It’s an easy task to remove the toxins found in commercial toothpaste from your family’s life. Homemade toothpaste is the answer! I want to share our favorite recipes for homemade toothpaste with you. I’ve even got one for man’s best friend!
We began removing GMOs and toxins from our home and bodies several years ago. Finding replacements for personal care products was a challenge. We’ve made mistakes, which taught us valuable lessons, and put in many hours of research. It was certainly worth the gain of being able to make homemade products which work as well as those commercially made, I think better than.
What’s in commercial toothpaste that’s bad for me?
There are several ingredients found in almost every toothpaste I don’t want my family to have in their bodies.
The first one is SLS – sodium laurel sulfate. SLS irritates the eyes and skin. It’s toxic to our organs, neurological system and endocrine system. SLS is used in soaps, toothpastes, and many other products as a foaming agent. This toxin irritates the skin and eyes. It causes diarrhea and upset stomach.
Since it changes the pH in your mouth, it allows bacteria to grow. This environmental change allows mouth ulcers and bad breath to reek havoc.
Fluoride is usually the first toxin to spring into mind when you say toothpaste. During World War II, Hitler’s Germany used fluoride to poison groups of people they considered unwanted. Fluoride is known to cause developmental issues, reproductive, and brain disorders. It is particularly associated with damage to the endocrine system. Fluoride isn’t necessary to cavity prevention.
The xylitol from GMO corn and soy lecithin from GMO soybeans are ingredients which cause us great concern. Soy lecithin is the waste remaining in the bottom of the vat once soy oil has been “degummed.” As the waste, it contains the solvents and pesticides not carried over to the oil. Before it is used in our products, it goes through a bleaching process.
Xylitol is a sweetener alternative shown to cause diarrhea, elevated blood sugars, and allergic reactions. These reactions range from rashes to difficulty breathing and chest pains.
Glycerin prevents remineralization of teeth by coating them. If we read the labels, we’d discover it is in practically every toothpaste. Glycerin isn’t toxic and is used in other beauty aids. I simply don’t want my teeth damaged by the coating.
These aren’t the only ingredients raising my eyebrows in concern, but they’ve received the most notoriety in the toxic world of toothpaste. There is also the price to contemplate. Toothpaste prices have risen astronomically over the years.
Buying the ingredients for the recipe you choose may be more upfront cost. However, when you compare the amount of homemade toothpaste you can make from these ingredients to the cost of a tube of toothpaste, the cost of homemade toothpaste is cheaper per oz.
I’ve included links at the bottom of the post for where I buy my products to make these. Please be aware they are affiliate links. This means I make a small commission on any purchase you make at NO extra cost to you.
Homemade baking soda toothpaste
1 teaspoon fine real salt
2/3 cup baking soda
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil or your favorite flavor
In a jelly jar or a bowl, mix the real salt and baking soda. Add oil.
This recipe produces the equivalent of a 5.8 ounce tube. Wet your toothbrush when you are ready to clean your teeth, scoop out the amount you need and brush.
Using natural toothpastes will not feel the same the first week or so. Once you have used to them a few days, you’ll appreciate the the clean feeling in your mouth and your improved oral health.
*When buying essential oils for beauty and health aids, you must buy therapeutic grade oils. Essential oils for uses that are aromatic will not be equivalent to healing level oils.* I believe it is crucial that you use natural baking soda.
Homemade Earthy Paste
2 Tbs bentonite clay (draws toxins from the body through the mucous membranes)
2 – 4 Tbs distilled water
3 drops tea tree oil
10-15 drops peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, what ever flavor you like
1/8 teaspoon of real salt
4-6 drops of liquid stevia (optional – I don’t use it)
1. Begin by mixing the clay in a glass or ceramic bowl with 2 Tbs of water. Blend well using a plastic or wooden spoon.
2. Add tea tree oil, stevia, and peppermint essential oil mixing well.
3. Add salt, blending well again and taste. Adjust the flavor by adding water, essential oils, or Stevia one drop at a time. Remember, you can always add more, but you cant’ take back what you add.
4. Let the mixture sit for at least 48-72 hours. This allows the flavors to set well. I wait until this resting period has passed before I adjust the flavor.
5. Store your homemade toothpaste in a glass jar with a lid.
6. Be sure your lid is on tightly because the toothpaste will dry out. If you do accidentally let it dry out, you can rehydrate it by adding 1 teaspoon of water, mixing well, until you get your desired consistency.
When you’re ready to brush, wet your toothbrush and dip it into the jar. Brush as usual.
If you don’t want everyone sharing the same jar, you can always divide it into individual containers so everyone has their own. This will be an entirely different experience from commercial toothpaste. It’s one of our family favorites.
Home Made Coconut Oil Toothpaste – *Our toothpaste of alternative
6 Tablespoons coconut oil (I use organic expeller pressed)
6 Tablespoons of baking soda
20-30 drops essential oil of choice – we like the fresh feel of peppermint
Combine baking soda, Coconut oil, and essential oil blending well. I use a small jelly jar to store it in. Remember, coconut oil liquefies at 75 degrees F and above. It re-solidifies at temperatures below 75 degrees F.
Make sure you mix well before each use, if it has melted causing the oil and baking soda to separate. Just dip and brush. You may want everyone to have their own jars, especially with your children. My husband and I share a jar.
You know me, I can’t leave out The Pack. Human toothpaste is toxic to dogs because of the fluoride and other toxins. You could use any of these homemade toothpaste recipes, just be sure they have their own jar!
1Tbsp beef or chicken broth. You can use bouillon or homemade stock, this is just to make it tempting.
2 Tbs baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well. Dip your dog’s toothbrush and clean their teeth as usual.
This is easier said than done! For many it can be challenging. Since the toothpaste smells like a treat I think it makes the chore easier on them and me. I’m told vets say you should brush your dog’s teeth daily. I must say we certainly don’t do that.
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Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack