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