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Friday, November 12, 2010

natural toothpaste

I have long been disenchanted with the ingredients in toothpaste.
I have searched high and low for many years for a suitable natural alternative.
I would be quite happy to brush my teeth with plain bi-carb soda, unfortunately other family members don't like this idea.
I thought I had found a suitable natural toothpaste for my family and we used it for some time, but I then did some research and found that the philosophy behind the company that made it was incompatible with our family's beliefs, after this I just didn't feel right about purchasing their toothpaste.
So I decided to have a go at making my own.
I searched on the net and found several recipes I thought I might try.
I looked for recipes that used only a few ingredients and that were quick and easy to make.
The first attempt was with the recipe listed below.
While it was good some of the children complained about the saltiness of it and one doesn't like mint flavouring- he wanted orange!
So in the second one I left out the salt and made one with orange essence and one with peppermint, I also added some stevia from the health food store for some sweetness.
They like the toothpaste and are happy enough to use it.

So with just 4 ingredients I have made toothpaste for my family that is easy and very cheap to make.
While I know that glycerine is not a natural ingredient I needed something to make it similar to commercial toothpaste, if someone can suggest an alternative I am open to any ideas.

Here's How:
1.        Mix three parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with one part table salt (sodium chloride).
2.        Add three teaspoons of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of dry mixture.
3.        Add enough water to make a thick paste. If desired, a few drops of peppermint oil may be added to improve the taste.
4.        Apply and use just as you would any other toothpaste. Store unused toothpaste at room temperature in a covered container.
This is the original recipe, I just took out the salt and added a few drops of stevia.

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  1. Sounds good Deanne. Where did you source the bottles to keep the paste in?

  2. I searched for ages to find something suitable, most containers were either too big or too dear. I finally found a travel pack at Woolworths, 4 little containers to put your stuff in when you go on holidays. They are a perfect size and were only a couple of dollars.

  3. Thanks Deanne, I will have a look.


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