This year, I have taken a good look at my habits in the bathroom and have tried to limit as much waste as possible. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up my q-tips. One of those items that has probably been the easiest was making my own toothpaste. While it is super easy to make, it does take some getting used to. The taste of regular store bought toothpaste is so sweet to me now that it doesn’t feel like it really does a good job at cleaning. Not to mention, it’s a big money saver compared to the cost of store bought options.
Here’s the simple and easy to make recipe:
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
- 2 Tbps. xylitol*
- 20 drops (to taste) essential oil (I use peppermint)
*You can use any natural sweetener if you’re trying to cut the taste of baking soda. However, xylitol has been shown to have gum-specific benefits. While it might make the initial cost seem more expensive, it goes a long way.
I personally love anything minty, but I’ve also seen recipes where people add cinnamon for taste. I’ve doubled this recipe and it will last me around 3 months! I just keep it in an old salsa container I’ve upcycled. I should also add that because of the coconut oil, you should consider spitting it out in your toilet or bin. Coconut oil can plug up a sink drain once it’s cooled, so save yourself the trouble of cleaning that and just spit it out.
A final note:
When I mentioned this to my dentist, he did mention that baking soda along can be too abrasive for your teeth, so make sure not to cut out the coconut oil. He also said that homemade toothpaste wouldn’t be a problem since there’s flouride in our tap water. He said a majority of cleaning comes from flossing, so that’s what I continue to do along with brushing.