A few days ago I discovered that we were running low on toothpaste. We don’t use Crest, Colgate, or any of those main brands, we generally use Tom’s of Maine or Trader Joe’s toothpaste because there is no sodium lauryl sulfate in them. I didn’t want to spend $4 on more toothpaste, so I decided to improvise. I’m kind of scared of using straight baking soda as toothpaste, so I decided I’d make a recipe with items I had on hand.
Here’s my toothpaste recipe:
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
10 drops of peppermint essential oil. (You could also use cinnamon or spearmint)
I stirred them all together in a glass container for about 5 minutes. It looked about the consistency of toothpaste. I tried it out, and while it didn’t foam (doesn’t bother me), it did an excellent job of cleaning my teeth! I think once we run out completely I’ll rinse out the old tube of toothpaste, put my toothpaste in the tube, and use one of those toothpaste squeezers on the end to keep it in. It should work very well.
Not only does this keep money in our pockets, it keeps chemicals out of our mouth and water. Win-win!
By the way, Mr. Money informed me after I got done making it that we do have some extra toothpaste in the basement in my storage area. Thanks, honey.