3-Ingredient DIY All-Natural Toothpaste
My tube of toothpaste was pretty much empty last week, which means by this week it has been a daily struggle to painstakingly squeeze out juuust to get by.
Maybe some of you aren’t lazy and forgetful like me and you’d have bought a new tube by now, or perhaps you’d have an extra one on hand to avoid situations like this all together. But I’m certain at least a few of you totally understand the struggle.
Regardless, I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making my own toothpaste with natural ingredients, and this seems as good a time as any to get started!
I like the idea of brushing my pearly whites with all-natural ingredients, and I REALLY like the idea of a simple, low-cost, low-waste DIY recipe for a product I use every day of my life.
After researching multiple recipes, I’ve settled on the following. There are only three ingredients, all of which are easy to find and can also be used for other purposes around the home.
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 2-3 tbsp baking soda
- 10-12 drops of 100% pure essential oil (I’ve chosen to use spearmint, but I hear that regular peppermint, cinnamon and orange are other great options!)
- 1 sterilized glass jar to store your toothpaste
- Melt your coconut oil on a low heat—a simple way to do this is to put your coconut oil in the glass jar you’ll be storing it in and place the jar into a pan of simmering (not boiling) water. Be careful the jar doesn’t tip over!
- Once the oil is melted, remove your jar from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
- Add your essential oil and mix well.
- Once your toothpaste has solidified, stir it again before using.
HOW DOES DIY ALL-NATURAL TOOTHPASTE COMPARE TO STANDARD TOOTHPASTE?
To brush, wet your toothbrush and then dip it in the paste. If you aren’t the double-dipping type, you could also scoop a small amount onto your brush with a spoon. Brush!
The first thing I noticed was that the flavour is quite salty (obviously from the baking soda), although not unbearably salty. The spearmint flavouring from the essential oil helps to temper it, and I’ve been told you can also add a sugar-free sweetener if you find the saltiness too off-putting.
The second thing I noticed is that it obviously doesn’t foam up like standard toothpaste. This isn’t bad or good, it just is.
Final verdict? After rinsing my mouth with water, my teeth feel very clean and smooth. I wish the minty flavour lasted a bit longer in my mouth, but otherwise I’m quite happy with the results!
Have you ever tried making your own toothpaste? What did you think, and what recipe did you use? Share your experience with us below!