Dr. Bronners as Toothpaste?

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    Marc Kokosky
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    Locale: Washington, DC Area

    I tried it but couldn't get over the soapy taste. I think my mom made me lick too much of it as a kid. It's a gag reflex that takes me back to the unhappier times of punishment as a kid.

    Green Thumb


    If you taste soap, you are using too much. I use 2-3 small drops and don't ever taste soap. The few times I have put more than that, I do taste soap.

    Jim Milstein


    Locale: New Uraniborg CO

    Works for me. Little soap taste. Sensation of having a clean mouth afterward. I brush for a long time believing that mechanical action is what actually cleans teeth and disperses plaque. The toothpaste or soap or bicarb or whatever is for good luck.

    Some dentists warn that bicarb of soda is too abrasive. Others are silent on this important matter.

    Just to be on the safe side, I also floss (mechanical) and run a toothpick tip around all the margins of my gums (mechanical). Doing this thorough tooth drill once a day has successfully maintained the health of my teeth and gums. Doing this in the wilderness is no harder than in a modern bathroom.

    Pete Staehling
    BPL Member


    I found it to taste pretty horrible.

    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member


    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Just after brushing my teeth with Dr. Bonner's I take out my Microspikes and flail my back until I get some blood splatter going.

    (I'm doing pennance for not being a SUL backpacker.)

    Justin Baker
    BPL Member


    Locale: Santa Rosa, CA

    Why do you guys carry toothpaste backpacking? I brush without it all the time.

    BPL Member


    Interesting talk! Is he really advocating for everyone to carry bear spray anytime one is in bear country? Including all black bear country?

    Randy Cain
    BPL Member


    Locale: Fresno, CA

    It's been awhile since I watched that video, but I think I recall his research being in grizzly country in Alaska. I think that was the context for most of his talk.

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    Oh ok, makes sense. Awesome talk though, he mentions Stephen Herreo's (sp?) book, that's a good one.

    Bryan Oliphint
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeast Texas

    Ever read the fine print? The good doctor was off his rocker. I'm not putting any product in my mouth from that house of crazy.



    Locale: The Cascades

    "DR Bronners causes premature aging.
    ( see if you can spot that on the label)
    Since using it I look at least 10 years older.
    It works but keep this in mind."

    Stop smiling, you'll look 10 years younger again…..

    Dale Wambaugh
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    I don't get it. My understanding of toothpaste is that it provides a polish, a fine grit, to remove the plaque that builds up, and some flavoring to make the process more pleasant. If you believe the ads, you might kill some bacteria and get some whitening along the way.

    So what is soap going to do, other than taste bad? I tried it and would much rather go with salt, baking soda, a prepared tooth powder, or my current option, a small vial of gel toothpaste.

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