21 Sep

Out of dozens of toothpaste recipes to be found on various sites, there was only one that I could be sure is 100% safe. Peppermint oil isn’t definitely safe and is pervasive among DIY toothpaste recipes, and chalk (yes chalk!), while a less common ingredient, shouldn’t be ingested either. I’m not saying anyone eats a significant amount of their toothpaste, so it’s probably fine to use peppermint oil (probs not chalk though!), but I can’t post something that may make somebody sick.

So here’s the lone recipe:

Tooth powder

2 tbsp dried lemon/orange rind

1/4 cup baking soda

2 tsp salt

Place rinds in a food processor, grind until peel becomes a fine powder. Add the baking soda and salt, and process a few seconds more until you see it’s a fine powder. Store in an airtight jar. To use, dip your moistened toothbrush into the powder and brush as usual.

And just for laughs, here’s what one of the American presidents apparently used for his chiclets (I guess he wasn’t the one with wooden teeth? Is that a myth?)

Ben Franklin’s Toothpaste


Ground charcoal

Add honey to a small amount of charcoal, just enough to form a toothpaste-thick paste. Rub on teeth for whiteness!

That last one is 100% not tested for safety. I just found it randomly, so don’t you go choking on that nastiness.


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