January 30, 2015

Zero Waste Toothpaste: On YouTube!



My YouTube channel has officially launched and I'm kickin' it off with a video on how to make one of my favorite products, Zero Waste toothpaste!

This toothpaste is super quick and easy to make and is an awesome way to transition away from toothpaste tubes that end up in a landfill after using them. 

I want to hear from you! What how-to video would you like to see next?

For more tips on how to make Zero Waste toothpaste- check out this post! 

45 comments:

  1. A "How to make homemade deodorant " video would be awesome :) Keep up the amazing work ! Your dedication to a zero waste lifestyle is so inspiring !

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  2. I'm with Laurie! I would love to know how to make natural deodorant. I currently use a natural deodorant but it comes in a plastic tube and I feel it doesn't work as well as I would like. A powerful, natural, and waste free deodorant would be a life saver!

    Also with your toothpaste do you find it works well to keep teeth white?

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    1. I make my own deodorant and I reuse the deodorant containers. Once they are cracked or broken I clean them and put them in the recycle bin.

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    2. I make my own deodorant and I reuse the deodorant containers. Once they are cracked or broken I clean them and put them in the recycle bin.

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    3. Hi. Google Wendyl Nissen and you should find a deodorant recipe. If no luck reply and I'll post the recipe.

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  3. Would this be safe for toddlers that still swallow toothpaste? What do you think about adding xylitol?

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  4. For a whitening toothpaste just dampen your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide before putting the toothpaste on the brush.

    You can make so many 'beauty aids' with coconut oil and baking soda. I use coconut oil and baking soda as a face scrub, it's like microdermabrasion.

    Equal parts coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch with your favorite essential oil make a great deodorant.

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  5. As a dentist, I can tell you that this baking soda is extremely abrasive on your teeth. This is far more than the baking soda that you'd find in store-brand toothpaste. I do not recommend using this.

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    1. I agree, on the basis of personal experience. I have tried making this exactly the way Lauren does (I had found the same recipe on another blog time ago), and quickly returned to Oral-B ;-) here are the reasons for my choice:
      • texture: due to the low melting point of coconut oil, as soon as you start brushing, the tooth'paste' melts in your mouth, making it impossible to properly clean your teeth
      • peppermint oil: it BURNS as hell, plus people, if you still wanna try Lauren's recipe, PLEASE put only a couple of drops of essential oil (instead of "15 to 20"!!), as even a couple of drops give a burning (and unpleasant, and possibly unhealthy) feeling
      • my gums started to burn and bleed, which might be due to the abrasive force of baking soda, as the commentator here above said.

      I am happy welcome other handmade toothpaste possibilities in my life, but this one definitely hasn't worked for me (and I wouldn't recommend it to others either).

      Marta

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  7. As to homemade deodorant, for those who asked: I have a recipe which I've been using for a few months and it works really well for me.
    Here it is:

    Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in a small pan and let melt on low fire. Once melted, pour quickly into a small glass jar and add one tablespoon corn starch and one tablespoon baking soda. Mix well with a spoon and put in the fridge until it's solid. Close the jar with its cap.
    To use it, just rub the deodorant with the tip of your fingers until it gets creamy, and spread it on your armpits (rather quickly, otherwise it melts!).

    I love it because it has no smell (it's totally neutral), leaves no marks on clothes, makes me sweat much less, doesn't cause itchiness or anything of that sort, and - last but not least - doesn't make me stink!

    Marta

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  8. Hi Lauren!
    Could you please write down the recipe too?
    Thanks!
    Ada

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  9. Hi Lauren. I didn't have any peppermint so I used oregano oil which was recommended by a dental hygienist to maintain a healthy mouth. Your recipe makes the oregano oil much more user friendly. Thanks for this and I shall get some peppermint oil to try as well.
    (We are in our 60 and have always used baking soda and actually wood ash to whiten our teeth before all those commercial products appeared and our teeth enamel is fine. Just saying.)

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  10. For those wanting to do a homemade deodorant, look at humblebeeandme.com. Marie does an amazing job using natural ingredients to make amazing products. For the dentist comment on baking soda being too abrasive, what about a recipe like this? http://wellnessmama.com/8780/squeezable-homemade-toothpaste/

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  12. I'm curious as to where you buy your clothes. They're super cute! One of my New Years Resolutions was to buy no new clothing, only thrifted. What do you do with the pesky plastic and paper tags? I would love to know if they're recyclable, or what to do with them if they're not. Also, bras and underwear. I'm not really down with buying those second hand... Do you know of any good brands?

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  13. What coconut oil do you use? It's one of my favorite things for health and beauty care and I can only find it in large plastic jars, I generally reuse them for plants, but they're adding up.

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  15. Check out Crunchy Betty's website for instructions on homemade deodorant. http://www.crunchybetty.com/all-roads-lead-to-the-pits-homemade-deodorant

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  16. Sooo inspired right now. Thank you for all you're doing. Subscribed & shared. I'll keep checking when the laundry detergent is back in stock. Xoxo

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  17. You might want to warn people not to spit the toothpaste in the sink. Since coconut oil is often solid at room temperature, it could re-harden and clog their pipes.

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    1. I also wanted to comment on the coconut oil, don't spit in the sink idea not being mentioned... I heard that it's really bad for your water treatment plants to put oil down your drain? When you cook, you shouldn't put the oil down the drain and I think it's the same concept.

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  18. Where should I put the empty soda packages and coconut oil jars? What do you mean by zero waste? I thought it's possible to make energy of plastic waste.

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  19. Thanks - I love this recipe! I have been using it since I saw the video. I've sort of gotten used to the salty taste, but is there any way to make it sweeter? I used "real" toothpaste the other day for the first time in weeks, and I was like "omg, I've forgotten how sweet and delightfully foamy it is!"

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  20. A bit of bi-carb soda powered under the arms after a shower works well as a deodorant. Compostable cardboard packaging and no need for a complicated recipe. Unscented though, so use a perfumed oil or something if you want to smell different.

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  21. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Lauren. I just whipped up a batch of your toothpaste and it's great. I had been using one made from baking soda and water until now. Yours is much smoother and way less salty. To the readers asking about deodorant, I have been using this recipe recipe (version #2) and it is so awesome, even better than the natural deodorant I used to use. Mine turned out a little wet so I added some extra cornstarch. I opted for cornstarch instead of arrowroot.
    http://wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/

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  22. For deodorant, I use lemon juice & it works great! Saw a woman on Dr. Oz a while back who said she uses lemons , but I found that too expensive. So I just bought a large bottle of organic lemon juice at Costco. Just moisten a cotton ball with juice straight out of the fridge every morning. It's cheap, simple...nothing to mix.

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  23. After watching your video I got an idea to not to waste ant things.

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  24. What coconut oil do you use? It's one of my favorite things for health and beauty care and I can only find it in large plastic jars, I generally reuse them for plants, but they're adding up.
    Ruby

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