Try this DIY toothpaste tablets recipe to switch from toothpaste tubes and lower your plastic consumption to contribute to the environment’s betterment!
It’s traditional that toothpaste comes in a plastic tube and in various sizes and flavors. Quite recently, many dental companies have been constantly improving their toothpaste by experimenting with the qualities it holds and variation in taste. We know that certain ingredients like clove, herbs, etc are beneficial for oral health, and hence, many companies include these ingredients in their oral care products to boost up their sales. However, these toothpastes, no matter whatever they contain, come in plastic tubes that are detrimental to the environment. Plastic is possibly posing a dire threat to the environment and slowly eating up our planet.
According to a survey, every year almost 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are discarded and they end up in landfills. This is just the number of toothpaste plastic that end up in the landfill, imagine what other products contribute to the total number. Therefore, we must do all in our hands to reduce our plastic consumption as much as possible. With the environmental debate, toothpaste tablets have now gained popularity. They usually come in sustainable packaging which can be reused. They are basically toothpaste formulas made without water and squeezed into a pill-like form. You can store these tablets in glass containers and they are easy to use as well.
You can buy toothpaste tablets from stores but we would suggest you to DIY toothpaste tablets at home to not just save money but also avoid the extra packaging that it might come in. Follow this article till the end to know a DIY toothpaste tablet recipe that you can make from scratch and also learn how to use and store them!
DIY Toothpaste Tablets
- Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
- Bicarbonate Soda – 4 tbsp
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Peppermint – 1 tsp
How to Make
- Soften 4 tablespoons of coconut oil in a double boiler pan.
- Add 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate soda to the softened oil and mix.
- Now add a teaspoon of each sugar and peppermint extract. You could use peppermint essential oil or powdered peppermint leaves.
- Combine all the ingredients with a whisk.
- Now, pour the mixture into a silicone mold. Use a mold that has small tablet size shapes, which you would be able to put into your mouth without any discomfort.
- Let the mold set in for a few hours.
- Now pop the tablets in an air-tight glass container.
How to Use
Whenever you wish to brush your teeth, pop one of the tablets into your mouth and chew it until it fully dissolves in the mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to stroke the tooth and gums.
Generally, toothpastes last for good long years but the same can’t be true for toothpaste tablets. Toothpaste tablets generally have a shelf life of less than a year or you can refer to the packaging to know the expiry. With homemade tablets, use them in five months and keep them in cool dark place away from the sun.
Which is Better- Toothpaste or Tablets?
Besides environmental factors, there are many factors that you should keep in mind before switching to tablets. Basically, it’s a personal opinion of what you like among the two. They both do the same job but tablets undoubtedly are better for the environment. However, if you choose to buy the tablets from a store, it might not be as much feasible as toothpaste because they are a little pricy as compared to conventional toothpaste. But if you choose to DIY toothpaste tablets at home, you’ll save the environment as well as the money in your pocket.
Travel Toothpaste Tablets Hack
If you are traveling and do not want to carry the big toothpaste tube, you can try this travel hack. Some flights or countries have banned toothpaste tubes for various reasons. Therefore, this hack might come in handy if you wish to store toothpaste for traveling.
Take an aluminum foil and spread lines of toothpaste on it. Let it dry completely in the air or use a dehydrator. Coat this with baking soda and cut this into travel size toothpaste tablets. Store them in a small air-tight container and they are ready for use whenever you want.
If you’re someone who is aware of the environmental problems that our planet is facing due to plastic and wishes to make a change in society, you can freely switch to using DIY toothpaste tablets over traditional toothpaste tubes. Let us know what you think about this quick hack that can save you from contributing to large plastic landfills.