All Natural Homemade Toothpaste

All Natural Homemade Toothpaste

This all natural homemade toothpaste has been requested by several people for quite some time. And in all honesty I’ve been putting it off for months because tooth health is tricky. Let me rephrase that. Having healthy teeth isn’t really tricky (hint: eat nourishing real food), but sifting through all the contradicting data can be.

Just like any aspect of healthy living, you can find information to support just about anything. And this is definitely the case with tooth care.

  • Is flouride essential for good teeth or is it poison?
  • Is glycerin an okay ingredient or one that should be avoided?
  • Is baking soda the perfect natural cleanser or is it too abrasive?

I mean, you even have dentists saying that toothpaste of any kind is hurting our enamel.

That’s why I always get leery of using “science” to prove why I do or do not do something. It’s not that I think science is bad. In fact, I like science. It’s just that it is really hard to decipher what’s really true from the countless studies and statistics that prove everything and nothing at the same time.

That’s why I trust history

I know that even history isn’t perfect, because so much of what we learn is based on who’s telling the story… but even so, I do know that there are plenty of cultures who had vibrant healthy smiles and teeth without using our new fancy-schmancy chemical toothpastes. It’s another instance where I feel blessed to have access to real food as my main foundation of good oral health.

What you will NOT find in my homemade toothpaste:

Glycerin

Most regular and natural brands of toothpaste contain glycerin. Once again the information isn’t crystal clear, but I tend to believe the data that describes how glycerin leaves a coating on your teeth which prevents them from being remineralized.

Flouride

My sister-in-law who’s an awesome dental hygienist agree to disagree on the issue of fluoride.  And if you are a huge proponent of fluoride I hope we can do the same. I’m not going to talk much about the dangers of fluoride here, but here are a few articles if you’re interested in learning why I avoid fluoride at all costs:

The Case Against Water Fluoridation

ADA study confirms dangers of fluoridated water, especially for babies

Top 10 dangers of fluoride

Other not-for-me ingredients

Sodium Lareth Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent and known skin irritant and pesticide. Avoid. Artificial colors and flavors. Avoid. GMO ingredients. Avoid.

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You’ll also notice that I don’t put any sweetener in my recipe. Of course, if you really need that in your toothpaste you can add a few drop of liquid stevia, but I just don’t see a need.

And I’ve skipped out on one of the most popular ingredients in homemade toothpaste: Baking Soda. Baking soda toothpastes are good at getting stains out because they are abrasive — but that also means they’re hard on enamel. To me it’s a trade-off that might not be worth it. If I feel a need to polish my teeth I’ll occasionally make a paste with coconut oil and baking soda. But it’s not something I use every day (and it’s also at the recommendation of my awesome holistic dentist who had no issue that I make my own toothpaste!)

So what is IN my homemade toothpaste?

Coconut oil which has antibacterial properties that help keep your mouth clean.

Bentonite clay which is a polishing cleanser with antibacterial properties that has been used for centuries to promote digestive health. It’s also been known to help remineralize the teeth. (Like this.)

Real sea salt which helps to gently scrub teeth and also has some antibacterial properties.

Peppermint essential oil which add that minty freshness that so many people have come to love about commercial toothpastes.  (Learn how to get my favorite essential oils at wholesale prices here.)

And just a little filtered water to make it a texture that you like. That’s it! I’ve been using it for well over a year and my teeth are great. (Like this.)

There you go! That’s how I keep mine and my family’s teeth healthy and strong. No cavities for many years for any of us thankyouverymuch.

…and if you’re looking for more inspiration, I really like these other natural toothpaste alternatives.

All natural homemade toothpaste from thankyourbody.com

Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzette-standring/too-much-toothpaste-damag_b_110419.htmlhttp://endthelie.com/2011/06/08/why-even-most-natural-toothpastes-are-bad-for-your-teeth-and-how-to-make-your-own/#axzz2PLQV09vahttp://www.natural-health-restored.com/reverse-tooth-decay.htmlhttp://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/8-bad-brushing-habits-that-harm-your-teeth

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88 comments

  1. Gabrielle

    Thanks for sharing this! I have a question about the sea salt: if you’re avoiding baking soda (a salt) because it’s too abrasive, have you found that sea salt is less abrasive? I know that for household cleaning, at least, both are used to scrub things clean.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I use a very fine salt and not very much. But if you are worried you can definitely leave the salt out and it’s still be a great recipe. :)

  2. Monika

    Thanks for sharing! I was just thinking that I want to try making my own toothpaste and your post showed up :-)! Will give this a try. I also have same question as Gabrielle about the salt.

    1. Maureen

      Salt is also a great antibacterial. After dental surgery salt and warm water is a recommended rinse.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I personally am not a huge fan of xylitol but I know plenty of healthy people who use it. It would work well in this recipe if you wanted to add some.

  3. Jane

    This has come at such a good time!
    I’ve been wanting try Earthpaste which is not available in Australia and we’re not allowed to bring it in as it contains xylitol. Ironically we can already buy xylitol here so go figure.
    Robin, I have Redmonds clay, is that ok for making this? Looks like its probably just like Earthpaste except for sweetener.

  4. Kristen

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m a little new to essential oils though, and peppermint has been noted to avoid if pregnant/breastfeeding (at least in my Internet searches), is that a concern with toothpaste? (my research dirt say how much or how different uses might affect it).
    Have you tried this recipe without any essential oils? I wonder, how would it taste? Any other other essential oils that you think might be good tasting and safe to use for preggys and breastfeeders? Any info/opinions would be appreciated! Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      My midwife (who is also a doTerra rep) says that their peppermint oil is fine in toothpaste. I’ve also made it without essential oils… it will do the job just won’t be as “minty” fresh. ;)

  5. Jane

    I just mixed this up and it doesnt look smooth like yours but sort of curdled. Did I do something wrong?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Just add a little more water or coconut oil until it’s at a consistency that you like. And use the back of your spoon to sort of “cream” the ingredients until they are smooth. But ultimately the texture won’t matter. It will still do the job. :)

  6. Kate

    Looks like a great easy recipe though I only have Aztec clay and the jar says the ingredients cannot be taken internally. Interesting that the Redmond Clay you link to you can actually drink. Do you know if I can use the Aztec or do I have to get the Redmond?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’m not sure about Aztec clay. I’d be a little weary of using it if it’s not meant to be used internally.

      1. Kate

        That’s what I was thinking also about the clay-thank you!

        Though I still wonder why you can ingest some but not another kind of Calcium Bentonite clay?


        1. Post author
          robin

          Good question. Could be how it’s manufactured? Or it could be as simple as the company not knowing if it’s safe to consume and so just putting a warning to cover their butts. ;)

  7. Rebecca

    I hate the taste of baking soda, and my toothpaste recipe is very similar to yours except replace the bentonite clay with baking soda. As a result, I need to put a lot of Stevia into it, and a combo of peppermint and spearmint drops.

    I will have to try this, as I have a ton of Bentonite clay powder. I am just wondering about liquid stevia vs. powdered stevia? Why do you recommend the liquid over the powdered?

    I also add activated charcoal to my homemade toothpaste about every other time I make the recipe, for extra teeth whitening powder.


    1. Post author
      robin

      You could use powdered for sure.

      I’ve been meaning to play with activated charcoal… I’ve heard great things about it for teeth whitening!

  8. Mitch

    I have a homemade recipe with baking soda AND salt, and I have been worried about the abrasiveness, not to mention, the taste is so salty. I am going to try a batch of yours. thanks

      1. Mitch

        Made it last night. I do love it. This is one I will stick to. The other one was very abrasive, and even felt slightly irritating to my gums. This one is very nice. Thanks

  9. Ellen

    Hello Robin,

    I have been a Dental Hygienist for 39 years and I also have a MS in Holistic Nutrition.

    For people who WANT/NEED toothpaste I think your recipe is fine….Xylitol (being a 5-carbon sugar alcohol vs Sorbital a 6-carbon sugar alcohol) helps to disable oral bacteria so that is a plus besides being a sweetener.

    Personally I don’t use toothpaste. It does disable the tongue from letting you know if the plaque has been removed and it just coats up the tongue, which allows bacteria to congregate.

    Fluoride is a neuro toxin and doesn’t belong in anything that is ingested. Even if you spit out your toothpaste you will absorb some through your gum tissues…mucous membranes are very porous. Lobby to get it out of your drinking water.

    Salt, baking soda, clay….they are all particles that can be abrasive. Always use a soft brush and as I tell my patients “BE THOROUGH – NOT BRUTAL”

    1. Ellen

      SORRY…hit the wrong key! to continue…

      “BE THOROUGH – NOT BRUTAL” when brushing. If you scrub like a house-a-fire you miss the spaces up in between the teeth…AND THAT IS WHERE ALL DENTAL DISEASE STARTS. Take your time…another reason NOT to use toothpaste – having to spit tends to hasten the procedure.

      Hope this is helpful.


      1. Post author
        robin

        AWESOME! Thanks so much, Ellen. You’ve confirmed a lot of what I’ve suspected about toothpaste in general. I also often skip the paste and just gently brush (thoroughly). Love hearing this kind of advice from a dental hygienist. Wish you were mine! ;)

    2. Diane

      Ellen –
      1) what can re-mineralize the teeth, and is it possible to build lost enamal?
      2) if one’s enamal is thin, should the baking soda, bentonite, salt and other items best be eliminated?
      Am thinking of just using coconut oil.
      Thank you!

  10. Michelle Koch

    So I mixed up mine using aztec secret, indian healing clay (the ingedients are 100% pure bentonite, from death valley CA) it says for external use only?? Is this safe? Also the clay is grayish so the toothpaste is grey and I am afraid of it staining my teeth grey??
    Help :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      I haven’t worked with that brand, so I can’t say. My clay is also 100% pure bentonite clay and it says it’s okay to ingest. It should be fine… especially if you aren’t swallowing it (although I’d probably wouldn’t worry either way.) The gray color will not stain your teeth. :)

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  13. sandie

    I make my own deodorant with coconut oil and I love it, but I have noticed it is harder that store bought deodorant because of the coconut oil. I don’t mind that but if I make your toothpaste does it also get fairly hard? I ask because I want to put it in a small squeeze bottle. I also want to encourage my family to use it and I am afraid they won’t bother with it if they have to warm it up before the use it each time. Help!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Depends on the temperature of your house as coconut oil is solid at 76 degrees (or somewhere around there). You can always add a bit more water to the mix to make it softer. It will still work just fine. :)

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    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I wouldn’t. The sea salt has minerals intact that help strengthen teeth. If you can’t get sea salt just leave the salt out completely.

  15. Darlene

    Hi ! this is Great! :) i Have question, it’s a little bit off topic.. uhmm, im currently doing investigatory project.. is it possible to make a toothpaste out of mussel shell? i make some research about this and it says mussel shell contains calcium carbonate which is also found in other toothpaste. but im confused if it will work out.

    what can you suggest about this? can i add crushed mussel shell in your recipe in making toothpaste???!! Thank You Soooo Much! ;)

    PS. As of now, it’s June 23. and uhmm… and the due date of proposing a topic is on June 25. Hope i’ll get an answer. haha! Thanks a Lot!

    1. Darlene

      And just wondering instead of mussel shell, can i make toothpaste out of oyster shell or even eggshell ? i think it’s impossible to crushed mussel shell into powder. but not in eggshell and oyster shell.

      Shells are rich in calcium carbonate.

      Thanks! :D


    2. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hi Darlene,

      I honestly have no idea if you could make it out of mussel shell. I would imagine if it’s ground up fine enough it would work, but I’ve never tried it to know for sure.

      1. Darlene

        Hey! Thanks for your response! :D

        i’ve decided not to include it on my title proposals. i think it may cause bleeding of gums if the shell is not crushed and process well..

        Anyway, Thank again! :)

        1. Renee

          I’ve been googling and looking into ingredients for my own toothpaste and these are the things I think I want to include:

          Silica sand, sea salt, clove oil, coconut oil and peppermint essence or oil.

          I was going to try the silica sand instead of baking soda because baking soda is so bitter plus silica sand is supposedly good for the tooth and I think the baking soda is purely for abrasive??

          But this clay sounds pretty good so I think I will have to give that a go, maybe I can add some silica sand in there as well and the clove oil shouldn’t affect it too much. I’ll have to experiment and see, will let you know how it goes.

          Also crushed up shells person perhaps just calcium powder?

  16. Constandina

    Dear Robin,
    Hello and Happy 4th! I love all of your DIY recipes I’ve tried so far. Thank you very much! I made this the other day and it is really cool. What is the shelf life?
    Thanks again,
    Constandina


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Mine usually lasts me a couple of months and I haven’t had problems storing it at room temperature.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I haven’t, but I have always spit out in my kitchen sink, just in case.

  17. Amanda

    I have tried other store bought supposedly natural or organic, SLS and fluoride free toothpastes and within a couple uses, I have very sensitive teeth. This did not happen with standard chemical filled toothpastes. I am trying to transition but my teeth just hurt! Do you know how this is for people with sensitive teeth or do you have any recommendations.?

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  19. Sarah

    I will be trying this recipe when I finish the batch I made two weeks ago. I have very sensitive teeth and have had no sensitivity since I started using a similar recipe. I got it from another website and won’t post it here without permission. That author also has sensitive teeth and has had complete relief using this type of toothpaste. I used cinnamon essential oil in mine instead of mint. It is mild, but refreshing.

  20. Michelle

    Wow, I already made this recipe but cut it in half because I’m running out of bentonite clay, and I have to say that it’s wonderful! I added about 1 tbsp of xylitol in the mix as a sweetener and to prevent cavities and my teeth feel so clean :) Thank you for this recipe! I’m glad I found your recipe as so many others contain baking soda, and that can’t be good to use it everyday to brush your teeth with.

  21. Barbara

    Hey, so glad I found your website! Can’t wait to try some recipes. I actually made toothpaste this week with another recipe that used Bentonite clay. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t let the clay come into contact with metal, ie use a glass bowl and mix with a plastic spoon. Some ppl use clay to detox metals from their bodies. Might want to caution folks about this.

  22. anonymous

    I love homemade toothpaste. Unfortunately coconut oil is very sensitive to temperature, and so depending on the temperature of the house the toothpaste will either be rock hard or liquid soft.Do you think Coconut Manna can be used instead and is it orally just as beneficial as the coconut oil?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m not very familiar with Coconut Manna… I haven’t had much issue with coconut oil, even in the hot summer because of the other ingredients that help keep it at a usable condition.

  23. Leah

    Hi, so 2 quick questions.
    Where did you find that handly jar you put it in?

    Also, is there a way to add a flavor so my 3 year old will like it?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      It’s just a small mason jar I found at the grocery store. Amazon also has them.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’ve linked to it above in the recipe. I get mine either online through Amazon or at the Real Food Market located in Utah (they are actually owned by the same company that makes Redmond Clay.)

  24. Lauren

    Hi! I just mixed this up and it’s a very runny consistency. I’m guessing because of the coconut oil being warm but I’m scarred to add the water. Any suggestions?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      If the consistency is too runny you can always add more clay. And the water is just to make it from being too thick, so if you don’t need it don’t worry. :)

  25. Heather

    I am on a DIY products kick and was pumped when I found this one. I made it last night and tried it this morning. It definitely works – my teeth feel so clean and smooth! However.. the salty/oily taste is a lot stronger and unpleasant than I thought it would be, and so far has stuck in my mouth all day! Do you have any suggestions that might make it taste a little better?

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  28. Eboni

    Hi I have some concerns about adding the water usually when you add water to anything you run the risk of mold growing…thoughts?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d use distilled water and then be sure to use some sort of clean spoon to swipe it out each time. You could also make this without water and either leave out the coconut oil (to make it more of a powder) or add more coconut oil to give it some adaptability.

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  32. Toni King

    Hello Robin,
    I love your site and found myself resonating with everything you were sharing.
    I currently make my own toothpaste which consists of a 3% strength mix of food grade Hydrogen Peroxide blended with baking soda. I must admit the abrasive nature of this blend has been a concern to me so I’m keen to try your recipe.
    Thank you for sharing so much valuable and interesting information.
    In Health and Harmony
    Toni :)

  33. Dabria Tulak

    Hello Robin and anyone else reading this! :-)

    I just made this recipe and cut it in half and it looks like it will work quite well, though I haven’t actually brushed my teeth with it yet. When I made it I had mixed together the clay, salt and coconut oil and it was quite runny looking because my coconut oil was pretty liquid when I put it in. I was unsure if I should add any water, not knowing if it would make it runnier or not. But I added 1 Tbsp. at first and it thickened up instantly. So I ended up adding more water to it and it looks just like the photo! :-) One thing I did try though is I added peppermint extract instead of peppermint essential oil because the brand of oil I have tells me it’s for external use only. Not sure why it would tell me it’s for external use only, but maybe it would be safe enough to use for toothpaste??

    Anyway, I’ve been trying lots of recipes off of this site and I’m quite excited to see how things turn out! Thank you for all the great, natural ideas and recipes!

    Dabria Tulak (from Canada)

  34. Shanna

    Hi, I was thinking about adding activated charcoal and/or holy basil to this recipe! I’ve heard the charcoal is a great teeth whitener and I know that holy basil is great for teeth health. I’m contemplated using a powder capsule contents or a liquid gel capsule contents (new chapter brand). Any suggestions on which kind, and do you suggest and amounts of each product I should use? I’m excited thanks for the recipe!! Aslo! I thought about making one with cloves as that’s great for teeth too!

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