Sunday, February 12, 2012

Homemade toothpaste revisited

One reason I love having this blog is that I often learn as much my readers as they are likely to learn from me. When I talked about making my own homemade toothpaste, someone suggested adding coconut oil to it to make it more paste-like. Since my kids didn't love my homemade toothpaste and longed for something more paste-like, I decided to give this reader advice a try.

Baking soda, peppermint oil and coconut oil

I was pretty impressed with the result. My kids did like this version of the toothpaste better. It may not look like paste from the picture below, but it is much less powdery than the previous version.

Trust me, this is much more paste-like.

As for me, I still think I like the powdery toothpaste better (from my first recipe) for two reasons. First, I like the abrasiveness of the powder--when I use the powder my teeth feel crazy-clean. With the paste they feel pretty comparable, clean-wise, to regular natural toothpastes. Secondly, I like the powder because I notice the whitening effects of the baking soda more when I use the powder versus the paste.

Some readers may really love the news that the paste doesn't feel as abrasive as the powder. A good compromise for those worried about a toothpaste being too abrasive might be to use the less abrasive paste on a regular basis and use the powder once a week or so for super-cleaning and whitening action!

I'm thinking of getting some cinnamon flavoring to experiment with another flavor.

Has anyone else done a comparison of homemade toothpastes? Do you use or know of a toothpaste recipe that hasn't been mentioned?

UPDATE: Please read my experiences after using homemade baking soda toothpaste for two months.

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