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Homemade Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste

Skip the harmful chemicals in many commercial toothpastes and make your own. This is a simple, inexpensive, odor-eliminating, tooth-whitening, and very effective formula from Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey, 2007) By Stephanie Tourles.

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark essential oil
A few drops tap water

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly with a toothbrush, your finger, or a small spoon until a smooth, thick paste forms. The paste shouldn’t be too runny; it has to stay on your toothbrush.

Dip your toothbrush into the paste and use as you would regular commercial toothpaste.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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6:52AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

I copied the recipe and will gladly give it a try, thank you for posting!

10:42AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing. I am going to try it .

6:16AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:48AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks for ..

2:39AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

I just think that its too much trouble for what its worth. There are many good natural toothpastes on the market ....but thanks anyway XXX

12:45AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

I wonder how long it lasts

12:37AM PST on Feb 23, 2013


3:34PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Thank you :)

7:46AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

I like your idea but i just use a little baking soda with a mashed strawberry. This easy concoction turns any teeth into dashing Pearly whites!!!!

3:48AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

good idea, i know baking soda is recommended a lot for whitening teeth, but i agree, it can be too abrasive to use each day, twice a day. also, many essential oils are not to be INGESTED so be careful you don't swallow any!

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