Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Baking soda toothpaste experiment

When you look at a bottle of baking soda, would you ever have thought of it as a toothpaste? Um, not me! I've never thought of it as anything more than a baking ingredient, the one you can't add a lot of, only a teeny tiny teaspoon or it would make your cake taste weird. Yea, that!

When I read about folks who have been using for shampooing hair, washing dishes and clothes, cleaning floors and counter tops, brushing teeth for years and a gazillion other things, I was like wow, I had no idea. So what is this magical thing that's natural, doesn't contain tons of chemicals and saves money?

In my mind, it's entirely too good to be true. A baking ingredient does all that? Only one way to find out. But I wasn't going to jump in and get all crazy, know what I mean?

I whipped out my bottle of baking soda, poured out a little and mixed it with a little water to make a paste... and voila! my own toothpaste. Well, some say to add peroxide paste but I didn't have any, so I just added water. Came time to brush my teeth before bed, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I've never tasted baking soda on its own.

Let's just say, I was in for a shock. The taste almost mad me gag! It's salty, eww! Did you know baking soda is salty? I didn't, silly me! Why then would it even be called sodium bicarbonate if it wasn't salty? So there you go.

And the verdict? I've only used my baking soda toothpaste (which I shall affectionately call BS Toothpaste) twice so far but I'll say this, it leaves the teeth feeling squeaky clean. I shouldn't be too surprised. But I am. I read the flouride in regular toothpaste is not good for you.

That said, I'm not going to go BS right away. I still have a few tubes of regular toothpaste in stock to get through. After that, I'm not sure. I might just go BS. My kids are eager to try it, not sure they'll like it though.

I'm also eager to try using baking soda as a shampoo. Anyone else use BS for anything else other than baking?


  1. I use baking Soda to clean, you can sprinkle it anywhere, the oven the sink and then use some vinegar in a spray bottle. A light spray over the soda, fizz fizz, wipe away and its clean.
    Safer than chemical.

  2. I am eager to try baking soda in place of shampoo but not so eager to replace my toothpaste. I've tried it before as toothpaste but am not a fan of the salty taste. I use an SLS fluoride free gel or paste instead.

  3. @anneliese
    I'm not a fan of the salty taste either. I've stopped using it as a toothpaste but I make a solution for gargling instead.

    Thanks for the tip, I'm definitely going to try it :)

  4. Never tried baking soda as a toothpaste, but it is a pretty amazing ingredient. I don't like the taste of salt on its own very much, so I'd personally probably we a little weary of making BS toothpaste, but I am totally game for trying natural cleaning methods for other things. Stopping by from Sharefest!

  5. I tried this once, but didn't like the taste. I had read baking soda toothpaste would help whiten my teeth.

  6. I've never used baking soda alone but have tried the baking soda toothpastes. Even with the flavorings and stuff they add to it it's still gross LOL

  7. If only I could get past the taste, I would use it to replace the paste but maybe trying mouth wash after might help.

  8. We are almost out of our toothpaste couponing stash and I am planning on using BS. I am planning on mixing it with a little birch essential oil to give it a minty flavor.

  9. @Bev, SWG, Cassandra, Khloe
    I agree, that weird saltiness is hard to get paste. Think I'm done with BS toothpaste, will probably use it as a mouthwash instead. And try using it for cleaning.

    Adding a flavoring is a great idea. Let me know how that goes. I might try it if it makes the BS taste better :)

  10. I've tried BS as a toothpaste. It certainly does taste nasty. I think I could get used to it if I knew for certain that it would make a difference in whitening my teeth. But for now I stick to my regular tooth paste brand.

  11. I may have to try this sometime. I doubt I will like the taste either, but it's worth a shot.

  12. I've heard that this helps to improve the whiteness of your teeth so I'm very tempted to try it.. But I'm not sure I could leave my minty freshness of regular toothpaste behind :P


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