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You’ll want to brush your teeth so often when you discover how easy it is to make your own toothpaste. Plus, it’s inexpensive, and yummy too! Experiment with essential oils for fun, refreshing, unique flavors, it’s up to you.

TIME: 5 minutes
MAKES: about half a tube of toothpaste
COSTS: less than $1

INGREDIENTS:
6 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 tsp liquid or powdered stevia
2 tbsp organic coconut oil or 4 tsp vegetable glycerin
10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil
Other essential oils we like: cinnamon, clove, lemon, vanilla, wintergreen (avoid if pregnant), or fennel.

EQUIPMENT:
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Airtight container

DIRECTIONS:
1. Measure out and place ingredients into a small jar.
2. Stir until it looks like toothpaste.
3. Add a dime-size amount to your toothbrush and scrub away.

TRY THIS:

  • Skip the liquid ingredients and make a simple tooth powder with 1 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon stevia powder. (Note: This one isn’t going to taste as good.)
  • If you have inflamed gums, try subbing aloe vera for the glycerin.
  • Add more or fewer of these basic ingredients to craft a version all your own. (Be sure to keep notes for the next time you make it.)
  • Want it mintier? Add a few more drops of peppermint oil.
  • Want to double up on antibacterial ingredients? Add cinnamon, clove, lemon, or oregano essential oil.
  • If you choose the coconut oil route, you are adding antibacterial properties as well.
  • Want it frothier? Add a dash of castile soap.

PSSST:

  • Can’t live without fluoride? Have your dentist prescribe it to you in gel form and use along with the homemade paste.
  • Make sure all the ingredients, including essential oils, are food grade. (Check for a white “supplemental facts” box on the back of the label. This means it has been tested and approved to ingest in small quantities.)

WASTE NOT:

  • Buy your baking soda in bulk or in cardboard boxes and your glycerin and coconut oil in glass jars.
  • If you’re switching over to DIY toothpaste before you’ve emptied your store-bought tube, save it for when you travel and need something lighter and more compact than a glass jar!

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