Everyone knows that keeping your teeth clean is a critical part of maintaining overall health. What you might not realize, however, is that mass-produced toothpastes are typically loaded with unnatural ingredients. The good news is that you have an easy and affordable alternative.
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While it’s true that you don’t swallow toothpaste, you do get exposed to these ingredients every time you brush if you choose to go with a store-bought option.
If you're keen to avoid unnatural products—and, really, who isn’t?—you do have a simple and affordable option. Instead of relying upon the store-bought options, whip up your own toothpaste at home. It’s actually simpler than you would imagine.
Just pick the one that most appeals to you, and start to make your own toothpaste. Your teeth will thank you for it.
1. Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Like a tropical treat for your pearly whites, this homemade toothpaste offers another all-natural way to clean your teeth. With just three—or four, if you like it sweet—ingredients, you can whip up this tooth-cleaning delight.
To prepare this toothpaste, combine six tablespoons of coconut oil with six tablespoons of baking soda and 25 drops of whatever essential oil you prefer—grapefruit goes nicely. If you want to sweeten up your mixture, add in a tsp. of stevia.
Blend these ingredients well with a fork or whisk.
Store the completed mixture in a mason jar, sealing the lid tightly so it doesn’t dry out.
2. Clay Toothpaste
Although a bit more complex to mix up than some other options, the antimicrobial properties of clay make it an ideal toothpaste component. By combining this powerhouse with some essential oils, you can give your teeth and gums the boost they need.
To mix up this tooth-treat, start with three tablespoons of bentonite clay powder. Add in ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Combine these two in a large bowl. Slowly pour ¼ cup of very hot (just under boiling) water to this mixture. Stir the mixture well with a whisk or fork to break up any large solid chunks.
Next, add in an assortment of essential oils. Start with 10 drops of lemon oil. Next, add eight drops of wild orange oil. Continue adding, putting in three drops of myrrh and three drops of clove. Mix this all together until well-combined.
If you dislike any of these oils, feel free to leave it out of the mixture. You can compensate by adding a few extra drops of the oils you do like, or just using the same amounts, which will mean you have a slightly drier paste.
Store this paste in a jar. When you’re ready to brush, simply add a small amount—about ¼ teaspoon—to your brush. Scrub your teeth and rinse as you would with any other paste.
3. Aloe Vera Toothpaste
Prized for its sunburn soothing and other curative properties, aloe vera is a super-helpful natural compound that can make a wonderful toothpaste option. If you’re looking for something mild and non-abrasive, this recipe is the one for you.
To make this toothpaste, simply add one or two drops of peppermint essential oil to pure aloe vera. Mix the two together until well-combined.
Put your mixture in an airtight container, and store it until you are ready for use. When you are, simply dip your toothbrush into the mixture.
If you’re not a fan of peppermint, you can use any other essential oil that’s fit for consumption. Also, make sure to use natural aloe only. Do not use the “aloe” that you buy at the drug store for use on sunburns, as this is almost never truly pure aloe vera.
4. Tooth Powder
Tired of the paste all together? Try something new and different—switch to tooth powder. By preparing and using this tooth powder, you can get the abrasion you need to scrub away unwanted scum.
As with anything abrasive, you should exercise a bit of care with this recipe, particularly if you have issues with your enamel. Consult your dentist before use if you have this concern.
To prepare this powder, simply combine three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of sea salt. Add in three drops of peppermint essential oil—for breath freshening—and mix well. Store the prepared mixture in a tightly closed jar.
The only thing you need to do differently to use this mixture in place of traditional toothpaste is to wet your toothbrush prior to adding the powder.
5. Whitening Toothpaste
Are your teeth not quite as shiny and white as you would like? Then you need whitening toothpaste. The problem with store-bought whitening toothpastes is that the ingredients that are included to give them their whitening power can be quite hazardous to your health. Luckily for you, there’s a natural alternative.
Make as much or as little whitening toothpaste as you want, using only a few simple ingredients. Fill a jar with four tablespoons of baking soda. Next, add two tablespoons of pure aloe vera. Continue building your toothpaste by adding one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Next, add one tablespoon of water; you can add more if you like your paste a bit runnier.
Finish your toothpaste-making with one tablespoon of peppermint essential oil. Once you’ve added all of these elements to your jar, put the lid on and shake it vigorously to combine.
Store this mixture in your medicine cabinet, and pull it out each time your teeth require a good scrubbing.
6. Vegan Toothpaste
Are you committed to a vegan lifestyle? If so, you should check out your toothpaste. Many commercially available types of toothpaste contain glycerin. While some glycerin, specifically vegetable glycerin, is vegan, if your toothpaste label doesn’t specify, you could be ingesting a non-vegan product.
Take control of what you’re putting in your body by mixing up some vegan toothpaste of your very own. Place a small pot on your stove. Add to it, two teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, four tablespoons of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of guar gum, eight tablespoons of water and four drops of peppermint oil.
Cook these ingredients at low heat, stirring constantly. After about five minutes, the mixture will start to take on a paste-like consistency. Once you’re satisfied with the consistency, remove the mixture from the pot and put it into a jar. Allow it to cool before placing your lid on the jar. Store this at room temperature, and use it as you would any typical toothpaste.
With so many natural toothpaste options at your disposal, there is no reason to take potentially harmful chemicals into your body. Nor is there a reason to spend large amounts of money on mass-produced “natural” toothpastes. By making your own toothpaste at home, you can control the cost of this personal care item and ensure that you know, without a doubt, what is going into your body.