3 Ingredient Tooth Powder
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“What’s in my toothpaste?” Survey Says! A TON! Additives such as sorbitol (sweetener), sodium laurel sulfate (skin irritant), and cellulose gum (filler) are prevalent in all of the major brands. And most of them aren’t even needed to clean your teeth, so why are they in there? Hmmm . . . good question.
“What about the tube that it comes in . . . is it recyclable?” Nope! It’s too hard to clean, and therefore, doesn’t get recycled.
Well that sucks! Considering the average person goes through about 389 tubes of toothpaste in their life, is there an alternative that has less fillers and won’t end up (NOT) rotting in a landfill? You betcha!
Last year, I set out to create a tooth paste that was free of additives and chemicals, and would eliminate any packaging that could not be recycled/reused. I realized I could make an effective dental cleaner with just a few ingredients, most of which were already in my kitchen. I tried several recipes along the way, but they either tasted horribly, were too harsh for my sensitive teeth (I had been brushing with Sensodyne for over a decade), or required so many ingredients that it defeated the purpose of trying to lower my waste.
After experimenting with different ratios, I finally arrived at my 3-Ingredient Tooth Powder (i.e. toothpaste minus the paste part). It cleans your teeth and gums, has a hint of cinnamon, and isn’t overpowering (like most toothpastes which obliterate your taste buds for at least an hour). Months after using it, I visited my dentist to get his stamp of approval. And so said, so done! He said my teeth looked great, giving me the confidence to keep doin’ ma thang!
But what good is a recipe if you can’t share it?!?! So here it is:
My Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe
(P.S. Did I mention it takes less than a minute to make?)
- 2 pt Bentonite Clay (removes toxins & alkalizes your mouth)
- 1 pt Organic Cinnamon (fights bacteria & adds flavor)
- 1 pt Baking Soda (helps remove stains, bacteria and plaque; reduces irritation; exfoliates & alkalizes your teeth)
**For a small test size, you can use 1 teaspoon for each ‘pt’
- Pour each ingredient into a glass jar and mix with a non-metal utensil (see why in the disclosure below). Store with a lid.
- To use: wet your toothbrush and apply a pea sized amount of tooth powder onto your brush. Brush as usual.
**If you want an extra punch of mintiness, you can add a drop of Peppermint Oil to your brush.
If DIY just ain’t your thing, you can also buy tooth powder on Amazon. I’ve tried this brand called ‘The Dirt’ and it’s delicious! Plus, you can reuse the glass jar once it’s finished.
Aside from toothpaste, there are tons of ways to make your dental routine a little more eco-friendly. Here are some of my favorites:
Mainstream floss is made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is not biodegradable. Another not-so-fun-fact: PTFE is also know as Teflon in its other applications (e.g. the coating on your nonstick pan), which has been proven to emit toxins. When it comes to getting in between your chompers, compostable dental floss is your eco-friendly solution. It’s made of biodegradable silk, so you don’t have to worry about its effects on the environment after using it.
Dental hygiene isn’t just about clean teeth. Our tongues harbor and expel toxins and bacteria, which is why scraping your tongue is the best way of getting that gunk out. To learn more, check out: 5 Reasons to Scrape Your Tongue Every Day. I’ve had my eye on one of these tongue scrapers for a while now, but I actually have a spoon from Ikea that does the trick just fine. I scrape my tongue every time I brush my teeth, and its amazing what comes off of it. If you don’t have a spoon with thin enough edges to get a good scrape, this tongue scraper will fix you right up.
To say that I’ve tested out a lot of bamboo toothbrushes would be an understatement, but even with so many brands on the market, woobamboo comes out on top, time and time again. Their toothbrush is the only bamboo alternative that feels just as smooth as a plastic toothbrush, which many people wouldn’t think to consider when buying a bamboo toothbrush. I’ll never forget the first bamboo toothbrush I tried. It felt like I had popped a piece of plywood into my mouth and could feel the wood grain going against the inside of my mouth. It almost turned me off of bamboo toothbrushes forever, but I eventually had the courage to try a different brand, which ended up being woobamboo and I’m so glad I did. Eliminating plastic toothbrushes from your dental routine is a significant sustainable swap that’s super simple.
No one wants their toothbrush rolling around in their bag. That’s just nasty, but instead of getting a plastic toothbrush holder, you can get one made of bamboo, which is not only lightweight and biodegradable, it’s naturally antibacterial, so your toothbrush will be C-L-E-A-N.
- This recipe works great for sensitive teeth, but knowing that everyone’s body chemistry is different, you may want to tinker with the recipe to find something that works well for you.
- Do not allow the bentonite clay to come into contact with metal as it reduces its effectiveness. Avoid metal containers or metal measuring spoons when making and storing this recipe.