Today, I’m stepping out of the kitchen and inviting you into my bathroom.
I’m still going to share a recipe with you. It’s one you’ll use every morning, but you won’t eat it.
Stay with me here….
Transitioning to eating a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet has been a long journey for me. One, that is my no means over. It never will be.
I am always learning, just like you.
I’ve been on this clean-eating path for about 5 years now, and it’s definitely been a journey with LOTS trial and error.
But, now that I have the clean food thing down MOST of the time (“most” being the operative word here), I’m taking it to the next level by cleaning up the products that I’m using in the shower and at the bathroom sink.
For the last 6 months I’ve been making my own toothpaste. Yep, toothpaste.
It’s so ridiculously easy I can’t believe I haven’t started doing it sooner!
No matter where you on your health journey, this is something that is as easy to incorporate as eating raw nuts or drinking more water.
I know what you’re thinking….
“What’s so bad about toothpaste that I should make it myself?”
First, have you ever read the ingredients in your toothpaste? When I did I realized that I didn’t really know what any of the ingredients really were.
Sodium laurel sulfate, titanium dioxide, sodium hexametaphosphate, triclosan are some that I’ve seen. What are these things? And, should we really put them in our mouths?
Here are three ingredients to know about in your toothpaste. There are many more and I encourage you to do some of your own reading. These are common ingredients that I think are important to know and understand.
1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): SLS has been linked to fueling canker sores. The Environmental Working Group SLS has been linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, neurotoxicity, hormone disruption and others. The only purpose for SLS is experience….it provides the foaming we like to correlate to cleanliness. The scraping from your toothbrush and flossing cleans better than the foam from SLS.
2) Triclosan: Tricolsan was first used about 15 years ago because it is known to fight bacteria for up to 12 hours. The Mayo Clinic states that triclosan has been shown to disrupt hormone balance, may contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria and be harmful to the immune system. Not only is this a concern every time we put this ingredient in our mouth, but it going down the drain and having a negative effect on beneficial algae.
3) Flavoring: Just like we want out toothpaste to foam, we also want it to taste minty fresh. The problem is that many toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, a known neurotoxin. If you decide to not make your own toothpaste but rather buy a more natural version at the store, look for a toothpaste that uses stevia or xylitol as a sweetener.
Ok, so now you’re ready to make your own toothpaste, right? If you have 5 minutes (which I know you do) homemade toothpaste can be yours!
Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
1) In a small bowl combine all ingredients with a fork. Add more essential oils to make it as minty as you want.
2) Scoop into a glass jar and store in the bathroom. Simply dip your toothbrush into the toothpaste and brush away!
3) Smile! You have clean, chemical-free teeth!
Recipe adapted from CrunchyBetty.com
Where do you get the ingredients?
Vegetable glycerin, or glycerol, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. You can find vegetable glycerin at most natural food stores or online.
For essential oils I recommend pure, food safe oils. There are many companies out there and I recommend you do your own research to find the company you most comfortable with. Check your local natural food store as they may carry a local essential oil producer. This article goes into more depth about essential oils and how to choose them. Here is another one that is also very helpful.
What are the benefits?
Coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Kills any icky germs that are floating around in there. The baking soda creates a mild abrasive that gets cleans all the nooks and crannies. The vegetable glycerin adds a natural sweetness and the peppermint oil of course gives you that sparkly clean taste.
Now get out of my bathroom! I have to….ummm….brush my teeth 🙂