This month's favourite is my homemade toothpaste. Toothpaste annoyingly comes in plastic tubes and if it doesn't it's more expensive or contains ingredients that are not that great. A cheap and good alternative is something I've been looking for, so I did my research.
There are some alternatives to toothpaste in plastic containers. I got myself a charcoal powder toothpaste half a year ago but then found out that you shouldn't be brushing your teeth with charcoal every day because it's too aggressive and abrasive for your teeth!
I found out that most people use coconut oil as the base for homemade toothpaste, together with baking soda and then add essential oils that are not too aggressive for your teeth. Spearmint is softer than peppermint (if you use peppermint, be careful and start with less). Alternative flavours are orange and cinnamon (as essential oils). Avoid too aggressive essential oils because those can also kill off the good bacteria in your mouth, for instance never use lavender or tea tree essential oil in a toothpaste. If you want to see my easy toothpaste recipe with only 3 ingredients, click here (it will take you to my instagram post).
However, baking soda can be aggressive for your teeth and gums, especially if you have more sensitive teeth. It also has a weird taste so I much prefer my toothpaste with clay. Since I have quite sensitive teeth, the clay toothpaste works best for me. I add cinnamon as it is antibacterial and has a sweet spicy flavour which is calming and comforting.
Why would you want to brush your teeth with clay? Bentonite clay is healthy for your mouth hygiene. It's rich in minerals (silica, calcium and magnesium) but not too abrasive for your teeth. It's alkaline and reduces acidity in your mouth, absorbs toxins really well and neutralises bad bacteria. Make sure you get food grade bentonite clay because you are putting it in your mouth, and you are never sure whether you have swallowed some clay or not.
Would I ever have thought that one day I'd make my own toothpaste and share it with the world? Nope. But I'm enjoying the process, and it's nice to be able to make your own household products, care products and food. You know at least the ingredients, where you get them from and whether you get them in a plastic container or not.
Have fun with the recipe and brushing your teeth. :)
DIY Vegan Clay Toothpaste
This toothpaste is perfect if you want to save money, save the world (no more plastic, thank you bye), and make your teeth happy. It's great for sensitive and normal teeth.
Does it keep? Yes it does - store in fridge. Keeps for a months in the fridge, 2 weeks outside the fridge.
5 Tbsp organic coconut oil 5 Tbsp food grade bentonite clay 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ginger powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 4-6 Tbsp distilled or filtered water
Avoid using a metal spoon for your clay! Use a wooden spoon instead.
1. Melt your coconut oil. Put in a container and stir in the clay, bit by bit, then add the baking soda, ginger and cinnamon. Lastly mix in 4 Tbsp of water and more if needed.
2. Keeps best in fridge. You can store most of it in the fridge and take a little bit out in a different container to keep in your bathroom. Apply on your toothpaste, ideally with a spoon.
Much love, Viki xx
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