Not all zero waste swaps are easy — my quest for a good shampoo bar has been filled with high hopes and much disappointment, let me tell you — but making your own toothpaste is stupidly easy, cheap, and effective.
It also comes without any nasty ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, the demon foaming agent that gave me canker sores for about a decade while growing up. Meanwhile, all of the ingredients involved have antibacterial, cavity-fighting, remineralizing, and whitening properties of their own.
I’ve had the best results using a quick 5-minute DIY toothpaste recipe from Modern Hippie Health & Wellness:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tbsp baking soda
- 1-2 tbsp xylitol (grind in a coffee grinder, if possible)
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Heat the coconut oil on low heat on the stovetop, and then add in the xylitol. Once that’s mixed into the oil (it should still have texture to it), add it to a container with baking soda and peppermint, mix it, and store. Feel free to alter the ratio to suit your preference as need.
It’s super easy, and you can get all the ingredients unpackaged at Bulk Barn. Yes, even xylitol with the weird-sounding name.