July is Plastic-Free Month. Focussed on getting people to be aware of all the single use plastic we use, and aimed at reducing the amount of plastic us consumers use. So here’s a great idea…plastic free dental powder! Easy to make, economical and really nice to use. No plastic packaging needing to be discarded. Yay!
I have been making my own coconut toothpaste for a wee while now, but here’s the problem….coconut oil is temperature unstable, meaning, in summer, or when I travel to a tropical destination, my toothpaste melts into a liquid form and is definitely not travel savvy. So I have had to resort to buying toothpaste for travel but my brain has been working overtime….trying to solve this issue.
These bamboo toothbrushes are fantastic. Soft bristles are great for cleaning into each and every tiny crevice, and work well with dental powder.
So then it hit me…..why not make it in a powder form, using much of the ingredients in the toothpaste, just leave out the coconut? I tried it out and was super impressed. Actually, truth be told, I was really excited as I knew I was definitely onto something good! It is so easy to make and use, simply wet your toothbrush, give it a shake to get most of the water off the bristles, so it is simply damp. Dip the toothbrush bristles into the powder and the rest is the same….brush and rinse. The dental powder leaves a great taste in your mouth!
The ingredients are simple:
- Baking soda– great for cleaning with gentle abrasion. Make sure it is aluminium free.
- Himalayan salt – good for remineralising teeth
- Turmeric – great for teeth whitening (yes, even though it stains everything else yellow!)
- Charcoal – draws toxins out from mucous membrane – optional
- Clove oil – used as an anti-inflammatory and pain killer
- Peppermint oil – breath freshener and anti-bacterial
Simply use the powder from two capsules, discarding the gel caps.
- 4 TBspn Baking Soda (Bicarbonate Soda)
- 1 tspn Turmeric powder
- 1 tspn Himalayan Salt
- 2 capsules Charcoal Powder (optional), gel caps discarded
- 3 drops Clove Essential Oil
- 6 -8 drops Peppermint Oil
Blend all the ingredients together by hand or blender until well mixed. Sometimes Baking Soda has little clumps in it that need to be crushed. Place 2 – 4 tablespoons of the blended dental powder in recyclable containers. Label and date them.
Use this recipe as a guide only and feel free to add other things into the mix. I am sure going to try changing my Essential oil blends from time to time, like adding cinnamon. I have added 5 drops Mineral Blend to add to the health-giving properties, only because I had it available, may as well use. The addition of stevia green leaf powder could also be a plus for taste. If you aren’t using the charcoal powder, your blend will be yellow in colour. The addition of the charcoal makes it greenish in colour! Go ahead and bring out the dental scientist lurking inside of you!
Voila! My contribution toward sharing plastic free ideas! Enjoy!