DIY Soft Scrub – 3 Ingredients

DIY Soft Scrub – 3 Ingredients

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Soft Scrub is a must have in your household cleaning supplies. It’s perfect for powerful cleaning on sinks, showers, and toilets and removing tough stains from bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

Conventional Soft Scrub has the following ingredients. Water, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Preservative, D-Limonene, Linalool.

The ingredient list above is really not as bad as most conventional cleaners. The worst ingredient being fragrance.  The term “fragrance” is unregulated by the FDA.  So basically, companies can put any chemical concoction under the fragrance ingredient label.

DIY Soft Scrub is super easy to make and you can skip all the cost and unpronounceable ingredients of the conventional version by making your own.

Soft Scrub Ingredients

Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Baking Soda
    • 3 tbsp Castile Soap
    • 10 drops Essential Oil (Optional. Lemon, Grapefruit or Lavender would be nice but it’s really up to you.)
    • Glass jar with lid.

Directions:

  • Just mix all three ingredients and done.

 

I divided this batch into 2 4oz mason jars so that I could have one in each bathroom.   When ready to use, scoop some onto a sponge, add a little water and scrub away.

This looks and smells good enough to eat. And you really could, if you don’t mind a couple of quick trips to the restroom. 🙂

 

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

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This homemade whitening toothpaste gets 5 stars for how easy it is to make. 6 stars for how healthy and white it makes your teeth.

I had been thinking about making toothpaste for a while. For a long while actually, and I put it off until I couldn’t squeeze one more drop out of my Tom’s toothpaste tube.

This is the toothpaste I usually use. Tom’s of Maine Propolis & Myrrh Natural Fluoride Free Toothpaste

Worst case scenario, I make the toothpaste and hate it. No problem, I can just run out to the store and buy some more. Best case scenario, it’s awesome and my teeth are clean and sparkly.

This is how I did it.

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp Coconut oil
4 Tbsp Baking soda
2 packages Stevia
30 drops Peppermint (or Cinnamon) Essential oil

1. Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. A double boiler isn’t anything fancy and you can make your own by just placing a jar inside of a small pot with water. Make sure the water only reaches about halfway up the side of the jar and that the burner is on simmer so that no water makes it into your coconut oil.

Coconut oil liquefies pretty quickly so you won’t have to wait long until it melts. It usually only takes 5-10 minutes.

2. Once the coconut oil is liquid, carefully take the jar out of the pot and add these guys (stevia, baking soda and essential oil) to the same jar. Stir very well. In fact, give it a stir every five minutes or so until the toothpaste becomes firm (30 minutes-ish). If you don’t stir often, the baking soda will settle to the bottom and that would make for very salty toothpaste at the end.

Lesson learned the hard way.

3. TADA! Now put a lid on that bad boy and you just made yourself a healthy, cheap and effective toothpaste that will last a few weeks. Awesome!

 

When you use your toothpaste, use a spoon or ice-cream stick to get the toothpaste out of the jar and then apply it to the toothbrush. Dipping you brush into the toothpaste could add bacteria to the jar. Not Awesome!

So, fast forward a few weeks and I was on my way to my first dentist appointment in two years(!).

I was nervous because I just knew there would be a cavity or two that made a home in my teeth. Also, I was curious to see if my homemade toothpaste was actually keeping my teeth clean.

After my cleaning, the dentist gave me a cavity free bill of health and told me that my teeth look great and really white!  Which, if you know me, is shocking because I drink about a gallon of coffee every day.

Overall, she was really surprised that I hadn’t been to the dentist in a couple of years. That gave me the courage to tell her that I have been making my own toothpaste.  My dentist seemed surprised but listened politely to my process and toothpaste ingredients.  Her only suggestion was to cut back on the baking soda because too much could be abrasive on my teeth. So I did.

No more tubes of toothpaste will be harmed in the cleaning of my teeth.

So go ahead and make yourself some best case scenario toothpaste.

Now it’s time for my disclaimer.  I can’t promise everyone will have the same results.  I do floss everyday and the results haven’t been observed over an extended period of time.  But I will let everyone know how it’s going after my next dentist appointment in August. 

P.S.  Spring has sprung here in Nashville.  SO EXCITED!