DIY Mouthwash and Whitening Toothpaste

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Alright you guys, I am super excited to share my experience with these two DIY recipes! I’ve been using both of these for about 4 weeks now to really try them out, make sure they work, and make sure I didn’t have any adverse reactions to them.  I am really serious about oral health so I thought I’d be reluctant to give up my regime of store bought whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes, but as soon as I read about the negative effects of long term use of these store bought products and discovered these easy, healthy alternatives, it was a no-brainer switch for me!  So I get that this toothpaste is definitely not very pretty, but once you get past that I promise you’ll love it!

Let’s take a look at some of the harmful ingredients found in most store bought toothpastes:

Sodium Fluoride – Fluoride is one of those ingredients that many of us have been brainwashed into believing is good for our teeth.  I for one remember doing fluoride treatments at my elementary school when I was a kid.  Swishing around that nasty tasting liquid was supposed to help me build strong, healthy teeth.  If you still believe fluoride is important to your oral health, please stop and do some research into the truth about fluoride.  Ingesting even small quantities of fluoride such as the amount left on your teeth after brushing has been shown to cause streaking and staining on the teeth as well as weakened enamel.  In more serious cases, damage to the skeletal system and reproductive and organ system toxicity has been cited.  What’s most important to takeaway is that fluoride has no proven evidence of helping strengthen your teeth and instead has the potential to do more harm than good, especially for young children.

Triclosan – I talked about the dangers of Triclosan when I posted the DIY moisturizing hand soap recipe.  Triclosan has been shown to impair muscle function and is a known hormone disrupter that disrupts the regulation of hormones within the body.

Now let’s take a look at some of the harmful ingredients found in store bought mouthwashes:

Alcohol – While not in all mouthwashes, many of them have high levels (upwards of 20%) of alcohol that has been shown to cause oral cancer and dries out the mouth irritating the gums and teeth.

Thymol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate – All cause organ system toxicity

Methyl Salicylate – Known to cause reproductive system toxicity

I found both of these recipes again on my favorite blog Body Unburdened.  I had one week in my four week trial where I did have a reaction to the ingredients that I used, so that’s why I wanted to wait to make sure it was a certain ingredient before I shared what worked for me! As always, everybody’s body reacts differently to ingredients so you may find that you need to make adjustments to the recipe based on what works for you!  The original recipes can be found here for the mouthwash and here for the toothpaste.  However, I made small modifications and have shared my recipe below.  The original recipes call for Clove Bud essential oil.  The first week I made both of these, I didn’t have Clove Bud oil or Myrhh so I left them both out, and loved it! The second week I tried it with both of them and after two days of using it I ended up with 5 extremely painful canker sores on the inside of my bottom lip.  They were awful. After reading up about Clove Bud oil, I found that for many people Clove Bud essential oil can irritate the gums and cause canker sores.  So I immediately threw that batch out and made both the toothpaste and mouthwash again without it.  I used coconut oil to heal the canker sores fast and soon I was back to normal and I have not had a problem again with irritation from my modified version. See the recipes and instructions below:

Refreshing Mouthwash

Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle and shake to mix.  I make a new batch every week to ensure freshness and reduce risk for bacterial growth.  Using it twice a day for even just 1 person I use almost all of it in a week,

Whitening Toothpaste

Place coconut oil in a double boiler or in a glass jar in a pot and melt over medium heat on a stove. Once melted add in remaining ingredients.  Mix together with a plastic or preferably a wooden spoon.  DO NOT use metal as it will interfere with the Bentonite Clay.  I love these wooden spoons as I try to avoid plastic whenever possible.  The mixture will be slightly runny, so pop it into the fridge for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once it is a more solid consistency, transfer into a silicone travel tube for easy squeezing onto your toothpaste.

In hot temperatures, this toothpaste will become runny, but it still works as well.  It does have a different consistency that takes a few uses to get accustomed to.  I also use a little more than normal toothpaste since it doesn’t foam.  You may notice it is a little salty, and that’s completely normal.  Soon you will notice and recognize how strong, healthy and white your teeth look! Also, I switched my plastic toothbrush to this awesome bamboo one that is safe for the environment and doesn’t have any harmful chemicals in it.  It’s also cute and works as well, or better than normal manual toothbrushes!

Enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile! 

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