In my continued series about sustainability and wasting less, I wanted to address toothpaste. Apart from the tubes being difficult to recycle (as they are usually made with #4 plastic, you first need to check to see if your local recycling program deals with that and then you need to actually clean out the inside of the tube before recycling), many brands often have a lot of additives in them. Without getting too complicated, I wanted to see if there was an easy way to make “natural” toothpaste at home, DIY style.
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As it turns out, making toothpaste at home is really quite easy, and likely makes use of several household products you might already have. While a lot of people prefer to add peppermint extract to theirs, I simply adore the bright scent of eucalyptus. As eucalyptus has been found to have antimicrobial as well as some levels of antioxidant properties, it certainly has a some added elements as well, apart from scent alone.
It should be noted that baking soda is quite salty in taste- in fact it surprised me when I first tasted it, hence why I’ve added some Stevia powder to mix in as you see fit. Along those lines, unlike “regular” toothpaste, this will not foam up so keep that in mind when you start brushing away!
DIY Make at Home Toothpaste
In a small bowl, or the container you wish to store the toothpaste, mix together the coconut oil and baking soda with a small spoon until combined. Add in the essential oils and stevia powder (if using) and mix until combined.
Store in a sealable container and use daily!