Homemade Toothpaste: Nontoxic + Low Waste
Hey Calico babes! I wanted to share my recipe for homemade toothpaste! I’ve been using this recipe for over 2 years and my teeth have never been in better health. I have deep grooves in my teeth, resulting in countless cavities in the past, despite my great oral hygiene! But ever since I switched to this homemade toothpaste, I haven’t had a cavity since. The coconut oil protects your enamel and as well as your teeth from cavities, while the baking soda adds some texture to remove build up and ensure you have that clean teeth feeling.
This recipe lasts me about 2 weeks and is waaaay cheaper than any nontoxic toothpaste out there, and in my opinion works way better. All these ingredients are probably things you already have in your home, so let’s get to making some toothpaste!
What you need:
3 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
1-2 teaspoons of filtered water
10-15 drops of organic peppermint or cinnamon essential oil (I only ever recommend organic, pure, therapeutic grade oils. I personally only use Mountain Rose Herbs. Grocery store essential oils are NOT safe to use or put in your mouth!)
1. Place the baking soda and coconut oil in a bowl and cut the coconut oil into the baking soda like you would butter into flour for a pie crust. It’s important that you don’t melt the coconut oil into liquid, or else you will end up with toothsoup rather than toothpaste.
2. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of water give-or-take, until the mixture forms a paste-like consistency.
3. Mix in 10-15 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil and transfer it to your toothpaste jar! You can buy empty toothpaste tubes on amazon, but I prefer to keep mine in a glass jar because it's zero-waste and safer than whatever type of plastic and chemicals those tubes are made out of.
This recipe makes just the perfect amount to fit into a 2-4 oz jar.
Plastic Free Oral Hygiene
Did you know that over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away globally each year?! Those toothbrushes will never biodegrade, and will continue to contribute to our plastic pollution problem in our oceans and landfills.
I like to pair an organic biodegradable toothbrush with my homemade toothpaste to ensure a completely plastic + waste free oral hygiene routine. If you haven’t made the switch, now is a great time to do so!