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Are there some easy DIY zero waste toothpaste recipes? And why a zero waste toothpaste alternative is better?
Brushing our teeth is a simple activity that can cause harm to our bodies and our planet. That’s because a lot of the toothpaste tubes on the market are filled up with toxic ingredients.
What is more, they all come in plastic tubes that are very hard to recycle, so often, they end up in landfills.
That’s why a zero waste DIY toothpaste is an awesome idea, which is better for the environment, and potentially for your health.
Let’s take a closer look at:
- Ingredients for DIY & zero waste toothpaste
- 3 simple & zero waste toothpaste recipes
– Benefits of creating your own toothpaste
– Common toothpaste ingredients that are best to avoid
Ingredients for the DIY & zero waste toothpaste:
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients we will be working with:
1) Bentonite Clay
Iit’s high in silica and calcium mineral, which makes it powerful in remineralizing your teeth. Additionally, it absorbs toxins naturally and is gentle on your gums – it ranks only a 1 or 2 on the Moh’s scale of harshness.
2) Sodium Bicarbonate
A great natural anti-bacterial! Plus, baking soda aids in transforming the decay-causing acidic bacteria of your mouth into a healthy alkaline environment.
It is also rich in enamel-strengthening minerals that decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.
3) Coconut oil
Another natural product, which fights against cavity-causing bacteria and reduces bad breath. Coconut oil may also help with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), too.
It is a natural sweetener, that has the effect of reducing plaque formation. It also inhibits enamel demineralization.
5) Peppermint oil
It kills the bacteria in your mouth while giving a nice flavor and it refreshes the breath. It’s best if you use the pure essential oil of peppermint obtained from natural mint leaves.
Simple & DIY zero waste toothpaste recipes:
3-Ingredient Zero Waste Toothpaste
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- peppermint essential oil (optional)
1. In a small jar place equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil. If you desire to make a bigger batch, you can use more than 2 tbsp. Add the peppermint oil, if desired.
2. In a small pot, put some water and warm it up on the stove.
3. Place the jar inside and stir until the coconut oil melts. When it’s all melted, transfer the jar to the fridge for 30 minutes.
This is the first one that I tried and I really liked it.
First, it may feel a bit odd, since the coconut oil melts when you start brushing your teeth. But it’s just unusual, after all the years of using normal, foamy toothpaste.
Natural Zero Waste Toothpaste With Bentonite Clay
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp natural sweetener – stevia or xylitol
- 1 to 4 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Place in a little jar the coconut oil with the water. Use a small pot with water on a stove to melt it.
2. Add all the powder ingredients (bentonite clay, baking soda, the sweetener). Add the peppermint essential oil in the end, and mix well.
Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder
- 1 tbsp activated coconut shell charcoal
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp Calcium bentonite clay
- Ginger root extract (optional)
Mix all the ingredients and store them in a small glass jar! This toothpaste powder is ideal for teeth whitening treatment, because of the activated charcoal, which helps to remove odor-causing bacteria and whitens the teeth by removing stains off!
The best way to use it:
- Wet your toothbrush with water.
- Dip it into the powder and brush your teeth around 2 minutes.
- Use water and rinse your mouth.
- After you are ready, brush your teeth again with your zero waste toothpaste to remove any charcoal residue!
While using, you need to be careful, since if you brush too harshly, you may irritate your gums. It is best if you use it just once or twice per week.
If you don’t have time or you simply don’t feel like doing it by yourself, you can see some of the best toothpaste products, that are both zero waste and chemical-free (coming soon!).
What are the benefits of making your own toothpaste?
- Easy -Making DIY zero waste toothpase is super simple; you will need a few ingredients, that you most likely already have. Furthermore, it will take a few minutes to mix everything.
- Safe – Another benefit is that the ingredients that you will use are safe and natural, free from unnecesery chemicals.
- Environmental friendly – Usually, you will be able to find all of the ingredients plastic-free, so the homemade toothpase will be much more sustainable & eco-friendly.
What are the common toothpaste ingredients that are best to avoid?
If you look at the label of a random toothpaste in the store, you will see something similar:
A bunch of hard to pronounce words that I had no idea what they mean. But I did my research and I found that most of the toothpaste includes the following ingredients, that are not the best for our bodies:
1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) it’s an ingredient that makes the toothpaste foamy. You can find it in self-care and beauty products such as nail treatment, makeup remover, shampoos, conditioners, hair dye, hair removal creams, etc.
Why it’s better to avoid it:
SLS can cause skin and eye irritation. Findings from a study recommend that a large amount of toothpaste, containing SLS should be avoided (especially in children). Also, it shouldn’t stay in the mouth for too long, and proper rinsing after brushing is advised.
SLS is also linked to canker sores – the most common type of mouth sores among people (typically appears on the inner part of the cheeks and lips, the upper area of the mouth, on the tongue, and at the gums).
2) Artificial sweeteners
The most common ones – saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame, may disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut. Other side effects include:
- Aspartame – can cause irritability and depression. What is more, a study provided proof that it is a possible carcinogen.
- Saccharin (Sodium Saccharin) – This artificial sweetener is listed to be a possible human carcinogen, too.
- Sucralose – can raise the blood sugar as well as insulin levels. Furthermore, studies showed that it may have negative effects on the gut bacteria.
There are 2 types of fluoride: natural and synthetic. The natural fluoride is received from plant sources, such as vegetables and it is a healthy essential mineral.
The synthetically produced is used in drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and different chemical products.
Why it’s better to avoid it:
Even though it is a controversial topic, plenty of studies have shown the downsides of synthetic fluoride. For example, ingestion of fluoride can produce gastrointestinal discomfort. Check these studies to find why it’s best to avoid synthetic fluoride.
Carrageenan’s an additive, extracted from red edible seaweeds. It is used to thicken the toothpaste.
Why it’s better to avoid it:
When consuming it, many individuals experience gastrointestinal inflammation. Degraded carrageenan in animal models is recognized for carcinogenic properties.
5) Artificial coloring
You can find that in the Center for Science in the Public’s Interest’s list, artificial coloring is one of the additives to avoid.
6) Hydrated Silica
It is an irritating ingredient usually added to the toothpaste to whiten and ”scrub” the biofilm from the teeth.
Why it’s better to avoid:
Hydrated silica appears to be too rough. It can possibly strip away the enamel and it can cause inflammation.
Brushing your teeth is something that we all do multiple times per day. So, you ingest and use every single day those not that great ingredients, which can cause various unpleasant and unwanted side effects.
Creating your own zero waste toothpaste, or using a chemical-free one might be the best option here.