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.
– 1 part baking soda
Simply mix up the ingredients and store in an airtight glass container (small mason jars work perfectly).
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 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.
You can get your own bamboo brush sets here.