This zero waste toothpaste recipe is fast, easy, affordable and light on the baking soda (which makes it much more appealing to kids and adults alike).
To sweeten toothpaste:
Organic Erythritol http://amzn.to/2q0QOy7 (affiliate)
My zero waste toothpate recipe uses more coconut oil and less baking soda than some other recipes that I’ve found online. I’ve found that this ratio of oil to baking soda still produces the same fresh result, but with less abrasiveness and a more pleasant flavour.
I’ve had excellent mouth health since switching to this toothpaste a couple of months ago. My mouth is quite sensitive to sodium laureth sulfate, which is quite common in most commercial toothpastes. I find it irritating, and it can cause outbreaks of angular cheilitis (nasty looking red marks on the sides of your mouth) if your skin happens to be sensitive to it. It can even cause mouth sores like the ones you get from eating too many acidic foods. Of course, this toothpaste doesn’t have any of that. It also seems to protect my gums more than regular toothpaste. I don’t get cavities, but I do suffer from gingivitis, no matter how careful I am to floss. I’ve found that this homemade toothpaste actually seems to help with that, perhaps again because it doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals found in store-bought varieties.
And of course, the best part is that I’m not throwing toothpaste tubes in the landfill unnecessarily! And it’s so fast and easy – you’ll find it takes just a fraction of the time required to buy commercial toothpaste from the store.
Also, if you are a fan of oil pulling (and even if you haven’t tried it), I’d recommend swishing the liquid in your mouth for at least 20-30 seconds before you spit. Why? It helps draw out any food residues that might be left over and will leave your mouth spotlessly clean and fresh.
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Tablespoon baking soda
20-30 drops essential oil of your choice
1/8 teaspoon stevia or 1/2 teaspoon erythritol
Instructions: Combine! It really is that easy!