Toothpaste was another switch to becoming more sustainable. Not only are toothpaste tube not recyclable (unless you buy Tom’s and recycle through terracycle) there are many questionable chemicals that are using to make toothpaste.
While researching about homemade toothpaste options, I ran into many debates about fluoride. Is it necessary? Do the benefits outweigh the harm? Do they put it in tap water to control your brain? So on…
I’m by far no expert in dentistry, chemistry, or biology and I won’t make any recommendations. I’m just going to tell you to do your own research and come up with your own conclusion. For me, I’ve been switching back and forth, but I did notice that when using a fluoride toothpaste I break out really really bad around my chin. So my conclusion was that fluoride did more harm than good to my body so I said bye bye bye (insert N’Sync dance move).
I went to my DIY venture for the perfect toothpaste replacement. The most common recipe is coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils for taste. Once again, a reminder I live in Phoenix, so using anything with coconut oil meant it was going to be in its liquid form. Also, when you use coconut oil you can’t spit it out directly into your sink because it will eventually clog it. So you have to keep compost jar in the bathroom or spit in the toilet. NO THANKS! Powder option was OK for me.
How do I use it: well I wet the bamboo toothbrush, dip the brush into the tooth powder, shake off excess and I brush away. I find that you can also sprinkle some into your toothbrush, but you lose a lot of it. If you are too grossed by double dipping and sharing the toothpowder, the good news is that it's really easy to make one for each member of the family. The shelf life is about a year, so you don't have to worry about it going bad.
Bentonite Clay: Helps to draw out toxins
Baking Soda: Helps neutralize and whiten
Calcium Carbonate: Adds calcium to strengthen teeth
Xylitol: Prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Freshness
Again, everyone is different and might react differently to these ingredients.
DIY Natural Toothpowder
- 15g bentonite clay
- 5g baking soda
- 15g calcium carbonate
- 10g xylitol
- Peppermint Essential Oil to taste
Mix all the dry ingredients in a small container. Once combined add peppermint essential oil and mix again.
There are many variations you can play with, you can add different essential oils for taste, or even add coconut oil.
If you are too busy at life, not a DIYer or just plain lazy, don’t worry you can buy my Peppermint Toothpowder here!