Natural toothpaste

Our family is trying to make the transition from fluoride toothpaste to natural.  We did find a recipe that seems to working at this time, however, we are open to more suggestions.  Here is the recipe that we have used, but a BIG WORD OF CAUTION: IT DOES NOT NEED SALT ADDED TO IT!!!  The baking soda is very salty and my kids got to the point that if this was the toothpaste that we were using on our teeth, they will just use a plain toothbrush.  The stevia is an excellent option for sugar free recipes.  You may also want to experiment with different flavors, I picked up peppermint and orange recently to see which one our family would like best.

Steps to make your toothpaste

  1. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a mixing bowl
  2. Add a dash of salt
  3. Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  4. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil
  5. Add a dash of stevia (more if you want it sweeter)
  6. Mix it all up until it becomes paste like. You may have to add more hydrogen peroxide to get the right consistency.

A few notes about the homemade toothpaste

  • You can store it in a plastic container to keep it from drying out.
  • If you’re not into the peppermint flavor, you could try ground cinnamon or vanilla extract.
Another quick and easy option is to get Peppermint extract (1/4 tsp.) from the Spice section of the grocery store and mix it with 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Add a dash of salt, mix it up, and you are good to go.
If you have a recipe to share, feel free to share!

Garden update and indoor herb gardens?

Due to the weather this last spring and summer, our garden did not make it!  We did manage to get some lettuce and squash out of our experience!  I also can’t forget that we did plant a grape tree that has some leaves growing on it.  We did put a small tomato fence around to keep us from mowing it down like we did to our raspberry tree.  Mistakes are great learning lessons!!

Since our outdoor garden didn’t do too well, I thought I might try some indoor herb planters.  I found some on sale that will work for starting out.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep theirs going throughout the winter?  Next year we are planning to extend our garden out further than this year, but I now know that you need to properly prepare the ground before throwing in the seeds! 🙂

One thing that did grow well were the marigolds, they are giving out very pretty blossoms.