20 Dec Making the case for homemade toothpaste
Okay, so for the sake of transparency, I feel the strong need to start by telling you that it took me several attempts – and many months – before I was able to fully get behind homemade toothpaste. I’d try to make it, and then use it (but not love it) and then switch back to the store-bought stuff. But the entire time I was using the store-bought version, I’d feel guilty knowing that I’d soon have an empty plastic tube on my hands. Then I started to research the ingredients in store-bought toothpaste and would feel even worse about using it. So I’d attempt another homemade version, and the cycle would repeat itself. Fast forward about 8 months later, and I’ve found a homemade toothpaste I enjoy using and feel good about.
A few disclaimers here: 1. I am not a dentist. I am not even close to being a dentist. If you have concerns about your oral health or switching to a fluoride-free toothpaste, please, please, please, discuss with your dentist. 2. It might take you awhile to get used to homemade toothpaste. It is very different from the foaming, minty versions you’ll find in a store. But if you give it a chance, you will learn to like it – I promise! 3. I hope you love this version as much as I do, but if you don’t, please find another recipe to experiment with. There are plenty available, and it might take you awhile to find the best match for you.
Whew. Now that we have that out of the way, I’m sharing my favorite version here. Below, I’ll also explain the benefits of the ingredients I’m using. And if you’re on the fence, please take a look at this article and this one, which both do a beautiful job of breaking down the ingredients you should absolutely avoid in store-bought toothpastes.
- 1 scoop bentonite clay
- 2 tablespoons organic unrefined coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon xylitol
- Optional: 10 drops of essential oil. I’d recommend peppermint, tea tree, or orange
- Glass jar with lid (hopefully one you saved and have been looking for the perfect use for!)
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and stir with a wooden spoon. If using, add essential oils and then stir again. When you’re ready to use, dunk your toothbrush into the jar and happy brushing!
- Bentonite Clay: It absorbs toxins. This amazing ingredient also works really well for skin masks for that very same reason. Since its main purpose is to soak up toxins, it’s an ideal ingredient for toothpaste. All of that icky bacteria in your mouth? Bentonite clay takes care of that for you. It also can help whiten your teeth as well.
- Coconut Oil: Here’s another ingredient that takes care of pesky bacteria. Instead of soaking it up, like bentonite clay, it attacks the bacteria. It can also fight gum disease and plaque.
- Baking Soda: If you’re in search of the best teeth whitener ever, look no further. It’s abrasive, meaning it scrubs away surface stains on your teeth, but not so much that it damages your enamel.
- Xylitol: It helps fight plaque, is a great alternative to fluoride, eliminates bacteria, and helps reduce tooth decay. It also adds a little sweetness to your homemade toothpaste.
Until next time,