Mrs. Money: Save Money, Live Green – Make your Own Toothpaste!

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Commercial toothpaste can be expensive and contains many toxins and chemicals you probably don’t want to put in your mouth.  If you look into purchasing all natural toothpaste, it gets even more expensive!  To ensure that you are using all natural toothpaste, consider making your own.  It is very easy and inexpensive to make! 

There are a few options for making your own toothpaste and I’ll share with you a few of my favorites. Commercial toothpaste can be expensive and contains many toxins and chemicals you probably don’t want to put in your mouth.  If you look into purchasing all natural toothpaste, it gets even more expensive!  To ensure that you are using all natural toothpaste, consider making your own.  It is very easy and inexpensive to make! 

There are a few options for making your own toothpaste and I’ll share with you a few of my favorites.

Using Baking Soda

You can use plain old baking soda as toothpaste.  Just dip your toothbrush in a small jar and get a tiny bit on the head of the toothbrush.  I wouldn’t use more than the size of a dime, because too much baking soda can be abrasive and you don’t want that!  I’ve had a dentist tell me once that it’s not really the toothpaste that’s doing the majority of the cleaning, it’s the action of the bristles.  Use your toothbrush for at least two minutes, ensuring that you’ve covered all four quadrants of your mouth.  Rinse well after using baking soda.

Using Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap

I’ve read many different places about using Dr. Bronner’s all natural soap as toothpaste.  I’ve personally used it in a pinch when we’ve run out of toothpaste.  It works well, but it takes some getting used to.  Once you get past the initial shock, it’s smooth sailing.  Your teeth will be squeaky clean.

Make your Own Toothpaste

Making toothpaste uses just a few ingredients and takes only a couple minutes. 

Mix together:

  • 4 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 2/3 tsp. Salt (I used pink Himalayan sea salt)
  • 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin (I got mine at the grocery store in the pharmacy area, but you can get it from Amazon if you can’t find it locally .)
  • 30 drops of Peppermint Essential oil (I got mine locally, but again you can find it on Amazon).

Store in a container with a lid and use just like regular toothpaste!  It works very well.  I’ve used this every day and it makes my teeth nice and clean and my breath minty fresh!

Would you make your own toothpaste?

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  1. Allegra.Ringo

    4 years ago

    Interesting idea! I’ve read that using toothpaste that has an abrasive in it and no fluoride can damage your teeth, though. Can you speak to that at all?

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  2. MrsMoney

    4 years ago

    dealtown- I would agree with the abrasive being damaging to the teeth. I’ve been very careful with how much baking soda I put in my toothpaste because of that. :) Now, the fluoride I think is poisonous and I try to avoid it at all costs. Of course, I am a little weird about things like that, so you’ll have to do your own research. ;)

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  3. savingtools.com

    4 years ago

    My dentist recommended baking soda toothpaste for gingivitis control and it worked wonders. Like you said, it’s the toothbrush doing the cleaning, no the paste. I bought a sonic toothbrush at my dentist’s urging (rebate thank goodness, they’re pricey) and my cleanings take half the time now.

    On to my question! Can you offer a price estimate on the cost of those supplies to make the tooth paste? Aren’t essential oils expensive? What about the veggie glycerin?

    And to add my own tip: use an old toothpaste tube by cutting off the sealed end and rinsing thoroughly. Put your homemade toothpaste in a plastic bag, cut off a corner and use it as a pastry bag to fill the toothpaste tube. Then use an iron to seal the end back up. Experiment with heat setting – too hot and you could release toxic fumes. Place a sheet of wax paper between iron and tube to prevent any transfer onto the iron.

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  4. MrsMoney

    4 years ago

    Billeater- The essential oils are a little pricey, but you can actually buy peppermint oil from the baking section of your store for a lot cheaper! The glycerin was pretty inexpensive. I can’t remember how much though! That’s a great idea to reuse a toothpaste tube!

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