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!



Linking up to the "Homestead Barn Hop"

28 comments:

7 Eagles said...

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

Carol J. Alexander said...

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.

Carmi said...

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.

Joy said...

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! :)

Ellen said...

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!

Jeanette said...

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

Naturally Anita said...

Will deffinately try this recipe! So simple and fun!

Sarah said...

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!

Sarah said...

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. :)

Sarah said...

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! :)

Sarah said...

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!

Sarah said...

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!

Sarah said...

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!

Sarah said...

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

Jacinda @ Growing Home said...

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

Nabila Grace said...

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)

Sarah said...

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!

Sarah said...

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!

A Heart of Praise said...

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:).

Sarah said...

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!

Amanda said...

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

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

Sarah said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Sarah said...

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.

Maddy said...

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.

Maddy said...

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! :)

Sarah said...

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

Ken Robinson said...

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.