Many toothpastes have sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in them to help thicken the product.
Not only are they unhealthy for our bodies, but they are also not good for the environment.
If you happen to be sensitive to SLS, prolonged exposure can cause a host of problems such as canker sores, skin irritation and dermatitis.
So if you want to brush with a much healthier paste, here’s a homemade toothpaste recipe that’s easy to follow.
If you don’t want to watch the video or can’t for some reason, directions are below.
- 6 parts baking soda
- 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 part melted coconut oil
- Xylitol or Stevia (optional for sweetening)
- Peppermint or Spearmint Oil (optional for flavor)
- Mix the coconut oil, baking soda and peroxide in a bowl.
- Stir in the sweetener of your choice
- Add 15-30 drops of your favorite oil.
- Store in an air-tight glass container to preserve the toothpaste
About The Ingredients
Baking Soda: Polishes teeth and removes surface stains
Peroxide: Brightens teeth
Coconut Oil: Kills the bacteria that causes gum disease, cavities and tooth decay
Xylitol: Prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth and helps fight plaque, cavities, etc. but does have side effects
Peppermint or Spearmint Oils: Adds flavor
Warning About Overuse of Peroxide and Baking Soda
Peroxide and baking soda are the ingredients that make this toothpaste whiten your teeth, however, you should not consume these products regularly.
Once your teeth are as white as they are going to get, use a regular toothpaste until you’re ready to whiten again.
Using peroxide and baking soda long term can be too abrasive for your teeth and can ruin enamel over time.
It’s one of those things you never think about when you’re under 50, but as you get older, your enamel will naturally thin out so you don’t want to start this process too early.
Thinner enamel means yellow or gray teeth so you want to be careful with your use of baking soda and peroxide especially.