I love simple DIY recipes – and I mean, simple. As much as I love the thought of literally whipping up my own body lotion or eye cream, I don’t often have the time to do it.
Toothpaste is a commodity that we use everyday. This little concoction is what we’ve been using in our home for the last two years, ever since I bought some from my local friend at Homemade on the Homestead, (still where I purchase my whipped body butter!) and I decided to try to make it myself.
Baking soda assists with plaque removal and is antimicrobial, which helps to prevent infections in the body. The coconut oil makes the blend less abrasive, and the peppermint oil gives it a lovely, fresh taste.
Dipping your toothbrush into the concoction may take a little getting used to, but once you’ve adjusted, you’re likely to be hooked. My partner is so into this recipe, he thinks all other toothpastes taste strange now. Lucky for me, this toothpaste recipe is three ingredients and takes about twenty minutes to make, aside from occasional shaking during the firming process.
- 3 oz coconut oil
- 4 tsp. baking soda
- 30-45 drops of peppermint oil (depending on personal preference)
- Using a spoon or a spatula, fill a 4 oz. canning jar nearly full of coconut oil.
- Place a lid on the jar, and close firmly. Submerge most of the jar in a pot of water on the stove, and turn the heat to medium.
- Continue checking the jar, removing when the coconut oil is thoroughly melted.
- Remove jar from heat using tongs, and use a towel to carefully unscrew lid.
- Add baking soda and 30 drops of peppermint to start (you can always add more peppermint later, depending on how strong you prefer the peppermint flavor).
- Stir with a spoon until all lumps have dissipated.
- Place lid firmly back on jar, and set upside-down on a towel.
- Every ten-fifteen minutes, gently shake the toothpaste mixture, and reverse positioning (upside-down to upright, then upright to upside-down), to ensure all of the baking soda does not settle to the bottom of the jar.
Once the ingredients have firmed – place in your bathroom and prepare to revolutionize your toothbrushing. Scrub gently until you’ve adjusted to the texture, and then marvel at how wonderfully clean your mouth feels afterward.
*Quick tip for whitening: Making a paste of 1 tsp. of water and 1 tsp. of baking soda and smear on teeth for five minutes once a week.