With homemade body products including lotions and scrubs – you can avoid questionable chemicals and feel like a wizard at the same time.
Your teeth will never feel cleaner!
It may take you a few brushes to get used to the slightly salty taste of the baking soda/bicarbonate of soda but I now find that when I am visiting friends or family and use ‘regular’ toothpaste it tastes overwhelmingly sweet.
1/4 cup baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1-2 drops peppermint, spearmint, anise or cinnamon essential oils (optional)
Add the baking soda to a sterilized glass jar and slowly add water until you get a thin paste.
Add one to two drops of essential oils if you prefer a flavoured toothpaste and use as you normally would.
When I began making this toothpaste I was amazed by how smooth and clean my teeth felt – I was getting a dentist-level feeling of clean without the accompanying sweaty white-knuckled visit.
After a few weeks however I started to wonder if the baking soda/bicarbonate of soda was wearing away at the enamel of my teeth.
There’s a rating system called the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) scale designed to measure precisely how much wear and tear each brand of toothpaste creates on the surface of the tooth.
The scale runs from zero to 200- zero being the least abrasive.
Baking soda/bicarbonate of soda clocked in at a measly 7 on the RDA scale while the nearest commercial toothpaste registered at a 35 (incidentally it was the Arm and Hammer baking soda toothpaste).
Other popular brands such as Colgate Tartar Control racked up a score of a whopping 165.
So while baking soda/bicarbonate of soda may feel more abrasive than its store-bought counterparts – you can bet your pearly white teeth it’s not.