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Backpacking Toothpaste/Tooth Powder

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When you're going backpacking, every bit of weight counts. One of the places where I think unnecessary weight is most commonly added is in toiletries- people bring along their regular liquid- or gel-based toiletries, so a big part of what they're carrying is just water! When I go backpacking, I like to reduce the weight in this department by making a simple, dentist-approved tooth powder. It's very simple, easy to make, and a little goes a very long way!




It doesn't taste great, though. I like to add crushed mint leaves to mine to make it taste better. I've read that you can also try adding things like wintergreen oil, though I've never tried it.

Enjoy, and happy trails!
I'm looking into using baking soda for cleaning my dog's teeth. I understand dogs are ridiculously sensitive to mint. I will try wrapping a cloth soaked in a strong solution round a finger. going to try washing out all the disolvables in smart price paste
camppop10 months ago
How do you mix it? 1:1?
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  camppop10 months ago
I mixed mine 3:1 (baking soda:salt)
Shadri1 year ago
What's the ratio of baking soda to salt? :)
chokapi1 year ago
Baking soda is actually an excellent multitasker. It can be used, of course for brushing teeth, but can also be used as a mild abrasive when cleaning mess kits. It also helps soothe a sour stomach after that vindaloo curry. Make a sachet with the corner of a t-shirt and stick it down the toes of those nasty boots to absorb odor. I usually don't bring more than a couple of ounces in a 5-hour energy bottle.

Something it also does is eliminate one more thing bears like: Toothpaste.

And there is a salt crystal that is very effective at eliminating body odor, and eliminates another bear attractant: Perfumed deodorant.
noypito2 years ago
I currently use baking soda in place of commercially sold soap, shampoo and toothpaste. It cleans better.
MsJan noypito1 year ago
I use baking soda for cleaning and white vinegar also. I make my own bath soap. I have MCS and sounds like you could have it also.
madduxm2 years ago
You may want to add some activated charcoal to this for it's teeth cleaning properties. I would not premix it in case it came in handy for accidental poisoning or stomach discomfort while on a long trek.
Yes, but this is intended for weight-conscious backpackers, if you add activated charcoal you might as well just bring regular toothpaste as the weight savings would be lost.
well only a few grams...not a pound of it....