Published on February 29th, 2012 | by Lynn Fang
Homemade Toothpaste: No Fluoride Necessary
You’ve heard about all the controversy with Fluoride. Some dentists say it’s totally harmless, and others say too much fluoride causes all sorts of neurotoxic and endocrine disorders. Do we really need to fluoridate our toothpaste and our water supply at the same time?
Whatever you might be thinking, your average toothpaste is full of synthetic ingredients. Homemade toothpaste uses very few ingredients, making it the eco-friendly choice. It will taste different, that’s for sure. But at least you can count on simple, wholesome, healthy, and non-toxic ingredients – made with love.
DIY Natural has a super simple recipe for homemade toothpaste:
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 4 tsp fine sea salt (optional, depending on your taste/tolerance for salt)
- 1-2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or your favorite flavor)
- water (add to desired consistency)
They’ve calculated you can save $3.50 – $4 per tube of toothpaste with your homemade version.
Mix and prepare your toothpaste in a small container. You can dip your toothbrush straight into the mix and begin brushing. If double dipping grosses you out, put the toothpaste in a ziploc bag and cut off a corner for a makeshift squeeze-tube.
If you want to zing it up a notch, Crunchy Betty’s discovered a coconut oil-based toothpaste that mimics regular toothpaste:
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp baking soda
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 packet stevia
- 2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
Put the coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl and mash up with a fork until blended. Add the peppermint essential oil, stevia and optional vegetable glycerin and continue to mash and stir until you’ve reached toothpaste consistency.
There you have it! Simple, healthy, frugal, and fluoride-free tooth care.
Now the question is, Would you make your own toothpaste?
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