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This. Is. Not. Your. Average. Toothpaste. Tutorial.
I love the DIY world. I love Pinterest. I love Martha Stewart. I love anyone who loves to do and make things themselves!
I’m a stay at home mother who likes to have the organic veggies and healthy household products…but on a budget.
One of the ways I’ve cut an expense for my family, is making my own toothpaste. Do they love the taste of it? L.O.L.
BUT does it save us money? Yes.
I’m not talking about just the cost of the actual toothpaste itself either. I’m talking less dental visits…fewer cavities…no more whitening products…no more root canals.
I’m talking about a toothpaste that helps to heal your gums and cavities.
I’m talking about a toothpaste recipe SO GOOD that it can even help remineralize your teeth!
I obviously CAN’T 100% guarantee anything, so don’t go and sue me if this doesn’t work for you. (I don’t know your life or your diet or your dental genetics).
Here are the rough costs of the recipe.
Bentonite Clay: $10.90
Organic Coconut Oil: $13.99
Sea Salt: $8.99
Baking Soda: $3.49
Pure Birch Xylitol: $21.90
Spearmint Essential Oil: $6.25
Tea Tree Oil: $8.50
WHOA. That’s a lot of money, right???
This recipe makes 15 ounces of toothpaste.
Your average tube of toothpaste at the store is 6 ounces and costs (on average) $3.00 a tube.
-I averaged out all the Crest toothpaste, plus the fancier kinds, and the like…just to be fair.
(This cost analysis does NOT include: Annual dental cleanings, fillings, teeth whitenings, etc)
The average person uses about .0283 ounces of toothpaste each time they brush. (http://theorganizedpackrat.blogspot.com/2011/05/toothpaste-math.html)
If you brush your teeth twice a day, that’s .0566 ounces a day.
You will be able to use a single tube of toothpaste up in approximately 106 days. (6 ounces per tube/ .0566).
Have a spouse? Kids?
Spouse: 53 days
Spouse plus kid: 35 days (we’ll round down to 30, as we ALL know kids probably use MORE than .0566 ounces of toothpaste daily…HA!)
So for my family, every 30 days we were buying toothpaste.
$3.00x 12 months= $36 a year.
Sarah. $36?!?! That’s it? Buying toothpaste is worth it!
Well then, let’s look at how much it costs to use your own homemade toothpaste.
So our total cost is: $74.02
I’m not going to bore you with all of the calculations on how I figured out my math (E-mail me if you want the figures).
Essentially, with the ingredients you will buy, you can make approximately 32 batches of this toothpaste.
Or: 480 ounces.
Store bought toothpaste: $3.00 for 6 ounces (.50 an ounce)
Homemade: $74.02 for 480 ounces (.15 an ounce)
Store bought cost for the year (for a family of 3): $36
Homemade cost for the year (for a family of 3): $10.80
Basically if you invest in it NOW, you’ll have ingredients to make toothpaste for approximately 6 years.
Pretty awesome, huh?
My recipe is one of kind, not just for the cost saving principals but because I have used multiple ingredients that help whiten, remineralize, and prevent cavities.
Ok. If you want to do more research, read this book: It’s amazing, and how I really got into saving my families teeth. I LOATHE commercial toothpaste, and this book goes into so much detail on our dental care, and how to do it naturally. READ IT.
Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition
by Ramiel Nagel
In regards to ingredients, there is some debate on the use of Xylitol. DO NOT PURCHASE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER. The brand I bought, is pure 100% Birch Xylitol. This is why it cost $20 for a bag. Artificial sweeteners go in toothpastes, which yes, make them taste oh so yummy, and also contributes to furthering decay in your mouth. It’s a VERY detailed and precise science, taking care of your teeth…that doesn’t start with commercial toothpastes.
Ok. I could go on and on, if you would like more information, seriously, purchase the book.
Here’s the recipe!
Let me know if you have any questions or your own adjustments!
If you would like to PURCHASE my toothpaste pre-made (because honestly, sometimes you just don’t have the time), head on over to my online store, right here on my website, and you can order it!
Comments before starting: DO NOT LET THE CLAY TOUCH METAL. Bentonite Clay reacts badly with metal and the clay will do what it is intended to do…pull toxins out of the metal.
I used jelly jars, with plastic red lids, instead of the standard metal lids that come with the jars.
There are plastic reusable tubes on the market, but I like to stay away from plastic when I can, and especially when the product will come into contact with my skin, or be ingested.
1/4 cup + 1 TBLS Bentonite Clay
3/4 cup warm, boiled water
3 TBLS melted Organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 TBLS baking soda
2 tsp Xylitol
10-20 drops essential oil (spearmint)
10-20 drops tea tree oil
-Combine clay and water together.
-Mix in all other ingredients using a silicone whisk. (Whisking helps combine the ingredients better)