I am not sure if I am the only one, but buying toothpaste is so hard! I walk into the toothpaste aisle and instantly become overwhelmed. Do I want 12 hour? Tarter control? Whitening? Mint, spearmint or peppermint? How about fluoride or fluoride free? Sensitive? Paste? Gel? EEEKKKK
To make matters worse, I want a toothpaste that isn’t going to put toxic chemicals in my body or the bodies of my loved ones. It is too much for me sometimes, that I just run into the aisle as quickly as I can grab the first tube and run out (just kidding). Instead, I stand there like a fool until my kids start getting antsy and we just leave. Without toothpaste.
My new method for buying toothpaste is ordering it online. I go to my favorite all natural products site, look up toothpaste and then spend forty minutes comparing the selections against the SkinDeep database. No Green Washing is going to fool me!
Really it should be simpler….
So today I tried making my own toothpaste. I searched the internet and landed on this recipe from diyNatural. The ingredients are simple.
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 4 tsp fine sea salt (optional – gives paste extra scrubbing power, but is okay to leave out if the taste is too salty)
- 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or add your favorite flavor – spearmint, orange, etc.)
- water (add to desired consistency)