Friday, March 13, 2009

Frugal, Healthy, Simple . . . Toothpaste

Toothpaste was another thing that needed to be addressed as we are searching for the healthiest alternatives in all areas. We long ago stopped fluoride treatments after learning how toxic it is. For some reason I never thought to address our fluoride toothpaste. Once I did, the cost of natural toothpaste prohibited me.

Several months ago I came across this recipe. I've modified it and we love it. I encourage you to search this out. There are many, many recipes out there. This is just the one we liked.

I suspected I might have some resistance from the children and even me. I admit I love that minty clean taste I get from regular toothpaste. Like the homemade laundry soap, I was the toughest sell.

When I make it up I have the littles help, they love to be included and were excited to try it. I would ask them to taste it and ask what they thought we should add. Well, it worked. They loved it! They each have their own little jar and love to use it.

I pretty much wing it and make it according to taste. The last batch wasn't quite right so I hauled it out and added baking soda, Stevia and peppermint oil~perfect!

We spend so much time and effort making sure what we put into our bodies is the best we can do, shouldn't we also be concerned about what we put on our bodies? Do you know that our skin is our largest organ?!

Laundry Soap~done!
Toothpaste~done!
Moisturizer/lotions~done!
Deodorant~ done, but not posted yet.
Shampoo/Conditioner~still in testing stage.
Hand/Body Soap~still in testing stage. (and needs to go through finance committee, I love Dr. Bronner's, but it is not cheap for a large family!

This post is part of Frugal Friday.

9 comments:

Buildeth Her House said...

i will try this. I need to use safer alternatives to many products. GREAT post!

Brianna @ Heart(h) Management said...

Thanks for sharing! I bookmarked the recipe.

Brenda said...

I've bookmarked your site too! Thanks for sharing this.

TheChickadeeFeeder said...

Thanks for getting me to think about making toothpaste! About Dr. Bronner: I do use his liquid soap because I do think it's cheaper. I use an empty pump for liquid soap (leftover from purchasing Ivory soap in it) and put in 2 teaspoons of Dr. Bronner. Then add water to fill it up the rest of the way.

Traci Best said...

I have read on another blog about using a new or clean soap dispenser for home-made toothpast dispensing! I thought that was a cool idea...'cause dipping the tooth brushes in a jar makes me want to gag...even though I know it really isn't a big deal.

Link to the blog: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/08/going-fluoride-free.html

;)

Not So Glamerous Housewife said...

Wow, great blog to stumble on. I LOVE the idea of making my own products.

Fruitful Vine2 said...

I read through some of the posts on your blog and they are so encouraging. I also got excited when I saw a reference made to Dr. Bronner. My hubby and I are currently doing his 42 day program. Where can I find the products that he has available?

Michelle said...

Fruitful Vine2, I am not familiar with a 42 day program, tell me what it is about??

I buy my Dr. Bronner liquid castile from Vitacost.com.

Rina said...

Wow, this is great! I'm saving it in my bookmarks to try next time I can get to the store for essential oils.