The further down the path of natural health I go in dealing with my autoimmune disease and the repercussions of it, I'm finding more and more ways to take control of my health. My goal has been to slowly eliminate chemicals as best as I can in my personal care products. So today I'm excited to share with you my zero waste, all natural, three ingredient DIY toothpaste. Not only is this toothpaste super quick to whip up, it will save you money from buying drugstore toothpaste and will be much better for your oral health.
OK, let's get into it! Ready? Go!
3 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL
1.5 TABLESPOONS OF BAKING SODA
(OPTIONAL) 10-15 DROPS OF PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
The original recipe I found here, though I've decreased the amount of essential oils.
Measure your coconut oil and baking soda, then mix together in a glass dish. I didn't need to warm up the coconut oil because our apartment was about eighty degrees when I made the first batch so it was already melting. If you decide to use essential oils, add them to the bowl. Mix all together. As the coconut oil cools, it will harden and a paste will begin to form.
The last photo below shows the toothpaste in my 3oz mason jar but in order to fill the jar, I ended up doubling the recipe. Oh, and if you're wondering, I used a stainless steel straw to mix the ingredients.
If you'd like to learn more about the effectiveness of baking soda and how safe it is to use as a toothpaste, check out this post here. It is actually MUCH less abrasive than commercial toothpaste.
Thanks so much for following along on our journey to better health. This toothpaste does take some time to get used to. It is saltier than drugstore toothpastes so give yourself some time to feel more comfortable with the taste. It also doesn't foam up in your mouth, in case that is something you enjoy.