In order to keep my beloved carbon footprint as low as I possibly can, I recently stopped using toothpaste.
The kind you get in a store that is! Gotcha! teehee
Instead of using products with ingredients I can barely pronounce, I now clean my dientes… my way. The Eco Badass Goddess way!
What I have noticed since switching from store-bought to DIY is that:
- I can pronounce every ingredient, and
- My teeth still feel squeaky clean HOURS after my morning brushing. I am talking about that kind of clean that lasts well into the wee hours of the night.
So… ♫ this is how I do it! ♫ 😉
Mix the following ingredients with a wooden spoon in a small glass jar. (Using metal will deactivate the clay.)
2 tablespoons Baking Soda (aluminum free; absorbs odor, whitens and polishes)
1 1/4 tablespoons of organic Coconut oil (acts as an antibacterial)
1 tablespoon Sage (rubbed)
1 teaspoon Neem Leaf (ground finely)
1 teaspoon Clove Buds (ground finely)
1/2 teaspoon Bentonite Clay (detoxifies; remineralizes the teeth)
1/4 teaspoon organic Stevia Leaf extract (sweetens the mix a bit)
1/8 teaspoon extra fine Himalayan Pink Salt (provides healthy minerals)
10 drops of organic Peppermint essential oil (no more than 20 as it can irritate the sensitive skin around your mouth; acts as an antibacterial and antiseptic)
Store in your medicine cabinet. When ready to use, just dab some on your toothbrush and rock out. (If you live with other people, and do not want to share, whip up a jar for them.)
In a 1-quart pot, place 30 (wild harvested) sage leaves (or 1/4 cup organic sage rubbed leaves) in 2 cups of filtered water and gently bring to a boil (low-medium heat). [Sage is an astringent and also whitens the teeth.]
Allow to cool then strain.
Pour liquid into a 16-ounce mason jar.
Add 5 drops of organic Peppermint essential oil.
Store in your medicine cabinet. When ready to use, give a gentle shake (before opening) then take a small swig (about 15ml) and get to rinsing!
Easy peasy and less waste! Happy cleaning!