The following is a post from Peter’s wife, Katrina.
As most of you know, I love creating a lot of my own home and personal care products. It makes me feel best when I can name all the ingredients. Plus, I get to control any fragrance by using pure essential oils. That’s a big benefit for me since I’m allergic to the artificial perfumes used so prevalently in most cleaning products today.
Recently I decided to make my own non-flouride toothpaste. I never realized it was so easy AND inexpensive. I only used four ingredients and one of them is optional. So you do the math. Most tubes of toothpaste in the health food store these days run about $6.00 a tube. I didn’t do the exact calculations, but the 4 oz. jar of toothpaste I made cost well under $1.00 in ingredients. And it tastes delicious!
So, without further delay, here is my homemade version of toothpaste.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
5 tbsp. organic coconut oil
5 tbsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon powdered xylitol (optional)
30 drops essential oils (I used peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary)
Step 1 – Put room temperature coconut oil into a medium bowl. My oil was a little hard so I put it into the dehydrator for a few minutes to soften. This made it easier to combine with the other ingredients.
Step 2 – Add baking soda to the coconut oil with a whisk or a hand blender. Blend well.
Step 3 – Add xylitol (optional) to the mix and blend well. (Xylitol not only gives a sweetness to the toothpaste, it has also been proven to help prevent tooth decay.)
Step 4 – Add essential oils and again blend well. I picked oils that I knew would taste refreshing and light to my tastebuds. This is up to your personal preference.
Finally, I used a silicone spatula to put the toothpaste into a small jar with a lid. I’ll keep it out of direct sunlight so it stays fresh longer. I’ve only had mine for a few weeks but it still tastes as fresh as the day I made it.
Let’s address one issue that I’ve seen discussed a lot on the internet. Is baking soda really too abrasive for our teeth? I’m not sure. I’ve read blogs that say you should never use it because it is too hard on the tooth enamel. But, I’ve also known people who have used baking soda for years with no detrimental effects. Most toothpastes have some form of abrasive to knock off the “gunk” that’s stuck to our teeth. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite store-bought toothpastes uses clay for exactly that reason. So, what’s the answer? I would say that if you find your teeth getting too sensitive from using baking soda then you should stop. I haven’t had that problem. As a matter of fact, my teeth are far LESS sensitive since I started using all natural oral hygiene products. And I get rave reviews on my healthy teeth and gums from my dental hygienist. So, stay in tune with your body. It will tell you what’s right for you in the long run. And you can always check in with your dentist if you want an expert opinion.
If you have any questions about making your own toothpaste, please leave them below. I’ll be more than happy to answer.
Sending you all a bright, shiny clean smile!
p.s. You might want to check out this interview I did last week with my friend Rhonda Lee. We talked about how I took a major leap into big life changes. I think you’ll like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6kC3LmCkMk