As a zero-waster, you want all your products to come waste-free. I've been struggling with toothpaste because I highly value my tooth hygiene and was never sure whether homemade toothpastes can really clean your teeth that well. I didn't want them to fall out after all.
So I started my research into toothpastes that are vegan, chemical-free, and zero waste that people actually use for a long time. And out of all the recipes that I've read through, this is a simple three-ingredient recipe suitable for adults that I came up with. I read that if you want to make a toothpaste for children, use a toothpaste recipe with other essential oils than peppermint because it's so strong or don't use essential oils at all.
3 Ingredient Toothpaste
This zero waste toothpaste recipe is ideal for vegans, those who love natural products that are chemical-free and for everyone who cares about our planet.
Servings: 30 or more
Description: Vegan, chemical-free
Does it keep? Yes, keep in jar with lid
Prep Time: 5 min
3 Tbsp coconut oil
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (if you use a softer essential oil like orange, lemon, cinnamon, you can use more than 10 drops, max 20)
1 Tbsp baking soda
1. Mix everything together and put into your jar. Close with lid and store in bathroom.
2. Apply with a spoon on your bamboo toothbrush to keep it all hygienic.
After doing my research, I found out that coconut oil, peppermint essential oil and baking soda is the most used recipe. However, I also found out that peppermint is quite a strong essential oil that, if used in excess, could kill bad and good bacteria in your mouth so I reduced the amount of peppermint oil that I used in this recipe. Baking soda is also quite strong and if you have sensitive teeth, you might find this recipe is too harsh for your gums and teeth. Therefore, I made a sensitive teeth toothpaste too that I love using. This recipe will follow soon.
Also, how is futuristic February going for you so far? In case you haven't heard of it yet, it's a challenge to collect all your waste that you accumulate during the month of February to then take a photo of it and post it on instagram. This creates awareness of how much you actually waste and after you know how much waste you make, you can then reduce it. I find it very interesting so far, I create waste which I wish I wasn't but I have reduced it so much over the paste couple of years which I'm very proud of. It's such a nice feeling to know that I'm developing and taking steps to help reduce waste on this planet.
Much love, Viki