Children's toothpaste is ridiculously expensive. And flavored with crazy artificial things and colored with dyes. And they usually contain fluoride. And (our) children have been known to blow through a tube of toothpaste in less time than it takes to need to replace the toilet paper and eons before we run out of hand soap. For all of these reasons, I knew I needed to make our own toothpaste. (Yes, I did this nearly two years ago, but it had been quite some time and I was ready to try this again.)
I've tried this before and people weren't so happy with it. The storage container was a problem, but I solved that with a fun little metal container. (Though now I realize the lid is much too difficult to get off!) The offsetting taste for the children before was strong peppermint (which I enjoyed). This time I switched to orange essential oil and most of them think it is very fun.
So... inexpensive toothpaste that I feel good about letting my children use- even M (21 months). I like that I was able to achieve a creamy consistency this time and it tastes good! I'll try a new (minty) version for myself next.
Homemade Orange Toothpaste:
3 Tbl. coconut oil (softened)
3 Tbl. baking soda
5-10 drops liquid stevia
5-10 drops orange essential oil (the kids liked about 10, which also gave a nice orange color)
Mix all ingredients together until they are a smooth consistency; this should look creamy like "store" toothepaste. Adjust sweetness with stevia and flavor with orange oil. Apply to a toothbrush (wet with warm water helps soften coconut oil if it is chilly where you live, too.) Enjoy your clean teeth!