Recently, I stumbled across an article that talked about toothpaste ingredients and the issues they can actually cause rather than prevent— and it startled me. So I did more research and found more chemicals in toothpaste that I didn’t like.
I know there are TONS of natural toothpaste companies out there nowadays… yet they are a bit pricey. If I can make something simple and effective at home for a fraction of the price, why not?
Note: there is no fluoride in this recipe. Depending on your stance with this, feel free to add in a fluoride product or use a fluoride mouthwash afterwards.
Two ingredients that have some pretty bad wrap are:
1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, but at the same time it also stops re-enamalization (so cavities can’t self-heal.)
2. Sodium fluoride: A by-product of aluminum manufacturing that is found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides).
Scary stuff, huh? Well, rather than freak out about it every time I brush my teeth, I decided to make my own. And yes— I threw in some wonderful coconut oil that I’m beyond obsessed with and it’s millions of effective uses.
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Antibacterial Essential oils
If you choose the right essential oils, you can create a strong antibacterial toothpaste. I suggest these essential oils:
- Grapefruit Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Orange Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
I am thrilled to have found a homemade toothpaste replacement that I actually enjoy using and have fun making. I like that I can tweak the recipe depending on my personal preference at the time (sweeter, minty, fruity, etc— it’s all about what essential oils I put in it). I’ve made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing for the summer. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.
Homemade Dog Toothpaste
YES… I made this recipe for me and my family… yet it also works with dogs! Since my sweet dog (Barrett the Huskador), cannot resist licking and swallowing everything in his face, I made this for him too. Since they are completely natural ingredients, there’s no harm if he licks it while I brush.Print
Clean those pearly whites with this yummy and healthy homemade toothpaste with coconut oil.
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 tbsp baking soda
- 25 drops essential oil (I like eucalyptus and grapefruit)
- 1 tsp stevia, or more if you like it sweeter
- activated charcoal, optional
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my SmartStick to whip it really well and give it a light creamy texture.
- Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.
Getting it out of the mason jar can be an adjustment. Use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and spread nicely onto the toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle (you will need to cut the pointed tip wider).
Adding activated charcoal can be a gentle way to whiten your teeth.
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How to store diy toothpaste
I like to store homemade toothpaste in a wide-mouth mason jar or leak-proof metal tin. Use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and and spread onto your toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle and cut a wide tip on it to help it come out.