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Why make your own toothpaste?

It saves you money, gives you a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, and allows you to leave out all the harmful ingredients commercial toothpaste is made of. And, it takes five minutes or less to prepare.

Simple Ingredients

Cost Breakdown & Savings

Here is the breakdown in cost analysis for 5.33 oz of homemade toothpaste (same amount as one tube of our old toothpaste):

  • baking soda @ 16 oz = $1.00 | 2/3 cup is 5.33 oz which = $0.33
  • fine sea salt @ 22 oz = $2.00 | 1 tsp is .17 oz which = $0.02
  • peppermint extract @ 1 oz = $3.00 | 2 tsp is .33 oz which = $1.04 | Better yet, use peppermint essential oil @ 1 oz = $13.00 | 15 drops = $0.28!

**Note** you can use as much or as little peppermint or other flavor as you wish. Add the flavoring little by little until you reach an amount you enjoy.

Prior to making our own, we were using Tom’s of Maine Spearmint Gel® costing an average of $5.00 for a 5.2 oz tube.  Based on the calculations above the same amount of this homemade toothpaste will cost between $0.63 and $1.39 for 5.33 oz, depending on how much flavoring is used.

The cost savings will be between $4.37 – $3.61 per tube!

Aside from cost, there are many other benefits of homemade products.  By making this toothpaste not only are we cutting costs by upwards of 300%, we also know the exact ingredients and count time spent as fun, educational, and useful for all involved!

Making Homemade Toothpaste

Remember, each batch yields the equivalent of one 5.3oz tube of toothpaste which you can store in a small storage container somewhere close to your toothbrush. When you are ready to brush, simply wet your toothbrush, scoop or spread as much paste as you like, and begin brushing.

1.  Start with these ingredients:

Baking soda

water

sea salt

Peppermint Essential Oil or any other Gourmet Essential Oils you might like

2.  Mix together baking soda, optional salt, and peppermint. Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.

That’s it!   You’re done.  Now go brush your teeth for goodness sake!

A few FAQ’s and answers:

  1. Isn’t baking soda abrasive? No, on the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) scale baking soda is MUCH less abrasive than commercial toothpaste.
  2. Are essential oils safe for consumption? First, you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste. That said, some may run down our throats – and most essential oil providers are legally obligated to print, “not for consumption” on their packaging – but we use it with confidence. Here’s our line of thought: would you rather put the essential oils of a mint plant in your mouth or commercial toothpaste that has poison control warnings on every package? We know what our answer would be, but we always encourage people to do what they’re comfortable with.
  3. Where should we store the paste? In a container of your choosing close to your tooth brush. We prefer to use essential oils in our toothpaste, which should be stored in glass. We use a small glass jar, and store out of heat and light so oils don’t degrade.
  4. Should we each have our own container, or can we share with others in our family/roommates? If germ buggies bother you then get your own container… if not then don’t worry about it. My husband and I share one.
  5. How do we get it onto our toothbrush? Simply wet your brush, scoop or spread on some paste, and brush away.
  6. Does this really work? Yes. I actually like it better than store bought and find it gets rid of bad breath better than any toothpaste I have ever used.
  7. Where do I get the ingredients? At pretty much any store, or you can buy them online through the links above.
  8. Is this toothpaste bad for me? No. But that is just my opinion since I am not a dentist, and because these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. That said… all ingredients are commonly used products and otherwise regarded as utterly safe.
  9. What about fluoride, don’t we need it? Not in my opinion. Research I have done reveals fluoride as a toxic poison. Dentists typically say it is beneficial when applied to the teeth of children, but I encourage you to do a little research of your own… I’m guessing you’ll come out holding the same opinion as mine.

There are so many ways to make homemade toothpaste. We encourage you to find the proportions and ingredients for a toothpaste you’ll love.