Earlier this month I read Plastic Purge by Michael SanClements. I won't go into detail about how unsettling most of the information was in there. There was a little blurb on things one can make themselves to reduce waste and plastic consumption. One of them was toothpaste, which I have been wanting to try for a while. I am going to overlook the fact that the ingredients themselves come in plastic containers just like purchased toothpaste. Either way it is super simple and satisfying to make!
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- peppermint essential oil to taste
- stevia powder to taste
Gather your ingredients. You will want a container to put your toothpaste in. I used a glass jar (surprise surprise!) I put my half cup of baking soda in the jar already.
Pour your hydrogen peroxide in.
Add your stevia powder and the peppermint oil. I added only about 1/4 teaspoon of stevia powder and about 3 drops of the peppermint oil. Once that is done mix it up.
I usually give mine a mix and spoon it on to my toothbrush. I think if you want it a little thicker just add some more baking soda to make it more pasty. I recommend doing that after the toothpaste has settled for about a few hours, so you can see how much to add. You know that feeling after you've been to the dentist and your teeth feel all polished and clean? That is how I feel after I use this to brush. It isn't crazy minty like store bought toothpaste, but maybe that could be remedied with adding more oil. It does get very bubbly during brushing time, so sometimes it can be a bit messy. This is the second time I've made it. I usually use this in rotation with our other toothpaste.