I have been researching homemade toothpaste recipes for a few weeks. Today I mixed up my first batch of homemade toothpaste. I am so happy that another chemical filled store-bought product in our home has been replaced with a homemade natural product. My husband cracks up at how excited I get over these things!
When researching different recipes I came to the conclusion that simple is better. I made my homemade toothpaste using only four ingredients. The best part is that I already had all four of the ingredients in the house!
By making your own toothpaste you can avoid many of the artificial ingredients contained in commercial toothpaste, such as sweeteners (usually saccharin), emulsifiers, preservatives, and artificial flavors. You also avoid fluoride which I think is a HUGE bonus!
The ingredients that I used in my homemade toothpaste are: baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, and cinnamon essential oil.
The ratio for the ingredients is: 6 parts baking soda : 1 part coconut oil: 1 part hydrogen peroxide solution : flavor to taste
Baking soda has a natural cleansing ability, you see it in many brands of toothpaste at the drug store. It’s non-toxic and will help polish your teeth. Some recipes called for table salt but I did not put that it mine. If you would like salt it should be 3 parts baking soda 1 part salt.
Hydrogen peroxide naturally disinfects your mouth and will also help whiten your teeth.
Coconut oil acts as a sweetener. Many people use vegetable glycerine but I have read that it leaves a thick coating on your teeth that can take a plenty of brushing to remove. I have also been reading about Xylitol for tooth and gum health. It is a natural and surgarless sweetener. I think that I will pick up some Xylitol in the next few weeks and use it in my next batch of homemade toothpaste.
Essential oil provide taste/flavor and are totally optional. If you’re not into the cinnamon flavor, some alternatives are peppermint, vanilla extract, fennel, ginger, and almond extract. Pick a flavor that you like and go with it!
I am looking into natural flavors that my kids would like so I can make their toothpaste as well. If you do allow your kids to use this homemade toothpaste make sure that they are old enough to spit it out. The basis of homemade toothpaste is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Either one in huge doses can be dangerous, so make sure that they do not ingest the paste!
I currently store my toothpaste in a glass Pyrex dish with a lid. I am looking for an empty tub or bottle with a squirt top that I can store it in. There are also dispensers that you can mount on the wall that I may look into. Make sure that you store your homemade toothpaste away from the sunlight because hydrogen peroxide breaks down very quickly in the presence of UV light.
I now also make a squeezable remineralizing toothpaste for my children. It is flavored and I found awesome squeezy storage tubes for it. You can read that recipe here.
If you have any tips for making your homemade toothpaste, or storing it, please let me know!
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