Waste-Free Toothpaste

This weekend I was extremely busy with waste-free projects. I have to admit– once you start decluttering and moving towards less waste– it is hard to stop!

As I mentioned before, as products start to run out I am trying to replace them with waste-free or more waste-conscious alternatives. So this weekend I made toothpaste! Every year I go through about 4-6 tubes of toothpaste, and I have been throwing these chemical filled tubes into landfills to the tune of say, 132 in my life so far (rough estimate). This is something easy I can move away from–so I am trying out this recipe from the Modern Hippy Housewife: Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste.

I followed the recipe as described on her site, but here is an abbreviated breakdown with the images I took of the process.

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Simple list of ingredients: Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Xylitol, and Essential Oil of Choice

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First, melt 1/2 cup Coconut Oil in an inch of two of water using the “double boiler” method.

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Almost melted…

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Stir in Xylitol, Baking Soda, and Essential Oil (Stir for several minutes so Xylitol can dissolve)

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I let mine cool on the counter for several hours. You will need to stir it up one more time because baking soda moved to the bottom as it cools.

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Start brushing (see recommendation below)

Truth be told, the first time I tried this stuff I was sad. It is super salty on the front end, and then really oily and weird on the back end. But it is now day three of brushing and I am already getting used to both the taste and feeling. I actually feel like my teeth are cleaner, but do still miss the blast of mint that store-bought pastes have.

In order to get the best brush (for me), I have had to change things up a bit. How I brush:

1. Dip dry brush into paste.

2. Run paste under water.

3. Brush bottom teeth only.

4. Spit. Rinse (the brush). Repeat with top teeth.

When I do it this way, the oiliness of the coconut oil is easier to deal with because its not sliding all over my mouth. Focusing on top and/or bottom in this way also gets me a better clean (IMHO).

Give it a try! I might try tooth powder after this for comparison, but its really not bad at all, just an adjustment.

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