When I first saw a video about the making of toothpaste, I was fascinated. I always thought it was a complicated alchemical formula that magically made our teeth shiny and healthy, but I was wrong! In the end, I learned it’s just a few ingredients, and dental health is largely related to our mechanical work with a toothbrush.
Throughout my low-waste career I have tried many different combinations, and these are my two favorites:
Toothpaste with coconut oil
4 spoons of coconut oil
1 spoon of soda bicarbonate
1 pinch of pink himalayan salt
3-5 drops of essential oil (for taste)
Mix the ingredients together, apply the paste to your toothbrush, and enjoy! I keep my toothpaste in a glass jar, because essential oils can erode plastic containers. Another tip is that coconut oil by itself is also very beneficial for your mouth right after you wake up. Before brushing, you can swish oil around your mouth to vacuum up the toxins that your body works hard to eject during the night.
Tooth powder with clay
3 spoons of white clay or green clay
1 spoon of xylitol
1/2 teaspoon of soda bicarbonate
1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of milled cinnamon or clove
3 drops of essential oil (for taste)
Mix the ingredients together and dip your toothbrush into the jar. After I began using my homemade toothpaste, I realized I wanted some variety. I chose to research a toothpaste without coconut oil, and I found this tooth powder recipe!
This powder was a clear choice, because I already use these clays for my skin and hair, so I usually have them in the house. I really love how my mouth feels after brushing with this; so fresh and clean!
Please share your favorite recipes in the comments, or if you tried these at home.
Translation with the help of Ellie Farrier