by Kaki Flynn
I can't stand the taste or feel of your average, store-bought toothpaste - it feels and tastes like plastic. This simple recipe is edible (anything that goes in your mouth should be!). As an expedition instructor for Outward Bound and other companies, of course having something that won't harm the wilderness is important to me as well!
- 3 Ingredients
- Edible, as should all things be that go anywhere on or in your body!
- Small glass gar (pictured is 5 oz. size) or other container. Glass preferred.
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda (a couple of teaspoons is plenty)
- Chopped Mint Leaves (a tablespoon full)
3/1/1 ratio (I just eyeballed it; it's that simple)
- Heat coconut oil over low heat until just barely melted. Takes about 30 seconds.
- Pour into container until almost 3/4 full.
- Add Baking Soda
- Add Mint Leaves
Shake. Will cool at room temperature.
Scrape toothbrush across the top of the jar, just coating top of bristles. Brush normally.
COST: Less than $1 per jar
1.00 Glass jar/container (I reuse one from my pantry)
.99: Box Baking Soda
5.00: Jar Coconut Oil
.50: Bunch of Mint Leaves (or free from yard! Grow your own!)
While it may be $6.50 for supplies - a 5 oz. jar will cost you $1.25 tops. I used a left-over spice jar.
Making the toothpaste? Split the cost with friends. This is also a great pre-camping or backpacking activity to do with a group. It will work out to less than .50 for a month's worth of toothpaste!
Literally 100s of uses for these simple ingredients:
Make a glass of iced-tea in a mason jar; and add the mint. I also throw leftover leaves into a water-bottle filled with ice water.
100 uses, many listed right here on Instructables!
Spread on your lips as a quick lip gloss
melt some to pour over popcorn (I love hot sauce & coconut oil on my popcorn)
Spread it on toast instead of butter.
Happy plastic-free, delicious, planet-friendly brushing fellow Makers ...
* Sea Glass
The blue stone on top of the jar is sea glass from Cumberland Island, Georgia - a place l worked as the resident naturalist for the Greyfield Inn. Plastics are choking our oceans, as well as the pollution from the agricultural run-off from the animals we eat. The sea glass is one more happy reminder of what we protect when we change little things.
20,000 Tubes of Toothpaste
Amelia Island, my hometown, has roughly 20,000 people. Everyone easily averages at least one tube of toothpaste a year. If my tiny island committed to banning plastic toothpaste tubes, and made homemade toothpaste - we would take 20,000 tubes of toothpaste out of the ocean.
Brush Like an Egyptian:
My friend Bernadette in Egypt used spearmint from Dahab to make this! With 82 Million Egyptians - getting people to use a recipe like this would change the world from her side of the globe! My recipe is actually pretty close to one written by the Egyptians thousands of years ago (a fun thing to research on your own!).
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