I have a confession to make – I finally made my first toothpaste at home! Yeah!
This was after using store-bought toothpaste for the longest time, almost 40 plus years (now you know my age!).
You may have seen blog posts after blog posts on how to make toothpaste, and when you dig in to read, you realize you have to purchase so many things in order to make one jar of toothpaste.
That is why you never start.
That was what happened to me.
I read blog posts after blog posts on making homemade toothpastes and skimmed a lot also.
Too much of a hassle.
So I continued to buy and buy more store toothpastes.
Until I started this blog on oral care in Mar 2020.
I really sat down and investigate what really constitutes a homemade toothpaste, and why is it good to make your own toothpaste.
I gathered so many simple to complicated recipes in this Homemade Recipes for Toothpastes.
Much more reasons should be because of what I found lurking in commercial toothpastes.
That pushed me forward to really make and use my own toothpaste.
So I will walk you through my exact steps on how I made my FIRST toothpaste and my thoughts after making.
Let’s dive in.
What Exactly Is In Commercial Toothpastes?
The list of ingredients in commercial toothpaste can be a handful to read but don’t worry, I have broken down into the main elements as follows:
1. Abrasives to scrub off plaque and food debris
Abrasives do the job like sandpaper. It is necessary to have abrasives in toothpaste so that they can remove extrinsic stains (thus whitening teeth) and smoothen teeth surfaces.
So if you have been using tubes of toothpaste all these years and continuing on, you will be spending close to 2000 hours in this lifetime using abrasives on your teeth!
What are the abrasives in toothpaste?
Glad you asked.
If you are able to locate the ingredients list on your toothpaste packaging, abrasives will come across as
- calcium carbonate (yes otherwise known as chalk)
- dehydrated silica gels (yes those found in shoe boxes and luggage to keep them dry)
- hydrated aluminum oxides
- magnesium carbonate
- sodium metaphosphate
- dicalcium phosphate dihydrate.
- These abrasives are rough enough to get the plaque off, but gentle enough to avoid damage to your enamel. Enamel is the hardest outer surfaces of the teeth, and over-brushing can cause it to be eroded. It is usually nonreplaceable and soon sensitivity may set in, giving you discomforts when you consume hot or cold foods.
Majority of toothpaste manufacturers would use a good 30-60% of these abrasives.
2. Humectant agents to retain moisture
What gives toothpaste that moisturizing look?
Humectants prevent the toothpaste from drying out. Besides using water, several others can be used that can inhibit bacteria growth and extend the shelf life of toothpaste products.
Some common humectants are polyols (that is, glycerin, sorbitol and hydrogenated starch hydrolyzates).
Sodium benzoate is also added as a preservative.
Binding agents are hydrophilic colloids that prevent separation of the toothpaste components by maintaining the liquid and solid components in one phase.
Nobody likes to brush with a bland toothpaste.
Some xylitol is normally added when toothpastes are not too swwet.
Xylitol starves the bacteria because it will not break down into compounds that the bacteria can feed on.
These will give your toothpastes the familiar tastes like peppermint. Though mint is the most common flavors, you will also start to see spicy flavors such as fennel or cinnamon-clove.
Children will be familar with fruit flavors such as apricot or peach.
Peppermint was first used to mask the bland and metallic taste of baking soda in toothpastes, and have been since been associated with fresh mint breath.
5. Foaming agent
These gives the foaming and bubbling effect so that you can enjoy brushing and knowing that you are removing all the stains and dirt in the teeth.
The most common will have to be SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
Are there toothpastes without SLS?
Sure they are in plenty like the Sensodyne range of toothpastes in Target and most supermarkets.
So the next time you brush your teeth, have a look at these ingredients.
If the ingredients run into a long list and with many words that you do not know how to pronounce, maybe its high time to learn something.
Make your own toothpaste.
It is not rocket science, you don’t need to be in a laboratory with a lab coat to do it.
Now to the most exciting part.
I will show you how I make my first toothpaste.
Making My First Toothpaste
What took me so long?
First I have to see which ingredients I want to incorporate in my toothpaste.
It must be easy to buy and not expensive.
So my first ingredient that I bought was coconut oil.
I have never ever used coconut oil my whole life, so I have to search for organic coconut oil.
So eventually I ordered online and that coconut oil arrived.
Next I have to get the baking soda.
Though it seemed like a simple product, but due to covid, I prefer to shop online.
And searching for baking soda in Carrefour gives me baking powder, I don’t know why.
Even If I go to the shops in Abu Dhabi, I still have to take a while to find it.
The last is the peppermint oil.
Again I have to make sure it is therapeutic grade.
So eventually I decided to order from noon, an online shopping platform in Abu Dhabi.
Putting everything together
I followed Recipe #3 in this toothpaste recipes post.
1 tablespoon of baking soda
3 tablespoon of coconut oil
15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil
And the result is this mixture. I used a recycled face cream glass container to place the final product. You can find any old empty glass containers or buy empty glass jars.
My Thoughts on My First Toothpaste
It’s watery because coconut oil was in a liquid state. We don’t have freezing winter here in Abu Dhabi where coconut oil will be at solid-state.
I had tried to put it in my freezer and I had frozen toothpaste.
Left it outside and its back to runny state again.
The baking soda lies at the bottom of the mixture.
WATCH MY VIDEO HERE
My first Brushing Thoughts
It is saltish.
As I read in many posts, this is due to the baking soda, whose chemical name is sodium bicarbonate.
It does not foam.
Reason being there is no foaming agent like SLS.
It is oily.
My whole toothbrush was oily when the mixture dribble down as I brush. Well, just wash off with hand soap after each use, and that should be fine.
Will I use it daily?
Well, I think I will do it a few times a week. Just to allow myself time to get used to it.
The toothpaste that I made will not have fluoride.
Will this coconut oil clog my sink and pipes?
No, as you will not be rinsing a big chunk of coconut oil at any one time like coconut oil pulling.
Summing Up Making My Own Toothpaste at Home
It took a while for me to get my feet into making my own toothpaste, and the experience was not too bad.
I will really experiment with the texture so that it will not be too runny, and then that will make a nicer Instagram worthy picture hopefully.
Perhaps I will start with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix with the baking soda. Once I get the consistency like a clumpy texture, I will stop adding.
Making my own homemade toothpaste has now put the choices back into my hands.
I decide and control what ingredients I want inside my toothpaste, naturally safe for everyone in the family.
Slowly I will convert my kids and my husband, and then we can totally say goodbye to store toothpastes. (There is a kids version of homemade toothpaste in the freebie below, remember to sign up for it.)
Would You Like To Learn More About Tooth Health?
If you want to learn how to take control of your own tooth health through great diet choices and oral care habits, check out this book called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel.
Besides learning What Food is Good for your teeth, be ready to absorb what makes a nutrient-dense diet.
What you can learn in this book :
- how to remineralize teeth
- eliminate tooth pain or sensitivity
- avoid root canals, stop cavities (regrow secondary dentin, form new tooth enamel)
- avoid or minimize gum loss
- heal and repair tooth infections
- heal cavities
It’s definitely a handy book to have in the family! Read more about it here.
Now To You
What about you?
Would you try making a small batch of homemade toothpaste?
Let me know how it goes and I love to hear from you!
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My name is Bee and I am a mummy to 2 boys.
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