Its fun to create your own hygiene products. That way, I know what ingredients have gone into it and the result is as good as the store bought solutions. Sometimes even better. Making my own hygiene/ cosmetics/ bath products leaves me with a sense of control thats hard to compare.
Mix into a paste and rub on teeth for whiteness.
Simple toothpaste mixtures
Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness / consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.
Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.
1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil
* To make rosemary charcoal, char several cups of dried rosemary in dry iron skillet. When it begins to char/ blacken, turn off the heat and stir vigorously. Be sure to not toast it for too long or it will turn grey and you will get ash instead of charcoal.
Mix all ingredients together and pass through a sieve so you don’t have any lumps. Store in an airtight jar.
Natural Fruit teeth cleaners!
1) Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
2) Rub your teeth with a fresh ripe strawberry. Rub it over and between your teeth. Strawberry whitens and brightens.
Boil water and remove from heat. Add dry ingredients and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
You can substitute other flavorings for peppermint if the minty flavor is not to your taste.