In my quest to rid our home of chemical-filled health and beauty products, natural toothpaste is one thing I’ve been procrastinating in trying for awhile now. I knew it wouldn’t taste as good or be as convenient as a tube of store-bought paste, so I told Ryan I would finally try making some once we completely ran out of ‘regular’ toothpaste. Last night that time finally came so I had to make some! (Side note: We just watched “The Human Experiment” on Netflix last night and it definitely reinforced my desire to go all natural in as many ways as I can! I definitely recommend watching it. It goes into detail about the extreme rise of chemicals in our day to day life (they’re in EVERYTHING..) and how that correlates with the extreme rise in cancers, autism, and so many other sicknesses and diseases..Ugh.) Anyways, here is the recipe I came up with including baking soda and coconut oil for whitening, minerals because they’re great for your teeth, bentonite clay for removing toxins, and peppermint oil for minty freshness!
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-2/3 cup coconut oil
-1/4 cup bentonite clay (I used this one!)
-1/4 cup baking soda
-2 tbs. filtered water
-3/4 tsp. stevia
-10 drops of trace minerals (I used this one!)
-20 drops of peppermint essential oil (My favorite brand!)
Mix all ingredients together very well and you’re done!
As I was experimenting I would whip something up, brush my teeth with it and then add a little more of this or that until I was happy with the taste and the consistency. I will warn you that if you try any natural homemade toothpaste with baking soda, it will take some getting used to. Baking soda tastes SUPER salty, which can be pretty gross when you’re used to regular toothpaste….But I have a really weak gag reflex to anything gross tasting, and I can handle it, so I know anyone can! The peppermint oil and stevia definitely help cut the extremeness of the salty baking soda, and once you rinse, your mouth does feel minty and fresh so I think in a few days I’ll be totally used to it. I’m excited to finally have a natural toothpaste to use that is so much better for our teeth! Have you ever tried making your own toothpaste? Let me know what you try in the comments!
UPDATE: After a few days using this I was kind of dreading it to be honest just because of the salty taste, but I found a solution!! Once I put some of the toothpaste on my brush I would carefully drop 1 drop of peppermint essential oil right on top, and it feels and tastes awesome!! Mouth feels icy cold and fresh afterward from the extra oil, but its not too much. Next time around I may experiment adding more oil to the paste itself, but this is simple and works perfectly. 😀