Well, it had to be done….or tried, at least. Here’s the recipe I used for my homemade toothpaste:
- 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
RESULT: It tastes very salty…and I’m wincing as I type in the memory of the flavour. But it’s worth a try……………….or is it? I’m wondering now, how do I stop it becoming unhygenically contaminated by 4 different toothbrushes (owned by members of my family) dipping in and out of it? I’m keeping it in a sealed plastic box (one I already possessed). I suspect once my children have tried it, they will go out and buy their own toothpaste!
I looked on Colgate’s website for their opinions on homemade toothpaste: ‘ There are many products that DIY enthusiasts can make on their own, but toothpaste shouldn’t be one of them. To protect your teeth, make sure to buy toothpaste with cavity-fighting fluoride. ‘ well; you might say – they would say this because they want us to buy their toothpaste! However, they state the following reasons:
- Homemade toothpastes leave out flouride which keeps enamel strong
- Bicarbonate of soda may be harmful to enamel. (As it is often suggested as a natural alternative oven cleaner, I can appreciate this!)
- It may be difficult to keep it sanitary.
- You may need to keep it in the fridge.
Conclusion: Maybe this is one plastic product I will have to buy? The other alternative is ‘tooth tabs’…available at Lush in a no-no plastic bottle, or sold for 5p each at ‘The Market Garden’ Eynsham.
And, on the ‘goodness of goats’ – My husband bought me this shampoo bar today – wrapped in paper…hoorah! And, it is suitable for irritating skin conditions (which I have). Feedback coming soon on this product. It was bought in Abingdon at our local excellence market (on a Saturday every 3 months). See the pic for the website.