Why We Don’t Use Coconut Oil For Toothpaste

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Why We Don't Use Coconut Oil For Toothpaste

We started out using a coconut oil and baking combo for our toothpaste, and then we swapped to a mixed paste with coconut oil, baking soda and some essential oils for “flavor”. But, we won’t be using coconut oil for toothpaste anymore.

This year we had quite a catastrophe on our hands after using coconut oil for toothpaste. It also didn’t help that we used it for many other things in our home. From cooking to lotion to brushing our teeth.

Having it be so damaging left us quite sad, to say the least.

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Why We Don’t Use Coconut Oil For Toothpaste

After using coconut oil in our home for nearly 4 years now, having it clog our drains was not cool. We’re talking clogging to the point where we had to resort to pouring nasty chemicals down the tubes.

Sure, sure there are natural options. Baking soda and vinegar… we tried it.

It didn’t work. (insert pouty face)

Mind you, at the time we didn’t know that the coconut oil was the issue. We’d snake the drain from our washer drain tube (it connects to the others and is the “beginning” point) and it would start draining better.

But, after a few days to a couple weeks, we’d be right back at square one.

We’d be standing in the shower with it pooling around our feet as if we were taking a bath instead. While it’s fine and even fun to shower and plug the bath with the kids in there… it’s not quite so fun when all you want to do is shower and get out.

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Busted Pipes Tell a Story

One day we were working on our pipes trying to snake the tubes again, because we were clogged back up, and decided to take apart pipe. Then we noticed that there was a patch of ground on the corner of our house that was wet, really wet.

It makes sense to me now that it was wet considering the amount of water we were forcing through our pipes and what we found later. We had been using a drain king to try and unblock the pipes before we cut into one.

Note: If you’re not sure what a drain king is it’s an attachment for your hose that expands to seal where the hose is inserted into a pipe. This helps keep the water going one direction and forcefully so.

Well, my husband and father-in-law started digging and slowly the water started creating a bigger and bigger puddle. At that point, we knew we had more than one issue.

Why We Don't Use Coconut Oil For Toothpaste

When it rains it pours right?

I’m actually a little (read a very tiny bitthankful our pipes clogged. It led us to find a cracked pipe. No, it wasn’t crushed to the point of being blocked, but it was cracked a good bit and water was leaking out everywhere.

R-uh r-oh! 

What we discovered once my husband started snaking upstream though was a BUNCH of coconut oil. It was coming out in chunks. My husband probably pulled out a big jars worth of coconut oil from our pipe.

Talk about a big bummer.

That was when my husband turned to me and said, “no more coconut oil at all in the sinks, toilet or otherwise.”

Just because he’s handy around the house doesn’t mean he wants to always clean our pipes. I guess I can understand that.

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Why Hot Water Doesn’t Work

I’ve been told, “all you have to do is let the hot water flush down your pipes and it will loosen right up.”

Wrong. Dead wrong!

We flushed so much hot water down our drains when trying to clean them that you’d think nothing would be on those pipes. But, no matter how much hot water we flushed down the pipes it still clogged.

See, depending on how long your pipes are, that water will cool off eventually. When it does the coconut oil will adhere to the cool pipes rather than keep flowing.

What Are We Still Using Coconut Oil For?

While we may not be using coconut oil for brushing our teeth, we still use it in cooking sometimes.

We use it the most when making popcorn… mmm, yummy popcorn. Then, we’ll use it in other things if we aren’t using bacon grease or olive oil.

Other than cooking, I use it on my skin and in the lotion I make for my children.

Both of my kids have dry skin, so I make a mix of coconut oil and shea butter for their lotion. It smells soothing and helps keep their skin nice and moisturized. Not to mention their skin is as soft as can be now.

Lotion recipe coming soon, so keep your peepers on the lookout!

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Have you ever had issues with coconut oil and clogged drains? If so, how do you handle it?

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My Top Toothpaste Alternatives To Save Money

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My Top Toothpaste Alternatives To Save Money

About 3 or 4 years ago I started looking at what things in our home that we could replace with healthier and natural alternatives. At the time, I wasn’t aware that there was any sort of toothpaste alternatives out there. In fact, I didn’t really know that there were bad things in toothpaste!

I’ve come a long way since then and am trying to rid things from my house one by one.

Toothpaste is one of the items I have wanted to replace since learning that there were alternatives to the nasty chemical-laden toothpaste world.

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My Top Toothpaste Alternatives To Save Money

There are many, many ways to brush your teeth and there are many toothpaste alternatives that you can find by searching. However, even though you can basically brush your teeth sans anything (called “dry brushing”), it’s not appealing and doesn’t give the same… taste or feeling.

I’ve tried many different things so far, but the options that follow are the ones I like the best!

Top 5 Winners For Our Family

1 Coconut Oil & Baking Soda

This one we are still playing with and shift back and forth with a lot. We had a rough time with coconut oil clogging our pipes a couple months ago. It has made me a little cautious when it comes to using coconut oil anything if it potentially would end up going down my drain.

But, if you mix coconut oil and baking soda with a little essential oil for flavoring it can almost mimic store-bought toothpaste.

My tip to you: If you use this method DO NOT SPIT IT IN YOUR SINK. Instead, spit it in a disposable sack or directly into your garbage can. This will save you the pain of unclogging your pipes later.

My Top Toothpaste Alternatives To Save Money

2 Just Baking Soda

Don’t worry, this one isn’t as abrasive for your teeth as it sounds.

I was actually pretty worried about it being abrasive of it until I read a post by Wellness Mama. She alleviated that worry for me. She had consulted her dentist and the dentist confirmed that it’s not going to harm the enamel on our teeth.

Win!

So, if you’re ok with the taste of baking soda (kinda bitter), then all you would do is wet your toothbrush and dip it right into the baking soda. This is an easy and cheap method to add to the “toothpaste alternatives” list for sure. Not to mention if you’re in a pinch it’s quick and you likely already have baking soda in your house!

Double win!

3 Tooth Powder

Now, this is one that I explored with a friend one time and I was both nervous and surprised at how easy it was to use. Hers was a citrus flavor and had a sort of sweet taste to it (once you got past the grainy part).

The ingredients differ some from maker to maker, but we like this tooth powder by Primal Life Organics in our home. Does the trick and doesn’t taste half bad either.

They have tons of awesome products you can browse through other than toothpaste. My favorite is probably their deodorant. I love it and enjoy using it when I don’t make my own.

4 Neem Powder

Neem powder is an interesting thing. It’s made from bark and leaves from the neem plant. And, this particular product has a minty mix of peppermint and spearmint leaf. It’s a powder just like the above tooth powder, but it’s also really good for your gums.

Neem is used a lot in Ayurveda as a medicine, and to improve oral health (you’ll have to scroll down a bit). So, you can see why using it for brushing your teeth would be beneficial.

For this particular brand, you’d wet your toothbrush and then pour a little onto your brush and proceed with brushing your teeth and gums. Then, swish it around in your mouth before spitting it out. This will help to draw out toxins and bolster gum health.

5 Activated Charcoal Powder

Probably my favorite of the bunch would be activated charcoal powder! And, it may or may not be my favorite because it turns your mouth black (insert evil cackle). Talk about frightening!

It scared the crap out of me the first time I used it.

Ever seen those pieces of prank gum that will change your mouth colors? Yeah, it was kinda like that only I didn’t know it would happen, so I pranked myself without knowing. Once I got past the scary black mouth part though I was quite happy with the results. After a few uses, you can feel the difference and see it too.

Did you know that activated charcoal can whiten your teeth? Sure can. Wellness Mama wrote a post on it and, again, I was surprised at all the benefits of using it.

What We Use Most Out of the Five

While these are my top 5 toothpaste alternatives, I would say the one I use the most is plain baking soda. It’s easy to do and I don’t have to make or order anything. We usually always have baking soda on hand, so I just put some in a small jar I can seal.

Then when it comes time to brush my teeth I just wet my brush and dip it in the baking soda before using. Simple, easy and cheap.

Can’t beat spending less than $10 on baking soda and having it last forever as a simple toothpaste alternative.

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Does your family have any favorite toothpaste alternatives? Share in the comments below 🙂

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