Monday, March 5, 2012

Make Your Own Earth-Friendly Toothpaste!

Interested in making your own toiletries?

Making your own toiletries can have a serious impact on the earth, your savings, and your health.

Read on for two great homemade toothpaste recipes!

There are many reasons to switch to a home-made toothpaste. For one, the packaging on most store-bought toothpastes is not very earth-friendly. (Perhaps you've heard of the Toms of Main Boycott?) A dentist who had dental hygienist training can also teach you how damaging conventional toothpastes are to the environment.

In addition, many people like to know that their toothpaste is free of potentially harmful ingredients. I also like the idea of having these recipes on hand in case of emergency. It's always good to have a self-sustainable backup plan, just in case of natural disaster or financial trouble.

The good news is that there are lots of toothpaste recipes available online. However, most of the recipes that I have found contain glycerin, which as we now know, may be either animal- or plant-based. I have chosen not to include those recipes here.

The two recipes that I recommend below contain common ingredients that you may have at your house already!

Recipe #1 from Planet Green

1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp finely ground sea salt (optional)
A drop of minty flavoring (peppermint oil, spearmint oil, etc.)
A splash of tap water

Mix all the ingredients until it forms a paste thick enough to put on your toothbrush.

Fun note: At DIY Natural, they used the same recipe and even did a cost analysis on it! (We know how I love those!) They calculated that each batch of this toothpaste cost "between $0.91 and $1.43 for 5.33oz."

Recipe #2 from Tammy's Recipes

2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 small packet of stevia powder (or Xylitol)
20-25 drops of peppermint oil* (start with half of this amount and taste from there)

Mix it all together and you'll get a great paste that looks a lot like store-bought toothpaste!
Store in a plastic leftovers tub or glass jar.

Happy Brushing!

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