Did you know that most toothpaste containers are not recyclable? “Well, 400 million is the approximate number of how many tubes of toothpaste are discarded every year in the United States. That number is staggering considering that it only covers one country’s waste for that type of packaging”(Dunne).
To help decrease this waste and still keep your oral hygiene up to standards, why not make your own toothpaste? Just follow my simple recipe that includes items you could have around your house already!
- Baking Soda
- 1 Lemon
- Peppermint Extract (Optional)
- Reusable Container or Jar
In a small bowl, put one table spoon of baking soda. Baking soda works as a natural cleaner and whitener. You will find it in most do-it-yourself toothpaste recipes for this reason.
Cut up a small lemon into wedges. Once you have the wedges prepared, squeeze them into the bowl with the baking soda. It will fizz for a few seconds and then disperse. This is a normal reaction as it is bicarbonate soda mixing with the acidity from the lemon juice which will cause the bubbly fizz to happen. For the amount you are creating, it typically takes a full wedge and a bit from another.
Mix the ingredients in the bowl well. It should form a paste-like substance when ready. At the mixing stage, feel free to also add in peppermint extract for a minty taste. However, you don’t need to do this step, if you don’t want to. If you are mixing it and it is not quite a paste, feel free to add either more baking soda or lemon juice depending on your mix. Once, it is all mixed into a paste, you will have a finished product!
With this recipe, you will have clean and shining teeth while also helping the environment by creating less waste. Let me know how your Do-It-Yourself toothpaste goes in the comments section!