By Liesl Clark
When you’re trying to go plastic-free, toothpaste is vexing for most people. It’s one of the most popular items people look up in our app. But vex no more! We have a plastic-free toothpaste/tooth powder recipe that’ll keep you happy and make you wonder why we all strayed from this basic recipe years ago in the first place.
I remember the days of tooth powder. It came in a family-size metal bottle with a top on it that you could shake over your toothbrush and the powder would come out. Pretty basic. But this stuff was great and I wonder why we’ve replaced it with paste in a plastic tube?
My family has used variations of this recipe for the past 4 years, on-again and off-again, and we’re always happy when we get back to using it. The baking soda cleans my teeth better than any other toothpaste out there.
And it takes less than 3 minutes to put it together:
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
2 pipette stoppers-ful of liquid stevia (liquid stevia comes in glass jars with stoppers)
1/4 teaspoon organic peppermint flavor (It’s a combination of sunflower oil and peppermint oil)
1/8 teaspoon organic mint extract
Mix your ingredients together in a small bowl or small mason jar.
The next step is perhaps the toughest: Finding the right container to hold and apply your tooth powder with. I found a pretty vanilla extract bottle with a small lid that works perfectly. We just shake it over our toothbrushes over the sink and if any powder falls into the sink it’s an added bonus for cleaning the sink! Baking soda has many uses. Cleaning your teeth AND your sink are just 2 of them.
So, why not give it a try? You’ll love the clean feel of this toothpaste/powder. It’s truly somewhere half-way in between a paste and a powder and feels great!
If a plastic-free toothbrush is what you’re after, check out this nice bamboo one I’ve been using:
Toothbrushes wash up on our beaches much too often, presumably because of the sewage that oft seeps into Puget Sound and the Pacific. Going plastic-free in the bathroom is a great way to reduce our overall impact. Our post on toothbrushes can also help you find helpful reuses for your old brushes.
Oh, and if it’s fluoride you’re after, it tends to be in most municipal water supplies in their”optimally fluoridated water,” now at a lower level than previously prescribed. Many dentists are recommending non-fluoridated toothpastes, because there’s enough in our water. But if you need more, your dentist can prescribe you the right level of supplements.
If you still have some toothpaste tubes to deal with, check out some of the reuses in our Trash Backwards app:
And if you have your own favorite toothpaste recipe to share, please do!