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Homemade Toothpaste- Natural, simple, effective

I am taking my role as a consumer very seriously. As consumers, we pay to consume goods and services mainly produced by big corporations. We play a vital role in the economic system and without our demand,  corporations would greatly suffer, go bankrupt or would be forced to change their products according to our demands.

Therefore, if I am offered a low-quality products or even worse, a harmful products, it is my right to take action and decrease my demand for such products. As a responsible consumer, is it the only thing that I can do. Low demand of harmful products will force corporations to shift their strategy and think about the consumers who desire quality and natural products.

As you already know, two years ago, I decided to reduce the chemicals I was using daily. Here are two articles that I wrote on personal care products and makeup. Today, I will share with you homemade toothpaste recipe which is cheap, natural, simple and effective.

Most toothpastes contain: triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners, fluoride, propylene glycol, diethanolamine (DEA) and microbeads. Most of these ingredients are linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can produce a number of health problems, including a number of cancers and fertility problems.

So, why go through the trouble of making your own toothpaste? The intention is not to live until 100 years old! The intention is not to avoid cancer or other diseases! We will all die whether we avoid these chemicals or not. The point is that we are being sold expensive products that are harmful to ourselves and the environment. Personally, I started doing my own toothpaste two years ago for the following reasons:

  1. The toothpaste I produce is extremely cheap. “Bio” toothpaste is quite expensive.
  2. The ingredients in the toothpaste are all natural and safe for my body and the environment.
  3. I produce my toothpaste in the same container, therefore I reduce my waste footprint.
  4. I am not encouraging and supporting corporations to produce chemical based products.

So, now that we’ve established the reasons, here is my super, duper simple toothpaste recipe:

50 g of white clay (for remineralizing teeth)
20 g calcium carbonate (for remineralizing teeth)
10 g baking soda (for teeth-whitening)
1 g salt (for inhibiting dental bacterial)
10 drops of peppermint essential oil (for a fresh breath)
75 ml of bottled water

1. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon or finger. Don’t use a metal kitchen utensil.
2. Keep it in a closed glass or plastic container. There is no expiration date to this product! If the mixture gets a bit dry over time, just add a little bit more water and mix well.

You can order the ingredients from Aroma Zone or any bio shop close to your areas.

Photo credits: Anamaria Olaru

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