Natural Oral Care and Toothpaste Recipe

My lovely girlfriend, resident photographer, and all around amazing human, Allie, happens to have a journalism degree. She wants to blog without the commitment of having to post constantly so from time to time she will be around writing posts about things she is passionate about. Today that’s natural, non-toxic and zero waste tooth care.

 

Natural, Non-toxic, Zero-Waste Tooth Care

I have always had issues with tooth care.

Almost four years ago I stopped using traditional toothpaste. This foaming toothpaste is packed with chemicals and colouring, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, and propylene glycol. These ingredients have been linked to many health issues, so as a hypochondriac it was a no-brainer to toss out my toothpaste and make my own.

It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally found a combo that worked well and tasted great.

 

Here’s a recipe for a safe, natural alternative using ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

RECIPE

– 1 part baking soda

– 4 parts coconut oil
Optional: a few drops of peppermint essential oil to taste

Simply mix up the ingredients and store in an airtight glass container (small mason jars work perfectly).

It might take a bit to get used to a paste that doesn’t foam, but your teeth will thank you.

For those of you who aren’t up to getting messy and making your own toothpaste, you can find SLS, dye, and paraben free alternatives at farmer’s markets or natural health stores.

Another issue I have with tooth care is plastic toothbrushes. Sam and I have been meaning to make the switch to a bamboo toothbrush for years, and I am glad to say we finally did it.

Bamboo Roots make eco-friendly bamboo brushes.

Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antibacterial. It’s vegan, BPA and dye free, and the fastest growing plant on the planet. Perfect material for making toothbrushes

 

Not only is bamboo better for your body, but it’s better for the environment. Cutting down on plastic reduces waste significantly. It is estimated that one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year just in the United States – imagine how much that adds up.

 

The Bamboo Roots brushes come in 4-packs. Why? Because, apparently most people don’t know that you should change your toothbrush at least every three months, or every time you’re sick.

Also, the package doubles as an earbuds holder. Gotta love a multi purpose item, am I right? This is perfect for Sam and I right now, because we are trying to live a more minimalistic, zero-waste lifestyle, and we seriously love when we find companies that make it easier for us to do!

You can get your own bamboo brush sets here.

Happy brushing!

 

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