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The ingredients list on a typical toothpaste tube is enough to make an average person fall over from scientific gibberish. Sometimes it is really difficult to decide if the scientific gibberised ingredients list is useful to a consumer or not.

Homemade DIY Toothpaste Recipes

Often we have no idea what these ingredients do but we place trust in the brand and/or the Government regulators that they know what they are doing and that these ingredients are safe for us.

Often, animal tests are done to determine "acceptable" levels and these results form part of the application to have a particular ingredient approved.

Triclosan, for example, is an ingredient used in some toothpastes. It is a chlorinated aromatic chemical with antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Sounds perfect for a toothpaste.

But triclosan is also a component in some pesticides, mattresses and insulations (insulations that slow or stop the growth of bacteria, fungi and mildew)

A 2010 study found that children who had higher exposure to triclosan had more hay fever and other studies have linked triclosan to allergic contact dermatitis in some individuals.

At which point do you say ... OK, I really don't want this chemical in my body?

  • Are you satisfied with an "acceptable" limit determined by short term lab rat testing?
  • Now that you know that triclosan is little more than a toothpaste aromatic compound, is this enough to change your mind?
  • Or the fact that it is linked to increased hay fever cases and other diseases?

You decide. There is a little more information concerning triclosan at this link if you wish to read more.

For those of us that are concerned about triclosan and other harmful ingredients in commercial toothpastes, here are some homemade toothpaste recipes that you can start off with.

We hope you enjoy using and experimenting with these homemade toothpaste recipes.

Of course, whenever possible, buy certified organic to ensure the best natural quality that is also kind to our environment during the manufacturing process.

Please don't forget to read our essential oil guide - they are very strong ingredients and should always be used with caution.

Recipe 1 – Cinnamon Toothpaste

Ingredients :

  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. water

Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth paste.

Spoon into a resealable jar.

Click here for measurement conversion tables

Recipe 2 – Coconut and Peppermint Toothpaste

Ingredients :

  • 3 tbs. coconut oil
  • 3 tbs. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint oil
  • stevia for sweetness
  • 2 tsp vegetable glycerine **

Mix the coconut oil and baking soda together. When fully combined, add the peppermint oil and glycerine.

Once fully combined, taste a little of the toothpaste and add the stevia until it is palatable for you.

Spoon into a resealable jar.

** Some folks do not like glycerine because it is a solvent that coats the teeth and prevents the remineralizing process

Click here for measurement conversion tables

What is stevia and why has it been added to this homemade toothpaste recipe

Stevia (also known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf) is part of the sunflower family and originates from the subtropical and tropical regions of Western North America to South America.

It is about 300 times sweeter than sugar but it is either bitter or has a liquorice after taste in high concentrations.

Its recent popularity stems from its ability to provide a low-carbohydrate sweetener due to its almost no effect blood glucose characteristic that makes it an attractive option for diabetics and people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

There is some resistance to stevia of which some of the main points are listed as follows :

  • Its aftertaste
  • Stevia restricts the body from producing glycogen
  • Stevia is very high in oxalates. Oxalates is not recommended for leaky gut, food allergies, autism, asthma, kidney stones or arthritis
  • Shops often sell processed stevia and not pure stevia leaves. Once processed, these stevia products start to contain junk like natural flavors, xylitol and dextrose
  • For some people, when your mouth tastes the sweet stevia, the brain thinks it is receiving sugar and in-turn reduces the glucose levels in your bloodstream. Your glucose levels continue to drop until the body realises that it is not receiving glucose from the "sweet" trigger in your mouth and responds by increasing adrenaline and cortisol to retrieve sugar/glucose from other sources, such as your liver and muscle glycogen or your body tissue to bring the levels back up again. 

This hypoglycemia effect is stimulated by the adrenaline and cortisol stress hormones and is damaging to your adrenal glands and overall health when used in excess, such as daily meals as opposed to emergency situations.

Although stevia is listed as an ingredient in one of our homemade toothpaste recipes, the points of concern mentioned above relate to stevia when used in a daily diet - not as a flavouring/sweetener in a toothpaste. But, if you wish, you can leave it out altogether.

Simplicity makes it easy to make and share

These recipes are simple to make and easy to use. Most ingredients are available from local health shops. Occasionally, you may have to buy some ingredients on the internet.

If the ingredients are not available in your country, always check your local laws to make sure that you can import cosmetics into your country - some countries restrict the import of cosmetic ingredients.

These homemade toothpaste recipes are probably just the tip of the iceberg. There are probably many more favourites out there.

If you have one that you love and would like to share, we would all be very grateful and so would our community.

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