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DIY: How to Create Your Own Refreshing Toothpaste at Home

Updated: Jul 2

Check out the various benefits of making your own oral care products, recipes and all!


zero waste bathroom implements

I seem to have found green substitutes for everything else in my household EXCEPT ONE!!!


So irritating…


Do you know that feeling?!?!


“You can only hold a smile so long, after that its just teeth.”

I’ve played with bicarb and vinegar to make all sorts of cleaning products, replaced my light bulbs with LED lights, and stopped using plastic bags…. But an irritating facet of my life that is still not sorted is the daily routine of brushing my teeth. It would be so cool to create your own toothpaste at home! I’ve been doubting the goodness of store-bought toothpaste for some time now. Surely that artificial fluoride-laden toothpaste can’t be that great for you?!


What's the Scoop on Toothpaste?


First thing in the morning and last thing at night, we squeeze some toothpaste onto our toothbrush. Then we get down to the business of cleaning our teeth. Day after day from the time our teeth come in, we brush our teeth with toothpaste. No question, brushing our teeth frequently is something we should all be doing. But when you look at some of the common ingredients found in conventional toothpaste, it might make you think twice about what you are putting in your mouth.


Toxins in your toothpaste


Fluoride is commonly found in toothpaste, but what is the reason behind its inclusion?


Research conducted in the 1900s demonstrated that incorporating this mineral into toothpaste could significantly decrease instances of gum disease and cavities. As a result, many municipalities began adding fluoride to their water supplies to enhance oral health.


Nevertheless, opinions on this matter have evolved over time. Recent studies indicate that Fluoride is actually a neurotoxin that can have harmful effects if ingested. Additionally, fluoride has been linked to cancer, weakened bones, dental fluorosis (characterized by white spots on the teeth), and neurological issues. In cases where a child swallows more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, the product label recommends contacting the poison control center. These findings underscore the importance of exploring natural alternatives!


Toxic Ingredients Commonly Found in Toothpaste

Fluoride.

Triclosan.

Saccharin.

Carrageenan.

Aspartame.

Parabens.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

Propylene Glycol.



Let's delve into the realm of homemade toothpaste alternatives that can be crafted right in the comfort of our own kitchens. By exploring these DIY options, we can not only avoid the potentially harmful ingredients found in commercial toothpaste but also embrace a more natural and sustainable approach to oral care. From simple recipes using baking soda and coconut oil to more elaborate concoctions incorporating essential oils for added freshness and antibacterial properties, the possibilities are endless. By taking control of the ingredients we use, we empower ourselves to make informed choices that align with our values and preferences. So, let's embark on this journey of discovery and experimentation, as we unlock the potential of our kitchen to create products that promote not only oral health but also overall well-being.

a grinding bowl with herbs

Toothpowder Recipe


Ingredients:

  1. 4 tsp bentonite clay

  2. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (optional)

  3. 1 tsp cinnamon powder

  4. 1 tsp-1 tbsp clove powder (to taste)

  5. 1 tbsp Xylitol

  6. 3 tbsp calcium and magnesium tablets crushed into powder


Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Each ingredient adds its own benefits...The bentonite clay helps cleanse and remineralize your teeth, while the bicarbonate of soda provides a gentle abrasive action for thorough cleaning. Cinnamon powder adds a pleasant flavor and has antimicrobial properties, and clove powder not only contributes to the taste but also offers antibacterial benefits. Xylitol, a natural sweetener, enhances the flavor without promoting tooth decay. The calcium and magnesium from the crushed tablets help strengthen tooth enamel and promote overall oral health.


Feel free to adjust the amounts of xylitol and clove/cinnamon to suit your preferences. This toothpowder not only cleans effectively but also leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. It's a natural and wholesome alternative to commercial toothpaste.


After using this toothpowder, you'll notice your teeth feeling clean and your mouth feeling fresh. It's a favorite in our household, and we've been using it for over a year now. Give it a try and experience the benefits of this homemade toothpaste recipe!


 

mint leaves

Mint Toothpaste Recipe (create your own refreshing toothpaste at home!)


Creating your own toothpaste can be a fun and rewarding experience. This simple recipe requires just a few basic ingredients that are easy to find:


  • 6 tsp of bicarbonate of soda acts as a gentle abrasive to help clean and whiten your teeth.

  • 1/3 teaspoon of salt helps to enhance the cleaning properties of the toothpaste.

  • 4 teaspoons of glycerine not only gives the toothpaste a smooth consistency but also helps to keep it moist.

  • 15 drops of peppermint or wintergreen extract provide a refreshing flavor to your homemade toothpaste.


When mixing these ingredients together, ensure that they are thoroughly combined to achieve the desired toothpaste consistency. Once ready, store the toothpaste in a suitable container.


After using this homemade toothpaste, you will notice how fresh and clean your mouth feels, thanks to the natural and effective ingredients used in this recipe.

 

a row of lemons

Lemon Mouthwash Recipe


For this homemade mouth rinse recipe, you will need a few simple ingredients to create a refreshing and natural solution.


  • Begin by measuring out 3/4 cup of vodka, which will act as a base for the rinse. Vodka is often used in DIY oral care products for its antibacterial properties.

  • Next, add 20 drops of lemon essential oil to the vodka. Lemon essential oil not only provides a pleasant citrus flavor but also offers additional antibacterial and antiseptic benefits.

  • Then, pour in 1 1/4 cups of distilled water to dilute the mixture. Distilled water is preferred to ensure purity and prevent any contaminants from affecting the final product.

  • To enhance the fragrance and antibacterial properties of the mouth rinse, include 30 drops of bergamot essential oil. Bergamot oil is known for its refreshing scent and potential antimicrobial properties.


Once all the ingredients are combined in a bottle, shake the mixture well to ensure thorough blending. Allow the solution to sit for a week to allow the flavors and properties to infuse together. Remember to shake the bottle once a day during this resting period.


When the mouth rinse is ready for use, dilute it by combining 3 parts water to 1 part of the mixture. This step ensures that the rinse is not too strong or harsh when used in the mouth. Gargle or rinse your mouth with the diluted solution as needed for a refreshing and cleansing experience.


It is essential to note that while this mouth rinse is safe for oral use, it is not intended for ingestion. Always remember the instruction - Do Not Drink - to avoid any potential harm from consuming the solution.


 

bicarbonate of soda in a glass jar

Super Cleanser


For a simple yet effective natural teeth whitening remedy, you can create a paste using just a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a gentle bleaching agent, while baking soda helps to scrub away surface stains on your teeth. By combining these two ingredients, you can achieve a brighter smile without the use of harsh chemicals.


To make the paste, mix the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until you reach a smooth consistency. Then, apply the paste to your teeth, making sure to cover all surfaces. Gently massage the paste along your gums as well to promote healthy gums and freshen your breath.


It is recommended to use this natural whitening treatment two times a week for best results. Over time, you may notice a gradual improvement in the whiteness of your teeth as stains are lifted away. Remember to brush your teeth as usual after using the paste to remove any residue and maintain good oral hygiene.


 

tea in a pot

Mouthwash


Rinse your mouth with cooled tea (mint is a perfect choice.)


Discovering alternative methods to maintain oral hygiene can be a fascinating journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Embracing the use of natural ingredients for cleaning your mouth not only promotes a more eco-friendly approach but also introduces a whole new level of freshness and purity to your daily routine. By incorporating ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, or even activated charcoal into your oral care regimen, you are not only taking care of your teeth but also indulging in a holistic approach to overall wellness.


The versatility of natural ingredients allows for a personalized experience tailored to your specific needs. For example, using baking soda as a gentle abrasive can help remove surface stains and plaque, while coconut oil pulling can aid in reducing harmful bacteria in the mouth. Activated charcoal, known for its detoxifying properties, can be a game-changer in achieving a brighter smile naturally.


By exploring these novel ways to clean your mouth, you are not only nurturing your oral health but also contributing to a more sustainable and mindful lifestyle. So, why not embark on this natural oral care journey and witness firsthand the transformative power of Mother Nature's gifts on your teeth and overall well-being? Share your experiences, and let the world know how your smile is shining brighter than ever thanks to these natural oral care remedies!



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