June Chemical Elimination: Toothpaste & Mouthwash

When it comes to hidden and dangerous chemicals in our homes, not many of us probably think of toothpaste and mouthwash as all that toxic.  Sadly, however, in-home poisoning is the number 2 cause of death in children–and mouthwash is one of those poisonous substances!

We have been making our own mouthwash for some months now and are really enjoying it. It is simple, economical, and tasty!

Homemade Mouthwash

1 cup aloe vera juice (fairly inexpensive at Trader Joe’s among other places)

1/2 cup distilled water (I just used filtered)

1 tbsp. witch hazel

2 tsp. baking soda

20 drops peppermint essential oil

Toothpaste

So what’s so dangerous about toothpaste?  Amidst other questionable substances, the key health concern in most toothpastes is their fluoride content.  But isn’t fluoride good for us? Isn’t that what makes our teeth strong? Unfortunately, no.  However, this post is not about the dangers of ingesting fluoride.  More information on that topic will be in our November Chemical Elimination post on safe drinking water.  For now, it is simply helpful to know that, contrary to popular belief, it is best to use toothpaste without fluoride.

Toothpaste sans fluoride can be difficult to find though.  What are some safe alternatives? You could always use good old baking soda and water, but, well, that is simply not a very pleasant experience.  For more palatable options, check out Trader Joe’s fluoride free toothpaste (just $1.99 in store) or Tom’s of Maine.  Or make your own.

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