In a couple of days my toothpaste will run out. It is quite common knowledge (among the zero waste community) that toothpaste tubes, the kind we buy in shops - are kind of unnecessary. Not to mention half of the somewhat unnecessary and dubious ingredients that go into commercial toothpastes such as your colgates and aquafresh's.
(Heres looking at you Fluoride and Micro beads)!
So now seemed like a good time to try make my own with ingredients backed by science and that I can trust to not have a negative environmental impact . . . Here is how I did it.
Firstly you need a sterilised jar or similar non disposable and long lasting container.
(To sterilise first wash your bottles/jars/containers and then place in a clean oven preheated to 120 degrees for 15 to 20 mins. Making sure to remove the rubber seals).
And then its time to begin!
- 1 Sterilised container with an air tight lid.
- 1 Mixing bowl or jug
- 2-3 tablespoons of raw coconut oil
- 1 and a 1/2 Tablespoons of baking soda.
- 20-25 drops of edible peppermint oil.
(If you unsure about the peppermint oil make sure to ask some staff for advice, the last thing you want to do is consumer aromatherapy oil by accident and make yourself ill).
1) Add the 2-3 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
2) Add the 1 - 1/2 Tablespoons of Baking soda.
3) Add the 20 - 25 drops of Peppermint oil
4) STIR!!!! Stir really well to make sure that your not just brushing your teeth with lumps of coconut oil or baking soda. (In the next image it has melted, which is fine. The jug was stll warm from sterilising it and caused the coconut oil to melt).
5) If the mixture has melted slightly. Either now, or perhaps later on when it has been placed on a particularly sunny windowsill in your bathroom. Pop it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until it resets. And then give it a little stir again. Likewise, if it has set hard in the cold. Microwave it for a short amount of time.
Once all these steps have been taken. That is it, it really is that easy. To apply it, just grab a small pea sized globule and apply it to your toothbrush, then away you go. Clean teeth and the satisfaction of a job well done.
(Its also worth noting, it doesn't go off/mouldy at all).
In terms of cost for ingredients.
- coconut oil. £4.99
- Baking soda. £1.20
- Peppermint oil £2.99
All of these ingredients are enough to make many many batches of toothpaste, which is worth consideration when shop bought toothpaste can cost anywhere between £1.00 - £5.00 anyway. I believe in the long run you have actually saved money by making this.
And lastly how does it taste?
Actually not that bad! It is minty, fresh and tastes a lot better than a few other toothpastes I have tried in my time. It doesn't have the ability to lather up, but after you are done, it really does feel like it has done its job. Overall I would give it 8/10 for taste.
This toothpaste recipe was borrowed from another blog I have been following for tips and tricks called Trash is for Tossers. Its a great blog and really worth checking out for ideas on how you might improve your lifestyle.