I have been using my home made tooth paste for more than a year now and have found it to be extremely good. Its simple to make and another nasty free product to my arsenal of homemade natural products.
Over the last few years I have dropped off the chemical users list. I now make all my cleaners, hair and skin products for as close to natural ingredients I can. Because I have Fibromyalgia and because it now understood to be a chemical disruption to our nervous system, I figure the less chemical I put in my body, the better chance I have coping with this condition.
Lately I have been running out of several of my ‘potions’ so have been making up new batches. Today it was tooth paste and deodorant. I have been out of toothpaste for over a week and grabbed the ‘reserved for guests’ tube of commercial toothpaste from the cupboard and used it. Oh my stars – my lips felt burnt and my mouth became so dry after using it, I could not produce saliva. It was dreadful. So for the next few days I just used dry baking soda, which was excellent but I felt it dried my lips badly. I missed my homemade toothpaste badly.
There are a lot of different recipes available and all will work fine, it really comes down to personal choice. It is simple and took less than 8 mins to make. This is how I do it.
You will need a sieve, teaspoon measure, small glass bowl, spatula and small glass or plastic pot that will hold 50mls of paste.
3 tsp coconut oil
3 tsp baking soda or salt or mix of both
**1 tsp maize corn flour (see confession at bottom of my post)
1 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp hydrogen peroxide 3%
7 drops sage oil
3 drops peppermint oil.
Put baking soda in the sieve and press it through.
Put coconut oil in the sieve next and using the spatula, rub it thru the sieve. If it is too solid to do this, just put it in the bowl and mash it into the baking soda using the back of a spoon or the spatula. Measure the glycerin, peroxide and oils into the bowl and using a spoon or spatula mix or mash to get a paste consistency.
Once happy with the smoothness, put into a container and seal. Do not completely fill the container, leave some head space (see ** below)
This is enough to do me about 6 mths as I use an electric toothbrush. I find this so much easier as brushing my teeth with a conventional brush was painful on my arms. If you are needing more for a family, then change the teaspoon measure for a tablespoon. You could give each person there own pottle or supply a little plastic spoon for extracting the paste from the pottle.
As I said, there are a lot of recipes available and some people say don’t use glycerin. I chose to use this as the option of using xylitol sweetener, to me is horrendous. The instructions say ‘lethal to dogs or cats “. Yet people put this in their mouth??? Others say no to hydrogen peroxide, I am trying it this time to see if it will help two teeth that are root filled and getting discoloured.
It is each to its own, but when I consider the quantities that are being used times the number of cleans I get from the batch, it is minimal. I guess people who use xylitol have the same way of looking at it.
In the photo of ingredients, you may notice there is a container of maize flour. Why u might ask…. welll…. The maize flour and baking soda are in similar containers and I accidentally put one teaspoon full of maize flour into the coconut oil before I realised my mistake. It was too late to remove it as it was a hot day and the coconut oil had melted in the heat and the cornflour soaked in. Instead of discarding the oil and flour, I left it there and put in the 3 tsp’s of baking soda as the recipe. Did it spoil the product?
Heck no… it improved it.
I was astonished when I went to use it later to find it had fizzed up a bit and completely filled the wee pottle, and the texture was much smoother than previous batches. In future, I WILL be adding the maizeflour – has to be better than the chalk and clay some recipes add. I have also noticed it has taken the sharp aftertaste of f the baking soda.
So in conclusion, my error was very beneficial. Isn’t there a saying about that somewhere??