If you’re anything like me, you enjoy finding new ways to bridge frugality and natural living. For the past year I have been on a journey to better health. One aspect of this journey has been to start intentionally replacing consumer goods with natural versions of common household goods. Our first experiment? Organic natural DIY toothpaste!
So you may be thinking, okay but it’s just toothpaste? Yes, that’s true. But there is also a undeniable link between natural living, nutrition, and oral health, specifically the ability of our teeth to remineralize and regenerate. To naturally, self-repair tooth decay.
There is a lot of emerging information about tooth remineralization, a process that until recently was thought impossible by leading dental industry physicians, that not only can the process in fact take place but for the most part, can be done at home. While the largest part of this process rests on the assumption of the personal eating the ideal diet of a no or low-grain diet, free from beans or nuts, limited in fruits and starches, but loaded with vegetables, protein, healthy fats, and one of my favorites, bone broth. There is also the assumption that good oral health care products are being used as well, and this is where the DIY toothpaste aspect of this post comes into play!
Over the past few months, with the help of natural toothpaste and a remineralizing diet, my teeth are in much better, healthier, cleaner-feeling shape than ever before. My teeth are whiter. My breath feels fresher. My sensitivity to hot and cold beverages has lessened, and I credit a lot of this transformation to making my own toothpaste blend.
Another bonus? As this DIY toothpaste is flouride-free, its safe on babies, toddlers, and those with thyroid problems as well.
While it goes without saying that making your own toothpaste will save you money, but it will also give you a feeling of accomplishment, knowing your just one step closer to removing all of the harmful ingredients commercial toothpaste bring into your home.
Oh and did I mention, it takes less than 3 minutes to prepare. Yeah, it’s that awesome!
So, here’s how to make DIY toothpaste at home:
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt (optional but great for root health)
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
- filtered water (add to desired consistency)
To make the paste:
- Mix together baking soda, charcoal powder, salt, and peppermint.
- Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.
- Store in a glass jar. Each member of our family has their own jar.
- When ready to brush, simply wet your toothbrush, spread as much paste as you like, and brush!
- Baking soda: $0.33
- Sea salt: $0.02
- Peppermint essential oil: $0.28
- Activated Charcoal: $0.13
- Filtered Water: $0.07 (per my town’s water cost monthly breakdown)
Cost: $0.83 for per each 5.3 ounce jar batch of organic, natural toothpaste!
While this amount may seem marginal for those who coupon or shop at dollar stores, for those of us who used natural products such as Tom’s of Maine Spearmint Gel®, which costs an average of $4.98 for a 5.2 oz tube, this is a savings of $4.15 per tube, or $49.80 annually (based on a tube per month breakdown).
That’s it, everyone! How easy was that to get rid of bad breath, germs, and help naturally clean your teeth! I hope you all enjoy it, and if you give it a try, please leave me a comment below!
Here’s to natural living,