As my family has gotten more and more into the zero waste movement, we have also gotten more and more into making our own personal care and beauty products. The next time you are in Target or Walmart, just go into one of the personal care aisles and count how many things are packaged in plastic. It is unbelievable! Sure, some of it can be recycled, but some of it can’t. And toothpaste tubes are among the worst offenders for “can’t be recycled.” That’s why it’s a really good idea to start making your own and storing it in a glass jar. That way, you are creating less plastic waste and are silently communicating to manufacturers that plastic packaging isn’t cool.
But that’s not the only reason why you should start making your own toothpaste. You should also start making it in order to save money. Why should you spend $3 or $4 for a tube when you probably have most of the ingredients to make your own toothpaste already lying around your home? Save those dollars for something you actually do want to spend them on!
Oh, and if neither one of those reasons of those reasons is motivation enough, how about this? Most drugstore toothpastes actually contain harmful ingredients. For example, have you noticed that many actually have a warning label, telling the user not to swallow right there on the packaging? That is so crazy to me. It’s toothpaste! There’s a very good chance that it will be swallowed! AND many drugstore toothpastes contain ingredients that may be actually creating tooth decay, not preventing it. According to Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay,
[T]he use of certain toothpastes (especially those with fluoride) could create harmful effects and even promote cavities. Glycerin is added to toothpaste to give it its “pasty” consistency. Supposedly, glycerin requires 27 rinses to remove from the teeth. And this could create a barrier on the teeth that would prevent teeth from getting harder and stronger.
Many, many brands of toothpaste, even most “natural” brands, contain glycerin. So play it safe, save some money and the environment, and make your own. And to help you out, here are five awesome DIY recipes that you can try out:
Cinnamon Flavored Remineralizing Toothpaste
Remineralization is the act of building of the enamel, making teeth stronger and harder. In other words, doing the exact opposite of grocery store toothpastes. Some people say that remineralization is impossible, but I am living proof that it can happen you are diligent about it, and my dentist has verified this. So if you are interested in strengthening your teeth, you gotta try this recipe.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Activated charcoal seems to be all the rage right now and for good reason. It can do lots of things, but among them is the ability to whiten. So if you are interested in a brighter and whiter smile, then check out this really simple recipe. Just be prepared to clean your sink really well after each brushing!
From Maple Alps.
Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste
I love this recipe from Brittany. Do you know why? Because it only has three ingredients. Three! And I could probably make a batch of this toothpaste in less time than it would take me to walk outside and get into the car in an effort to get to the store. Now, how is that for convenient?
From The Pistachio Project.
Herbal Remineralizing Toothpaste
Here is another remineralizing toothpaste, but this one relies not just on bentonite clay but also on spirulina which is high in calcium and phosphorus. So this paste has double the remineralizing power (and a super good green color)!
From Growing Up Herbal.
Kid Friendly Strawberry Toothpaste
Don’t just make toothpaste for yourself. Make it for your kids too! This is a really simple and delicious recipe, guaranteed to be loved by your little one. Actually, go ahead and make this one for yourself too. I won’t tell anybody!
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money.
So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like:
All-Natural Beauty DIYs
All Natural Personal Care DIYs
Healthy Living DIYs
So there you have it! Five different toothpaste recipes for you to try out. And now I want to hear from you! Which one was your favorite? Do you have another recipe that you always use?
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