Homemade Toothpaste

by Josée

Today we ran out of toothpaste. I had a brief moment of sadness when I ditched the empty bottle of Green Beaver Green Apple Toothpaste. Why? Well, I had finally gotten use to the flavour.

Making my own toothpaste has been on my DIY list for some time. I came across a non-toxic toothpaste recipe over on Crunchy Catholic Momma and picked up the ingredients months ago. Most of the items I already had on hand. Mixing everything together took five minutes, at most, and I was optimistic about my jar of homemade paste. It smelled nice.

I carried the jar to the washroom, took a picture of it, and decided to give it a try. I put a good dollop on my toothbrush and stuck it in my mouth. Have you ever eaten a muffin and unexpectedly got a chunk of baking soda that didn’t quite mix in with the rest of the batter. Yes, well, the way your taste buds revolt in that scenario is about a fraction of what they do when you stick a glob of homemade toothpaste in your mouth. For some reason I failed to register that the main ingredient was baking soda and I was over optimistic that xylitol and peppermint would mask the BS flavour.

I got through the brushing session by holding my breath, effectively numbing my tastebuds. Granted after a thorough rinsing my teeth felt very clean and there was no weird aftertaste. I have a cup of this toothpaste to contend with. Should I force myself to use it (it’s non-toxic) and hopefully get use to it? Or should I go and pick up another tube of Green Beaver toothpaste?

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Nichole August 18, 2011 - 1:23 pm

You do get used to the baking soda flavor eventually, there was one point where I just used baking soda as toothpaste, nothing to mask the flavor, it grows on you

cindyswobblog August 19, 2011 - 5:04 am

A tube by yourself lasts a long time … a jar probably has more in it? I'd say cut your losses and buy more toothpaste 🙂

Elisa September 6, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Haha…I don't know. I have been wanting to make my own – mainly because Luke (3yrs) keeps eating his. Why, oh, WHY, do they make toothpaste in falvors of strawberry, bubblegum…? Definitely need to make something that tastes a bit yucky.


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