Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eco-Tip ~ Minty Fresh Baking Soda Toothpaste

Everything you'll need to make your own toothpaste!

Happy Tuesday all! J Today’s eco-tip is going to revisit toothpaste. I know I’ve been here before, but with me things are always achangin’ and I like to keep you posted on all of the new recipes that I find, adapt and adore! When I first began this journey towards perfect health I discovered that most all beauty care products and cosmetics are very dangerous stuff. Don’t want to believe that, do you? I know I didn’t. If you’re feeling brave, visit SkinDeep.org and see for yourself what nasties lurk in those products you use everyday. Cosmetics have virtually no restrictions, meaning companies can use whatever ingredients they want to achieve that shine, color or lasting durability. It’s pretty scary stuff when known carcinogens abound with no protection for the unaware consumer. So when I promptly threw out everything I owned (yes, that’s pretty much how I approach things!) I was left to figure out what we could safely use. I did eventually find a replacement for each and every bottle, tube or jar, but virtually nothing was available at my local Stop and Shop,  Walmart or even health food store. Thankfully, that still left me with the Internet, and over time I was able to locate and order safe alternatives. What that means for me however, is that I must stay on top of everything, all the time, so that we don’t run out and leave us all in a  lurch (as if I don’t have enough to do!). Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, all things we use on a daily basis. This past year I decided that although I was grateful to these companies dedicated to safe and all natural products, I was ready to do things on my own. No more shipping costs. No more ordering. No more waiting. Mother Nature to the rescue.

One day, on a quest for recipes, I was perusing the Internet for deodorant alternatives and I came across a toothpaste recipe that had me super excited! I tried it out right away and was quickly and deliciously hooked! It was sweet like a peppermint candy, minty, and left my mouth feeling clean, fresh and oh so lovely! Here’s my adaptation ~

Freshly made toothpaste and also the consistency above 75 degrees

Minty Fresh Baking Soda Toothpaste
3 heaping tablespoons of aluminum free baking soda
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
¼ tsp stevia

In a bowl combine the baking soda and stevia. Melt the coconut oil, add to the baking soda and drop in the peppermint oil. Mix well and store in a covered container.

How did the family react? From what I can remember both Taylor and Riley hopped on board right away. Jordan (my great resistor) took about 3 days to warm to it before she was in love. Scott was quite content to use up the rest of the Miessence toothpaste we still had on hand (hmmm, where did Jordan's resisting gene come from I wonder… ) until one day we were out. And I wasn’t interested in ordering more. I believe it took one solitary brushing before he was solidly and happily hooked. The consistency of this toothpaste will change with the weather, coconut oil is liquid above 75 degrees and solid below. I leave the container in a kitchen drawer and we just take a spoonful before we head up to brush. Take a minute or two to swish it around your mouth, through your teeth, over your gums (tastes delish!). Then brush gently. After each brushing I always rinse with a mixture of sea salt and water. This kills germs and bacteria and keeps my gums feeling fabulous. {Please note that this toothpaste is nothing like what you'll find in a traditional tube of toothpaste. Make sure to give yourself enough time to adjust to the new texture, taste and consistency.}

Consistency of toothpaste when below 75 degrees. Melts instantly once it meets your mouth. :)

Wondering what had me dumping that commercial tube toothpaste? Here are a couple of reasons why ~

causes skeletal problems, bone cancer, rashes, mouth sores
causes fluorosis (discolored teeth)
poisonous, formerly used as rat poison & insecticide, but stopped when found to kill the plants
never been approved by the FDA for ingestion
linked to lower IQ levels
98% of Europe has already banned fluoride in drinking water but 2/3 of American water is fluoridated
bioaccumulates in plants and animals

Causes cancer in animals
made from coal tar initially, but can now also be made from sulfur dioxide, chlorine and ammonia (hmmmm, sounds like they simply replaced toxic with toxic)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
skin irritant, carcinogenic and/or prone to contamination by 1,4-dioxine (carcinogenic),
linked to canker sores, lowers immunological response,
may cause reproductive and developmental issues

Synthetic dyes

FD&C Red 3
linked with thyroid tumors, behavioral problems, poor concentration, hyperactivity
a coal based dye and its use is restricted

FD&C Red 33
restricted use in cosmetics and not approved for use around the eyes (but okay in the mouth???)

FD&C Red 40
Banned in 8 European countries

FD&C Yellow 10 Lake
genotoxic (genetic mutation), development of tumors
believed to make children hyper, distracted and prone to tantrums

Here are a couple of articles if you're surprised about the flouride facts, after all most of us have been told our entire lives that in order to have healthy teeth and gums we need it, right?

And so, that is my eco-tip for the day. Whip up a batch of your very own toothpaste, your teeth and gums will thank you for it. Have a wonderful day friends, and happy, happy brushing! J

Peace & blessings ~ Melinda 


  1. Oh yes. I recently dug deep into SLS and SLES and had to throw out everything myself. Apart from the baking soda shampoo and apple vinegar conditioner, I would love to make my own tooth paste because although 98% percent of Europe has banned fluoride in water it is still added to toothpaste.

    Thank you for the recipe and the photos, this will encourage me greatly!

  2. I can't believe flouride was used as a rat poison. *shakes head* Oh, the toxins out there in the world...

    Yes, that toothpaste you make is pretty good. :) And safe!!

  3. Renee ~ it's great stuff, we love it!! :)

    Sonya ~ SLS and SLES were one of the very first things I learned about years ago. My husband came home from work and told me his boss had been talking to him about it, and how dangerous they were. (Isn't is fun to see where the info will come from??) I love how much simpler my life just keeps on getting. Things don't have to be hard to be safe. :)

    Yeah Tay, I didn't really research that too much, I kinda didn't want to know. It came from a reputable source and that was enough for me at the time, still is in fact! I already know flouride is bad, I didn't need all the gory and disturbing details... ;)

  4. Thank for sharing all that info about toothpaste. I think I am going to have to give your recipe a try, and then get my family on board.
    Everyday Inspired

  5. I'm all about trying new (and safe) things! My one worry was that I wouldn't get that "minty fresh" feeling afterwards, but it seems like you've taken care of that! Cannot wait to try this!!

  6. Wow, that's crazy about how many toxic chemicals are in everything. I've always heard bad things about flouride. My town, as usual, is divided and in an uproar about the "hippies" wanting to do away with the flouride in the water and the doctors and dentists saying it's necessary. Your toothpaste sounds like just the ticket. Thanks for spreading your wisdom around, your research is always an eye opener!

  7. Thank you so much for the recipe! We make natural toothpaste too. Right now I have a sweet orange that I'm not really digging. I made it for the kids because at their age mint is really shocking. I am addicted to the clean feeling of mint. The orange is really weird.

  8. Really Valerie, I LOOK for excuses to brush my teeth throughout the day... weird, right? It just tastes so, so yummy! ;)

    I'm also a fan of the minty fresh Amanda! I've tried other toothpaste flavors and I always go back to the mint eventually. Let me know if you decide to give it a shot! :)

    Laurie ~ To me it is absolutely ridiculous to put ANYTHING in the public water supply. It's akin to forcing people to vaccinate. Shouldn't it all be about choice? Even with the 'public consent', much of the time pertinent info is conveniently left out and so the whole picture is never really seen. The more I learn, the more I realize that health is definitely not a priority of the US government. Instead of getting angry, now I just do it all on my own. Just had to whip up a batch of toothpaste this morn... took me 2 minutes, flouride free! :)

    Yay Courtney!! At about the age your boys are is when the dentists start pushing the flouride! Both Taylor and Jordan were on flouride pills when they were small, I shudder to think about it now. Thankfully I started to smarten up with Riley! ;) I've had a fennel flavored toothpaste before, that was pretty good. If none of you hate the taste of licorice, maybe that'll be another option over the orange! Or just make yourself up a separate batch, heavy on the mint! ;)

  9. I actually like your basic recipe with the salt, soda and peppermint oil. Simple the kids use it and its helped clear up the gingivitis we both had! x Julie

  10. Yay Julie, whatever works for you is perfect! It is really simple, isn't it? I love the new recipe because it reminds me of a peppermint candy, and since I don't eat sugar it's the closest I'm going to get! ;)