As my family gets more into homesteading and begins to move toward being off-grid, I needed an easy yet effective toothpaste that wasn’t full of chemicals, nor contained unsustainable plastics. We were using Tom’s of Maine toothpaste for quite a while now, but I was over the garbage. I didn’t want the packaging anymore and I wanted a cheaper option. That’s where tooth polish comes in. It looks quite a bit different than the toothpaste you buy at the store, mainly because it doesn’t come in a tube and isn’t a paste or a polish, but instead a powder.
This tooth polish does amazing things for the health of your teeth and it is simple to make and cost effective.
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
- 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- 5-6 drops of essential oil of peppermint
- Mix all dry ingredients together
- Blend essential oil into the melted coconut oil, then pour into the dry mixture
- Continue to mix until fully blended. The dry ingredients will absorb the oils and become a dry powder
- Place into a jar of your choice
- To use, simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder, then brush normally
Like I said, it looks a bit different than the toothpaste you may be accustomed to, but it is so much better for your teeth. I have sensitive teeth, and the sugars or sugar alternatives used in most toothpastes really bother me, but this is not sweet at all and still gives you that minty aftertaste. While brushing, you may notice that your teeth are black, don’t worry, it’s just the charcoal, but when you are all done brushing, they will be pearly white with no charcoal remaining.
Where I buy my Ingredients
Baking Soda – Aldi, they sell them for about 50¢ per box
Sea Salt – Any grocery store, you can use any type of sea salt you prefer
Activated Charcoal – Amazon
Coconut Oil – Aldi, I pay around $5 per jar, which is quite cheap in my neck of the woods
Peppermint Essential Oil – Amazon
I also buy my bamboo toothbrushes on Amazon, if anyone was interested in them as well. I was sick of throwing away all the plastic and these were less than the price of plastic toothbrushes, so it was a win-win!