Seven years ago I made my first toothpaste using baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils.
Yup… if this sounds cray-cray to you, I get it. My parents and friends thought I had gone nuts too.
I guess the idea of clean teeth without a packaged product containing some anti-bacterial or anti-cavity formula sounded ridiculous to them.
I use to feel the same way too and laughed at those ‘hippy’ people.
Although sadly, due to sheer laziness after a year I went back to store bought toothpaste.
Now on my journey to reducing waste and chemicals, I’ve gone back to making homemade toothpaste and LOVE it.
Sure, my toothpaste tastes salty from the baking soda and occasionally I miss the foaminess of store-bought toothpaste…
But when you look at the questionable ingredients found in commercial toothpaste, you have to wonder what side effects they have on your health.
Even if you spit out most of the toothpaste, some of the ingredients still wind up in your stomach and bloodstream.
Ingredient In Store Bought Toothpaste
Ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, and triclosan are linked to endocrine disruption, antibiotic resistance, and cancer.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration banned the antibacterial chemical triclosan from soaps.
But you can still find it in your toothpaste.
That’s because the best selling toothpaste brand Colgate convinced the FDA that the benefit of triclosan in toothpaste outweighs any risks.
So why did the FDA ban triclosan in soaps?
Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor – meaning it interferes with hormone functions, which can directly affect the brain in addition to our immune and reproductive systems.
Specifically, the chemical disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer.
Studies have also shown it can lead to impaired learning and memory, exacerbate allergies, and weaken muscle function.
The impacts of prolonged exposure during fetal development, infancy, and childhood can be particularly severe, resulting in permanent damage.
Yeah… I know this sounds a bit overboard.
But I’m not going to miss Colgate and you can do your own research if you think I’m off with the fairies.
The ingredients in this toothpaste recipe are safe, natural and not toxic and you can find it any supermarket or grocery store 😬.
- 2 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 20 drops of peppermint essential oil or cinnamon essential oil (whichever you prefer)
- Small glass jar (I re-used a small mustard glass jar)
- Bamboo toothbrush
Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon or chopstick. That’s it!
Now dab some of your new toothpaste onto your bamboo toothbrush and brush away.
I know it tastes a bit salty from the baking soda so it might take some time to adjust.
Oh, you will save a heap of cash long term as well!
Toothpaste can cost anywhere between $2-$9 for 200 grams depending on what brand you’re buying.
This homemade toothpaste probably cost me less than $1 total and I can use the remaining:
- Baking soda to clean the house
- Organic coconut oil to bake cookies and
- Essential oils for aromatherapy.
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