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We made this toothpaste about a month ago, but I wanted to wait until we’d made batch number 2 before I posted. Once again, I found this recipe on the diy Natural website (they do a cost breakdown). They are usually my first go-to, as they have amassed a decent number of recipes, and it’s pretty straightforward. When one of their recipes doesn’t work for us, or they don’t have a recipe for something I’m trying to do, I will look elsewhere, but there are a lot of DIY sites out there that go to a level of time, commitment and ingredients we just can’t match.

The ingredients for this are pretty simple. We had to purchase the peppermint extract the first time, but then we used it in our peppermint bark – well worth it!

2/3 cup baking soda

up to 4 tsp fine sea salt (we crush it up in our mortar & pestle)

1-2 tsp peppermint extract

mix in water to get the consistency you would like

Be prepared for a salt attack in your mouth if you use the full 4 tsp. If you like salt, more power to you. I’ll spare you the details, but I do not like things to be salty and it was not a pretty first experience. This time around I used half the salt and, not on my better judgement, 3 tsp of peppermint extract. I like peppermint, so more should be better, right? Now the toothpaste is reasonably salty but has a very strong peppermint *zing*. We’re still experimenting a little, but my personal recommendation would be to use 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp peppermint extract.

I also want to mention that if you are diy-ing to avoid buying things from big corporations, especially ones with not-so-good ethical track records, you should probably avoid Arm & Hammer. As I’ve been scouring diy websites, I’ve noticed multiple threads on A&H’s policies on animal testing. With just a little research (yes, it’s PETA – don’t shoot me!) you can find out which brands to avoid and which are are good substitutes.

Here’s what the toothpaste looks like:

 

I like this second batch (even with the *zing*) so much better than the first. Do note that your mouth will not taste all “minty clean” like it does with commercial toothpastes like Crest, etc. It will taste like a mouth. Crazy, right? You’ll get used to it. 😉

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3 responses »

  1. Glad you like our site, we do work hard to find recipes that work, save money, and are as easy as possible! God bless.

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  2. Jennifer Pettit

    I love diy’s like this! I am a stickler for making my own household products. This way you know what is in the products you are using and you save money.

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    • One of the things I am most impressed by is the fact that many of these products have been around for decades (washing soda, borax) and our grandmothers used them to clean their homes. That’s some staying power. So glad to see you here, Jenn!

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