Want to know why I’ve decided to share how to make a very easy natural toothpaste? I’ve been working on ways to get my teeth a little whiter, as drinking tea and coffee all day does not give you a Simon Cowell fluorescent white smile … so I started going over my teeth with a touch of bicarb of soda after brushing. After just a week, I noticed that my teeth did look slightly whiter and they felt amazingly smooth and lovely too.
So that made me think, it must be easy and much more sustainable to make a toothpaste, and guess what, it really is. You need three ingredients, which you will probably already have in your house.
How to make your own natural toothpaste
15g of bicarb of soda (just the sort you can buy at the supermarket)
15g of organic coconut oil (again, buy it at any food shop)
5- 10 drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil
a 30g glass or aluminium jar
Ready to make it? It’s so easy – just gently soften the coconut oil (by placing it in a warm place), mix in the bicarb and essential oil and once thoroughly mixed, scoop it into the jar.
When you are ready to brush, just scoop a baked bean size amount onto your toothbrush and brush as usual. It will not froth up (as it doesn’t contain sulphates) but it doesn’t really need to. It will still leave your teeth super-clean and white. And it does taste quite salty, but you are not swallowing it, just using it to clean and then spit out. It might take a bit of getting used to, but it’s so worth it.
Don’t forget to use a sustainable toothbrush too, a wooden or bamboo one would be amazing. Plastic toothbrushes are not recyclable and so those things will sit in landfill or be floating in the oceans for hundreds and hundreds of years. You can buy good toothbrushes here.
About the natural ingredients
Bicarb of Soda: naturally abrasive, and dissolves in the mouth, also is alkaline so will neutralise any excess acid in the mouth.
Coconut Oil: kills off bad mouth bacteria and yeast over growth, naturally whitens teeth.
Peppermint Essential Oil: masks the salty taste of the bicarb and it nice and refreshing.
NB Children might struggle with this toothpaste because of the very alkaline taste of the bicarb. And children under the age of 6 should avoid peppermint oil. You could always leave out the essential oil anyway, it’s just for taste.
If you need a lovely bit of lip balm to finish off your gorgeous new smile, then head over to our lipbalms and treat yourself to one.
I hope you love this easy recipe and do let me know if you have any feedback.