I am assuming that we all know the power of “good-ole” baking soda when it comes to cleaning our homes! But baking soda is not only for cleaning our homes, it could also be used to clean parts of our bodies, too, such as the teeth! This all-natural powerful ingredient will surely bring a brighter smile to the one who uses it constantly!
I have seen it used (and even tried it myself) just on a toothbrush with some water. Taste terrible! After all, who likes this grainy bitter-ish taste of baking soda? Or used in homemade or commercially produced toothpaste. Those commercial producers know the power of baking soda – that is why they include it in toothpaste to brightening and whiten teeth. You may have seen the kind of toothpastes at the stores that include baking soda. Such as the Arm and Hammer kind as seen here in this link or just Colgate with the whitening effect as seen here.
I have been using and experimenting with essential oils in various body and beauty products. The other day, I was watching the Rachael Ray day time TV show and learned a tip from a person who DIYs her beauty products. One of the products she showed was how to make homemade toothpaste. It’s the only kind of toothpaste she ever uses. She claimed that it cleans really well! Even her tester on the show agreed. Although I did not hear all that she said clearly because the kids were talking, I gathered the ingredients and decided to give the toothpaste a try. I figured it could not hurt because in reality, baking soda does not need help to clean something. So adding a few other great ingredients like coconut oil and peppermint essential oil would make the paste even more powerful.
You can read about some great benefits of coconut oil in one of my post. For the essential oil, I used Young Living peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil is very strong so only a few drops will do. It is used for respiratory and digestive support but one cannot beat the refreshing taste of peppermint! Adding a few drops to the paste makes a difference and you don’t feel like you are just tasting raw baking soda! Both the coconut and peppermint oils make the paste a little less grainy and bitter.
You may think using baking soda on your teeth is gross, like I did before I made it into a paste. But I am telling you, my teeth feels way cleaner than it does with regular toothpaste. After the very first use, I was truly amazed of how smooth and clean my teeth were and just wanted to keep on brushing. But I figured I’d shoot some photos for the blog first:)
Does it mean that I have thrown away my other toothpaste? Nope! Still have them. I have not totally become an all-natural toothpaste maker, yet. But I am using this baking soda concoction as an additional cleaning agent and loving it, too! Can’t wait to make the next batch!
- 4 Tablespoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- (1/2 teaspoon coconut oil plus 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon baking soda)
- A 4 oz cosmetic storage jar.
- Mix all the ingredients into a paste.
- Store in a small 4 oz storage jar or other small cosmetic storage item.
- To use, apply to toothbrush like you would with regular toothpaste.
- Stir mixture every few days in between uses. I find that the oils tend to settle a little at the bottom when not in use.
Have you ever been willing to try something like this? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!
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