A friend of mine and I were talking about the latest toothpaste recalls. As someone who is skeptical by nature, I informed her that if toothpaste ever got to a point that it would become unsafe or non-usable, that I would come up with a “plan B” of creating my own.
I am well aware that will never happen, as science and technology has made that possible, however; “if” that would happen, I would come up with a secondary plan. Well in reality, on day, I decided that I wanted to experiment. I decided to attempt to make my own toothpaste. With that said, here it is…
Old Fashioned Dental Paste
- 2 tablespoons of lemon or orange zest
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tablespoon of vaseline
- ½ tablespoon of vinegar
- ½ tablespoon of salt
- 2 drops of flavored extract
First, you want to take the lemon (or you can use orange) rinds and place them into a food processor. You want to grind the grinds (hahaha!) until they become powder. You then want to add baking soda and salt. As you are doing this, you want to combine the hydrogen peroxide, vaseline, and vinegar.
You then wanna combine everything together and blend it. As you are blending it, you want to add more baking soda. Add enough baking soda that it is thick in consistency.
Add 2 drops of flavored extract. This extract can be anything from pina colada to banana to whatever you want to use. You can then begin brushing. As far as keeping the product, it should be ok for a while, however; if you notice a change in color, texture, flavor, or smell; throw it away.