In this Recipe, we are going to see how to make homemade toothpaste.
Making your own or homemade toothpaste gives you the peace of mind of knowing the ingredients you put into your mouth and having 100% natural toothpaste, practical, with few ingredients, easy to make, and without plastic packaging.
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- Four tablespoons (tablespoon size) virgin coconut oil
- One teaspoon (brown teaspoon size) baking soda or white food-grade clay
- Five drops of essential oil of peppermint, eucalyptus, or spearmint, for food use (optional and to taste)
Mix all the ingredients, and that’s it! Easy right?
I tell you some more things:
- Make sure that the bicarbonate you use is nutritional since, although we are not going to eat the pasta, it is inevitable that we can swallow a little or that there are remains in the mouth. Also, the internal use of baking soda is more refined.
- You can melt a little the coconut oil in a water bath to better mix the ingredients if you want since this oil solidifies above 25 degrees, although it is not necessary.
- The texture and flavor are very different from traditional pasta. If you use baking soda, the taste is salty. If you dislike it, you can use clay, which has a more neutral flavor.
- Contrary to many recipes that I have seen on the Internet, I add very little for several reasons in which they use more baking soda than coconut oil. First, because coconut oil is already antibacterial, it prevents cavities and kills the bacteria that cause bad breath. And second, because bicarbonate is abrasive and using it in large quantities is not highly recommended due to its effect on enamel. Therefore, instead of adding three tablespoons (soup) (which is what is usually used), I add only one teaspoon (coffee).
- Regarding the essential oil, I use eucalyptus for internal use. Remember that it will contact the mouth, so it is better to buy it for food use, like bicarbonate. Although you can also use it for other external things, I use it to add to the homemade cleaner that I make for the bathroom.
This paste lasts about six months, using it daily by three people. It spreads a lot because it cleans very well, and very little is enough.
Baking soda can be found in a paper bag or bulk at bulk food stores. They sell coconut oil in a glass bottle that you can reuse later. And the essential oil also comes in glass, although it is not an essential ingredient. We also use hydrophil brand bamboo toothbrushes that come without plastic in the packaging and love how they clean.
Things to Keep In Mind
Coconut oil solidifies above 25 degrees. Sometimes small traces of oil can fall down the drain and adhere to the pipes, and as it accumulates, it can become clogged. If this happens to you, you can pour a squirt of vinegar down the drain, let it work for a while, and then pour hot water.
As you can see, it is straightforward and fast to do, with few ingredients and natural. Although in the case of cleaning the teeth, brushing is more important than the paste itself.
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