Homemade Toothpaste

Since I decided to kick off this blog project, Mat and I have been brainstorming ways we can reduce what we throw away.  He brought up toiletries and cosmetics, which I find a bit daunting to get around, since a) I love products and b) I love packaging. 

Image: Pietro Jeng

Image: Pietro Jeng

But in the end I think he's right, and while there's no way I could reduce my bottle and package usage to zero overnight, as with the rest of our lifestyle, we can start with one small change.

Dental care seemed like a good place to start.  I did some searching for homemade toothpaste recipes that could be stored in a re-usable jar or container, and I found this one by Wellness Mama, and this one by DIY Natural.  

Mat then brought up the question of fluoride - don't we need it for dental health? - and I looked into that too.  While research is varied on the necessity of fluoride in toothpaste, Wellness Mama does offer this "re-mineralizing" recipe to create the same benefits as fluoride, though I think the ingredients are slightly harder to come by.  

I'll be trying one of these this week, and am actually looking forward to a pretty glass jar on my bathroom counter top instead of a branded plastic tube!

Would you try natural toothpaste? Also, I'm thinking that these bamboo toothbrushes from Brush with Bamboo would be a great purchase as well, since (except for the bristles) they are compostable!  They even ship internationally for a flat rate.  Bam.