Why make your own homemade toothpaste?
It saves money, gives you a feeling of self-sufficiency and accomplishment, and allows you to leave out all the potentially harmful ingredients.
The list of ingredients in commercial toothpastes is a little frightening, to say the least. On the labels of many mainstream brands, you’re likely to find one or more of the following ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
FD&C Blue Dye No. 2
The following toothpaste recipes should not be considered as medical/dental advice.
Having said that, these recipes were discovered from various sources whereby the legitimacy appears valid and practical.
Plain baking soda
Mix powder with a bit of water to create a paste.
The result will be very salty tasting and gritty. It leaves the mouth feeling clean, and it works.
Good ol’ baking soda really has been proven to clean teeth, which is why it’s a popular additive in commercial toothpastes. It’s also the main ingredient in virtually every homemade toothpaste mix.
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1 drop essential oil (spearmint, peppermint, orange, cinnamon, etc.)
Mix ingredients with a small amount of water to form a thick paste.
Generally better than plain baking soda but significantly saltier. Peppermint oil adds some mintiness.
Use your favorite essential oil to “flavor” this super-salty mix. Salt is purported to whiten teeth as well as add some cleaning power to a toothpaste mix. The one thing it adds for sure is saltiness. Be sure to use finely ground salt to prevent scratching the teeth and gums.
2 tbsp. dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tsp. fine salt
Grind the rinds to a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt and blend/mix thoroughly. Store as a dry mix, applying small amount to a wet toothbrush for each brushing.
The lemon imparts a faint but pleasant flavor and noticeably counters the saltiness and of the baking soda and salt.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) topical solution
Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to plain baking soda to form a paste.
Less gritty and salty than baking soda alone but also a bit foamy. Tingles the edges of the gums. Foaming sensation seems to linger after rinsing.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%), the solution that comes in a brown plastic bottle at every drugstore, is commonly used as a “debriding” mouthwash (when mixed with water) to help remove natural secretions that can aggravate a sore mouth. It’s also purported to be a homespun method for whitening teeth. In any application, hydrogen peroxide should not be ingested.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
A few drops of water
Mix ingredients in a small bowl and combine thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Scoop it on to your toothbrush and brush as usual.
6 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (3%)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquid, which means above 76 degrees F)
10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and use as usual.
3 tbs Organic Baking Soda
3 tbs Coconut Oil
20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil
2 tsp glycerin
a few drops of stevia or one packet of xylitol (which also fights tooth decay)
1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
2-3 Tablespoons of either baking soda or 1 tablespoon of fine pumice
Xylitol to taste, depending on how sweet you like your paste
15-20 drops of essential oil, (example: cinnamon or peppermint)
Soften coconut oil with gentle heat, add ingredients and mix well, place in a glass jar, allow to cool.
4 Tbs Coconut Oil
4 Tbs Bentonite Clay
2 – 3 Tbs filtered water
1/2 tsp Real sea salt
10 – 15 drops peppermint essential oil
(You can add a few drops of liquid stevia if you feel so inclined.)
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon table Salt
Mix the ingredients together; You can make some of this in advance, just multiply and take 4 parts of baking soda and 1 part table salt. Take some of the mixture and add enough water to make a toothpaste.
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon table Salt
3 teaspoons Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution only!)
Mix the baking soda and salt, add the hydrogen peroxide to make it into a toothpaste.
Make absolutely sure you only use the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, this is the only solution considered safe enough to use for health purposes.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 small packet of stevia powder
20-25 drops of peppermint oil (start with half and adjust for taste preference)
Real coconut oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and has a long shelf life compared to other oils (1 year or more). Best to use Virgin Coconut Oil, which is separated out from the coconut milk (which is not the sweet watery stuff, it is squeezed from grated coconut flesh) and it is one hundred percent natural. If it has anything else in the ingredients list it isn’t Virgin Coconut Oil.
3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda
25 drops peppermint essential oil
1 packet stevia
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