Homemade Toothepaste – The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.
Have you been thinking of trying homemade toothpaste? Here’s a bit of insight to what you might expect.
For the last 9 months I’ve been making my own toothpaste. Because the amount of empty toothpaste tubes I was throwing away annoyed me.
I did collect them for a while and have still kept them for a creative project. But the sheer amount of empties was getting out of control! And I was running out of space to store them. So I decided to make my own toothpaste.
How to make your own toothpaste:
There are a few recipes out on the web. Mine’s based on this one here by Lauren Singer behind Trash is for Tossers.
In a nutshell you’re mixing up a “paste” with bicarb and coconut oil. It’is super quick if you have all the ingredients handy the entire process takes max 10 minutes.
Lots of recipes include a few drops of peppermint essential oil but I’ve left that out for the last 3 months. And added a pinch of cinnamon instead.
I switched out the minty flavour for the cinnamon because cinnamon is good for dental care. Something I learnt in Sri Lanka. Find out how organic cinamon is made here.
My Tips on making your Homemade Toothpaste:
- Use a 2:1 ratio of Coconut oil and bi-carb (Eg. 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to 1 teaspoon of bi-carb). 4 Teaspoons of coconut oil to 2 teaspoons of bi-carb lasts me just over a month. That’s for one person brushing twice a day.
- Use the back of the teaspoon to mix everything together. And store in a cool place.
- In winter don’t melt the coconut oil! This will split your mixture once it cools. The bi-carb will sink to the bottom of the jar and the oil will sit on top.
- In summer the mixture will stay in it’s liquid form if it’s too hot so you’ll want to give it a good mix before you use it.
My Tip on using your Homemade Toothpaste:
- For the first 2 months, I was scooping out the toothpaste with a spoon and placing it on my toothbrush. And brushing like you normally would. This was ok. But I found I had to brush longer to get rid of that “furry” feeling on my teeth. Then I stumbled on this video which explained a method called oil pulling.
- After swishing my toothpaste around in my mouth like you would mouth wash I spit it out in the sink. Then dry brushed my teeth. This new way of brushing worked better for me. And my teeth don’t feel “furry” anymore. I guess you need to try a few things to workout what’s best for you.
What’s it been like using homemade toothpaste?
After the first week of using it I had such sore teeth! It felt like I’d gone to the oral hygienist. And she went to town on my teeth with that hook thing that scraps out all the gunk! My teeth were so sensitive. I was ready to give it up. But I pushed through.
I also found I couldn’t eat as much sweet stuff as before. For example, it was impossible to finish a single scoop of chocolate ice-cream. I found it sickly sweet and my teeth would start to ache. (Not such a bad thing😜)
After three weeks the pain stopped. And I was back to normal. Still couldn’t eat lots of sweet stuff though!
The taste and texture are interesting. If you decide to not use the cinnamon or essential oil the toothpaste is super salty. It’s pretty salty with added flavour too. But without it. It’s like downing a jug of sea water!
It took me a long time to get used to it. 6 months to be exact. Sometimes it set off my gag reflex 😐 And sometimes I couldn’t get it out of my mouth quick enough.
But after switching to the oil pulling method it’s gotten much better. 9 months down the line I can say I’m quite happy with my homemade toothpaste. And will continue using it until my teeth fall out!
Will you try making your own toothpaste? Have you done it before? I’d love to hear your results. Send me an email ✉️ and tell me your story 👉 firstname.lastname@example.org