#EcoMonday tip 3: Make Your Own Toothpaste!

March 29, 2010 | 05:00
#EcoMonday tip 3: Make Your Own Toothpaste!
#EcoMonday tip 3: Make Your Own Toothpaste!
Holding Twitter #Ecomonday tradition high with our third #Ecomonday tip. This one is not really techy, but too good not to share. Make your own toothpaste! It will save you money and it will reduce your ecological footprint. How? Think about it. On average a person uses one tube a month. Thats 12 a year and about 800 tubes in a lifetime. About half of the world population uses toothpaste. So thats 6,800,000,000 / 2  = 3,400,000,000 people. That times 12 = 40,800,000,000 tubes of toothpaste a year. A plastic tube weighs about 22 grams, or 0.022 kilo. 0.022 x 40,800,000,000 =  897,600,000 kilo's of plastic a year... for toothpaste! That's a lot. So here's the recipe :-)


  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 1/3 cup salt

  • 3 teaspoons glycerin

  • 10-20 drops of peppermint oil (or another flavoring if preferred)

  • 1 drop of food coloring (optional)


1. Mix the salt and baking soda first.
2. Add the glycerin to the mixture and mix thoroughly.
3. Add enough water to make a thick paste.
4. Add the flavoring and the coloring. Put your homemade toothpaste into a small refillable plastic squeeze bottle or any container that dispenses easily and won’t leak

Thanks to Daily Eco Tips
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