Have you ever tried to make your own toothpaste? Not only can it save you a little money, but it’s also super easy, and is a good to avoid all the mystery and unhealthy ingredients that are in the common store bought brands (seriously, what is all that stuff??). Making your own toothpaste can also be a fun project to do with kids, and a good way to get them excited about brushing their teeth. The following recipe is for an all natural, peroxide-free, salt-free, sugar-free, fluoride-free, toothpaste:
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1 drop of peppermint oil or other essential oil
1 tsp of xylitol or stevia (optional)
Place baking soda in a mixing bowl. Baking soda is a naturally mild abrasive that helps polish your teeth clean. It is also alkaline which helps neutralize acids in your mouth that can contribute to tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors, leaving you with nice breath.
Stir in xylitol or stevia. The xylitol will add sweetness, but is an optional ingredient. Xylitol is a non-sugar sweetener that can be bought at the grocery store in the baking section. It is said to actually have a positive effect on gum health.
Add the coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal that has positive effects on gums and helps stop tooth decay. Above 76 degrees, coconut oil is a liquid, but below 76 it becomes solid. You may need to heat the oil up a little bit to initially make the mixture.
Add one drop of peppermint oil or other essential oil or flavoring. Take precautions against using any flavoring that is acidic such as lemon or lime, as these will react with the baking soda, causing fizzing. Also avoid any sugary flavorings. Good alternatives to peppermint are: fennel, wintergreen, anise, lavender, tea tree, almond, or vanilla.
Store your toothpaste in a small glass container with a lid or if you prefer, a tiny squeeze bottle. Because the antibacterial properties of the coconut oil will keep your brush and the toothpaste clean, you don’t worry about dipping the toothbrush in the container repeatedly to get the toothpaste on it.
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