In this post, I’m sharing with you my recipe for this super simple DIY toothpaste. I love it because it’s very eco-friendly, you can get the ingredients almost everywhere, doesn’t contain any fluoride bullshit, and most importantly doesn’t come in any plastic container!
Why did I start using this recipe?
I needed to come up with a simple recipe like this when I started to travel. Most of the times I travel only with my carry on, unable to bring any premade cosmetics with me. Buying a new toothpaste in a supermarket is expensive, time-consuming (looking for the healthy ones) and not environmentally friendly.
I realized that things like coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils I use them with everything. So, I buy these anyways and finish them before I leave. If not, I just leave it to someone to use it. Backpackers are always grateful for any gift you leave them. Being one of them, I should know. ,D
I remember people giving me sea salt, oils, shoes, clothes… Anything they couldn’t take to the airplane or things that made their backpacks too heavy. This is probably my favorite thing about the whole backpacker’s culture. The sharing, repairing and reusing. Backpackers, if we leave out the drinking, parties and this nasty stuff could be the perfect example of a sustainable community.
And hey, who can say a girl from Aruba gave you her baking soda? Or that a family in Costa Rica discovered your super easy DIY toothpaste, finds out that the ingredients are right in their garden and starts to really make it?
But even if you don’t travel, it’s great to have this recipe handy. Then you really have no problem at all.Conventional toothpaste – what’s wrong with it?
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the toothpaste you buy in a store comes in a plastic container creating waste. In addition to this, it’s not healthy for us as it contains Fluoride. Fluoride, if not in its natural form (like in our food) but added in the water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, medicine acts as a human poison – neurotoxin and might even cause a damage to your teeth.
Also, conventional kinds of toothpaste (and facial scrubs) contain microbead – the little microplastic balls. They work as exfoliators but when used, they get washed down the sink and are so tiny that can’t be filtered by the water treatment facilities. Eventually trough our waterways they make it into the oceans and pollute them. (And yes, then we eat it back in seafood!!)
However, I hate to pull out all these horrible facts about the conventional products because it just makes me depressed. And I’m sure you too.
Instead, let’s just focus on all the amazing benefits that the toothpaste can bring you if you make it by yourself. ,)
Ingredients in this DIY toothpaste and its amazing benefits
In my recipe I use:
- Coconut oil – This is almost always my base in DIY recipes. I use it because it creates the thick paste-like texture and of course, its well-known antimicrobial properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, they use coconut oil with the Gandusha technique for cleansing the mouth. Gandusha technique is simply just pulling coconut oil on teeth and letting it sit there for a while. They claim it helps us to get rid of bad breath, remove the impurities from the mouth, kill the bad bacteria, and whiten the teeth. Although with Gandusha you should keep it there for 20 minutes, in my experience it’s fully effective already in the time while I brush my teeth.
- Baking soda – The whole magic happens thanks to baking soda! This natural salt that we usually put into pies works perfectly with teeth too. It removes the plague so our teeth get whiter. And because of its alkaline properties, even our Ph gets healthier. The healthy Ph is important to lower the risk of tooth decay. Just a win-win!
- Green tea – You can use only water if you don’t have any green tea handy. Though I really like the refreshing taste and green tea is another bad bacteria killer. So, why not to have them all?
- Peppermint essential oil works as a great natural deodorizer. With its fresh smell, it masks the bad breath and kills bad bacteria, preventing us from cavities.
What you’ll need:
- little glass bowl
- 3TB of coconut oil
- 1TB baking soda
- ½ Cup of warm green tea (optional)
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix the ingredients in a little bowl.
- Let it sit in the fridge for around 2 hours.
- Keep in a cool place and it’s ready to use.
Now, you have your own, super cool, healthy&zero-waste toothpaste!
If you have any questions, ideas or comments, feel free to drop them here. I’ll be happy to respond.