Plastic Free July: How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste
Making your own toothpaste is a great way to cut down on single use plastic waste in the bathroom. Natural toothpaste can also be purchased in bulk (BYO container), or in glass jars to eliminate single use plastic.
This Plastic Free July, have a go at making your own toothpaste - it is easy to do and you can involve the whole family.
There is a range of homemade toothpaste recipes available which can be adapted to your individual taste. Sodium bicarbonate is commonly added to help neutralise harmful acids and prevent the build up of plaque. Salt is also used in natural toothpaste recipes to increase saliva flow, encouraging the body to keep the gums clean, healthy and strong.
You can add a range of natural oils and flavourings to make your toothpaste more palatable - try vanilla oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, lemon peel, mint leaves or sage leaves.
● ½ cup of bicarbonate soda
● Enough coconut oil to bind into a paste
● Pinch natural salt
● Ground dried sage/essential oil to taste
Mix all ingredients to make a paste.
There are many reasons for and against making your own toothpaste. There is a growing pool of evidence that suggests toothpaste with added fluoride is not essential for healthy adult teeth, but we suggest checking in with your own dentist and considering your personal health journey when making these choices.