There are many ingredients in conventional toothpaste that I would rather avoid. Thankfully there are inexpensive ingredients available that are easy to find, allowing you to make your own. This is the simple recipe I use to make my toothpaste. It can take some getting used to as the active ingredient can taste a little salty, but this toothpaste is a great natural alternative to commercially available products. If you are after a sweeter version simply add xylitol which you can find at most health food stores and online.
To help you along on your zero-waste, chemical free journey here is my super simple, affordable DIY toothpaste recipe for you. This recipe is from the DIY home + Body section of my first book, self-titled, Natural Harry.
* When using essential oils in recipes such as this is it is SUPER important to make sure they are pure + certified therapeutic grade and ok to be used in your mouth. I love peppermint in this recipe and as with all pure essential oils, an extremely potent extract of a plant, less is more. You could always omit this ingredient but it does make all the difference and leaves your mouth fresh and minty!
Xylitol is the sweetener in this toothpaste recipe and at many places is sold in large granules so you may wish to whiz it in your blender and food processor first for extra smoothness.
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
20 drops food-grade organic peppermint essential oil
5 tablespoons baking soda
2-3 tablespoons xylitol (optional – but necessary as the active ingredient – baking soda – is very salty!)
You will also need
a small glass jar
Melt coconut oil in double boiler.
Add peppermint oil, baking soda and xylitol and stir well to combine.
Store in an airtight glass jar.
To use simply add approximately ¼ teaspoon of the mixture to your toothbrush and use as normal.
You may like to include a spoon or small wooden spatula with the jar. It makes it easy to scoop out of the jar and on to the toothbrush!
This recipe is one of many easy home and body recipes from my first self-published plant-based recipe book, Natural Harry.