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July 01, 2013

Homemade Toothpaste

So…today’s the day. Goodbye Google Reader, it was real and it was fun. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve made the switch to Bloglovin’ and, well, I’m lovin’ it. So, if you’re looking for a new reader, I would encourage it. Wanna follow me on Bloglovin’? Go ahead, it’s fun.

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A few months ago, my friend Lauren started making her own toothpaste. It’s totally natural and, more importantly, free of sodium fluoride (also found in pesticides and insecticides). Ever wondered why you shouldn’t swallow toothpaste?

All you need is coconut oil and peppermint oil.

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Here’s another good use for your jars from Goodwill! After you’ve sterilized a jar, place it in a bit of water on the stove. It just needs to be warm–if it get’s too hot, the coconut oil will liquify.

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Fill the jar with coconut oil and just 2 or 3 drops of peppermint oil and mix well. If it does liquify, just set it on the counter and it should solidify again. Mine did.

There you go!

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I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I feel conflicted. Thumbs up–I feel like it cleans well and my breath seems fresh. Thumbs down–it has a weird texture–it doesn’t suds in your mouth like regular toothpaste. But, is that really such a bad thing? I’m still on the fence, but I think it’s better than the alternative.

Do you use any homemade products? I’d love to hear!

Enjoying the Good Life,

Kendra

4 Comments

  1. I need to try this. Where did you find your coconut oil?

    Nicole
    settleinn.blogspot.com

    • goodwillsc

      I found it at my local grocery store, but I heard it is way less expensive at Trader Joe’s.

  2. Hi Kendra! I’ve been using baking soda as toothpaste for the past few months and have come to really like it. At first, we mixed it with coconut oil, but the oil felt odd in my mouth so I opted for tooth powder instead. Will have to see what the dentist thinks, but so far, so good.

    • goodwillsc

      Jelli, thanks for sharing! I agree with the odd feeling that the oil leaves. I may have to try tooth powder. Thanks!