients? WOW!
    I've never even thought of making my own toothpaste, but you definitely intrigued me now :)

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    1. I hope you try it Winnie, the stuff they put in the store bought kind is scary and unnecessary.

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