One of the unexpected benefits of hopping aboard the natural living train was learning to make frugal [we’re talking really cheap] versions of products that I already used. Instead of paying $5 for a bottle of all-purpose cleaner, I could make it for pennies using vinegar and water. Rather than spend hundreds a year on paper towels, I could repurpose old rags. One of the biggest revelations of all? Learning how to make my own personal care products.
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Toothpaste is a good place to start. Store-bought toothpaste is full of questionable ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate [SLS], triclosan, fluoride, microbeads, and artificial colors and sweeteners. Even natural toothpaste comes in a tube that is not recyclable. Ready made zero waste toothpaste options include tooth powder in a glass jar or tooth tablets, but these can be pricey and difficult to find.
This all-natural homemade toothpaste is zero waste, leaves my teeth feeling cleaner than the store-bought stuff, and costs under a dollar to make. This is the basic recipe, but plan to experiment with the ratios until you’ve created your perfect toothpaste! For a true zero waste experience, try brushing with a compostable bamboo toothbrush.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
10 drops liquid stevia
15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix together with a spoon and store in a jar. Store at room temperature and pop it in the refrigerator for an hour if it gets too melty.
What are your favorite personal care products to DIY?
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