Best Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

POSTED ON 3.23.2021

This DIY Toothpaste Recipe is easy and affordable to make using common kitchen and cleaning ingredients like coconut oil and baking soda.

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. I know there are TONS of natural toothpaste companies out there nowadays… yet they’re a bit pricey. If I can make something simple + effective at home for a fraction of the price, why not? Here’s my very own homemade toothpaste recipe… full of only the good stuff. I can honestly say this is the best natural toothpaste I’ve tried, and that’s saying something since I’ve been on the hunt for a great option for a while!

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.

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Common toothpaste ingredients

Two ingredients that have a pretty bad wrap are:

1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, yet 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 some homemade toothpaste sans weird stuff. 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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Natural toothpaste recipe

Once I started experimenting with a homemade toothpaste recipe, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how few ingredients I actually needed. My recipe has 4 ingredients, with an optional 5th if you add in activated charcoal. Not only is this recipe simple, it contains only plant based ingredients that are common. No weird chemical compounds or additives here!

When whipping up a batch of this homemade toothpaste, I typically triple the batch. That way each bathroom has its own container, so there’s no family fights over the jar. To keep the ingredients light and airy, I use an immersion blender rather than mixing with a blender or food processor.

Antibacterial essential oils

If you choose the right essential oils, then you can create a strong antibacterial toothpaste. I suggest these essential oils, which I typically purchase from Plant Therapy:

  • 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 as well as 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). This summer I made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.

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 then spread your toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle and cut a wide tip on it to help it come out.

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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.

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Best Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste DIY


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 month supply 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Clean those pearly whites with this yummy and healthy homemade toothpaste with coconut oil.


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my Cuisinart SmartStick to whip it really well and give it a light creamy texture.
  2. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

Notes

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.

  • Category: Natural Remedy
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade toothpaste, diy toothpaste recipe

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Frank says:

    I cannot stomach stevia. Can you recommend a sweetener other than stevia? Thank you.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We’ve got ya, Frank! Another natural sweetener to try would be monkfruit. Although a little goes a looooooong way, so be sure to start with a super tiny amount.

  2. MADELYN TORRES says:

    Super

  3. Erin says:

    A lot of ‘natural’ toothpastes still leave my teeth feeling slightly filmy, but this one doesn’t! I also love that I can change the flavor of each batch; I get bored of the same old taste.

  4. Maureen says:

    I’m so happy I’ve found you, ive been looking for toothpaste recipes for a while but ones I’ve found had no measurements. Can’t wait to try your toothpaste.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you found us, Maureen! Def let us know what you think of the toothpaste. 🙂

  5. Trish says:

    My understanding is that any formula containing water will soon be breeding bacteria unless a preservative is used. Am I wrong?

    BTW, I just made this and I really like it. I’ve looked for preservatives for toothpaste but the 3 commonly used ones, 2 are parabens and sodium benzoate doesn’t sound much better. I know there is no such thing as a totally effective natural preservative and in other water inclusive products I make I use Optiphen Plus, but I don’t know if that is acceptable for toothpaste.
    Anything you can help me with would be greatly appreciated as I’m on a mission to make toothpaste!

    Thank you!
    And thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Regards,
    Trish

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Trish! The good news is that our formula doesn’t contain water. Plus the coconut oil in our recipe actually as properties that will keep bacteria at bay. So it should work out great! Glad you like it so far!

  6. Sheron Gibson says:

    Someone just told me that tea tree oil should never be but in your mouth—-poisonous if injested

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You should def not ingest tea tree oil! It is fine to use in toothpaste (look for pure, high-quality oils always!) as long as you aren’t swallowing it. There are even commercially available natural toothpastes that use tea tree, which is also known as melaleuca oil.

  7. Rosa says:

    How much activated charcoal should I use?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We’d start with 1/2 – 3/4 tsp and adjust up or down from there as preferred. 🙂

  8. Sheron Gibson says:

    I cut the recipe in half and mixed it directly into a recycled sampler jelly jar. I used tea tree oil and omitted the stevia because I didn’t need it sweetened. I enjoyed using it. One question. Should I refrigerate it?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Neat changes to the recipe Sheron! Glad you’re enjoying the toothpaste. Refrigeration isn’t necessary. 🙂

  9. Ashley says:

    My daughter is allergic to coconut oil. What can I substitute the coconut oil with? It’s hard to find things without coconut in them, but now it’s hard for me to find DIY stuff without it as well. Please help.

    Thank you!

  10. Ahmad says:

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  11. Marilyn says:

    Great Recipe!!! I believe Baking Soda that is 100% Pure Sodium Bicarbonate, Aluminum Free would be best. And I use Organic Coconut Oil. Very Large jars of CO can be purchased at Costco and Vitacost. Vitacost brand is a little softer. Wishing all Good Health!

  12. Carole von Aarberg Knight says:

    I used to work for a dentist who made his own polishing paste, which is designed to be used twice a year and is more abrasive, but it works! To the best of my memory,
    Glycerine, jeweller’s rouge, Which is rust,/iron oxide, fine chalk, and flavour of your choice, Aniseed was popular, but there was banana, lemon and cinnamon, and of course, clove oil, known to dentists as Eugenol, which is a soother for exposed dentine and tooth pain.

  13. Sinead Egan says:

    Hi,I made a batch the first time there wasn’t enought peppermint but the texture was fine.The next batch I made tastes fine but it’s too hard.What did I do wrong or what can I do to made it a little bit softer?!?! Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sinead! I think if you add a little more coconut oil, that could help the texture.

  14. Ashley Kanazawich says:

    Just made this for my family, my mouth has never felt cleaner!

  15. Joanne says:

    Hi great recipe 🙂 just have one question.. I’d like to use peppermint and oregano essential oils.. I have recently learnt that the oregano oil must be diluted first though (looking at doing this with olive oil by myself). Have you used much of this essential oil? If so could you help me with the diluting ratios?? Any advice appreciated thankyou!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Joanne, I’m not sure about the safe way to take oregano EO internally. I recommend researching it and check out multiple sources so you make sure you’re following the proper steps for internal use.

  16. Richard J Santay says:

    I too love coconut oil! Thanks for the toothpaste recipe!

  17. Pierre says:

    Can’t wait to try this!! I understand why baking soda is used in this recipe, but upon reading the comments below, I do wonder if there might be an alternative. I will do some research on my side and see what I can find.

    I have done oil-pulling in the past which requires using a tablespoon of coconut oil. I wonder if daily use of such a toothpaste might give similar results in the long run. Also, I remember reading it was important not to spit out the oil in sinks as it would harden again in the pipes… I guess the small amount used here would be inconsequential, but it would be great to know for sure.

    Thanks, Jen!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Pierre! I definitely encourage you to do research on your end to learn more about baking soda as an ingredient in DIY toothpaste and possible alternatives.

      I include oil pulling in my morning routine and I don’t think daily use of toothpaste that contains coconut oil would have exactly the same effect as you wouldn’t be keeping the toothpaste in your mouth for 10-20 minutes or swishing it around inside your mouth. So I don’t think it would aid in the removal of toxins from your body but it may help in whitening the teeth a bit.

      I think just to be safe, you may want to spit coconut oil-based toothpaste in the trash can. It is a small amount but if you are brushing 2x a day, it will quickly add up. 🙂

  18. Alina says:

    I’ve tried this recipe before and I loved it and made my teeth whiter, But, baking soda does ruin your teeth enamel, so I quit using it. This day I haven’t found a natural, plastic free package toothpaste that doesn’t ruin my teeth nor my wallet.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I encourage you to keep looking, Alina. There is something out there that will work for you!

  19. Erin says:

    We’ve tried several of the new ‘natural’ toothpastes on the market, and this homemade paste is a great idea! I like that it cuts down on plastic waste of tubes as well. What brand of essential oils would you recommend using?

  20. Kamilah says:

    I’m wondering if i could just brush with coconut oil and use the baking soda on occasion? It is my understanding that baking soda can make the teeth look transparent with prolonged usage. I have brushed my teeth with an all natural soap called “Kiss My Face” before. Brushing with an all natural soap is suppose to aid in teeth remineralization as well. Forgot the name of the doctor who promoted this. Thanks for the recipe. I loved its simplicity.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Kamilah! So glad you found this recipe simple and useful. 🙂 If you feel most comfortable using coconut oil with baking soda on occasion, I think you could do that. Our hope is for folks to become educated about the products they use, the ingredients in those products, and holistic alternatives. There is no “one size fits all” answer and we are not doctors so I definitely encourage you to continue to learn about DIY toothpaste and its ingredients to find something that will work best for you.

  21. Gaye Baxter says:

    After reading most of the comments, I just wanted to say thank you. There is another dentist, askthedentist.com, that has a DIY probiotic toothpaste. Plus a list of the “bad” ingredients in most commercial toothpastes.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Gaye! And thank you for the information. 🙂

  22. Eline says:

    Hey, I am looking forward to make this recipe! I do have a question about the use of stevia. I have no experience with this and I am unsure whether to use the green stevia (plant material) or extracted powder. The latter does not seem to have a very good rep. Did you do some research on this? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I don’t know much about stevia but I would say choose the one that is the least refined/processed. It’s simply used to add a bit of sweetness to your toothpaste so it’s an optional ingredient and you can leave it out altogether if you choose.

  23. Leslie Estes says:

    50% baking soda is way too much, especially to use on a daily basis. You might want to look this up and rethink it because it can have a deleterious effect on tooth enamel.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks for joining the conversation, Leslie. We encourage everyone in our community to educate themselves on what they put in/on their bodies and we realize there is no “one size fits all” solution.

  24. Annie S says:

    If essential oils are not for ingesting why are they being used for toothpaste?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Some essential oils are ok for internal use. Make sure you check the label/information before you add EO to your toothpaste to make sure it’s one that is ok to use internally.

    • Jo Ann Duron says:

      I use Young Living Vitality essential oils. Young Living Vitality oils are for ingesting.

  25. Ishana Chaudhary says:

    Hi,
    I really would like to try this out after reading about the dangers of ingredients in store-bought toothpaste.
    Do we need liquid or solid coconut oil for this?
    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ishana, you’ll want to use the type of coconut oil that’s solid at room temp.

  26. Ryan says:

    Hi,
    I am very interested to use your recipe. How long have you been using this? Do you use this at least 2x a day everyday? Any health/dental problem encountered?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ryan! I believe Jen’s been using this toothpaste for a while now. She switched to homemade toothpaste to avoid health and dental problems that can be caused by store-bought toothpaste. 🙂

    • Michele says:

      Xylitol from birch bark (not from corn) could be used instead of stevia since stevia has an after taste. Xylitol is excellent for killing bad bacteria. Just a gentle suggestion ! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Great suggestion Michele!

  27. Nita Hughes says:

    I love this recipe!

  28. Sonja says:

    Hi
    Tried recipe today. Its wonderful. Purchased some coconut oil tooth paste on HSN loved it haven’t seen it on again.
    So decided to look on line for recipe. When in and brushed my teeth right away and loved it.

    Thank so much

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thank you for the great review, Sonja! So glad you loved it. 🙂

  29. Marci Pittman says:

    Where should we spit coconut oil toothpaste? Should it go down the sink or into the trash? I don’t want to clog my sink drain.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Marci,

      I usually spit it into my trash. It isn’t much coconut oil but I wouldn’t risk it spitting it into your sink.

  30. Melissa L Claphan says:

    I was so excited when I saw this recipe on facebook. For the past 5 or 6 months everything burns my tongue. I can’t use toothpaste because the mint burns the crap out of my tongue. I can’t use mouthwash because of the mint and chemicals. I can’t have anything carbonated, or minty, or spicy, No citric acid, so no citrus fruit or juices. So, I’m definitely making this tonight.
    I found an article by a Canadian scientist. I have something called burning mouth disease. Along with all my other auto-immune crap. He suggested taking Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B Complex. It actually worked fairly well, but I’m thinking the coconut oil toothpaste will really help! I’m going to try the coconut oil pull too! Wish me luck!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Melissa,

      Thank you for your comment! I really hope our recipe for homemade toothpaste works for you and gives you what you need without the burning. That sounds so difficult to deal with.

      Let us know what you think once you give it a try!

    • Michel says:

      Hi I also have burning mouth syndrome, now in my 7th year. I have tried everything, numerous doctors, medications, different toothpaste, have tried cutting out all sorts of foods, no sugar, coffee, dairy, certain fruits, spices, salt and alcohol, nothing has helped. i am desperate, I will certainly try this recipe for toothpaste. Hope it’s the answer

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I hope so too, Michel.

    • Janice Ristow says:

      I have had Burning Mouth Syndrome for 5 years and have gone to oral pain pathologists and The Center for Complex Diseases in San Jose. I have spent $17,000 out of pocket but NOTHING helps. The only time my dry mouth isn’t on fire is when I’m eating. The main thing is to eat whole food so that your immune system is as strong as possible. You may also want to investigate Mast Cell Activation and SIBO, small intestine bacterial overgrowth. This is a little known syndrome but millions of us have it, more women than men. I mention this here so we can all keep our ears open for each other. Meanwhile, eat well.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thank you for sharing your story, Janice. It’s great when members of our community can help each other and share information.

  31. Riana Joubert says:

    Thank you for the recipe, I plan to try it out. I noticed that you just said “coconut oil” – but that can be problematic, because when brushing teeth at a washbasin (the usual place!) it can eventually give rise to clogged drains. This is something I read elsewhere, so I think it would be better to use fractionated coconut oil, so it would be safe for plumbing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Riana,

      Thank you for your comment! What I do is I spit the toothpaste out in my garbage can. That way I do not have to worry about my pipes. Hope that helps!

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