How to make your own toothpaste
One of the first things we wanted to do on our zero waste journey was to start making our own toothpaste. Why? Quite a few reasons,…
1. Toothpaste tubes are almost impossible to recycle and are most likely to end up in landfills and/or the ocean.
2. The ingredients that traditional toothpaste is made of are, at the very least, controversial. A quick google search will show you different studies on some of them, like triclosan, for example, a chemical made to reduce bacteria. This particular ingredient was banned from some products in Europe back in 2011 but not from toothpaste. So, until proven that they cause no harm to our bodies, we’d rather stay away from it.
3. Making your own toothpaste IS CHEAPER than buying pre made tubes.
Do you really need anymore reasons?
So, now that we are finally settled in Bali, it was time to get to it. Here are the ingredients we used:
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil (You can change this with any other essential oil that you may like or have easier access to)
How to make it? Couldn’t be easier. Get a glass or stainless steel container; mix both the coconut oil and baking soda and add the the essential oil drops. Mix again all three ingredients and…voila! Your toothpaste is done!