There are many things that you use at home that you can make for yourself, in a previous article I wrote about how to make THREE big bottles of liquid laundry soap for the price of ONE name brand bottle. Considering that I have 2 kids, and a husband with a more often than not dirty job, that can be substantial savings! ( you can find that here: http://fine-frugality.blogspot.com/2012/03/march-2012-article-is-here.html ). I also posted my most recent article about how you can wash your hair with TWO items that most people already have in their own homes! You can read about that here: http://fine-frugality.blogspot.com/2012/03/march-2012-article-is-here.html , and these items are VERY inexpensive to purchase!
If you check out my October’s Article posting here: http://fine-frugality.blogspot.ca/2012/10/octobers-stew-magazine-article.html, you will find a few different options on how to make toothpaste. The article focuses on three different recipes, which I tried personally, and what I thought of them. There are many other recipes to be found, so I have not tried them all, but here are a few links to point you to where I have looked:
Here is another toothpaste recipe: ½ cup baking soda, dash of salt, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 drop peppermint oil, and a dash of stevia powder. Mix these all together into a paste like consistency and there you go. I am not sure how well this works, as I can not use peroxide, so this would be a try if you don’t mind the ingredients. The peroxide is a cleaner and whitener, the peppermint oil is both for flavouring and for it’s ability to be cooling and soothing. The stevia powder has a naturally sweet flavour that is not sugar based, so it’s kinda like aspartame, only health for you!
There is also Dentist Dr. Ellie: http://askdrellie.blogspot.ca/p/ellies-system-other-countries.html, who has suggestions for those who are trying to recreate healthy gums, teeth and tissue. However, some of the things that she suggests may be hard to come by in our area, and may also be cost inhibitive. But there were quite a few people who did find her “System” to work at making them require fewer dentist visits, and that it helped to improve their overall dental health. Which I guess I should try, since I fear dentist visits with a passion! I’ll update you all as to whether it does help out, or not, but that will be a year in the making unfortunately! :(
Anyways, hope that this can help you all out, and that you find the dental toothpaste recipe that works for you! :)