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365 Days of Saving Money: Matt Jabs Makes His Own Toothpaste!

This year is all about saving money every day while trying to increase your income potential. If you did one thing each day that could save as little as $5 over the course of a year, you could have an extra $1800 in your pocket at the end of the year. Not all of these tips may apply to you, so to keep it fair, not all of them will apply to me.

I am a big DIYer, so when I saw Matt Jabs’ recipe for Homemade Toothpaste, I was really excited. Something like this is not a big conversion for me, because I usually use Eco-Dent Toothpowder.

Check it out and see what you think. You can get creative as well. First, I don’t think you have to add water for the paste-like consistency unless you want. Second, as Matt mentions, you can use any flavoring extract you choose. You’re not harnessed to any flavor.

Even if you use the cheaper toothpaste, this can easily save $5 each year.

365 Days of Saving Money: $595 Annually (Running Total)

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Anonymous January 13, 2010, 3:06 pm

    This recipe does not contain fluoride! A person would end up spending more at the dentist's office than he/she would save by not buying store-bought toothpaste. Children especially need fluoride.

  • A.B. (Mrs. Modern Tightwad) January 13, 2010, 7:00 pm

    @Anonymous: I am aware that many people consider fluoride to be an essential component of dental care. Matt and I are not those people. The research that I have done included some studies that felt that fluoride had toxic properties and could impair immune function, certainly not something you would want for children at all.

    I further feel this is justified in the fact that while there is no warning label on my baking soda, salt, or extracts, there is a label on our old toothpaste that says: "Warnings, Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than is used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away." The fact that they need a label at all scares me. The fact that "more than is used for brushing" isn't all that much scares me even more.

    Not having fluoride is a personal choice, but I encourage anyone to do actual research, not just listening to people who profit off of a product's usage, and make an informed decision.

  • Matt Jabs January 13, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Ha ha… anonymous commentator #1 is simply regurgitating the facts they have been told since they can remember. Fluoride is actually a toxic poison. I'm not into arguing, so just do some unbiased research and you'll soon see what I mean.

  • Cheapskate Sandy January 28, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Yeah, you're not supposed to swallow that stuff and kids do.


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