You read that right, DIY Toothpaste.
As you can tell, I was feeling a little daring this week while preparing for Thrifty Thursday. Now I realize that toothpaste really isn’t that expensive, but it is something that you can’t (and shouldn’t) live without, so why not make it yourself!
I just whipped up a batch of toothpaste; it cost so little that I don’t know how to break down the costs for you.
And here’s why:
I have an abundance of coconut oil, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils in my house. If I were to estimate the cost, I would say about $0.40 to $0.50.
But why bother?
What the point of making your own toothpaste, the one you buy at the drug store is perfectly fine! Or is it…common toothpaste contains:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: It’s what makes your toothpaste foam. It is used as a foaming agent in detergents, shampoos, etc. It has also been reported to be a skin irritant; need I say more?
- Sorbitol: A sugar-alcohol which is used as a sweetener in toothpaste, but is mainly used as a laxative to treat constipation. Yes, constipation. Ever wonder why you get a mild stomach ache after brushing your teeth, especially on an empty stomach? That solves your problem.
- Fluoride: The fluoride debate is extensive and controversial, so I simply stay away from it when I can. I know it’s in the water so I do my best to avoid it. Fluoride is added to toothpaste to strengthen the enamel of our teeth. A good diet plentiful in Vitamin D and minerals are great alternative for preventing and treating decay. More on tooth decay by a dental professional here.
Now let’s get started!
I decided to use these specific ingredients together so I could reap all of their benefits. Coconut oil is widely used in Oil Pulling, hydrogen peroxide acts as a germ fighter and whitener (use the 3% concentration only,) and baking soda is mildly abrasive to clean teeth and add freshness.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (any 3% concentration is fine)
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- optional: Stevia leaf or Xylitol as a sweetener. This recipe is salty so this may help if you have difficulty adjusting to the taste.
Take your coconut oil and mix it in a bowl with the baking soda by pressing the ingredients with the back of a spoon against the bowl (like in the Deodorant Recipe) until moderately blended.
Add the hydrogen peroxide and essential oils (and sweeteners if you opted to use them.) Mix, mix and mix some more with a spoon. It should now look like this:
Scoop into a glass jar, and preferably one that is not transparent; hydrogen peroxide degrades in too much light.
The first time you use this toothpaste you will be thrown off by the taste as it is very salty, but you will get used to it! The feeling of your teeth after is one that you won’t achieve using standard toothpaste.