When our family transitioned from “conventional” hygiene products to more natural ones years ago, I was surprised to see the prices on simple tubes of toothpaste (often ranging from $5-$7). I had been purchasing the conventional toothpastes with coupons and sales, so I would only have to spend 25-50 cents per tube. But when looking at the chemical/sweetener-filled ingredients, I cringed at the thought of it in my children’s mouths (and, they likely swallow some of it, too!).
So, a couple years ago, I decided to make our own toothpaste!
I adapted a recipe found on another blog (which is no longer available), although I’ve since seen a somewhat similar recipe that contains salt in the Reader’s Digest book Home Made Best Made, recommended by Tsh in her book Organized Simplicity.
Donielle also has a good recipe/tutorial that includes castile soap. After Stephanie talked about her family’s routine/natural products, I thought I’d actually share this here, since I’ve received a few emails lately requesting the recipe.
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (softened or liquified)
3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
10 drops of Essential Oil (use a combination of Peppermint & Spearmint, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, or another of your choice) or 1/2 tsp. Natural Mint (or other) Flavoring Extract (such as for baking)
A pinch of Stevia Powder*
1 tsp. Myrrh Powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small container. Spoon out a little bit onto a toothbrush to use. Cost per batch to make seems to be approximately 50 cents for me.
*Yes, the unrefined stevia is green, and will make your toothpaste green. My daughter thinks this is hilariously fun. It’s more of an adjustment for those of us accustomed to white or “fun-colored” toothpaste.
Note: Sometimes we’ve skipped the baking soda, and just brushed with coconut oil, too.
Our dentist/physicians have always been impressed by our daughter’s teeth, and encouraged us to “keep doing whatever we’re doing” when we mention our homemade toothpaste.