DIY toothpaste

The forecast today is cloudy with light snow.

Yeah right-

So I figured that this was the day to post an easy DIY recipe for toothpaste, since I’m out and I need more anyway.

Now, why make DIY toothpaste? There’s a couple of reasons that I personally have, the main being that I like to know what I put into and onto my body.

DIY toothpaste is easy and cost effective to make- though coconut oil is an ingredient and can be costly upfront, but in the long run it has worked out cheaper for me. Also, I did visit my dentist to see how things were going after a year long period of using this recipe, and I was told that all was well, no cavities or problems, but maybe that is not the case with you, each to their own, do what works for your body.

So, here’s the recipe:

You’ll need-

* A jar to store the toothpaste. I like sealed glass jars which you can pick up from Michaels or Hobby Lobby, I’ve even seen them at the dollar store.

* Coconut oil- unrefined and organic is awesome, even better if you can get it packaged in a glass jar. For today my coconut oil is packaged in a plastic jar because I have it left over.

* Baking soda.

* Extract. I usually use peppermint but today I’m trying vanilla. This gives the mix a bit of taste and scent.

So the rest is very easy.

1) Make sure that your glass jar is clean and dry.

2) Scoop four heaped tablespoons of coconut oil into the jar.

3) Add 8-10 tablespoons of baking soda

4) Mix, mix, mix

5) Add your extract and mix again.

Just keep in mind that the more liquid added to the mix, the thinner it becomes, so if it gets a little too runny, add another spoon of baking soda.

Seal into your jar and store in a cool dry place. Bathroom cabinet is great.

In terms of use-by dates, this mix will last me about three months or so and I have not had any problems with it going bad.

Give it a try and let me know how you go with it.

Happy snowy clean teeth day folks!

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