Around here, we don’t use very many purchased hygiene products. There are some items that we simply “opt-out” of using all together, others that we replace with a single ingredient product (i.e. coconut oil for dry skin), and a select few that we still purchase for one reason or another.
What? We don’t make everything ourselves?! Hey, we’re working on it.
When we do buy these types of products, we look for ones with the fewest and most natural ingredients, steering clear of words we can’t pronounce and the ingredients we know to be big no-no’s, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol.
After trying many different toothpastes over the years, a while back I finally found one I could feel good about using! It’s called Earthpaste and it’s made with things you wouldn’t expect to see in a toothpaste. Like clay and salt. But you know what it’s not made with? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Propylene Glycol.
As with most quality products, Earthpaste comes at a price.
Being newlyweds who just bought a 14-acre farm, and are feeding lots of mouths – 2 human, 2 canine, 4 bovine, 15 ovine (that is…at last count), 1 anserine, and about 40 anatine and galline combined – we are on a budget and when it comes to saving, every little bit helps.
(I got as far as bovine in that list and then had to consult google for the rest…I’m not that smart.)
So what exactly is my point here? I finally made toothpaste, and it turned out great! Joe and I both really like it, and it was quick and easy to make too.
I was going for something Earthpaste-esque, and also wanted to incorporate a little activated charcoal for its supposed whitening effects. Coffee anyone?
I left it unsweetened, just like the variety of Earthpaste we have been using. But if you give this recipe a try and want to add a little xylitol or stevia for sweetness, I won’t stop ya.
Here’s what I came up with.
The star ingredient, bentonite clay – 2 tablespoons (note: contact with metal will reduce the clay’s effectiveness, so be sure to stay away from metal bowls, spoons, etc.)
Real salt – 1/8 teaspoon
Activated charcoal – 1/2 teaspoon
Be careful with this stuff. You don’t want to accidentally, say…spill it on your butcher block counter top and not be able to get it all out. Not that I’m speaking from experience…ahem.
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Filtered water – approximately 2 tablespoons, enough to bring it all together into a paste
Stir, stir, stir
Into a glass jar it goes, and that’s it! Just apply a small amount for each brushing.