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5 Homemade Toothpaste Recipes Put to the Test

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Toothpaste #2

Recipe:

  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 drop essential oil (spearmint, peppermint, orange, cinnamon, etc.)

Mix ingredients with a small amount of water to form a thick paste.

Experience:

Generally better than plain baking soda but significantly saltier. Peppermint oil adds some mintiness and a slight tingle on the lips.

Notes:

Use your favorite essential oil to “flavor” this super-salty mix. Salt is purported to whiten teeth as well as add some cleaning power to a toothpaste mix. The one thing it adds for sure is—you guessed it—saltiness. Be sure to use finely ground salt to prevent scratching the teeth and gums.

Toothpaste #3

Recipe:

  • 2 tbsp. dried lemon or orange rind
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 tsp. fine salt

Grind the rinds to a fine powder in a food processor. Add baking soda and salt and blend thoroughly. Store as a dry mix, applying small amount to a wet toothbrush for each brushing.

Experience:

The lemon imparts a faint but pleasant flavor and noticeably counters the saltiness of the baking soda and salt. Same slightly metallic finish as with the plain baking soda toothpaste.

Notes:

I used lemon rind, but orange would likely work just as well. This is my overall favorite in terms of experience. However, I would certainly ask my dentist before brushing my teeth every day with ingredients from a citrus fruit.

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8:53PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

coconut and tea tree oil toothpaste sounds interesting.. thanks for the info

10:13PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Interesting.

5:12AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

ok

why not

6:49PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thank you

10:00PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Store bought toothpaste contain toxins including flouirde and SLS, avoid whenever possible!! I make a homemade toothpaste by putting a little bit of organic coconut oil on my toothbrush and then a couple drops of tea tree oil on top. Works wonderful and is 100% natural!! I have NEVER had a cavity in my whole life!!

1:27AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

interesting

9:33PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I agree, stick with my tooth sensitive paste now that I read this.

5:38PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

These sound way too much like recipes for cleaning products... I think I'd rather start buying ready made toothpastes that avoid SLFs and all those other harmful things in conventional toothpastes.

7:05AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

you only need floride when you are very young for developing teeth. did you know that floride is a rat poison?

5:55PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

I never knew one could brush with Dr Bronner's!

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