Did you know that the average adult goes through approximately 20 gallons of toothpaste throughout their lifetime? Now think of how many toothpaste tubes are needed to contain those 20 gallons, multiplied by the number of people in the world. That’s a lot of waste that most people simply dump into the trash!
However, using just a few simple ingredients, you can actually start making your own toothpaste at home. Not only is it much cheaper than buying toothpaste at the store, but it’s incredibly easy to make and even tastes just as minty and refreshing as store-bought toothpaste. Here’s my easy recipe I’ve been using for years.
As I mentioned earlier, making your own toothpaste can be done with ingredients you may already have in your house. And if you don’t have these ingredients, they can easily be purchased at your local grocery store or health market.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon liquid stevia
- 7-9 drops peppermint essential oil
The coconut oil should be soft but not liquified. This, along with the baking soda and salt, will act as the base of the toothpaste. The liquid stevia and peppermint essential oil will give your toothpaste that classic sweet and minty flavor!
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, combining it into toothpaste is the easy part. The only thing you need to remember is to not combine the coconut oil until the end. Mix all of your ingredients into your jar or toothpaste container. Then slowly add your coconut oil until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
After this is complete, add additional stevia or peppermint oil to taste. While keeping this at room temperature should be alright, keep in mind that your toothpaste may turn into a liquid if your home heats up during the warmer months. Congratulations! You’ve just made your first homemade toothpaste and are actively working toward a more sustainable future for our planet. Also, feel free to take your new toothpaste on your next camping adventure, is it is nontoxic for the environment!