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.
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. 😉