My goal is to reduce as much waste and packaging as possible. Toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled. The ingredients I use come in bulk packaging which will last much longer and create less waste in the long-run than continuously throwing away toothpaste tubes. I want to try to make as many personal care products for myself as I can so as to reduce my waste.
So here is a deliciously fragrant, fluoride-free, homemade toothpaste that is easy to make. I got most of the ingredients from Azure Standard. This is a recipe that I put together from various internet homemade toothpaste recipes until I came up the mix that I liked and works for me.
8 Tbsp Redmond Bentonite Clay
4 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Ground Clove
1 Tsp Cinnamon
3 Tsp Stevia Powder
1 1/2 Tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
20 drops of Peppermint Extract Flavoring
10 Tbsp of Cold-Pressed coconut oil (or enough to make a paste)
Mix together until a paste forms. Put into a glass jar. Dip toothbrush in each use. The coconut oil will harden if it is cold and liquify if it is warm. You can choose to not use the coconut oil and use it as a tooth powder instead. If that is the case, wet your toothbrush first and then dip in the powder and use.
When mixed together it will be a very dark green to black color. When you brush your teeth it isn't pretty...but it cleans your teeth and tastes good while doing it.
Here are the recipes I used to come up with my own: