I have been buying a few different types of toothpastes over the years because well, as we all do, I brush my teeth. A clean mouth is imperative to be rid of that 'not so fresh feeling' and of course, maintaining oral hygiene.
One part of purchasing toothpaste that I don't enjoy is the packaging that encases the paste. It seems like such as waste. I'm not a big fan of packaging in the first place and so the less I can contribute to the landfill problem, the better.
This recipe is so simple and so cheap. There are just three key ingredients. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, anti fungal and antibacterial. Bicarb soda is a slight abrasive and acts as a remover of plaque. The mint oil leaves your mouth feeling fresh. You also get the chance to recycle old jars and make them as pretty as you like. I love any chance to put delicious and unique experiences in jars.
In a jar, this mix will last a fair while, however, the texture of the mixture will change with the weather as the coconut oil softens in the heat and hardens in the cold. Right now, my mix is rock hard as it's the middle of winter here. That doesn't matter much as I just rub my toothbrush up against the mix. You really don't need much to get a good clean for your teeth.
Plus the whole jar cost me less than two dollars and will last for a very long time.
Time: Ten minutes.
Makes: A cup full.
- One cup of bicarb soda (aluminium free).
- 6 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
- A few drops of peppermint oil.
Place all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix well. Place in a clean jar.
To use, dip or rub your toothbrush into the mix. You shouldn't need much, as I said. Feel free to add more or less peppermint as you so desire. You may also wish to play with the amount of coconut oil you use, depending on what the weather is like in your area. Happy teeth brushing!