Continuing on our Healthy Teeth Week, I bring you a homemade version of toothpaste. The best part of making your own toothpaste is that you can stretch the OraWellness oils if you’re on a tight budget and if you followed my multipurpose must-haves post, you should have the main ingredients on hand already!
And as mentioned in the comment section of my post about brushing with oils, I have not been able to get my daughter to switch away from brushing with actual toothpaste, which apparently is a problem other people share. It’s great when kids are happy to brush, but store bought tooth paste, even the natural stuff, is not actually good for your teeth.
There are a lot of DIY toothpaste recipes floating around on Pinterest, but I just could not find one recipe that was simple and didn’t have some kind of questionable ingredient. I saw one with honey (seriously!), one with glycerin, and the recipe I adapted mine from the most has xylitol instead of baking soda. The evidence for and against the use of xylitol is a wash, and I’d rather just steer clear of something that does not have a proven track record yet.
Mama and Baby Love’s Simple Toothpaste
1 Tbs castille soap – gives a bit of foaming action and further breaks up gunk in your mouth
15-30 drops (to taste) OraWellness blend or essential oil of choice
Approx. 5 drops (to taste) stevia
Melt coconut oil on low heat, then add baking soda and castille soap. If you really want to, you can melt down some bar soap similar to Steph’s laundry detergent but with much less water.
I couldn’t really stir in the pan because there isn’t much to stir so I just combined the ingredients a bit then poured directly into its holding jar. You can just transfer to a small bowl if you’re going to use a fancy squeeze bottle later.
Using a fork or small whisk, whip that stuff up while the coconut oil cools. Just before it’s about to form stiff peaks, add in your essential oil and stevia. Don’t be afraid to taste it! The beauty of making it yourself is that you don’t have to worry about ingesting chemicals so the worst that will happen is you taste the salty baking soda. So since every person has different desires for sweet or flavoring, just taste a dab and adjust to your liking.
After adding the extra liquid, you may want to add some extra baking soda, though it isn’t actually necessary. Then once everything is adjusted, keep on whipping it until stiff peaks form and transfer to the permanent container of choice.
There you go! Store in a cool, dry place like pretty much everything else you own. As you can see, there isn’t a ton there and I would recommend against making large batches unless you’ve got a large family to go through it. Since you’re using oils, there is a chance that the stuff will go rancid after too long, especially with wet toothbrushes getting dipped in it a couple times a day.
What do you think? Will you take the plunge and make your own toothpaste?