If you are looking to make your life greener and sustainable for the environment, it pays to rewind the clock back to the start of every single day. Yes, the simple act of brushing teeth can have an untold impact on the environment. It is estimated that humans spend 3,000 hours of their life brushing their teeth. However, in the process of keeping our pearly whites clean, harmful toxins are often introduced to the environment.
Why homemade toothpaste is more eco-friendly
As demonstrated above, humans devote a significant part of their lives towards brushing in the morning. While the act of brushing teeth might end after spitting in the basin, the chemicals present in modern toothpaste, such as triclosan, often live on. Due to the improper treatment of sewage water, the runoff of these chemicals finds its way to water bodies, where it can directly contribute to a rise in the level of toxicity. Needless to say, this poses a grave threat to marine life. It also pays to consider the packaging tube that toothpaste comes in. Often constructed from aluminium and plastic, it can take up to 700 years for non-biodegradable tubes to decompose. The severity of this information is thrown into greater light when considering the fact that one billion toothpaste tubes are sent to landfills every single year. Switching to a natural, homemade alternative has, thus, become the need of the hour.
How to make your own toothpaste at home
Fret not, making your own DIY option is an easy weekend activity that involves common ingredients likely already present in your pantry. Ready to get started? Here’s everything that you’ll need.
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1.5 tablespoons of baking soda
25-30 drops organic peppermint essential oil (food-grade)
Mix all ingredients in a small glass dish
Depending on the consistency you have in mind, adjust the quantity of peppermint oil
Once it achieves a smooth consistency, scoop it out and store it in a mason jar for everyday use
Anti-bacterial essential oils will help you receive the hygienic properties of toothpaste, with none of the questionable chemicals. If you are looking to experiment with flavours, you can play around with other anti-bacterial essential oils, such as grapefruit oil or lemongrass oil for a citrusy tang to your mornings.
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