• Katie Traill

My Favourite Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

This toothpaste is hands-down my favourite plastic-free hack. Ever.

Its so damn easy you can almost do it with your eyes closed - it takes about two minutes to make, costs next to nothing (especially if you already have essential oils at home) and involves no extra packaging.

You need:

- Bentonite clay (an unreactive, inexpensive powder available at some bulk stores) - Water

- Good quality tea tree and peppermint essential oils

In a cup, add two heaped dessert spoons of bentonite clay (measurements are not required here). Slowly, add water and mix, increasing the water very gradually to avoid a really runny mixture. It will start off lumpy, but continue mixing until you have a smooth paste that's about the consistency of thick yoghurt. Add 8 drops of peppermint and five drops of tea tree oils, mix, then spoon into a small reused jar with lid. Done!

Both Meg and a friend of ours have had the tick of approval for homemade toothpaste from their dentists, where they were happy as long as they used good quality soft toothbrushes (we choose bamboo and compost the handles when old).

Note 1: If you prefer a sweet toothpaste like commercial brands, you can add a small amount of stevia or xylitol. If you are used to activated charcoal toothpaste, you can add 1/4 teaspoon to this when you put in the clay powder.

Note 2: If, like me, you have old toothpaste tubes lying around that need disposing of, send them to Terracycle via one of their drop-off points (or mail it to them via their website). LiveEco and Geelong Sustainability are two drop-offs in Geelong!

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- Katie