Just what’s behind those pearly whites of yours? It turns out that most commercially available toothpastes are hiding a host of nasty ingredients. To polish your teeth the crap-free way, try out these DIY natural toothpaste recipes.
What’s Wrong with My Current Toothpaste?
Your current toothpaste might smell fresh, but chances are that some not-so-fresh ingredients are lurking. Many toothpastes include parabens, paraffin, sulfates, artificial dyes and triclosan. These nasty chemicals have many health risks including endocrine disorders, hormonal dysfunction, cancer and increased risk of diabetes.
The most controversial toothpaste ingredient by far is fluoride, which is also a main ingredient in rat poison! Fluoride has been shown to cause brain damage, thyroid dysfunction, and increase the risk of cancer. Further, flouride’s ability to prevent tooth decay has now been called into question, meaning that all of these risks are for naught!
So now let’s talk about the solution: DIY natural toothpaste that’s safe, inexpensive and crap-free!
This simple toothpaste couldn’t be easier!
- ½ teaspoon finely ground salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 drop peppermint, clove and/or organic orange essential oil
- Few drops of water
Simply blend ingredients in a small bowl to form a thick paste and brush like usual. This recipe is for one use and can be expanded for several uses, but be sure to store your concoction in the refrigerator and to toss it within 2-3 days.
A Taste of Paradise
This toothpaste incorporates coconut oil, which is both tasty and great for you, as we’ve covered before. If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add a few drops of stevia.
- 6 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil (above 76°F)
- 10 drops peppermint, clove or any citrus essential oil
Blend ingredients together until a thick paste is formed, and apply a pea-sized dollop to your brush. This recipe makes enough for a few days, but be sure to refrigerate it and discard leftovers within 2-3 days.
Many toothpastes contain glycerin for a thicker texture and to hold ingredients together. However, unless the glycerin is specifically labeled as vegetable or plant-based, it’s likely to be derived from animal products. Here at No Bull we support a cruelty free lifestyle, so this certainly doesn’t sit well with us!
- 2 teaspoons organic vegetable glycerin
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon guar gum
- 8 tablespoons water
- 5 drops peppermint, clove or citrus essential oil
Heat all ingredients but the essential oil in a pot on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. When the mixture achieves a paste-like texture, cool it and add essential oil to taste. This blend can be stored in a sterile jar at room temp for a couple of weeks.
These DIY natural toothpaste recipes will keep your teeth and gums healthy without all of the risks associated with conventional toothpaste. That sounds like a winning deal to us!