Homemade toothpaste is better

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I just wanted to share my recipe for homemade toothpaste.  Most of you are probably thinking “gross!” and I’ll admit it doesn’t have quite the same flavor as commercial toothpaste but it really isn’t all that bad.

Why make homemade toothpaste?  It’s not about money savings necessarily as some of the ingredients are pricey (they do, however, make loads and loads of jars of toothpaste) but more about knowing the ingredients that go in and onto my body.  I use these ingredients extensively in cooking and for other toiletries.  Also, these ingredients have been touted for their dental health benefits.

Personally, I think my homemade toothpaste works better than commercial toothpaste.  My homemade toothpaste may not lather up, but it is great at making my teeth feel smooth and clean, and freshening the breath. I have heard of some people simply using baking soda, and we have probably all heard of coconut pulling, but have you heard of xylitol? Xylitol is often used as a sweetener in gum in place of sugar because it does not promote tooth decay, and in may actually help combat tooth decay!

Homemade Toothpaste

2 tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
3 tablespoons powdered Xylitol
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 drops peppermint essential oil*

*Some essential oils can cause allergic or other adverse reactions. They are highly concentrated and must be diluted with large amounts of a carrier oil. The amount of essential oil in the recipe above is the amount that my family tolerates. You may want to research effective and safe use of essential oils before using them.

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I mix all the ingredients together and put them in a glass jar, using a tiny plastic spoon to apply toothpaste to the toothbrush. However, you can put it into a tube if you prefer a more typical toothpaste experience!

Also check out homemade deodorant/anti-perspirant!


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