Those who know me, know that I am a complete health nut. I make everything from organic dark chocolate and Nutella, to household goods like candles. This has always been a away of life for me. I grew up on the secluded island of Martha’s Vineyard, where we would grow our own vegetables and catch our own fish for dinner. We never had sugar or sweets in the house. In fact, it was so rare that my mom even had a day of the week dedicated to my favorite treat–“peppermint patty Sunday”. I loved it. And boy did I look forward to Sundays. This will certainly be passed down to my children. I will be that crazy mom who will spend hours in the kitchen juicing, mashing, and blending everything under the sun before my children put it in their mouths. Organic DIY cleaning products, and laundry detergent? Yes, I will have that covered, too. So when someone sent me this DIY kids toothpaste recipe, I just HAD to share. It has NO artificial flavors or colors, it’s GMO free AND it tastes like a Creamsicle (whatever that tastes like), so kids will love the flavor!
Most store-bought toothpastes contain a (yucky) foaming agent called Sodium lauryl Sulfate, which is how you get the bubbles. Keep in mind, this toothpaste won’t have the bubbles since it doesn’t have the foaming agent. Tell your kids this is a good thing!!
¼ cup bentonite clay powder.
2 teaspoons non-GMO xylitol
¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
½ cup filtered water
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops vanilla essential oil
Bring water to a boil. (You may want to boil more than ½ cup since some will be lost due to evaporation.) In a glass or wooden bowl combine bentonite clay, xylitol, and sea salt. Note: Bentonite clay loses some of its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so always choose non-metal bowls and utensils when mixing this toothpaste. Pour ½ cup boiling water over dry ingredients and mix with a plastic, rubber, or wooden utensil until it forms a smooth paste. Add essential oils and mix well. Allow mixture to cool completely before transferring to a small glass jar or squeeze tube with a tight-fitting lid. Label well.
If storing in a jar, simply dip a toothbrush into the toothpaste and brush as normal. You may want to provide each family member with his/her own jar so germs aren’t shared.