So you wanna make your own toothpaste?

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When my husband first started working at his job at the video production company where he currently works (back when we were engaged), one of his co-workers called me “granola.” To be fair, the guy had no idea what that word meant, in calling someone “granola.” I was helping out with a film shoot and holding a granola bar. He needed to get my attention, so he said “Hey, granola girl!” Awesome. Mind you, I was at SMU at the time. (If you don’t know SMU, think Ole Miss.) Not only was I far from granola. But I had absolutely no intention of ever becoming granola. In fact, I wanted to be the furthest thing from granola. But, alas. Here I am. Making my own toothpaste. And loving every bit of it, mind you. God has a great sense of humor.

So you wanna be granola too? Let’s get to making our own toothpaste! Here’s what you need.

  • 2-3 T coconut oil (Start with 2, but you may want 3, depending on your desired consistency.)
  • 3 T baking soda
  • 1-1/2 t sea salt
  • Peppermint or spearmint essential oil (10-15 drops) OR if you don’t have this, you can use cinnamon. But keep in mind that depending upon how much cinnamon you use, this means your toothpaste will be brown, which does not affect its effectiveness. Just thought you’d want a heads up though. As for the amount of cinnamon, use as much as desired for taste.

Mix it all together! At once. Yep. The only thing I’d recommend is adding the coconut oil bit by bit until you reach your desired consistency. Also if it’s too liquidy, then I am guessing you are making this in something like the Texas summer. 🙂 Do keep in mind that coconut oil is more solid in cooler temps and more liquid at warmer temps. So add it accordingly, and possibly store in a cooler or warmer place, depending on the time of year.

And in case you are wondering the purpose of these ingredients…

  • Coconut oil is a great natural base for the paste.
  • The baking soda is a natural cleaning agent, believed to be harmless.
  • The essential oils or cinnamon are for flavoring. Update: Now that I have become more into essential oils, I will also say that many are antibacterial and antiviral, as well as great for preventing cavities.
  • The salt acts as an abrasive to clean teeth.

Oh how I love homemade toothpaste! There are dozens of recipes online that I found when coming up with this recipe. See what works for you!

I first started making my own toothpaste a few months ago. For starters, there’s a lot of talk about fluoride being bad for you, and while I do tend to believe this, I am not out to prove anything. While I tried to stay away from fluoride, this wasn’t enough to make me want to whip up my own toothpaste. That motivation came after I had read multiple articles about how terrible sodium laurel sulfate is for you. (FYI, it’s in most toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, face washes, etc. Yuck. So I’ve been gradually switching over our toiletries to be SLS-free!) I read a book recently that suggested that SLS could be a cause of canker sores. If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you know that you would do pretty much anything to get rid of it. So hearing this, I figured I could either make my own toothpaste, since I had all of the ingredients, or go out and spend $6-8 on a tube of organic toothpaste. Thrifty me decided to make me own! I am happy to report that I have not had canker sores in the last few months! Well, I did have one as a result of biting my lip, but it went away within two days! Amazing. I am thrilled with the results and will never go back to those SLS-filled name brands!

Have you tried making your own toothpaste? Any great results to share?


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  1. Marcie Cheshire says:

    How long will the toothpaste keep? Thanks for this recipe!

    • That’s a good question! Since I just started a few months ago, I’m not entirely sure. But all of the ingredients keep for months by themselves on the countertop, so I’m guessing awhile! Certainly long enough for you to use all of the toothpaste!

  2. this is cool! do you dip your toothbrush in the container….get a spoon and put it on the toothbrush? and how does the consistency compare to regular toothpaste? thanks!!

    • I usually either dip my toothbrush in the container or use a toddler spoon. Both work great!
      The consistency of mine is similar to that of normal toothpaste, only softer and less goopy. It really depends on the ratio you do of coconut oil and baking soda. The nice thing is that you can adjust it to fit your preference. Also using more essential oil, makes it more liquid or soft as well, so if you want a thicker paste, you may need to have a weaker flavor.
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  3. Hove you asked your dentist about this? I will be curious to see how your next dental visit goes as far as cavities and such. Keep us posted.

    • I haven’t. But as with many other fields, we don’t love the modern area of dentistry. In fact, we are looking for a biological dentist, which is a more holistic style of dentistry. I actually think think we need to address the root of cavity issues rather than simply treating the cavity. I prescribe to the Dr Mercola and Weston Price mentalities when it comes to dentistry and many other health-related areas. I do believe this works, and after studying up on the ingredients in traditional toothpastes, I think my homemade version is much healthier and effective. If you try it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! There are many recipes out there.

      • We use baking soda, water and tea tree oil, and make a paste. (mix up a small batch every few days and keep in an air tight glass jar) My teeth have never felt claener all day long, my mouth feels fresher, I can’t believe it took me so long to try this. (We ran out of toothpaste and didn’t make it to the store in time for the next brush thought we’d try it). I have sensitive teeth and since I’ve been using this paste, my sensitivity is pretty much gone. Bring on the hot and colds! My teeth seem whiter. After learning about fluoride, I’m doing my best to keep it out of my daily routine, and I love this option. I’ve almost got my 5yo hooked on it. I recently traveled (out of country) and took a tube of toothpaste, colgate I think, and my teeth and mouth felt so grody. I love my new tooth paste. (and so much cheaper and less packaging)

  4. How cost effective is the toothpaste? I know that the organic toothpaste and the toothpastes without SLS are quite expensive.

  5. Just a quick comment – make sure you use therapeutic grade essential oils, as those are the only ones safe for ingesting. If you do use therapeutic grade oils, peppermint will have antibacterial properties to add to the effectiveness of the toothpaste.
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    • Thanks! I meant to mention that about the antibacterial properties. So glad you did!
      What’s the deal with therapeutic grade oils vs. not?
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      • Unless an essential oil is therapeutic grade, it has not been certified as safe for internal consumption by the FDA. Not even all of Young Living or DoTerra’s oils have this certification, but most do. I do not know of any brands that can be bought from retail locations that have this certification, although it is possible they exist and I just haven’t looked hard enough. The grade of the essential oil is not required to be listed on the labels in retail locations, you would probably need to go to the manufacturers’ web site to verify the grade of the oil you aren’t going through a company like Young Living or DoTerra.
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        • What oil do you know of of Young Living that is not therapeutic ? Do you even know anything about Young Living? I am pretty sure they’re not therapeutic unless they can be used in a therapeutic way!

          • I have actually heard what Jenny said from many many others as well, including our pediatrician. Young Living just isn’t in our budget, and since we aren’t technically eating the toothpaste, I haven’t been too worried about it. But as I always say, health is totally a journey. That’s where I am at the moment. A year from now, I might be all about essential oil grades.
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  6. Hello! I stumbled upon your website looking for a homemade tooth powder since I am all out of my store bought (expensive) stuff. I am wondering if you (or anyone else) has used other essential oils? I really don’t want to venture out in this cold..I have orange, lavender, tea tree, lemon and rosemary on hand. Any thoughts? Thank you!! 🙂

    • I would research what would be okay to eat. Not all essential oils are edible, that goes for scents and brands. For example, I’m pretty sure you should not ever eat tea tree oil. Not that you would be “eating” it, but I wouldn’t use it internally. You can use cinnamon though. The essential oils are great though because they kill germs and bacteria.

  7. I love the toothpaste recipe, but I wonder about germs and dipping the toothbrush in the jar. I suggest a cheap squeeze bottle. You can pick one up for about a dollar at any store that sells cooking utensils. They can be washed and used over and over, and since you squeeze the toothpaste out onto your brush you don’t have to worry about germs contaminating your homemade toothpaste.

    • Yeah, I think you’re right. I’ve never seen any tubes like what you are talking about though. Will you email me a picture of one? Where do you get them? I did do a post on using the Food Saver to make small travel toothpaste containers. I’ve thought about doing that in big form as well, so that may be my best bet for the next round.

  8. Thanks for the recipe! I’m looking to switch from the store-bought not-so-natural toothpaste I grew up with and this recipe looks really easy.

  9. Krystal says:

    I was wondering where you bought your ingredients and about how much they costed?

  10. I just want to make sure, capitalized T is tablespoon and lower-case t is teaspoon?

  11. I did not like how salty it turned out, next time I will use less. Other than that, I like it so far 🙂

    • I’ve heard that from another friend as well. I really love it but the flavor is strong. I’ve seen recipes that use stevia instead of salt but I’m not comfortable with that personally. The salt is to help actually scrub away any bacteria and such. I’d love to know what you think with less. Love the feedback! Let us know how it all turns out.

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