So you’re out of toothpaste. Maybe you’re on a trip and you forgot to pack it, or maybe you just forgot to pick up another tube at the store today. Either way, you want to brush your teeth and you don’t feel like going out for more paste. What now? Should you just not bother?

Actually, there are a number of less-traditional ways you can brush your teeth. Several common pantry staples can do a good job of cleaning your teeth, no paste required. Try one of these options next time you’re out of paste – you might be surprised at how well they work!

1. Just use your toothbrush

You can clean your teeth effectively using nothing but your toothbrush and some water. Just wet your brush and scrub your teeth like you normally would. Make sure to hit hard-to- reach spots, like the inner surface of your front teeth and your molars in the back of your mouth. Your teeth should feel smooth and slick when you’re done brushing them. Talk to your dentist for more tips on the most effective brushing techniques.

2. Use baking soda

Do you have a box of baking soda in the cupboard? If so, sprinkle some on your toothbrush. Baking soda is very effective for cleaning teeth, freshening breath, and neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth. It even has some whitening properties. You may find it easier to brush your teeth with baking soda if you mix it with some water to make a paste first.

3. Try a pinch of sea salt

Like baking soda, sea salt protects your teeth by making your mouth less acidic and killing bacteria. Get your toothbrush wet, and then dip the bristles in salt and brush as usual. Just be careful near your gums. If you scrub your gums too hard, the salt could damage or irritate them.

4. Scrub with natural soap

It’s true that nobody likes getting their mouth washed out with soap, but soap will get your teeth clean if you have no other choice. For a less-unpleasant taste, try to use a natural soap that’s made with a food-grade oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.

5. See if there’s a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the cupboard

Hydrogen peroxide can help prevent tooth decay by killing unfriendly bacteria in your mouth. If you’ve got a bottle of it on hand, splash some on your toothbrush before you scrub your teeth. Just make sure your hydrogen peroxide is at a concentration of 3 percent. Any stronger, and it might damage your teeth.

6. Try oil pulling

If you’ve forgotten your toothbrush, too, don’t worry – you can still clean your teeth by oil pulling. Put a teaspoon of oil, such as coconut oil or sunflower oil, into your mouth, and swish it around for 60 seconds to draw out impurities. Coconut oil is an especially good choice because of its anti-bacterial properties. Just make sure to spit the oil into a wastebasket so your drain doesn’t get clogged.

Don’t skip your nightly brushing routine just because you don’t have any toothpaste. There are plenty of other ways to clean your teeth and prevent decay. If you’d like more ideas for alternative ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy, talk to your dentist at your next appointment.