Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Best Homemade Toothpaste!
I have made toothpaste only a couple of times recently and found/created a wonderful blend this morning.
Okay, your thinking 'homemade toothpaste?', Come On! But, do you realize how many harmful chemicals are in standardized toothpaste? Some of these horrible chemicals are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate(SLS), Triclosan, diethanolomine and Isopropyl Alcohol. Did you know Flouride can be fatal for children when consumed in high dosages?
Want more info? Heres a great easy list from the Chicago Tribune.
Okay, there are some safe ones out there but be careful, even the standard toothpaste by Toms of Maine has SLS in it. We have been using one called Xyliwhite and love it, but its pretty expensive in my mind at 3.75 a tube PLUS shipping.
Here is my version, give it a shot, we really think its wonderful!
Erins Yummy Toothpaste
baking soda appx 1/4 cup
xylitol appx 1+ Tbs
salt appx 1/2 tsp
liquid glycerine appx less than 1/4 cup
essential oil 1-2 ml (maybe 1/4 tsp?)
(these are all very approximate as I dont write my toothpaste recipes down, really I just go by taste and feel. Its not a science, trust me!)
Pour baking soda in a bowl, add salt and xylitol(I ground up the xylitol with my pestle and mortar as the first batch this morning was too grainy).
Drizzle in the glycerine till you get a toothpaste like consistency.
Add essential oils to taste.
I made a cinnamon version earlier today that was so cinnamon-y it made my tongue numb so be careful, that was also due to a lot of testing! My second batch, the white one, turned out perfect! Crushing the xylitol was really key to a perfect product, and so was lots of peppermint oil! If it was in a tube nobody would even know it was homemade!
Oh, except it doesn't foam. I have been using natural toothpaste so long I forgot that companies use the SLS and other foaming agents in theirs. So, yes, you may miss the messy foaming over sensation and huge mess in the sink. Your welcome.
I store mine in baby food jars and we just dip our dry toothbrush into it before each use. If you are concerned about the cleanliness of this just keep half a popsicle stick in the jar for sanitary spreading, or make each family member their own jar.
I have not calculated the cost of this but I can assure you it is minimum. The initial cost of some of these supplies is certainly a factor but once you have them they should last for many, many years. I purchase my essential oils and glycerine from a local to me and wonderful company called Brambleberry. I highly recommend them as they always have the very best prices (I know as I compare often always trying to get the best deal), they ship super fast plus the business is run by a regular women, just like me and you.
I got my xylitol from my mother who probably ordered it from iHerb where she gets all of her natural supplements and products, at least the ones I don't make for her! Im sure any health food store or many grocers would carry this as well. Check in the natural baking section by the sugars.
The xylitol is a very important ingredient in this product as it has been shown to fight cavities better than fluoride and even has REVERSED cavity deterioration in many studies. Actually, my mother is an example so I am a true believer.
Go now, make some toothpaste and impress your family! Go on!