Following up on my last blog post on how to make your own deodorant, today I’m going to share two easy recipes to make toothpaste. The toothpaste takes less than 5 minutes to make. It’s surprising how easy it is and how cheap the ingredients are. A big plus point is that homemade toothpaste includes no fluoride.
Easy Toothpaste Recipe
The ingredients to make toothpaste are items that you might already have in your pantry: coconut oil, baking soda, and (optional) food grade peppermint oil.
Ingredients for homemade toothpaste
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 20 drops of food grade peppermint oil (optional)
- Before you start, the coconut oil should be soft, but not melted.
- Mix baking soda with coconut oil
- Add the essential oil (optional) and stir the mixture
- Combine all ingredients well
- Store the toothpaste in a jar
Make sure that you do not store your toothpaste in a cold spot, because the coconut oil will get hard. If it does get hard, then just leave it in sun light or in a warm place for a few minutes, to allow it to soften.
Another Variety of Toothpaste
Another version of toothpaste can be made with baking soda, cinnamon, and coconut oil. Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungul properties, and studies have also suggested that it works as an antioxidant, anti-ulcer, and it fights bad breath. If you don’t mind its taste, it will be an effective ingredient in your toothpaste.
Baking soda acts like fluoride, but without its side effects, and it neutralizes acids in your mouth.
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3-4 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/2 or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- With a fork, mix all ingredients until they form a paste. Store it in a jar.
Making your own toothpaste gives you control of the ingredients and its manufacturing methods. You can customize the texture and even flavor, and you can adapt its abrasiveness. Additionally, you reduce your use of plastics and avoid buying products that are tested on animals – Yes, although it sounds strange, toothpaste is tested on animals.
Colgate has now come out with a vegan version of their toothpaste, but they still have their products tested where it is required by law.
The following companies test on animals: Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Biotene, Spry, Arm and Hammer
Some cruelty-free or vegan companies are the following: Jason, Dr. Bronner’s, Dessert Essence, Kiss My Face, Weleda, Green Beaver, Marvis (100% vegan), Dr. Brite (100% vegan), Bite, Radius, Auromere, Davids (100% vegan), Kopari, and Green People. I have used Jason’s toothpaste for a while (when I couldn’t be bothered to make my own, lol) and I loved it 🙂
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Their toothpaste can be ordered online, or you could make your own homemade toothpaste. I have been making mine for years 🙂
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.