Have you ever thought about making your own DIY charcoal toothpaste?
Have you ever read the label on the popular toothpaste that you are using?
Ever wondered what you are actually putting in your mouth?
Here are a few of the ingredients in popular commercial toothpastes:
Sodium monofluorophosphate (fluoride), calcium pyrophosphate, propylene glycol, PEG/PPG 116/66 copolymer, PEG-12, glycerine, PVP, flavor, sodium lauryl sulphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, silica, hydrogen peroxide, sodium saccharin, phosphoric acid, sucralose, butylated hydroxytoluene, water.
If we examine a few of these ingredients in a little more detail it is a real wonder why any of these ingredients would be put into toothpaste and why are we putting that stuff into our mouths???
Fluoride – one of the most common ingredients in toothpaste; it is also found in rat poison and pesticides. It is a neurotoxin and an industrial waste product.
Sodium lauryl sulphate – this is in the toothpaste for its foaming properties, it is also a corrosive ingredient which can be a cause for ulcers
Propylene glyco – derived from petroleum. The Enviromental Protection Agency considers this product as so toxic when handling it, that gloves, protective clothing and goggles need to be worn. The way to dispose of propylene glycol is to bury it (Hmm putting that in your mouth now isn’t sounding too good hey?)
PVP – derived from petroleum. It helps with binding, stabilising. Potentially it can cause liver toxicity
Butylated hydroxytoluene – banned in some countries, again derived from petroleum. In some people the symptoms can be as follows: aggressive behaviour, allergic and hyper-sensitive reactions, asthma, behavioural problems, learning difficulties and different skin ailments
Now looking at just a few of these above ingredients is a perfectively easy reason for me and my family to avoid commercial toothpastes.
I have converted my husband also to this new toothpaste and to be honest the first batch was a struggle to get him to use it, as it wasn’t the best tasting stuff but with each new batch he has happily come on board and when the toothpaste is getting low he is the one who asks for a new lot to be made.
So here we go, my latest toothpaste recipe:
It is a simple recipe with easy to find ingredients click on any of the linked ingredients if you wish to purchase:
Sodium Bicarbonate 1/4 tbs
Diamatiacous Earth 1 tbs
Activated Charcoal Powder 1/2 tbs
xyoliol 1/2 tsp
cream of tartar 1/2 tsp
organic ground cinnamon 1/2 tbs
organic cocoa powder 1/4 tsp
peppermint essentiall oil 5 drops
- Add all dry ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl being careful not to spill the activated charcoal powder as it will stain most things. (Charcoal will tattoo the skin if applied to a cut or open wound.)
- Add the fractionated coconut oil to the dry ingredients
- Add 5 drops of essential oils and mix well using a plastic, silicon or wooden spoon (no metal)
- Store charcoal toothpaste in a jar with a lid as the sodium bicarbonate will absorb odours (again not a metal jar)
- Brush teeth as usual and rinse out mouth well afterwards (watch out for the charcoal on your clothes or face as it will stain)
My advice is to spit the toothpaste into a cup instead of the sink otherwise you will be cleaning the sink twice a day from all the black splatters 🙂