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Toothpaste Recipes

  • 1/4 tsp peppermint oil
  • 1/4 tsp spearmint
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground sage

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.

Ben Franklin’s Toothpaste

  • Honey
  • Ground charcoal

Mix into a paste and rub on teeth for whiteness.

Simple toothpaste mixtures

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Glycerine
  • Peppermint oil

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.

Fruit teeth cleaners!

Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.

Clean your teeth with a fresh strawberry. Rub it over and between your teeth.


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Mouth Wash


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract

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.


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Quicky Breath Fresheners


  1. Gargle and rinse with undiluted rose water.
  2. Chew a sprig of parsley or watercress.
  3. Gently rub your gums and teeth with pine needles.

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