Homemade toothpaste is not something that jumps to mind when we think about living in a more sustainable way. It’s easy to forget that a lot of chemicals, water and energy go into making millions of those tubes every day.
Making the move to a homemade version is not only healthier for your family, but for the planet too. Wellness Mama have a great recipe for homemade toothpaste that is also squeezable, so you get all the goodness of homemade, convenience, and pearly whites – all in one handy solution!
5 Tablespoons Calcium powder
3 Tablespoons Xylitol Powder- This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
4 Tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)
2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay or you could use additional Calcium powder
3 Tablespoons Distilled Water or slightly more to thin
40+ drops of essential oils of choice: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Oregano, Lemon/Lemongrass
Optional: 20-30 drops of trace minerals
Mix all ingredients except clay in a mini-food processor and mix well to incorporate.
Once smooth, slowly add in the bentonite clay and mix by hand with a plastic utensil (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal).
Done! Now store in a small jar or a squeezable tube like a Gotube.
Due to the nature of the coconut oil, this homemade toothpaste will be thicker when cooler and thinner when heated but should be a squeezable consistency at normal room temperature.
If it is too runny or too thick, try adding more water or calcium to get desired thickness. Use essential oils to taste.
Use as you would regular toothpaste.
There’s no doubt you will need to familiarise yourself with some new ingredients, and it’s not as easy as simply plucking your toothpaste from the shelf in the supermarket. If you really do want to make the change to non-shop toothpaste however, simply follow the recipe, make a batch, and have your supply ready to go. Happy brushing!