In my quest to live a bit more naturally every day, I tried to think of things that I could make myself that are healthier, more natural alternatives to the things I buy in the store. I looked up how to make shampoo, soap, and even conditioner. Then I came across toothpaste. Of course! Why didn’t I think of this before?!
I’ve heard that using baking soda as toothpaste is a good alternative. There is almost nothing natural about most commercial toothpastes, which is kind of scary to me. I think if you want to use commercial toothpastes, all the power to you. I can totally see why using baking soda might seem weird.
I did a test sample first before I made a larger batch. If you’ve never put baking soda directly in your mouth, be ready for a new taste. In all honesty, it’s gross. Really gross. I sometimes down it with a bit of water as an antacid if I’m desperate, but other than that I have never just put it in my mouth (I tried to put that any way that didn’t sound kind of creepy and sexual, but I just gave up). Anyway, I looked online for “recipes” on how to make my own toothpaste so that I would know how to get the ratio right and to make sure I was actually doing it right.
In my quest for a toothpaste “recipe,” I found the best site ever called DIY Natural. I’m going to try more of their ideas soon, but I just wanted to at least try the toothpaste recipe first.
- 2/3 cup of baking soda (might also be called sodium bicarbonate for those of you who are outside of the US)
- Filtered water
- Peppermint essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
- One container to keep it in (glass if you are using the peppermint oil)
That’s literally all you’ll need! Here’s the directions:
- Put baking soda in a small bowl
- Add enough filtered water to make it a bit runny, or to any consistency that you prefer
- Add 10 to 15 drops of the peppermint oil
- Mix thoroughly, preferably until all the granules of baking soda are well mixed to prevent too much abrasion
- Poor mixture into glass jar and voila!
- To brush, just dip you toothpaste into the solution
Here’s Chester with the finished product:
I was so surprised how easy this was. The peppermint oil adds a MUCH better taste to the baking soda, just an FYI. The idea of putting my toothbrush into the toothpaste kind of freaks me out, I’ll admit, but I guess I’ll just have to thoroughly rinse my brush after each use. I mean really thoroughly. I hope that this works out because it’s a really cheap alternative to expensive organic toothpastes and commercial toothpastes in general.
Also, I’d love it if you all would share any DIY, natural recipes with me, whether they be for household cleaners, soaps, or shampoo. I think these kind of things are great and everyone can use a break from the constant commercialism 🙂 Please share!
Hope you find this interesting 🙂
Thanks for reading