I walked in the bathroom to brush my teeth, and realized that we were out of toothpaste. Rather than use my sons' Spiderman toothpaste, I decided to make my own out of baking soda and salt. I got the idea from the book, Natural Beauty At Home, by Janice Cox. Mix equal amounts of baking and salt in a container, and apply to your toothbrush. That's it.
I was surprised how much I liked this homemade tooth paste. Its grit made my teeth feel polished as if I got a cleaning. Plus, I was happy to avoid all the detergents and artifical flavorings that are in commercial toothpastes.
One word of caution: salt can be harsh on sensitive teeth and gums. If you have sensitive gums, try this recipe: 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
Never run out of toothpaste again--make your own with kitchen staples. Now, if I could just get my kids to use it.