As one of my many ways to try to cut plastics and reduce waste in my everyday life, I have made the switch to homemade toothpaste over regular store-bought toothpaste that comes in a plastic tube. Even though I am just now getting around to putting the recipe for it up on my blog, I have been using my ‘homemade toothpaste’ for over a year now and I will probably never switch back to store-bought toothpaste!
For anyone who wants to make the switch to this type of homemade toothpaste, let me set your mind at ease on a few things…
~Homemade toothpaste is more eco-friendly, without any of the harsh chemicals they put in store-bought toothpaste, and it uses less plastic in the long run.
~It also keeps your breath just as fresh and your smile just as white as any other toothpaste!
~And unlike store-bought toothpaste, homemade toothpaste doesn’t foam in your mouth, and it doesn’t leave a coating-like feeling over your teeth.
The only con to homemade toothpaste that I have found is that because it is made using coconut oil, it takes some getting used to with your gag reflexes because your body doesn’t want you to swallow the oil. However, once you get used to using this homemade toothpaste, the gag reflex slowly fades away.
What you need:
- Coconut Oil,
- Baking Soda,
- A Small Jar or Container,
- Essential Oil of Your Choice (Optional) (Make sure that the essential oil is safe to consume).
What to do:
- Scoop about 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil into your jar or container.
- Pour about 2 Tablespoons worth of Baking Soda into your jar or container.
- (Optional) Add a few drops of Essential Oil (make sure it is Essential Oils that can be consumed) to the mix.
- Mix the concoction in your jar or container until it is completely mixed.
- Use toothpaste by scraping a bit of the toothpaste out with your toothbrush and brush teeth normally.
The amount of toothpaste you brush onto your toothbrush is up to you! If you are new to using this type of toothpaste, I would suggest starting with a smaller amount and slowly working your way up to more, because of the gag-reflex that comes with.
This is what I use every day as toothpaste, and it works perfectly fine for me! This recipe will last me about two-three months, and when I’m out, I just mix up some more!
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And as always my lovely readers, smile, have an amazing day, and enjoy brushing those pearly whites!