Thursday, February 1, 2018

Zero Waste Baby Steps: Toothpaste

We're close to running out of toothpaste so I thought it would be a good time to try a zero waste alternative to purchasing more. I found several recipes online, many requiring specialty ingredients which I don't have. I chose this one because it was simple. I used 1/3 of the called-for ingredients and skipped the peppermint because I don't have any essential oils:
1 Tbs. coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

I used an old baby food jar to store it and an extra baby spoon as my scoop.

(After 3 weeks of use)
I expected this to be a difficult transition because of the difference in flavor and texture. It actually hasn't been bad. The coconut oil provides a hint of flavor, just enough to overpower the baking soda. My teeth feel clean after brushing, and it's so easy to use. I still use a fluoride mouthwash rinse at night, but this has completely replaced my toothpaste. I'm converted!

The Verdict
Making your own toothpaste is an easy, inexpensive zero waste lifestyle change. With some essential oil for flavor, I bet this would taste even better than store-bought toothpaste!