Un-Colgate your Colgate

This weekend I decided to Crest the hill of good health and chemical free living and experiment with home made toothpaste.  I have tried this before and was woefully disappointed and decided that I just didn’t give a Gum any longer and went back to my Colgate Total which is less than Aqua Fresh. I have sensitive teeth you see and any other toothpaste leaves me in pain after a few weeks.

Oil pulling, the activity whereby you rid your body of some of it’s most annoying toxins by swishing coconut oil and a drop of your favorite essential oils for upwards of 20 min a few days a week, seems to help with my sensitivity, so I am hopeful that is a thing of the past. Does anyone else have a hard time with the 20 min rule? Unless I am asleep, 20 min of no talking is the cruelest form of torture for me…although maybe a great blessing for the family.

Anyhoo, as I said, I have tried the coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste and just was not impressed. So, I tried 2 new recipes that I have found online and one was great, and the other…well, I am still picking eggshells out of my teeth.

The first recipe involved me boiling the egg shells from our happy hens. Then I let them dry for several days. Next was the laborious job of grinding them to powder to make my bread toothpaste. The whole time I was doing it, I just couldn’t get FE FI FO FUM out of my head. I will probably have nightmares. Why would anyone do this, you might ask? Because egg shells are high in calcium which is good for your teeth. But not mine, because, oops, there’s an egg shell. Maybe I need a more powerful grinder. But I just can't see the shells ever turning to complete powder. I will experiment more with that one. Here is the recipe:

Dash of Sea Salt
3-4 T Water
1/2 t Xylitol
1 T coconut oil (optional)
1 drops clove, cinnamon, or a protective blend of essential oil
Add the warm water to a small bowl. Add the clay one teaspoon at a time until combined. Add the salt and Xylitol.  Keep stirring and it turns smooth as silk. Add the essential oil. (I used orange and peppermint for the kids)

I tried it out. My teeth are still smiling. It is not too bad tasting either. And no crunchy stuff. I missed the coconut oil, however, so I did add some back to the paste and that worked well.You could do it or not. I just like the properties of coconut oil and want that one in there. It looks all pasty, just like toothpaste!

You could certainly stop here, cut that tip off and use it for your toothpaste dispenser, but I had a better idea...maybe not better, and definitely more work!  I did something I have always wanted to do, but never dared.

Nope, that wasn’t the elf on the shelf. It was me. And it was fun. What was not fun, however was getting my perfect paste in that tiny tube. I persevered however and won't the hubs get a shock when he squeezes that out tonight. It is not even April Fools day!

In the end both hubs and I like it. The kids say it tastes like, and I quote here, "Blood and Spit" mixed together. But are willing to try it again if I will flavor it with say, orange essential oils. Just keeping it real here folks. Not everyone is always thrilled with our home made lifestyle. Being the mom is hard sometimes, but someone has to do it. And I will do it with a smile, preferably eggshell free!

***Note: This recipe will leave your teeth feeling very clean, but if your mouth still feels like morning breath, use a little mouthwash. One drop of peppermint or clove oil on your tongue, then a bit of water and swish. That will take care of it!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I too have sensitive teeth and other recipes I have tried for homemade toothpaste left me with a blah feeling. I can't wait to try this!

  2. A year of oil pulling has taken away any sensitivity my teeth had. The dentist thinks my home made toothpaste is great too!

  3. What a timely post! We've been looking for homemade toothpaste recipes for remineralizing teeth. Unfortunately, I have no Redmond clay, so /i'll have to get ahold of that before I can try it out. Pinning this!

  4. tip for reusing toothpaste tube - cut the crimped end off, insert homemade toothpaste and use a tube squeezer to close. you can even find them at the dollar store, but here's what i'm talking about:


  5. The tip for reusing the toothpaste tubes is great! I will try oil pulling; even though my teeth aren't sensitive I'm sure I've got toxins to get rid of.

    And Janine you are funny. I can't believe you went through all that trouble with the eggshells to make toothpaste. What a bummer that it didn't work.

  6. What a great blog! So glad you shared w/ Brilliant Solutions group! Thank you!!!