Green Living

DIY Toothpaste

Continuing on our Healthy Teeth Week, I bring you a homemade version of toothpaste. The best part of making your own toothpaste is that you can stretch the OraWellness oils if you’re on a tight budget and if you followed my multipurpose must-haves post, you should have the main ingredients on hand already!

And as mentioned in the comment section of my post about brushing with oils, I have not been able to get my daughter to switch away from brushing with actual toothpaste, which apparently is a problem other people share. It’s great when kids are happy to brush, but store bought tooth paste, even the natural stuff, is not actually good for your teeth.

There are a lot of DIY toothpaste recipes floating around on Pinterest, but I just could not find one recipe that was simple and didn’t have some kind of questionable ingredient. I saw one with honey (seriously!), one with glycerin, and the recipe I adapted mine from the most has xylitol instead of baking soda. The evidence for and against the use of xylitol is a wash, and I’d rather just steer clear of something that does not have a proven track record yet.

homemade toothpaste

Mama and Baby Love’s Simple Toothpaste

4 Tbs coconut oil – gets your oil pulling aspect in there and holds the consistency

4-5 Tbs baking soda – similar to charcoal, baking soda whitens and refreshes.

1 Tbs castille soap – gives a bit of foaming action and further breaks up gunk in your mouth

15-30 drops (to taste) OraWellness blend or essential oil of choice

Approx. 5 drops (to taste) stevia

Melt coconut oil on low heat, then add baking soda and castille soap. If you really want to, you can melt down some bar soap similar to Steph’s laundry detergent but with much less water.

DIY Toothpaste

I couldn’t really stir in the pan because there isn’t much to stir so I just combined the ingredients a bit then poured directly into its holding jar. You can just transfer to a small bowl if you’re going to use a fancy squeeze bottle later.

Using a fork or small whisk, whip that stuff up while the coconut oil cools. Just before it’s about to form stiff peaks, add in your essential oil and stevia. Don’t be afraid to taste it! The beauty of making it yourself is that you don’t have to worry about ingesting chemicals so the worst that will happen is you taste the salty baking soda. So since every person has different desires for sweet or flavoring, just taste a dab and adjust to your liking.

After adding the extra liquid, you may want to add some extra baking soda, though it isn’t actually necessary. Then once everything is adjusted, keep on whipping it until stiff peaks form and transfer to the permanent container of choice.

DIY Toothpaste

There you go! Store in a cool, dry place like pretty much everything else you own. As you can see, there isn’t a ton there and I would recommend against making large batches unless you’ve got a large family to go through it. Since you’re using oils, there is a chance that the stuff will go rancid after too long, especially with wet toothbrushes getting dipped in it a couple times a day.

If you’d prefer to buy a healthier toothpaste instead of making your own, this is my personal favorite!

What do you think? Will you take the plunge and make your own toothpaste?

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  • Mishelle
    July 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I’ve been using just baking soda, but I have all of these things..think I will give it a try!! Thanks!

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz
    July 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I’ve always been curious about this but not sure if I can step away from the minty freshness of Crest. It looks so pretty in that glass jar that I may have to give it a try.

    • Cassandra
      July 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      You can dump as much mint oil in it as you want and quite frankly, I think I might add a bit more to mine on top of the OraWellness stuff because I like it super minty too. Get some wintergreen and spearmint, oh man.

  • Leanne
    August 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I’m definitely interested in trying OraWellness oils! I recently made a spicy toothpaste. It has a similar base to this one, but I added organic cinnamon and cayenne powder for it’s amazing health and dental benefits. I just thought you guys might be interested in it. The post is @ http://www.planprepareandprovide.com/2012/08/spicy-toothpaste.html

  • Farhaana
    October 23, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Do your children like it? I have made a toothpaste with castile soap and it leaves a soapy aftertaste tahat my kids cringe at….Also I used xylitol instead of stevia.

    • Cassandra
      October 23, 2012 at 5:25 AM

      This toothpaste is more baking soda/coconut oil than castille soap and is quite salty. I actually intend to use more soap in my next big batch because it doesn’t foam quite to my liking. My 2 year old loves to brush her teeth right now and asks to do so with this toothpaste several times a day. But toddlers are weird and the things they enjoy change. All I can say is to adjust the recipe to the liking of your family.

  • Jacinta Zavier
    April 29, 2014 at 3:15 AM

    Hi may i ask if baking soda and castille soap safe if ingested ? Im asking cos my baby is 19 months and may not spit and gargle well. Thanks much
    Also wat brand of castille soap do you use?