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How to Make Toothpaste

How to Make Toothpaste

I’ve been using this toothpaste for a couple months now and I really like it.  It cleans your teeth well and leaves your mouth feeling fresh.  It uses just 4 all natural ingredients that serve specific functions.  Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that both cleans and whitens your teeth.  It also helps balance the pH of your mouth and deeply penetrates your teeth to help fight decay. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and studies show it reduces the bacteria that leads to tooth decay.  Peppermint and stevia are both natural flavoring agents that are sugar free and vastly improve the toothpaste’s taste.  This recipe can be made in like 2 minutes and for a very reasonable price – pretty awesome…

However, before taking the homemade toothpaste plunge, you should know this is  a decidedly different experience from regular toothpaste.  For starters baking soda tastes pretty weird.  I found it overpowering at first but was surprised at how quickly it grew on me.  After about a week the flavor (or maybe my tastebuds) mellowed, the mint became more prominent and now I actually enjoy the taste.  Second, it doesn’t foam.  In fact the heat from your mouth turns the paste into a liquid.  Finally, the texture of the paste changes based on the temperature of your home.  This is due to the coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a liquid at temperatures above 76, solid when below.  I made this paste during a fall heat wave with temperatures up to the 80’s.  At these temps it was runny enough to store in a squeeze bottle and squirt onto my toothbrush – sweet!  Then we had a serious cold spell with night time temps as low as the 20’s and my nice squeezable paste turned into a minty chunk that has to be scooped out of the container – hmm….  A more flexible or tubelike container would probably still work but I don’t have one of those so for the time being I transferred my paste into a baby food jar and just scoop it onto my brush.  It still works great, it’s just different from what I was expecting.

In general homemade toothpaste is a little quirky but if you’re open to a different toothbrushing experience I think you’ll really like it.  This recipe works great and is an effective, natural, easy to make alternative to regular toothpaste.  And I’m always tinkering so if I find a way to normalize the texture I’ll let you know!

Homemade Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2-3 packets of stevia

Directions:

  • Pour the baking soda into a small to medium size bowl.
  • Pour the coconut oil into baking soda and mix until it forms a smooth paste.  (If your coconut oil is solid, heat it in a saucepan over low heat until melted before combining with the baking soda).
  • Add the essential oil and stevia and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into a 3-4 oz bottle or jar and use like normal toothpaste.

Notes:

  • Containers: When the weather is warm-hot I store my toothpaste in a small plastic squeezie bottle with a flip top lid that I got at a beauty supply store.  It’s cheap, convenient and no mess.  I’ve also seen people use plastic bottles fitted with a cake icing tip.  When the weather is cool-cold the paste hardens and becomes less squeezable.  At this point I transfer the paste to a small glass jar such as a baby food jar and scoop it out with a popsicle stick or tiny spoon (like the kind used for ice cream samples).

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/5396835930/

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