10 DIY Natural Toothpaste Recipes
“I’m making my own toothpaste,” I said to a friend who called round unexpectedly. She was wandering what in the world I was doing.
“So, you’ve finally gone insane?” she asked with wry – and worried – smile.
I hadn’t gone insane. Rather, I had read about the harmful ingredients that are included in regular toothpaste. And I was horrified.
Think of it like this: The easiest and quickest way for anything to enter your body, including both good stuff and bad stuff, is via your mouth. And when you know that your store-bought toothpaste contains harmful toxins, you suddenly aren’t so keen on brushing your teeth anymore.
But neither can you let them rot either. So what do you do? You create your own DIY entirely natural toothpastes, of course!
If you’re still not convinced, regular toothpaste contains a clutch of dangerous ingredients that include but are not limited to:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – a foaming agent that can irritate your skin and poison your organs.
- Glycerin – This ingredient has been found to actually coat your teeth. Counter-productive, or what?!
- Triclosan – This controversial ingredient has been linked to neurological damage and even cancer.
- Fluoride, which can be very toxic if swallowed.
If you’re now a bit more convinced, let’s take a look at 10 DIY natural toothpaste recipes.
For this, take a big bowl and mix into it a teaspoon of water, a single tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix until everything is nicely blended.
Then, add in four tablespoons of coconut oil, 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda and 10 drops of orange essential oil and one and a half further tablespoons of raw honey.
Then, pour your mixture into a vial that comes with a soap dispenser or dropper.
Make sure to label it and then you’re all ready to go!
Brightening Tooth Scrub
This is one of wonderful natural toothpaste recipes that was submitted by a friendly reader, who is really into natural toothpastes. Thanks Ann! You don’t need to use it all the time, as it’s ideal for keeping stains from accumulating too much. I generally use it once a week, but sometimes I’ll use it twice.
To make it, take 2 teaspoons of baking soda, half a teaspoon of unrefined sea salt (finely or medium ground), 5 teaspoons of purified water and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil or another essential oil of your choice, and pour them all into a small bowl. Mix until you’re left with a thick, smooth paste.
Then, simply dip your toothbrush into the paste before scrubbing your teeth!
Baking soda is very alkaline, it has a pH of 9 to 11, so it can help to effectively neutralize acids, while not being very abrasive to your teeth.
Homemade Re-mineralising Toothpaste
For this easy to make natural toothpaste recipe, place 1/4 of a cup of bentonite clay, four tablespoons of coconut oil, 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 5 drops of clove essential oil, and 10 tablespoons of water into a food processor before pulsing until well mixed.
Remove and store in a small jar.
Happy toothpaste is one of the best DIY natural toothpaste recipes to make, if you plan on having your toddlers use it. It’s rich in organic flavours, which means that it won’t be a problem if your child happens to swallow any of it, but still keep in mind that it’s not made for eating.
To make it, combine baking soda with coconut oil until they’re blended together. Bear in mind that this toothpaste will be softer during the summer months, while it will be harder during the winter. If you happen to melt the coconut oil before making it, you will then need to blend everything once it has totally cooled.
Then, add vanilla essential oil and Xylitol for taste (because otherwise it will be eew). Xylitol is a sweetener and it can help reduce cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Dip your toothbrush into it, and then wet with water.
Homemade Calcium Toothpaste
This is one of the great natural toothpaste recipes made from a fab combination of ingredients that doesn’t make an overly runny paste (which is what you should ideally be aiming for all the time). In fact, its consistency is almost as thick as normal store-bought toothpaste.
To make it, you will need to take a quarter cup of calcium powder, two tablespoons of xylitol, one and a half tablespoons of baking soda, three tablespoons of coconut oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, and a quarter teaspoon of tea tree oil before mixing them all together until well blending. Add water for desired consistency.
You can store this toothpaste in a jar and use as you would a regular toothpaste.
For this zesty toothpaste, grind two tablespoons of dried lemon rind to a fine powder before adding a quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons of fine salt. Blend well before storing in a small jar.
For this one, you will need to mix bentonite clay, coconut oil and finely ground salt in a bowl, one tablespoon of each. Pour in a single tablespoon of water. Then, use the back of a spoon to “cream” your ingredients before adding a pinch more water for better consistency.
Then, add 5 drops of peppermint oil and mix everything until it’s all nicely combined, before storing in an air tight container.
Fluoride is a bit of an issue, and you will find that more and more parents are looking for alternatives to fluoride-rich toothpastes for their children.
The best alternative? You own, homemade all-natural toothpaste that is fluoride-free!
To make this fab paste, grind seat salt in a coffee grinder until it’s as powdery as it can be. Then, mix together three tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of finely ground sea salt, a few drops of citrus essential oil, a teaspoon of xylitol and a teaspoon of finely ground dried sage.
Mix in a teaspoon of coconut oil to get the consistency perfect before storing in a small jar.
This isn’t actually earth paste – but it tastes like it!
I used earth paste once earlier this year and I fell instantly in love with it. I introduced it to my family, and they fell in love, too. It was love at first brush!
And before you ask, yes, earth paste means you’r brushing your teeth with dirt. Technically. But, hey, it works!
To make this toothpaste, combine three teaspoons of water with clay in a bowl before mixing well. Add in five drops of stevia, four drops of tea tree oil, and four drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix.
You can then add a smidgen of salt for taste, before adding more stevia or water for better texture.
Wait for 48 hours before using.
You want your kids to brush their teeth with safe ingredients. This DIY natural toothpaste recipe is ideal for your children, and you can even use it too if you like!
To make, combine a tablespoon of baking soda, a third of a cup of coconut oil, and 4 tablespoons of bentonite clay in a bowl before adding around six drops of essential oil and a quarter teaspoon of liquid stevia. Then, store in a jar.
Bonus tip: Did you know that you can use crushed cacao nibs as a toothpaste? Believe it or not, they work very well! They should be very finely ground though. What can be better than a chocolate toothpaste?!
What are your favourite natural toothpaste recipes?
Stay happy and healthy!