Over a lifetime the average person will use approximately 50 liters or 620 tubes of toothpaste. That is a lot of tubes and a lot of toothpaste!
Children swallow large amounts of toothpaste relative to what they use. Even as adults we will consistently consume small amounts of it daily. Toothpaste is not the only personal care product getting into our bodies and blood stream. In additional articles, we talk about why more people are turning to natural products and some very good reasons to go natural. The toothpaste we use and how we maintain our oral hygiene affects our health, so it is worthwhile making sure we are confident our toothpaste contains ingredients we are comfortable consuming.
How Do You Make Homemade Natural Toothpaste?
The great news is it will take you longer to drive to the store and buy your regular toothpaste than it will to make this homemade natural toothpaste – it’s that quick and easy!
How much you choose to make will depend on the size of your family and how much toothpaste you use daily, so scale up the recipe as needed.
Added Benefits of Homemade Natural Toothpaste
Yes, there are extra benefits!
- Natural toothpaste does not contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) so it will not make foods taste terrible soon after brushing. Go on, drink that orange juice and enjoy every sip!
- There are no humectants in homemade natural toothpaste so it will not stick to your basin like hardened glue or coat the edges of your lips white. Bye-bye toothpaste marks!
- Baking soda balances mouth PH and aids in reminineralisation (healing) of tooth enamel. Check out our blog post on the benefits of baking soda in oral care.
- No more toothpaste tubes! Toothpaste tubes are usually made from a combination of plastic and aluminium, and they do not degrade. Tubes cannot be recycled in South Africa – all +600 tubes per person will pile up in landfills for future generations to deal with.