Monday, January 9, 2012

Make Your Own Tooth Soap

It's all fun and games til you start making your own toothpaste, right? 

Let's just get that out there. 

My name is Lindsey, and I make my own toothpaste. There. I've said it. 

Actually, it's tooth soap. I don't want to mislead.

So why in the world would I want to give up Colgate, Crest, Tom's, or XyliWhite???

To be honest, I didn't ever see myself getting this involved with homemade products. Laundry soap? Duh, it's WAY cheaper. Deodorant? Actually works better than the store bought stuff. But dental hygiene??? Isn't that, like, for the pros?

Nah. I'll try anything once. Except skydiving. 

Why homemade tooth soap?

Several reasons. 
  • First, fluoride is NOT good for our teeth or our bodies. It's poison. Did you know that before 1938, fluoride was sold as rat poison?! 
  • Second, all toothpaste {even the organic kinds} contains glycerin. Glycerin is what makes toothpaste paste-y. Unfortunately, glycerin also creates a coating on your teeth that doesn't come off unless you're brushing without glycerin. This coating can prevent your enamel from hardening and re-mineralizing over time.
  • Third, commercial toothpastes contain other harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial sweeteners that just aren't good for us.
  • Fourth, toothpaste is ex.pen.sive! $4.99 for one tube is a little ridiculous, no?

We've been using our homemade tooth soap for about a month now, and I can honestly say it works just as well, if not better, than the expensive "all-natural, organic, sugar-free, flouride-free" tubes of liquid gold. And it's super-duper easy to make!

First, assemble your ingredients:
4 TBSP melted coconut oil
2 TBSP cold-pressed olive oil
1 TBSP Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild liquid castile soap
1 tsp. water
2-3 droppers full of liquid stevia
essential oil to taste (I use wintergreen, but cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, anise, orange, or anything other oil would work. Just keep adding drops until it tastes like you want it to.)

Combine all ingredients and stir or shake lightly before use.

It looks like melted butter because the coconut oil was still warm. Once cooled, it is a light, creamy beige color.

We keep ours in a glass jar and dip our toothbrushes in, but you could also use a dropper or a clean lotion bottle and pump your tooth soap on to your toothbrush. It foams up quite a bit for the first few seconds of brushing, then gets liquid-y again. No worries, this is just how it works. Also, it does taste soap-y, especially if you accidentally swallow it. It is tooth soap, after all. You can try adding more stevia or essential oil, but I was never able to be totally rid of the soap taste. We've gotten used to it, and hey, you only brush twice a day, so really it's not that big of a deal. This small amount lasted our family of four about a month.



Steph Cork said...

Nice recipe. Thanks!

Karen said...

Thank you for the recipe! When I made this, it separated into layers after a few hours. Then I shook it up and became emulsified. Is this okay? Also, do you need preservatives at all? I am concerned about this going bad?