How to Make Your Own Baking Soda Toothpaste
Sure, store-bought toothpaste is convenient, but with that convenience may come chemicals that aren’t so great for your teeth. Try this super easy DIY baking soda toothpaste recipe instead.
When transitioning to a more au naturel beauty routine, toothpaste may be one of the last products you decide to switch up. Meanwhile, it’s by far one of the most important. The toothpaste options currently lining store shelves often contain icky ingredients like sodium fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), hydrated silica and triclosan, which might sound all scientific and necessary for strong and healthy teeth, but in reality they may do your teeth more harm than good.
SLS, the ingredient in toothpaste that gives it a foamy texture as you scrub, is particularly devilish. In a study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, researchers found that SLS penetrated the skin and underlying tissue after topical application. What’s worse, SLS has been known to be contaminated with carcinogens—not exactly the kind of substance you want seeping into your body.
The following DIY baking soda toothpaste is as natural as it gets, and is super easy to make. It offers all the perks of a refreshingly minty scrub—minus the artificial add-ins. While this recipe isn’t as potent in its ability to fight bacteria or whiten teeth, it serves its purpose for those of us looking for a way to keep our smiles bright and clean sans harsh chemicals.
Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe
Makes enough for one week
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
- 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
Combine the dry ingredients. Use the back end of a fork to whisk in the oil and aloe vera until the mixture reaches a paste-like consistency. Use just a dime-sized portion at a time.
You can also play around with the essential oils to create customized lip-smacking flavors. Enjoy!
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