User login

A Community of Green Bloggers & Activists

Making your own toothpaste

We are pleased to have a wonderful guest blog post by Alicia O of Jem's Room.  Cut down on plastic and make your own toothpaste.  

--

homemade toothpasteRecently I decided to get more serious about getting rid of unnecessary plastics and chemicals coming into my home. I looked around and pinpointed three things I could make on my own and store in reusable containers: liquid soap, furniture polish, and TOOTHPASTE.

I found several toothpaste recipes on the internet but couldn't find one that used the ingredient I really wanted to use, xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sweetener, a "polyol" (sugar alcohol) that is proven to have excellent dental benefits. It is used in sugar-free gums and in some toothpastes. I use it in baking in conjunction with organic sugar to lower the caloric content and glycemic index of my cookies and cakes (though I find if I try to use it on its own, without sugar, the end result is too gritty and not easily digestible).

I decided to come p with my own recipe. It took several attempts to get it to a taste and consistency that we liked, and we still haven't found a container for it that works as well as a toothpaste tube (I might try an empty frosting writer tube next), but this recipe has worked incredibly well to get our teeth clean! Please feel free to do your own tweaking to get it just right for your own family!

Xylitol/Baking Soda Toothpaste (bulk recipe)

1 lb bag of xylitol, powdered (in blender or food processor)
1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
Peppermint or cinnamon extract (optional)
Water or hydrogen peroxide (use sparingly...optional)

In large bowl, sift together powdered xylitol and baking soda. Mix in coconut oil a tablespoon at a time to achieve pasty consistency, and add several drops of flavoring (optional). If you're having trouble getting the consistency right add water or hydrogen peroxide half a teaspoon at a time. Don't overdo it, remember oil and water don't mix well, and water doesn't absorb xylitol the way it does sugar.

Pour mixture into your containers (we are currently using a body wash container with flip-top cap, but this isn't ideal). You may want to shake or stir mixture occasionally to maintain consistency and prevent settling. 

Please keep mixture away from children and dogs. In larger doses, xylitol may cause mild tummy troubles for children and adults (particularly those who aren't used to it), and it is far more toxic to dogs than even chocolate.

To read about my experiments and basic recipes for liquid soap and furniture polish on my blog, go here.

Happy experimenting! :-)