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Homemade toothpaste from The Dew Abides
Homemade toothpaste from The Dew Abides

Commercial toothpaste is a hot mess — thanks to questionable chemical contents, an unrecyclable tube, a useless cardboard box and a whole lot of carbon miles. So as part of this year’s War on Plastic, we’re coming up with a better alternative.

Even as an adult, my Dad brushed his teeth with plain baking soda, just as he did as a child on the farm. While I appreciate the simplicity, that’s a little too hardcore, so we’ve added a modern twist to come up with a toothpaste substitute that doesn’t taste like a science project gone horribly awry.

Mix seven tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of stevia powder.  To use, wet toothbrush and sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of the concoction on the bristles. (Granted, the bulk stevia container is plastic, but it’s recyclable and should last about two years at our current rate of consumption. Not perfect, but a definite reduction in packaging.)

After a three week trial, I’m surprised to find I prefer the powder to paste. The absence of foam is strange at first, but those bubbly ingredients only cause mouth sores. Seriously. My teeth feel cleaner now and look as if they’ve been professionally whitened.

We even found a beveled-glass, turn-of-the-century snuff jar to hold the stuff. But don’t worry, we won’t get any wild ideas.

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