Good Monday morning to you, Moppers! We hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready to tackle this new week with as much energy as you can muster. Summer is in full swing, the sun is shining in our neck of the woods, and we’ve got a French press full of coffee ready to go, so there’s no reason for us to be grumpy.
Not only that, but we’re super excited to share with you something we came across recently, and finally made this weekend. Yes, it really was a weekend of experimentation, as we concocted different recipes for things, tested them out, and while some were total bombs, a couple really made us go, “Hmmm” in a total C+C Music Factory kind of way.
Now bear with us because we know this might seem a little out there, but today we’re going to show you how to make your own toothpaste, because after all, you’re home isn’t the only thing that needs cleaning. So does your body—both inside and out—and while store bought toothpaste is fine for some, we’re a little weary of all that fluoride and glycerine, which blocks your teeth from remineralizing and maintaining the proper balance of nutrients.
So feast your eyes on this…our recipe for homemade toothpaste!
What You’ll Need:
- Plastic or wooden spoon.spatula
- 10-20 drops of essential oils such as peppermint, orange, or lemon (or a favor of your choice)
- 4 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay (available at Walmart, Amazon, or your local health store)
- 3-4 tablespoons of distilled water (or boiled water that you’ve allowed to cool)
- Pinch of salt
- Non-metal bowl (glass or plastic will work fine)
Step 1: Combine
In your glass or plastic bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay, and mix well with your plastic or wooden spoon.
Bentonite clay is an all natural compound which is usually formed by volcanic ash and then extracted for use. It’s made up of mostly negative ions, and since the toxins and heavy metals in our bodies are comprised of positive ions, the bentonite clay works like a magnet to extract them, thus eliminating them from our system.
Step 2: Drip Drop
Once you’ve got the water and clay mixed, drip in 4 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of liquid stevia, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to start. Mix that in well with your wooden or plastic spoon.
Step 3: Adjust
Add a pinch of salt to the mixture, mix it around, and taste. From there you can adjust to your desired taste/texture, adding more liquid stevia, essential oils, and water until you’ve got the taste and consistency you want, which should be smooth and creamy.
Keep in mind that all those flavors will really come together once the mixture settles, so wait 24-48 hours before making any significant changes. Luckily this recipe was exactly to our liking, so we didn’t have to change a thing.
Step 4: Store
To store this awesome homemade toothpaste, simply transfer it to a glass or plastic container, and dip your brush in it when you’re ready to clean your teeth. You want to stay away from any type of metal container because metal—much like our bodies—contains positive ions, so storing your DIY toothpaste in it will negate the effects of it over time, as it will gradually pull those ions from the metal, into the toothpaste.
If you’ve got a full house and don’t want everyone sharing the same container of toothpaste, you can separate and store it in some mini plastic pots like the kind eye shadow comes in, or you can purchase some reusable plastic tubes and separate it into those, going everyone their own batch to use.
That’s it, you’re all done and now have at your disposal some homemade toothpaste that is healthier to use than those store bought brands.
We know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s totally cool, but nothing is preventing you from at least giving it a try. Who knows, you might find that you like it even better than what you’re using now.
We certainly do.
Enjoy the start of your week, Moppers, and we’ll talk to you again on Wednesday!