I remembered a couple of people I've known saying they brush their teeth with baking soda. Honestly, this struck me as kind of gross. I like strong minty breath that provides evidence of teeth brushing. However, I came across a local place that sells essential oils pretty cheap and I was able to pick up some peppermint oil. I decided to mix it with the baking soda and see what happens.
|baking soda and peppermint oil|
|All mixed up|
Wow! I can't tell you the last time I was so excited by a product, especially one I made! It works AMAZINGLY! The baking soda gets all the build up off my teeth (from my 2 cup a day coffee habit) and my breath was SO minty fresh! I absolutely love it.
Even if it cost the same as store bought, I would still use this homemade toothpaste. Of course, this stuff is a fraction of the cost. How much, you ask? Well, I probably bought a box of baking soda for less than $1 and my peppermint oil was less than $3, so I would say that for $4, I will have enough toothpaste makings to last my family for at least a year. Since I was spending almost $4 a month, that means homemade toothpaste is 1/12 the cost!
|Okay this picture is dorky, but MAN do my teeth feel clean!|
UPDATE: Please read my experiences after using homemade baking soda toothpaste for two months.