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How do you make toothpaste?

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Although you can make toothpaste using a variety of methods, one easy method involves mixing baking soda, water and glycerin to form a paste. Add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to give the toothpaste an acceptable flavor.

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  1. Mix baking soda with water

    Combine half a cup of baking soda with one teaspoon of finely ground sea salt in a mixing bowl. Mix with enough water to form a thick paste.

  2. Add glycerin

    Combine 6 teaspoons of glycerin with the baking soda and salt mixture. Add a little bit more water if the mixture is too thick. Check the thickness by spooning out some of the mixture with a metal teaspoon. If the mixture is too thin and runs off the spoon, add more baking soda.

  3. Add peppermint essential oil

    Mix 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to the baking soda mixture using a dropper. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and pour the mixture into a mason jar.

  4. Check for taste

    Check the taste by using the toothpaste. Although the texture is different from that of ready-made toothpaste, it is easy to scoop it onto your toothbrush for use. Store the toothpaste in the mason jar with the lid on it.

Other recipes for homemade toothpaste include a coconut oil toothpaste made by combining 6 tablespoons coconut oil, 6 tablespoons baking soda, 25 drops of essential oil of your choice and 1 teaspoon Stevia. Add more Stevia if the toothpaste is too bitter. Any essential oil can be used and is a matter of personal taste, but eucalyptus and grapefruit are suggested. After mixing, store the toothpaste in a Mason jar.

Remineralizing toothpaste is made with 5 parts calcium powder, 2 parts baking soda and 3 to 5 parts coconut oil. Add xylitol powder to reduce the bitter taste of the toothpaste, essential oils for flavor and 1 part diatomaceous earth, although diatomaceous earth may be unnecessary in combination with the baking soda. Mix all of the powdered ingredients together, such as the calcium, baking soda and xylitol, and then add coconut oil slowly until a desired consistency is reached. Add the essential oils last. As with the other ingredients, this should be stored in a glass jar.

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