Simply Resourceful

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The last tube of toothpaste met the garbage can last week.  I've been doing some research about homemade toothpaste and thought I'd give it a try.  Like most things, I'm willing to at least try something before eliminating the possibility.  I got this recipe from the Oxray Farm Blog that I watch.  

I've been using the toothpaste for a week now and have a difficult describing what it tastes like.  The best comparison I have is eating vanilla yogurt for years and then eating plain yogurt----going from super sweet to super tart.   It took a lot of convincing to use this stuff the first week.  The ironic thing about this homemade toothpaste is that my teeth actually feel cleaner after I brush.  My teeth feel super smooth!  I can get used to the sour taste and lack of bubbles, but I really miss the minty fresh feel that conventional toothpaste leaves in the mouth after brushing.


almost 1/4 c. baking soda
almost 1/4 c. coconut oil
4+ drops of peppermint essential oil (more or less as needed)
about 1.5 Tablespoons of honey
1.5 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide


jenn merfee-t March 27, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

My dad has been using straight baking soda for years and the dentist says his mouth and gums are amazingly clean and healthy. I like your recipe better than straight soda. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your initiation into using it!

Phoebe March 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

What I have when I run out of toothpaste is to dip my brush into hydrogen peroxide and then baking soda.
I think the peppermint oil would help the taste for sure.
I think I might feel a little weird about using honey on my teeth before bed though. I might try Stevia.
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