Okay…I want to start sharing (on a weekly basis, hopefully) the things I like to make at home. There are so many wonderful projects to try that are fun, simple and healthy. As I try new things I will be sharing them with you, and then you can try them! I am totally open to comments…did you try it? Like/dislike it? Have an alternative way to make it better/easier/cheaper? So here goes….
“How To” DIY – Toothpaste
So I started making my own toothpaste when I learned more about fluoride and its health effects. My DH and I have bought some all natural fluoride free toothpaste, however on a tight budget, they were a bit pricey. So I researched multiple recipes and “do’s and don’ts” on homemade toothpaste. I also have experimented and made some disasters, haha! Today I’ll show you what I have found to work best for my family.
(disclaimer: these are solely my opinions for MY family…I recommend you do your own research prior to using this recipe to determine if this is something appropriate for you and your family)
What I used:
Organic Coconut Oil – to help loosen up plaque build-up
Baking Soda – surface cleaner, tooth whitener, and odor absorber
Essential oil of Myrrh – for gum health
Essential oil of Peppermint (or other flavors) – also kills bacteria
Powdered Stevia extract (for sweetener)
His and Her containers
Okay…I started with a small-ish bowl and measured 1 PART coconut oil (in its solid state which is under 72 degrees) and 1 PART baking soda…in my case that was 1/4 cup of each, you can adjust these as needed, however, if you add too much powder it crumbles and is hard to apply to toothbrush…too much coconut oil and its watery and leaves a greasy feeling in your mouth. :/
Next, I start blending the first two ingredients with a spoon…I find that smearing the coconut oil into the baking soda blends them together better than simply stirring
. It doesn’t have to be blended perfectly at this point…I like to use another tool to help get the perfect consistency!
Once you have completed the basic blend, you can add the essential oils! I used about 10 drops of myrrh – used to promote gum health…and about 25 drops of peppermint (I like mine nice and minty-fresh!). Again, these measurement can be adjusted as needed…remember, you can always add more later, but it’s hard to lessen if too much is added from the get-go.
Alright…now comes the fun part! Blending!!! I used an electric hand/stick blender to whip it to my desired consistency. It is so simple to use, however, if you don’t have one you could use a small food processor, single serving blender or continue to blend by hand…I found the stick blender to be easiest and least messy. Also, at this point if you prefer a SWEETER toothpaste you can add some powdered stevia extract. Since stevia is an herb, not a sugar derivative, it is a great option for taste buds and your oral health! (I added about 1/8 teaspoon…you may want it sweeter though…stevia is strong so start small and add as needed).
Blending the ingredients took about 30 seconds…
AND…. Tada!!! Look at the texture! If yours is not to your liking adjust the soda to oil ratio a bit. I, personally, am quite happy with this texture! Not too thick, not too soupy…just right!
Finally…once you have achieved your ideal flavor and texture, distribute your toothpaste into containers. Travel kits have great containers to dispense out of…I just used small food storage containers today because that’s what I had on hand. I also did His and Hers
because I don’t like other people double-dippin’ in my toothpaste! Gross! Haha
Have fun trying out your own homemade toothpaste! It will be different than other toothpaste from the stores and may take some getting used to. I love it though and won’t go back.
Have you tried making your own toothpaste? I would love to hear about it!