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Homemade And Natural Toothpaste Recipes

Making your own toothpaste may seem like a gross idea. After all, toothpaste manufacturers know things about teeth you don’t, right? They must know some alchemic magic that can keep your teeth perfect forever.

Actually, making homemade toothpaste is surprisingly easy. It also saves money, cuts back on packaging waste, and you can customize the taste of the toothpaste better. The ingredients can be easily found and provide similar cleansing and germ-busting properties as commercial toothpaste. Read on to find several methods for making homemade toothpaste.

Bentonite Clay Recipe

Bentonite clay works as a natural polisher. It’s a type of clay that consists of the ash of volcanoes and is reputed to have strong antibacterial properties. It’s also full of minerals like zinc and calcium. Combine one part filtered water to two parts bentonite clay, two parts coconut oil and a dash of sea salt. Mix in a bowl, and add more water in small, gradual amounts if you want a creamier consistency. You can also add an optional teaspoon of xylitol, which is reputed to prevent tooth decay.

Add the essential oil of your choice to taste. Peppermint is a natural choice, but you can also try oils like rosemary or cinnamon. All of these have natural antiseptic qualities. You’re used to that minty freshness after brushing your teeth, but who knows, cinnamon may be your new favorite toothpaste flavor. You’ll need to store mixtures with oils in glass containers out of the light to protect the oils.

Baking Soda Recipe

One of the most popular ways to make homemade toothpaste is simply by combining baking soda, sea salt, water and essential oil. Mix about a cup of baking soda with a dash or two of sea salt (the sea salt is optional). Add 15-20 drops of essential oil; again, peppermint is the most popular. Slowly add filtered water until the mixture is the consistency of your choice.

Stevia Recipe

Stevia is a natural, plant-based sweetener, so you can add a dose of sweetness to your toothpaste without the tooth-rotting effects of the usual sugar. Slightly melt or soften a cup of coconut oil, and then add a few handfuls of baking soda, a few packets of stevia and 30 drops or so of the essential oil of your choice. Again, store in a glass jar away from light and let cool completely before use.

Castile Soap Recipe

Castile soap is a home remedy renaissance ingredient. It can do it all. For harnessing Castile soap in toothpaste, use one part liquid Castile soap to two parts baking soda, five parts calcium powder, three parts coconut oil and three parts xylitol. Combine the dry ingredients, and then mix in the wet ingredients. Also, add essential oil to taste/scent. This is a good recipe for those with sensitive teeth, and it could even re-mineralize teeth.