Toothpaste. One of those necessary household items that you probably never give much thought to after you toss it in the Target shopping cart. But have you ever thought about what your toothpaste is made of? Ever looked at the ingredients before you throw the box away? Yeah, me neither. Like, never gave it a thought whatsoever. It wasn’t until we started brushing the twins’ teeth that I even gave toothpaste ingredients a look. Let’s just say there are a lot of ingredients I’ve never heard of much less can pronounce. After a little digging, I realized there are some not so good things found in toothpaste, yes, even children’s toothpaste. Some of the most trusted “clean” brands have unnecessary chemicals. To think my kids could be ingesting these chemicals gave me an icky feeling. Because let’s face it–most toddlers start out just eating the toothpaste or at least sucking it off the brush. (What, your kids don’t do that?!? Hopefully mine aren’t the only ones! Haha!)
There had to be a better, all natural solution to junky toothpaste, right? After a lot of time (probably too much time) spent thinking about toothpaste, I took a stab at my own recipe. So far, it’s working out well and I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make. Chances are, you have most of the ingredients hanging out in your cabinets.
The recipe below is for a small batch that will last you at least two months, depending on how many kids you have. I started with this to see how it would go over with the natives. I didn’t want to waste a bunch of coconut oil if they were going to refuse it. To my surprise, they loved it and dare I say, they seem to look forward to brushing. Most nights we get a comment like “toothpaste tastes good!” or “mmm, toothpaste is yummy!” We are still working on not eating the toothpaste. :/
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda
1-2 packets of powdered stevia*
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
*You can also use xylitol as the sweeting agent. It’s actually better for the teeth as it’s made from sugar alcohols and does not stick to the teeth. The only downside is it is a little grainy. If that’s not a concern, go for it. I’ve made it both ways and my kids can’t tell the difference. If you go the stevia route, look for one that is organic or at least non-gmo.
Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth then transfer to an airtight container. It’s not necessary to refrigerate but do store in a cool place (like a bathroom drawer) to allow the coconut oil to solidify. I always taste it to gage the sweetness but as you do, just remember…toothpaste isn’t intended to be eaten so don’t expect it to taste great to your adult palate! I store ours in a glass baby food jar and apply to each toothbrush with a spoon to avoid bacteria contaminating the whole jar.
See–toothpaste doesn’t have to be full of bad stuff! And with this simple recipe, it’s an easy change–and one you can feel good about. So what do you think? Worth a try? Give it a shot and let me know what you think!