Going green. Saving money. Consuming less. All great things, bit some green choices can be quite the challenge. It’s not easy making the switch so I find it helpful to tackle one little change at a time, instead of looking at the end goal in its green-glowing eco-friendly entirety.
Here’s on switch that is both easy and cost effective: Make your own toothpaste. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
More than likely, the toothpaste in your bathroom medicine cabinet has a long list of inactive ingredients that really have no oral health benefits at all. They are simply there to inhance the aesthetic or palatability of the product, but if you are not picky than a stripped-down, simplified version will not only help you cut back monthly household costs, but harmful waste as well.
Mix together in a small jar (I used a sterilized caviar jar):
2 tblsp of softened coconut oil
2 tblsp baking soda
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
15 drops liquid stevia
It looks, tastes, and smells great, and works just as well as store-bought toothpaste. It does not contain the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that causes foaming, so the consistency is something to get used to. But just as with shampoo the foaming affect does not necessarily mean clean.
Give it a try, and if you experiment with different flavor oils I would love to hear about it.