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DIY Toothpaste With Just Three Ingredients

Overwhelmed by options in the toothpaste aisle? Save the decision-making for happy hour and make your own.

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My Appalachian grandmother used just baking soda to keep her teeth intact for decades. I combined her good sense with coconut oil's awesome oil-pulling and whitening magic for a non-creepy, homemade toothpaste. Three ingredients and less than five minutes later, you brushin'.

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Scoop four tablespoons of solid coconut oil into a microwave-safe container with a spout. Zap it for about 30 seconds or until melted. Use a fork to stir in four tablespoons of baking soda. Give it a taste.

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Whisk in 10 to 20 drops of an herbal extract of your choice to make brushings more tolerable. I experimented with peppermint and other extracts in early incarnations with this recipe but found ginger to be my favorite. Although the minty ones are a nice idea, it never quite nailed the store-bought tingle so I opted for an altogether different spin: ginger's mouth-kicking spice. Whatever you choose, be absolutely sure to check the bottle's small-type so you don't accidentally pour aromatherapeutic stuff not suitable for internal use.

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Pour the mixture into a clean container with a tight-fitting top. Eventually it will cool, solidify and separate—kind of like natural peanut butter. But, just like that natural peanut butter, all you gotta do it stir it up to resume a paste consistency. Keep a small spoon nearby or in the jar to scoop small amounts onto your brush.