I just made my own homemade toothpaste and I want to share the recipe with you. I am slowly (so slowly really) taking charge of my health by taking what I call baby steps towards the world of organic and natural lifestyle. Two weeks ago I blogged about my homemade deodorant made of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and cornstarch. My husband, my teenage daughter and I still use it and we think it’s the best deodorant we’ve tried, and the safest, too. Hubby is amused that I am concocting my own toothpaste and even suggested I research about homemade mouthwash for him.
For the past few months that I’ve been reading health blogs, I noticed that many of the American health bloggers are growing their own vegetables by organic farming, buying animal meat and dairy from organic farmers and making their own toiletries and beauty products. I am impressed. There seems to be no health blogger here in the Philippines who is doing that. (Or maybe I haven’t yet met one… so hello, whoever you are that’s also into DIY-ing natural personal and home care products, may I know you?)
Family and friends know me as one of the smilingest persons around. Got that from my parents who are also the smilingest folks in town. Just look at them.
You know, you can always get away with anything with a smile. A smile cheers up, breaks ice, disarms and charms.
Up until lately, I have so taken for granted the act of smiling. Smiling just comes naturally to me. Until. I. Chipped. My. Tooth. And front tooth at that! It happened when I bit into kaldereta (goat meat stew) at a church fellowship. It’s then that I started becoming self-conscious when I smile. Like there was a mental brake somewhere which says, “Don’t smile too much, your chipped tooth is showing.” I don’t like it. And no, it’s not that I am vain. I’m way past the age for silly vanity. I just want to smile confidently for relational purposes.
It’s then that I realize that maybe the reason why some people are not very smiling is because they feel self-conscious with their smiles. Maybe they, too, have some faults and cracks somewhere in their teeth.
My chipped tooth (which hubby says is not noticeable, though I doubt it) is what prodded me towards researching on dental care. My head is reeling with all the new infos I’m learning. (For instance, would you believe that commercial toothpastes really weaken the teeth and have other harmful effects?) So please stay posted this week and the next.
Here are the ingredients for my natural, homemade toothpaste. I got this from diynatural.com, an American site. Yet again, I had to tweak it a bit because their recipes call for certain essential oils which are not available here in the Philippines. These three are the ones that I can find in my city—virgin coconut oil, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. All three are safe. No artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. So here goes my homemade toothpaste.
In a small glass mixing bowl, measure 3 parts baking soda. (A part could mean a teaspoon or a tablespoon, it all depends on you. I used tablespoon.) Baking soda is safe enough to eat and should be safe enough to brush with. Baking soda is a safe and natural cleaner and deodorant and, by virtue of its abrasive texture, serves as the gentle tooth-scouring component in this homemade toothpaste.
Make a well in the center of the baking soda. Measure 1 part virgin coconut oil and pour into the well. Virgin coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which is transformed inside our bodies into monolaurin which in turn has potent antimicrobial activity. VCO is the germ-fighting component of this homemade toothpaste and also serves to tone down the bite of salty baking soda.
Measure 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is said to be the secret ingredient in professional tooth whitening jobs. It is also a safe antiseptic. Hydrogen peroxide is thus another germ-fighting, tooth whitening and foaming agent in this homemade toothpaste.
Stir everything. I just used a spoon.
And here it is—my homemade toothpaste. Au naturel, my dahlings.
I stored my homemade toothpaste in a cutesy glass bowl with an easy-to-seal plastic lid.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
- 3 parts baking soda (gentle abrasive)
- 1 part virgin coconut oil (antimicrobial, flavor and texture enhancer)
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide (antiseptic and foaming agent)
- Just mix everything.
This will probably last me (and you) a month. Cheap, eh?
You may also be interested in my homemade deodorant recipe.
Next up: my homemade toothpaste review. (I assure you, it will not be biased.)