Homemade toothpaste

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Homemade toothpaste

Post: #136717 hippy chick
Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:57 pm

It was so cold lastnight that I snuggled down under the duvet early with my copy of the ss-ish bible! I had obviously missed the bit before about toothpaste and now I know why I get so many mouth ulcers!!! I approached the tube of commercial shop bought toothpaste with much caution this morning and am resolute on making my own 'homemade' version! I've come accross a recipe which involves mixing Bicarbonate of soda, salt, glycerin and peppermint oil into a paste, which can be stored in a tub and used the same as toothpaste. I just wondered, had anyone else experimented with making their own toothpaste and if so what were the results like? :lol:
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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #136742 LBR
Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:49 pm

I use baking soda, plain and simple.

I don't like toothpaste because of the glycerin.

I've tried salt, and a mixture of salt and baking soda.

Baking soda by itself is my everyday tooth powder.

Once in a while I'll add a drop of essential oil to my toothbrush, but not often.

If you get those mouth ulcers again, you can gargle with hydrogen peroxide.

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #137125 eccentric_emma
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:11 pm

We had several threads about this a while back - Clara recommended against using peppermint oil as it can actually cause cavities apparently.

Anyway, on that note I adapted a recipe I got from a book and have used it for months now. Its 2 tablespoons of bicarb, half a teaspoon of finely ground sea salt, quarter of a teaspoon of ground ginger and three drops of peppermint oil (i changed this for peppermint essence, but its really just for flavour and freshness, i would feel quite comfortable leaving it out but OH still wants a minty flavour in the mornings!)

To use, just dab a damp toothbrush in and brush as normal. Takes a little while to get used to because theres no foaming, and its easy to use too much (so remember less is more), its also an unusual flavour! But I have had one ulcer in the past few months and I used to suffer very badly around winter time so its a definite improvement for me.
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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #137153 Ellendra
Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:55 am

For a while I used baking soda with a drop of lemon juice, it got my teeth very clean, and lightened the stains too. I got out of the habit because I kept forgetting to grab the stuff from the kitchen every morning. Maybe after my house is built I'll be able to keep it all in the bathroom.

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #137223 LBR
Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:09 pm

I keep a little custard dish full of baking soda on the counter in the bathroom. I just dip my brush in. (Or scoop out a bit for a bath.)

When I travel, I use a small container with a screw-on lid.

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #137232 Rosendula
Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:08 pm

I used to use some that I made with bicarb and some herb. Can't remember which herb though :scratch: I have to admit it tasted pretty awful at first. It takes a while to get used to the different flavour and texture, but I did in the end. I didn't inflict it on my family though - they'll try a lot of stuff, but didn't fancy the homemade toothpaste.

I stopped because I ran out and never go round to making another batch, but I've been thinking about it recently. I might make some this afternoon. I'll see if I can find the recipe that I used.

Thanks for reminding me :cheers:
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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #141285 Greenbeast
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:45 pm

I make my own bar soap and from that i make liquid soap and thats what i use for toothpaste.
I've made a special small batch up thats a bit more like jelly than liquid.

It works well, i first tried lemon essential oil (i was making liquid hand soap at the time), which was alright. But just this weekend i've used peppermint oil instead, so now it is minty fresh (to convince my OH, although its not strong enough flavour for her apparently)

I didn't know about issue with peppermint, i'll look into that now...

And no, it doesn't taste like soap, well not to me after 3 weeks of use anyway

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #190861 southeast-isher
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:03 pm

LBR wrote:I keep a little custard dish full of baking soda on the counter in the bathroom. I just dip my brush in. (Or scoop out a bit for a bath.)

When I travel, I use a small container with a screw-on lid.


Thanks, that's a good tip - i think i will do that next time. I just bought some Tom's herbal toothpaste (fennel, propolis, and myrrh) from Sainsbnrys. It's lovely stuff but cost me three pounds roughly :-s

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #193281 the.fee.fairy
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:25 pm

I saw someone on etsy selling toothpaste soap (like a bar of soap, but designed to be used as toothpaste), and i was going to make my own, but i couldn't find a recipe.

I'm going to have to find out what bicarb is in Chinese i think...

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #193286 JillStephens7
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:16 pm

Do you remember that solid toothpaste power in a tin? I wonder what that was made of? Can't remember what it was called.

Can't quite remember but I think Tom's got bought out by someone huge a few years ago? Colgate maybe? Lovely stuff though.

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Re: Homemade toothpaste white teeth

Post: #235483 tinacarolan
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:37 pm

does anyone know of a natural whitener for your teeth
hope someone does ,many thanks

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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #235487 greenorelse
Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:19 pm

We've made our own toothpaste for years now: vegetable glycerin (to bind everything) mixed with bicarb and a little salt. Add a few drops of organic peppermint oil for zing.

A whitener? You could try rubbing vinegar on your teeth everyday: but rinse it off once you've had a good rub. It's an acid after all.
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Re: Homemade toothpaste

Post: #235493 RuthG
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:37 pm

JillStephens7 wrote:Do you remember that solid toothpaste power in a tin? I wonder what that was made of? Can't remember what it was called.

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Eucryl by any chance? Stiff and pink and recommended for smokers.


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