I've been making my own toothpaste for just over a year now. I love how simple it is to make and when I run out I can literally walk to the pantry to make some more. This recipe literally takes less than 5 minutes (quicker than ducking out to the supermarket) and it doesn't create any waste.
I think the biggest concern most people have with switching to a natural toothpaste is that it won't actually clean them, and will make their teeth go yellow. In reality, it's not the toothpaste that makes your teeth white or keeps them healthy. It's the bacteria in your mouth.
Having clean, healthy teeth and gums is only partly up to toothpaste, the other factors are; your diet, whether you floss, how much water you drink & how often you brush. Eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, sleeping with your mouth shut, tongue scraping and brushing and flossing all play into the health of your mouth.
If it's all to do with bacteria, then essentially any toothpaste that is anti-bacterial is going to be a winner. And a toothpaste without all the nasties of supermarket brands - even better.
Before I get into the recipe, I would just like to caveat that when making the switch from conventional sweet & minty toothpaste, the taste of this natural one will be quite a shock. It sort of tastes light minty clay which doesn't really sell it I know. But you'll adjust pretty quickly I promise.
The toothpaste I use is made up of 5 ingredients, which I'm able to get plastic free:
Coconut Oil: I buy mine in bulk glass jars from the supermarket
Bentonite Clay: I get this from the source (bulk foods store)
Bicarb Soda: Also from the bulk food store
Xylotil/Stevia: From the bulk foods store
Peppermint essential oils: These usually come in a glass bottle from the health food store.
(which lasts me around a month)
2tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp bentonite clay (mixed with 1tsp boiled water)
1 tbsp bicarb soda
1tsp xyolitil or stevia
10 drops peppermint essential oils.
First mix the bentonite clay & water together. Then mix in the coconut oil & zap it in the microwave for a couple of seconds if it needs melting. Finally, mix in the stevia, bicarb soda and peppermint oil.
Let it cool & harden into a paste. Then use it with your bamboo toothbrush day & night.
I wish you clean teeth and a plastic free