This was a tricky one to transition into using for us. But I think I’ve got most of the kinks worked out to the point I can feel confident about sharing it.
I’ve heard from lots of places that you can just brush with baking soda, but I’m really the type of person who needs the feel and texture of the paste that I’ve been used to, and since I had almost all the ingredients already, I figured I’d try it out. After several months, I’m still using it and have grown to really like it. This is a modified version of a recipe I came across online somewhere but tweaked it a bit to my own liking.
You will need:
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
- 1 packet of Stevia powder
- 15-20 drops Peppermint essential oil (1 tsp. peppermint extract works ok, but I prefer the oil)
- 3/4 tsp. Hydrogen peroxide
- Water, as needed
- A jar to store it in, and a small spoon
If you’ve made my deodorant recipe, you’ll already have the coconut oil. The next “odd” ingredient you’ll need for this one is stevia powder. Stevia is a natural sweetener like sugar, but sweeter, and it will not ferment the way sugar will. You can find a box of little packets in the baking aisle of the grocery store, by the small packets of sugar, equal, and other sweeteners.
Without adding any water, this paste comes out really crumbly. It depends on the season if you need to add water or not. If it’s summer and your home is warm enough to liquify the coconut oil (76 degrees or warmer), then you probably won’t need to add any water. But you will need to make sure to stir it before each use because the oil will separate. When the weather turned cooler, I found that the paste was too solid to use, and adding a bit of water helped a lot. It’s hard to say exactly how much water you’ll need, just add it a bit at a time until the paste reaches the consistency you want.
You’ll need a wide-mouth jar to store it in, and a little spoon to scoop it out and onto your toothbrush. I tried refilling our old toothpaste tube, but it’s just about impossible to get it in there, and even worse to squeeze it back out, especially if the weather is warm, and the oil has separated. It’s not worth it. The jar takes a little getting used to, but it is nice to know exactly what is in your toothpaste.