In my quest to further reduce plastic in my life and the world, since toothpaste tubes are neither re-usable nor recyclable, I found this DIY toothpaste recipe on the Red and Honey website. I chose this recipe from all the hundreds of toothpaste recipes I ran across because it does not have baking soda, which can be too abrasive for the enamel on your teeth, and because I love the feeling of the coconut oil on my gums (and I am too lazy to do oil pulling on a daily basis), which is naturally anti-bacterial. After experimenting with a few batches I added my own variations.
Since switching to this coconut oil and clay toothpaste about two years ago, I’ve never looked back. Sometimes when I travel or run out of my current batch I use a toothpaste from a (plastic!) tube or baking soda blend, but not for long. My husband and I can’t wait to get back to our homemade toothpaste.
Not only does making your own toothpaste help us to avoid plastic, it is much less expensive than the “healthy/natural” toothpaste we used to buy, and it is easy to make. One batch lasts about two months.
There are a couple of things that took a bit of getting used to when we first made the switch. First, this clay toothpaste does not foam up like conventional toothpaste, but it still does the job. And, the sink needs a little splash rinse after spitting the toothpaste out, as it can build up otherwise. The very first time you use it, it feels weird, so give it a second chance before you decide if you like it.
Ready to give it a try? Here’s the recipe:
All ingredients can be found at most natural grocers and come in packaging that is reusable and recyclable.
1/4 cup bentonite clay
1 tablespoon non-GMO xylitol
1 teaspoon sea salt
Mix these dry ingredients together then add:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup boiling water
mix until hot water has melted coconut oil and wet and dry ingredients are combined, then mix in:
5-10 drops of therapeutic grade tea tree oil
5-10 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil
Store in a glass jar and apply to toothbrush with a small wooden spoon or popsicle stick.
Tips: Use a wooden spoon to mix all ingredients, as bentonite clay reacts with metal. You may adjust the amounts or change the types of essential oils you use (I use tea tree for its anti-bacterial qualities and peppermint for the flavor.)
Healthy teeth, healthy planet 🙂