DIY natural toothpaste for kids

My 2 year old and I have a constant up and down relationship with toothbrushing. At the moment he has been letting me brush while I count to 10 and he watches a video, and it helps that I let him put the toothpaste on his brush himself. However, he likes to eat more toothpaste than I would feel comfortable with so I decided to make my own using natural ingredients. We had a strawberry natural toothpaste before which he liked, so I looked for the closest recipe I could find and ended up making my own version. It ended up being a big success luckily! He helped me make it and loves licking it right out of the jar. Because our house is warm I store it in the fridge so the coconut oil doesn’t melt, and he rubs his toothbrush on it (or licks it out of the container).


1/2 cup coconut oil (I didn’t melt it because it was already half melted in our warm house)

2 tablespoons baking soda

2 tablespoons xylitol (I bought it from whole foods and blended it in a coffee grinder first because the crystals were too big)

10 drops of orange essential oil

a few drops of natural orange food coloring if your child likes colorful toothpaste


you just mix it together and then taste a bit to see if you need more xylitol for sweetness or more orange flavor


Soap for Goodness Sake shampoo bar review

It's kind of sad that this is the best picture I could find with my hair down

It’s kind of sad that this is the best picture I could find with my hair down

I didn’t get paid to write this or anything, but I wanted to share a new product I’ve been using for several months now and loving! I got the tea tree oil Soap for Goodness Sake shampoo bar because it had a 0 ranking on the EWG’s skin deep list which means no bad chemicals. I ended up loving it for many reasons!

  1. You can use it as shampoo and as a soap bar so it eliminates needing separate shampoo, soap, and even conditioner!
  2. It makes my hair less frizzy (I have really curly hair and believe it or not is used to dry way frizzier than in the picture above which is how it looks now with no product)
  3. I find I no longer need conditioner, so that eliminates a step in the hair washing process
  4. It works as well for dandruff as chemically other shampoos
  5. It’s a solid so it’s easy to take on a trip and won’t spill in your bag. It also isn’t problematic for taking in a caryyon bag since it’s not a liquid
  6. It’s on amazon which is convenient

A few things that aren’t the best about it: it seems to take more effort to wash completely out of my hair, and it does sting your eyes if it gets in them which is not uncommon for shampoo, but is still a con. It also takes a bit longer to lather into my hair rather than squirting a liquid shampoo into it.

Overall I’m thrilled with it and will definitely buy it again. I was looking for a natural shampoo option but didn’t really want to try the whole vinegar wash thing since that seemed like a hassle, so I like that this is natural and also I can just buy it and don’t have to put much work into it. It also lasts for a long time.

Green cleaning products

I love that most of the cleaning products I use are made of edible ingredients, are cheap, and are free of scary chemicals!

Here are some products we use that I really like:

Mixture of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle

  • Smells like vinegar but the smell leaves very quickly after you spray something
  • Great for cleaning basically anything except granite
  • Use for bathrooms, mirrors, glass, kitchen appliances
  • Kills viruses, bacteria, and even the flu
  • Vinegar is good for using in laundry to remove stains

Mixture of 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 water in spay bottle

  • Safe for granite (counter tops in kitchens, bathrooms, tables) because it’s not acidic
  • My husband uses this spray to de-wrinkle his work shirts. He just sprays them and hangs them up and they are ready to wear in the morning
  • The smell seems to linger a little longer than the vinegar
  • Kills viruses and bacteria (especially if you don’t dilute it more than 50%)

I like to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar to clean water glasses which makes the really sparkling clean. Baking soda can be used anytime you need something grainy to get particles off, like if there is residue in your tub.

I also use a mixture of 1/2 rubbing alcohol, 1/2 water, and a few drops of orange extract in a spray bottle as deodorant. The alcohol kills bacteria that make bad smells. I just use the orange because I like the smell of it.

I love that after I clean, it’s safe for the dog to roll around on the floor, and once Jack is crawling I don’t have to worry about him either!

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