Living Zero-waste: Homemade Organic Toothpaste

If there is product that I really love ever since I started my zero-waste lifestyle , it’s my homemade organic Toothpaste. Seriously guys, this toothpaste is heaven. I totally adore it. 

Together with my homemade deodorant, this toothpaste is also one of the homemade products that I used when I started my zero-waste journey. That is because some of the ingredients were very easy to find and it is also very easy to create.

One of the perks of going zero-waste and switching to homemade products is that you always have the option to go organic and choose the safest ingredients you can find. That is important because, it cannot be denied that majority of the store-bought toothpastes have harmful chemicals in them. That is why I can absolutely say that I am not going back to my old favorite toothpaste. I am choosing not just a zero-waste but a safer alternative to my dental care!

Before we start, I would like to inform that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY toothpaste video here.

Alright, let’s do this!

Recipe Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp of Peppermint Essential Oil

Steps

  1. Put the 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to the mixing bowl.
  2. Follow it with the 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil.
  3. Mix them well together.
  4. Lastly, pour the 2 tsp of Peppermint Essential Oil.
  5. Mix them well together until they look like the picture above.

Where to Buy the Ingredients?

  • Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
    You can absolutely find them at any grocery store near you. So, no worries.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
    This ingredient made me look harder a little bit because not many stores here in Cebu City sell Essential Oils. So since I am from Cebu, I will be helping of course my fellow Cebuanos and Cebuanas first. You can directly buy from the following stores. I, of course, included the prices. You’re welcome. 😉

    • Human Nature (Capitol Branch) : Php 345 ~ Php 375 for 30ml
    • Young Living Essential Oils (Online Order) : Php 1,520.60 for 15ml
    • Basics2Bath (SM City Cebu near Supermarket Entrance beside a stairwell) :  Php 245 for 15ml

Tips

  • It is best to put the product inside the refrigerator because the ingredients tend to separate if exposed to a warm temperature.
  • If it is unavoidable to expose the product to a warm temperature, make sure to just use a stick or anything to mix the ingredients together every before use.
  • This toothpaste will be saltier than what you are used to. You may add 5 tbs of Xylitol Sweetener, if you have, to sweeten the toothpaste.

Pros

  • Package-free
  • Can absolutely clean your teeth and give fresh breath
  • Non-toxic
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Doesn’t lather that much compared to the commercial toothpastes that we’re used to. So, don’t be shocked.
  • You can’t easily control it when brushing so it  can get a little bit messy when you brush.

I actually enjoy living my zero-waste lifestyle because this allows me to think of alternatives to products that I normally use. It is very important for me to find alternatives for store-bought products because these do not only increase my solid wastes production but also expose me to more toxic. I love the feeling of being able to control what I put to the product that I use. It is also very cost-effective since I can make many more toothpastes with the ingredients that I bought. More importantly, using them can help decrease the solid wastes that I generate every month, if there are.

I hope you enjoy your cost-effective zero-waste toothpaste!
Please don’t forget to share your experience with this toothpaste on the comment section! I hope to hear your stories. If you have questions or suggestions, I would gladly read and answer them!

Thank you for reading,
D. M. P.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Living Zero-waste: Homemade Organic Toothpaste

  1. Like your passion. We’d like to change some things at home, if not all. With regard to this homemade toothpaste, where do you get your fluoride?

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