Monday, October 24, 2011

Homemade Toothpaste

There are so many different things that I would like to try to make and/or learn how to do someday . . . and little by little, my experience is gradually expanding and so many new things have been learned or done over the years: growing and drying herbs, canning and preserving produce, baking with whole wheat, making our own laundry soap, raising animals, quilting, crocheting, and more. And now something new has been added:

~ making toothpaste ~


As soon as I saw the recipe for it on this lovely blog, I knew I wanted to give it a try. And it was so simple, I don't know why I haven't tried this before!

We don't have any coconut oil, which the recipe called for, so I was planning to get some, but when I mentioned to Ashley that I was going to try this recipe, she quickly offered to give me the needed 4 Tbsp. from what she had. (Thank you so much, Ashley!) I also needed an essential oil so a
trip to the new organic grocery in town was made by Leah and I last week (and what a great store! We will definitely be returning.)

The ingredients were mixed up and the 'concoction' tried. I had prepared myself for how different it was going to taste from what I am used to and had determined that no matter what, I was going to use it. I will admit that the taste was . . . not the greatest. But I do like the toothpaste. A lot. It left my mo
uth feeling so nice, fresh and clean! And what's more, I know what the ingredients in it are and that they are all safe.


Homemade Toothpaste
Makes 4 ounces

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4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
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5 Tablespoons Baking Soda
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8-10 drops 100% essential oil
(I used spearmint oil and after trying the recipe, added about 5-7 more drops than what the original recipe called for. I was fine with using it as it was, but other members of my family appreciated just a little bit more. :)

Mix all ingredients together well and that's it!

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Another great plus was discovered after using the toothpaste just a few times . . . it whitens teeth! After just the second use, I noticed a difference. So with the trial run successfully finished, this toothpaste will definitely be regularly used now!



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28 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! Who would have ever thought homemade toothpaste would be so easy to make?! And we have LOTS of coconut oil, so I foresee giving this a try as soon as I can obtain some essential oil. Thanks, Sarah!

    Now...if you can provide an equally easy soap recipe and shampoo recipe, our cosmetic expenses will be ever grateful!:-)

    ~ Betsy

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  2. Visiting from the barn hop. I will try this. Even sounds tastier than what I use on occasion which is a mix of baking soda and real salt. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I've been toying with the idea of homemade toothpaste also. Currently we use the baking soda/peroxide type, which we really like. This will be close to that. Great easy recipe.

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  4. I was thinking of trying this, also, after seeing it on Amanda's blog and a few others! You've convinced me that I should give it a try, as I already have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing your experience with it! :)

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  5. Thank you so much for posting this recipe Sarah!
    Coconut oil is wonderful for the gums.
    I have peppermint oil and am going to try this for sure.
    Enjoy your day!

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  6. I saw this recipe recently and definitely want to give it a try--nice to know it whitens as well:-)

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  7. Will deffinately try this recipe! So simple and fun!

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  8. I know, I was really surprised at how easy it was to make, Betsy! When you do have the opportunity to try it, I hope that you like it. And you’re welcome in regards to sharing. :)

    Well, maybe someday soap and shampoo recipes will be shared here as well as I would like to try making both of those things someday , too!

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  9. Welcome to my blog, Carol, and thank you for your comment! I would imagine that this recipe would be tastier than the baking soda and real salt. Hope that you like it! And you’re welcome in regards to sharing the recipe. :)

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  10. I hope that this recipe works well for you, Carmi! It’s so easy to make and it seems to work very well, too. By the way, welcome to my blog! :)

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  11. I think you’ll like it, Joy! I’ll be curious to hear what you think of it. :) And you’re welcome for sharing about our experience with it so far!

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  12. You’re welcome, Ellen, and thank you for your comment! That’s good to know about the coconut oil . . . I am just learning about it so am not very familiar yet with its benefits and uses. I hope that you like the toothpaste!

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  13. Welcome to my blog, Jeanette, and thank you for your comment! And I hope that this recipe works well for you . . . have fun making it and trying it!

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  14. It is easy to make, Anita, and I hope the recipe works well for you!

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  15. Very neat! And that jar looks so much prettier than the store-bought tubes!

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  16. Oh! I had just seen the same post and wanted to make some! :o) Now I'm even more excited to make it and have gotten another friend wanting to try it as well! ;o)

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  17. Thank you for your comment, Jacinda! I rather like the look of the jar over the store-bought plastic tubes, too. It's funny how just the 'packaging' can make something more fun to use!

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  18. Have fun making it, Nabila! And I hope it works as well for you as it has for us. Hope your friend likes it, too!

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  19. Thanks for sharing this! I have quite a bit of coconut oil that I was wondering what to do with. I will have to try this.

    When I was little we used to brush our teeth with baking soda and peroxide mixed together. It really wasn't bad after you were used to it:).

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  20. You're welcome, Emily! I hope that it works well for you. :) I can't imagine brushing with baking soda and vinegar mixed together! They both have a rather strong taste. But as you said, it probably wouldn't be bad after you were used to it!

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  21. how in the ham sandwich did I miss this sweet post:)

    won't it make a lovely christmas gift?!!!

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  22. Your comment made me laugh, Amanda! Thank you for it. :) And yes, this would make a lovely gift!

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  23. My mom keeps a used spice jar full of baking soda next to her bathroom sink. As long as I've been alive she has always sprinkled a little bit of baking soda into her plam, coated her wet toothbruth bristles in it and brushed. And her teeth are so white and healthy!

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  24. Thank you for your comment, Anonymous! I have heard of people doing that before and my Dad grew up brushing his teeth like that, too. It sounds like it works well! It is amazing what a little bit of a very inexpensive ingredient can do.

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  25. Dear Sarah,
    Just found this post, and am very thankful for the recipe! We made a fairly complicated toothpaste a little while ago, and while it was effective, it was also costly because of the varied ingredients. Thank you for sharing this simple recipe! Hoping to make it soon.

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  26. The recipe turned out so well, Sarah! It is the best homemade toothpaste we've ever had :). Thank you again for sharing this. Our teeth feel clean! :)

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  27. I am glad that it worked so well for you, Maddy! And you're welcome for sharing!

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  28. This will be really helpful to me. I just don't have the budget to buy an expensive commercial toothpaste that will guarantee effectiveness and I know I'll save some money by using this recipe. Thank you very much for posting this.

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Thank you so much for your comment! Each one is enjoyed. :)