Twice a day everyday we all brush our teeth (at least I hope so). Toothpaste is a necessary staple item in anyone’s bag of toiletries, but not many of us stop to think about what might be in it. For me, I’ve always felt like toothpaste tastes too much like a minty dessert. Am I just rubbing sugar paste all over my teeth? There’s no way anything in this gel that somehow comes out in three perfectly separated colors is natural. Mint is natural, but I know mint and this ain’t it.
I’m not trying to be a toothpaste hater, but when it comes down to it, I don’t really care enough about it to stay loyal to it. I’m also not okay with gingivitis, gum decay or rotting teeth, so stopping with toothpaste altogether isn’t an option either. The main reason I don’t like toothpaste is that it comes in a tube that I can’t recycle. I don’t like this at all. I hate throwing things away. Every time I buy toothpaste, or anything disposable, I just picture myself running my hand down the aisle knocking everything off the shelves into a giant trash can. So where does this leave us? In need of a tooth cleaning solution that doesn’t produce waste and keeps us from losing all of our teeth before we’re thirty. Oh, and fresh breath would be nice too.
Enter this simple, quick and easy homemade toothpaste recipe that leaves your mouth feeling tingly clean (really). If you’re still reading this, then I assume you to be the kind of person who would be willing to try something new, even if it seems weird. I’ve always been hesitant with things like homemade beauty products that tell me to do such things like lather my face in straight up honey to help smooth my complexion. It doesn’t make sense to me, so I’m not doing it. I had this attitude about homemade toothpaste for awhile until I finally just gave in and tried it, and I’m honestly glad that I did.
I think it’s very important that I always tell you the truth. I’m not going to share with you a recipe I don’t like, a project that ends up breaking, or lie to you and tell you something is the best when it really isn’t. I know for a fact that this recipe isn’t for everyone and some of you might make it, hate it and sprint to the store for some blue sugar paste. However, I think there’s enough people out there who might appreciate and eventually embrace the differences that this recipe offers and never choose store bought toothpaste again. To all of you, I sincerely love you.
Before I share the recipe, I will share my honest feedback on its taste, texture and overall success. Let’s start with taste. Don’t expect this toothpaste to taste as sweet as the store bought kind. Although the peppermint oil adds an awesome freshness, there’s nothing added to this that makes it tastes sweet. It is in fact, a little bit salty tasting, but with a rush of fresh, cool mint that makes it bearable.
Texturally, this is not a squeezable paste. It is more like the consistency of very wet sand and it needs to be scooped onto your toothbrush, not squeezed (a fact my husband Chet struggles with). The baking soda has little granules in it that work to scrub your teeth, so expect a subtle graininess. It’s not too bad honestly, and to me, it makes me feel like it’s actually buffing my teeth clean without having to push really hard with my toothbrush. Another thing to note is that this toothpaste doesn’t get foamy. It will bubble a little bit as you start brushing, but it will not get anywhere near the thick foaminess of your average toothpaste. Con? I guess this depends on your personal foamy preferences. Word of caution, since it doesn’t foam up, you might find yourself drooling a little bit more than normal.
Finally, does it work? In my opinion, yes. I can honestly say my teeth feel and look cleaner than when I used to brush with everyday toothpaste. My mouth feels refreshingly sanitized and extremely minty. I always felt unsatisfied with how quickly the minty flavor would go away with my old toothpaste, but the freshness from this recipe stays with you for much longer.
If you haven’t took off screaming down the hallway yet, then get ready for a new, minty, and all-natural night time routine that will save you money, waste and finally give you a reason to use that tiny little mason jar.
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Mix the baking soda and peppermint oil in a small jar.
- Slowly add in the water to your desired consistency.
Nothin. Goose egg. Nuff said. Recycle your baking soda box and peppermint oil jar (both of which will last you a looong time) and call it good.
The average person goes through 3-4 tubes of toothpaste annually. If you’re a family of four, multiple accordingly and your waste quickly adds up. Although four a year might not seem like a lot, multiply that by your average lifespan and you’re looking at a lot of trashed tubes!