Having an eco friendly bamboo toothbrush is great for you and the environment of course. It's a great way of reducing plastic pollution. But what about the waste caused by your toothpaste? Plastic tube is definitely not eco-friendly and only gets recycled in rare cases. Not to mention some toothpastes contain microplastics (polyethylene - same stuff that plastic bags are made of). These tiny plastic particles, which can be found in many cosmetic products, eventually find their way into our waterways and later end up in oceans, where they are mistaken for food by plankton and other sea creatures.
Your favorite toothpaste might contain tiny plastic particles.
Plastic toothpaste tube washed up on the beach of Lombok island, Indonesia.
Can this problem be avoided?
The answer is yes! You absolutely can make your own natural, plastic-free toothpaste at home, with ingredients found in your closest grocery store.
There are many homemade toothpaste recipes out there, but most of them have two main ingredients - coconut oil and baking soda! The recipe I'm gonna share with you, is proven to be a great substitute for the expensive toothpaste, which can besides microplastics, contain other harmful ingredients such as fluoride, titanium dioxide, triclosan, artificial colorings and you don't want that stuff in your body, do you?
Coconut oil is going to be one of the main ingredients for our toothpaste.
What do you need?
Coconut oil will boost the microbiome in your mouth and it's going to naturally prevent candida in your mouth and reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Mix it together with the almighty baking soda and you get a really powerful product - and unlike store bought products, you will know exactly what's inside your toothpaste. Baking soda is a must-have ingredient because of it's alkalinity. With a pH between 9 and 11, it will help neutralize acids in your mouth. The added himalayan salt, will help to heal any minor wounds frequently caused when brushing teeth. It's completely natural, safe to use and very effective. In fact it's so effective, many dentists started recommending this homemade product over the store bought toothpaste.
Make sure the coconut oil is nice and soft, add the baking soda and the himalayan salt, Mix all the ingredients together, until you get a nice and smooth paste. If you'd like, you can add a couple of drops of mint essential oil for better taste. That's it! Your toothpaste is ready. Use our nice mason jars to store your toothpaste and take it with you when traveling, or even make a few jars for your friends and introduce them to eco-friendly zero waste lifestyle.