Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY Toothpaste

When we started pursuing a more natural lifestyle over six years ago our toothpaste was one of the first items to go. We didn't like what we were reading about fluoride nor did we like most of the other ingredients. At first we just switched to a fluoride-free natural brand but those are expensive and still contain some ingredients I was less than thrilled about. It was around this time that I started reading blogs and I found that some people were making their own toothpaste! What! I didn't know that was an option. So I started looking for a recipe.

There are a million different recipes out there. At first I tried one with that included soap and coconut oil. I liked it for awhile but the coconut oil would change consistency and it lacked the scrubby feel of some toothpastes. We then tried to just use baking soda but that was too harsh and didn't taste that great. We tried buying toothpaste again and used Earthpaste. I liked the ingredients but it was expensive and I kind of missed the foam. We ended up settling on just swiping our brushes on a designated bar of soap. We used the bar of soap trick for over a year. It worked, it foamed, but yes, it did just taste like soap!

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Luckily, I have finally found a recipe I am happy with! It foams, it has a little flavor, it "scrubs" without being harsh, and it is kid approved. Right now we are just putting a dab on our toothbrushes with our fingers but I would love to get a refillable squeeze container like this one (affiliate link).

Here is the recipe. You'll need a kitchen scale, food processor, and cheese grater.

DIY Toothpaste

  • 20g of bar soap (I use my homemade unscented olive oil bar. Most natural bars will do.)
  • 25g xylitol
  • 50g bentonite clay (I used this one (affiliate link))
  • few drops of an essential oil (I used spearmint)
  • few tablespoons olive oil
  1. Grate the bar of soap using the fine side of the cheese grater until you have about 20 grams.
  2. Place the soap, xylitol, and clay into the food processor and process until the soap almost a powder. You want the soap to be as small as you can get it. I place a towel over the food processor because the clay powder will start to rise out into the air.
  3. Drizzle in a little olive oil and turn on the food processor to mix it in. Keep adding a little more olive oil at a time until you reach your desired paste like consistency. Yes, it will look like mud. That is ok!
  4. Scoop out the paste and place in a non-plastic bowl. I don't like to add essential oils to my food processor since the scent will stay on the plastic bowl. Then add a few drops of your desired essential oil. Use a high-grade essential oil since it will be going in your mouth. I added 3-5 drops of spearmint eo. Mix well.
  5. You are done! Place it in the container of your choice and use just like you would regular toothpaste.
I find this toothpaste to be sweet enough but if you are used to mainstream toothpaste it might take some getting used to. You can also experiment with different ratios to find a sweetness level that works for you.

P.S. This post may be linked up with the following blog hops: Monday- The Art of Homemaking MondaysMostly Homemade Mondays, Tuesday- The Homestead Blog Hop, Wednesday- The Homemaking PartyHomestead Blog Hop, Thursday- Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Friday- From the Farm HopAwesome Life Friday, Saturday- Simply Natural Saturdays.

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