Homemade Toothpaste: Cheap, Easy, and All Natural
There are several reasons homemade toothpaste is a great idea. There is no law that says that you have to go buy the commercial stuff at the store, and you may actually be harming your health by doing so. While commercial toothpastes have an ingredients list that rivals the items on a mad scientist’s grocery list homemade toothpastes are all natural and you control what goes in them. Best of all you can make them taste good.Making toothpaste at home is not that difficult and really only takes a few moments. You don’t need that many ingredients and can mix it up in a small container with a cover. Store it on the medicine cabinet shelf or in a drawer and you are good to go
Potential Toxins in Commercial Toothpaste
Everything has stuff with weird chemical names in it these days, have you noticed? Do you really want to brush your teeth (or your child’s teeth) with sodium laurel sulfate? Sodium laurel sulfate is a foaming ingredient. It gives your toothpaste the ability to foam up and make you look like a rabid dog. The thing is no one ever said foaming got your teeth cleaner than not foaming and sodium laurel sulfate is known to be a skin irritant. How harsh is it? It is used as a commercial engine degreaser.
While fluoride is necessary for strong teeth during childhood it is categorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a toxic drug. Fluoride is listed as being "more poisonous than lead and slightly less poisonous than arsenic" in a 1984 issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products. In fact, fluoride has been used as an insecticide as well as a rat poison. Yay.
Most people get city water which has fluoride added to it. There is no need to add to the fluoride intake by using it in toothpaste as well.
Preservatives are added for long shelf life. Usually these are methylparaben and ethylparaben. Parabens are known to cause cancer of many types.
And finally? Sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners like saccharin, thought to be a carcinogen.
All together now, “ick”.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipes
Homemade toothpaste is inexpensive. It takes pennies to create and it has none of the suspect ingredients. If your child gets too much of it he won’t get sick and you won’t have to call poison control (Yes, many toothpaste tubes carry that warning). You won’t feel bad about all of the money that just got squeezed out of the tube.
Basic Homemade Toothpaste
- ¼ c baking soda
- 1 tbs glycerin
- 10-15 drops peppermint oil
Mix together and keep in a cool, dry place
Glycerin Free Toothpaste
This one uses stevia for sweetening.
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1/4 c baking soda
- pinch stevia
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- 5 drops cinnamon oil
You can vary the flavors of your homemade toothpaste by adding any of the following for the peppermint oil –
- cinnamon oil
- clove oil
- wintergreen oil
- anise oil
About twice a week rinse your mouth out with hydrogen
peroxide after brushing for healthy gums. That's it. Yep... it is that easy. Clean, healthy teeth and gums don't have to be expensive or dangerous.
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