DIY natural toothpaste and zero waste mouthwash
Starting a life with less trash, wanting to switch to natural products? Awesome.
Making your own peelings, cleaning products, food, etc. can be a great opportunity to avoid plastics and unhealthy ingredients. And mostly it is really easy to do this. Like the Zero Waste Mouthwash with only 3 ingredients.
Are you ready to make your own happy choices? If yes, great, feel free to try all the recipes you find, to find the one that suits you best.
If you don`t feel comfortable making your own no worries! There is no need to make everything from scratch. Try and find the most sustainable for you. This could be 100% natural ingredients, locally sourced, plastic free, reusable packaging, packaging made from recycled materials, etc. etc…
Let’s start with some recipes and products for your oral hygiene.
Zero Waste Natural Mouthwash
- 1/2 cup filtered (or distilled water)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop tea tree essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a small reusable bottle or jar.
- Seal the bottle and shake well. The baking soda might settle to the bottom of the jar when not in use. Shake the jar before each use.
- Take 2-3 Tsp of the mouth wash to swish in your mouth for several seconds and then spit it out. Don’t swallow! It’s all natural but some essential oils are not made for ingestion.
If you don’t feel comfortable making your own, check these natural products. Check the local stores in town what they offer. A lot of organic stores and even some of the good sorted supermarkets/pharmacies do have some good natural products in stock. Ask around, or check online stores if you don’t have good stores in town.
Zero waste Toothpaste
- Now just mix everything until the baking soda and coconut oil is smooth and well combined.
- Use it like you normally would use toothpaste. You can take a small spoon to add it on your toothbrush.
- You might need a while to get used to the new taste and feeling.
Coconut oil gets hard under 25 degrees celsius and soft over 25 degrees celsius. So if its too hard run your jar iunder a little warm water. If its too soft put it in the freezer for a short time.
Coconut oil is great because it can attack harmful bacteria and can reduce plaque and gum disease. Thats why many people use coconut oil for oil pulling.
[Tip: Don’t spit the coconut oil based toothpaste in the sink but in your compost. Coconut oil can clog the drain.]
It is also easy to find natural toothpaste/toothpaste tablets in a lot of stores or online stores. So don’t fret if you don’t feel comfortable making your own. Toothpaste tablets are also great for travel or overnight hiking trips.
(Always check whitening toothpaste for hidden microplastic.)