DIY TOOTHPASTE WITH XYLITOL
In this blog post you will learn to make an organic, vegan and zero waste toothpaste which is a great alternative to conventional toothpaste that comes in plastic tubes that typically end up in landfill. Plus, it’s super quick & easy to make!
The ingredients we will be using to make our all natural DIY toothpaste are:
- Organic coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Peppermint essential oil **(Please note whether you can take the oils both externally and internally)**
WHY ARE WE USING THESE WONDERFUL EVERYDAY INGREDIENTS?
Coconut oil has natural antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory & antifungal properties and actively protects the teeth against cavities, which is why it forms the base of many homemade toothpastes.
The alkaline nature of baking soda neutralizes the pH of the oral cavity. This chemical also has mild abrasive properties to remove stains from teeth.**Disclaimer However, use less and a limited amount otherwise it can damage enamel.**
Xylitol is a natural sweetener & will sweeten the toothpaste to balance out the naturally salty flavour of the baking soda. It also has many oral health benefits and cavity-fighting properties of its own! Xylitol not only rids the mouth of harmful bacteria, it actually promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria.
Peppermint oil has been proven to be extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria which causes gum disease. It also provides a refreshing and cooling feeling for your mouth. Other essential oils may be used such as eucalyptus or tea tree oil, which again hold antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties. **(Please note whether you can take the oils both externally and internally)**
DIY TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENTS:
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DIY TOOTHPASTE:
Melt the coconut oil on a low heat using a double-boiler method. You can do this by putting the coconut oil in the glass jar that you will store the toothpaste in, and then placing the jar into a pan of lightly, simmering water.
**DISCLAIMER Be careful with the hot water**
Remove from heat once melted and stir in the baking soda. I like to use an upcycled chop stick for mixing all the ingredients together.
With a pestle & mortar, crush the xylitol into a fine powder so that it will easily dissolve in the coconut oil.
Add the Xylitol to the coconut oil & baking soda mixture. Add the essential oil and give the mixture a good stir.
Place in the fridge for 10 minutes so it just starts to solidify but is easy to give it another good stir so that the baking soda doesn’t settle in the bottom of the jar.
Now your DIY toothpaste is ready to use!
HOW TO USE YOUR DIY TOOTHPASTE & EXPECTATIONS:
Use a small spoon or bamboo spatula to scoop a small amount on your bamboo toothbrush. This is a mineral rich and non-foaming formula so it won’t foam up! You might also find it a bit salty at first due to the baking soda, but the xylitol really helps to balance this flavour.
The coconut oil consistency might fluctuate so if it's too hard, you can run the jar under hot water, or if it's too soft in summer months, simply pop it into the fridge for a short while!
It may take a little time to get used to but once you’ve made the switch over to homemade & zero waste toothpaste, you will begin to see the rewards of being able to trust your toothpaste & see the benefits of impressive natural oral healthcare made from simple natural ingredients!
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