Homemade Toothpaste- Salty??
It took a while, but we’ve finally finished the last of our commercial toothpaste. We’ve now begun our little experiment with homemade toothpaste.
To begin with, yes… homemade toothpaste works quite well. It cleans teeth well, it whitens teeth as well or better than the average tube, and it leaves ones mouth feeling rather fresh. Sounds good, right? I (J.) think so. In fact, the only real down side is, for me, the taste. It doesn’t taste that bad; just a little salty. Salty, really?!? Yes, salty. I know, it sounds strange, but our toothpaste has actual salt in it.
6 Teaspoons, Baking Soda
4 Teaspoons, Vegetable Glycerin
1/3 teaspoon, Salt
15 drops, Peppermint Extract
Mix all together. Store in an airtight container.
Why? Well, all of these ingredients can be base elements of something else, so it makes sense for us to have these things on hand for use in other items as well.
Where can I get vegetable glycerin? Many traditional drug stores, apothecary shops, and Whole Foods Markets.
We plan to make another batch and/or add additional peppermint extract to our existing batch to kind of play with the taste. Its not a bad enough taste to keep us from using it (it really does work well) but it certainly would make it more pleasant.
Give this a try if you’re looking for an alternative to store-bought toothpaste, and let us know what you think.