13 Homemade Toothpaste Recipes
Why make your own homemade toothpaste?
It saves money, gives you a feeling of self-sufficiency and accomplishment, and allows you to leave out all the potentially harmful ingredients.
The list of ingredients in commercial toothpastes is a little frightening, to say the least. On the labels of many mainstream brands, you’re likely to find one or more of the following ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
FD&C Blue Dye No. 2
The following toothpaste recipes should not be considered as medical/dental advice.
Having said that, these recipes were discovered from various sources whereby the legitimacy appears valid and practical.
Plain baking soda
Mix powder with a bit of water to create a paste.
The result will be very salty tasting and gritty. It leaves the mouth feeling clean, and it works.
Good ol’ baking soda really has been proven to clean teeth, which is why it’s a popular additive in commercial toothpastes. It’s also the main ingredient in virtually every homemade toothpaste mix.
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1 drop essential oil (spearmint, peppermint, orange, cinnamon, etc.)
Mix ingredients with a small amount of water to form a thick paste.
Generally better than plain baking soda but significantly saltier. Peppermint oil adds some mintiness.
Use your favorite essential oil to “flavor” this super-salty mix. Salt is purported to whiten teeth as well as add some cleaning power to a toothpaste mix. The one thing it adds for sure is saltiness. Be sure to use finely ground salt to prevent scratching the teeth and gums.
2 tbsp. dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tsp. fine salt
Grind the rinds to a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt and blend/mix thoroughly. Store as a dry mix, applying small amount to a wet toothbrush for each brushing.
The lemon imparts a faint but pleasant flavor and noticeably counters the saltiness and of the baking soda and salt.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) topical solution
Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to plain baking soda to form a paste.
Less gritty and salty than baking soda alone but also a bit foamy. Tingles the edges of the gums. Foaming sensation seems to linger after rinsing.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%), the solution that comes in a brown plastic bottle at every drugstore, is commonly used as a “debriding” mouthwash (when mixed with water) to help remove natural secretions that can aggravate a sore mouth. It’s also purported to be a homespun method for whitening teeth. In any application, hydrogen peroxide should not be ingested.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
A few drops of water
Mix ingredients in a small bowl and combine thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Scoop it on to your toothbrush and brush as usual.
6 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (3%)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquid, which means above 76 degrees F)
10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and use as usual.
3 tbs Organic Baking Soda
3 tbs Coconut Oil
20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil
2 tsp glycerin
a few drops of stevia or one packet of xylitol (which also fights tooth decay)
1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
2-3 Tablespoons of either baking soda or 1 tablespoon of fine pumice
Xylitol to taste, depending on how sweet you like your paste
15-20 drops of essential oil, (example: cinnamon or peppermint)
Soften coconut oil with gentle heat, add ingredients and mix well, place in a glass jar, allow to cool.
4 Tbs Coconut Oil
4 Tbs Bentonite Clay
2 – 3 Tbs filtered water
1/2 tsp Real sea salt
10 – 15 drops peppermint essential oil
(You can add a few drops of liquid stevia if you feel so inclined.)
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon table Salt
Mix the ingredients together; You can make some of this in advance, just multiply and take 4 parts of baking soda and 1 part table salt. Take some of the mixture and add enough water to make a toothpaste.
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon table Salt
3 teaspoons Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution only!)
Mix the baking soda and salt, add the hydrogen peroxide to make it into a toothpaste.
Make absolutely sure you only use the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, this is the only solution considered safe enough to use for health purposes.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 small packet of stevia powder
20-25 drops of peppermint oil (start with half and adjust for taste preference)
Real coconut oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and has a long shelf life compared to other oils (1 year or more). Best to use Virgin Coconut Oil, which is separated out from the coconut milk (which is not the sweet watery stuff, it is squeezed from grated coconut flesh) and it is one hundred percent natural. If it has anything else in the ingredients list it isn’t Virgin Coconut Oil.
3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda
25 drops peppermint essential oil
1 packet stevia
If you have your own homemade toothpaste recipe, add a comment and let the rest of us know…
re the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda one…
this combo has another good feature
years ago, maybe thirty, I read several articles by a periodontitis that had mainly treated folks with various gum diseases…He had not been happy with many of the then (and oddly still) current treatments/chemicals/cutting away of major portions of gum.
he came up with the idea of having his patients do this..
a)brush/floss/gargle thorough out day/after eating
b)before bed each night in small container (freshly mixed)put hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. needs to be sort of “slurpy”/watery. First few days will need to do this gently, then can apply firmer pressure as days go on… Brush with mixture all gums/gum lines/tongue/teeth in general. then swish with mixture. Do NOT rinse with water after. Frankly, if you have any gum problems at all, it will burn like chit. seriously. this will fade. and, as days go on, it will no longer burn.
so, he did some initial trial runs with his new clients, even the very serious ones. All healed up, and needed no surgery or treatment. He expanded his trials, etc. Long and short, he found this to work for every patient who came in to have gum treatments..and he usually only had the very serious conditions walk in.
odd this never made wider medical knowledge. on the other hand, maybe not..no money for pharma in this.
My mom had a terrible gum disease and would have lost all her teeth. She brushed 3x’s a day with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and salt. In three weeks she was cured! That was over 30 years ago and she still has all her teeth. I began brushing my teeth with the same mixture only 3 or so times a week and a few people asked me if i bleached my teeth.
I am glad you replied…
I have wondered if this was safe to use long term, from your Mom/your experience, it would seem so. I,myself, only used it on and off, as I have been “told” it is bad for teeth. however, I am glad to hear of your experience.
did your mom/you ever get cavities? many?
Hi Clarissa, so glad you posted this. Was told hydrogen peroxide is harmful. How much of hydrogen peroxide, salt and baking soda to mix for 1 use? Thanks.
Very interesting stuff. You’ve given me another project to try out!
I rinse with hydrogen peroxide every time I brush or floss.
Bentonite clay is thought to be a cancer causing agent.
That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!! Bentonite clay has amazing healing properties it works as a sponge for bacteria and other toxins!! People should educate themselves before spreading false information!!! http://m.naturalnews.com/news/038855_electromagnetic_radiation_detoxify_bentonite_clay.html
neem twigs, eucaliptus twig, hibiscus twig, meswak twigs.. all work well for both teeth and gums, only drawback is it seems to take about 15 minutes of working it around on your teeth until you feel like stopping, it feels so good. Just cut off a 4 or 5 inch piece and use the flat part at the cut end.
Been doing the hydrogen peroixde and baking soda since I was 13-14, im 26 now.
If you have a lot of acids in your mouth, the mixture will taste very salty (those are the acids being neturalized). If you brush with this reguarly it will taste a little sweet. The salt isn’t a bad thing, its killing the bacteria that created the acid in the first place.
Results? Zero Caveties. Both my parrents have had fillings and such so I am pretty sure this isn’t genetic. If you go more soda vs peroxide, you can polish your teeth up too. I do have some calcification on my molars where they meet the gums, but this seems to be stable, and if my dentist hadn’t told me I wouldn’t have known. He thinks my brush bristles are too stiff.
Also, I have discovered (while traveling) that if I use standard toothpaste for longer than 2-3 weeks I start to develop small blisters on my tongue. Dunno what that is about but it is different.
First of all, as a scientist (but also as a citizen), I’m highly concerned by all the chemicals listed in our cosmetics, food, etc. BUT I’d like to say that chemicals are not ALL potentially harmful. Many of the chemicals are derived for molecules naturally found in the environment…
In 12 of the 13 recipes for homemade toothpaste, there is baking soda as main ingredient. YES, baking soda is very effective for whitening teeth. However, the reason why baking soda is so effective is because it’s causing damage to the dental enamel (which naturally stains because of foods, etc).. So, by using a corrosive ingredient to brush your teeth, the mechanical movement will prematurely used your dental enamel, leaving your tooth very sensitive to chilled drinks, hot drinks, acids found in fruits, and there are just a few examples.
So yes, baking soda is an abrasive Choose the action that you use, and the brush that you brush your teeth with and you will not abrade your teeth. Simply using a toothbrush is abrasive to your teeth if used improperly,(a common occurance among the population. Get a hard to find toothbrush. One with long bristles that are feathered on the ends and do not “brush your teeth but apply a gentle motion, moving the product in tiny rotation, very gently near the gum line, working to get the product beneath your gum line GENTLY.
I can no longer use prepared toothpaste do to sensitivities to the chemicals involved, Since I started using the coconut oil, soda and peroxide with essential oils my mouth feels cleaner, and i no longer seem to have chronic mouth soars and gums, and my dentist has had less work to do on my teeth.
Yes. same here :)
Baking soda is ‘abrasive’ to teeth. It wears the surface away. If it were ‘corrosive,’ it would dissolve teeth. It probably would be poisonous as well.
Big difference in action. Further, you may want to re-read your posting. The last sentence makes no sense.
Ok, right. Corrosive is probably not the right word to use here.
Still, backing soda is damaging the dental enamel by making it thinner and thinner… The result will be your tooth becoming more sensitive to whatever outside stimuli (cold, heat, acids, …) because the protective layer of the tooth (enamel) is damaged.
It’s for the exact same reason why we should not brush our teeth right after consuming fizzy drinks and really acid fruits (like oranges and grapefruits); because the acids will damage the enamel. We are suppose to wait at least 30 minutes for the acids to be rinsed off by the saliva.
Linda/Keep thinking… :
I have heard these concerns re baking soda for years and years.
however, I have also known, MANY who use either
baking soda exclusively
baking soda on a regular weekly basis
baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
I have to say, in all of these cases, the people are “not so young” anymore, and, have either no cavities, or very few. and, no apparent problems with sensitivity, etc.
I am wondering, if baking soda damage (if indeed there is any), falls in to the category of this…
I have now read a couple of articles, that very minor damage to tooth enamel is not of consequence, as the tooth will/does build up some new enamel. That, in effect,very minor damage, just makes way for healthy new enamel to form.
I have been brushing with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Stevia, and Peppermint Essential Oils for about a year. Prior to startintg, I experienced sensitivity in all my teeth. Within two weeks, all the sensitivity has gone and I’ve never felt it again. Is Baking Soda abrasive? Surely. Is it abrasive to the point where it is wearing my enamel down? Not sure. But if the above comments had validity, I surely would have experience MORE sensitivity right?
I typically use 1 cup of Coconut Oil, 3/4 cup of Baking Soda, and maybe 2 Tbs of Stevia with approximately 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. I’ve had a little trial and error, but feel like I’ve gotten the recipe just right for me. During the hotter summer months, the coconut oil turns to liquid (melting point 76 degrees) so I sometimes add more baking soda.
Be careful with essential oils as they are toxic to your liver. Don’t be tempted to add too much.
Please don’t make claims that you can’t back up. Essential oils are NOT toxic to your liver.
I have a recipe I use and my boys 7 and 8 years old use it naturally whitens and removes plaque tartar buildup and I hear it has reversed cavities but I won’t claim that but my last dental cleaning my dentists asked me for the recipe!!!
1/4 c coconut oil
2 tsp Bentonite clay
1 tsp kaolin clay
1 1/2 tsp activated charcoal
20-30 drops peppermint essential oil (helps whiten)
I use a few drops of tea tree EO and a few drops of lavender and orange sometimes it helps inflammation but you can definitely play around with essential oils I do reccome d keeping the peppermint though…
Directions for brushing: rinse toothbrush with hot tap water add paste LIGHTLY brush ( powders can be abrasive you should never scrub when using baking soda and other powders) massage teeth for 1-2 minutes never adding more water unless paste is super dry then add a little, you can leave paste on teeth for a few minutes if desired for extra whitening or rinse with warm water then be prepared to clean your sink! Use daily or 3 x a week that is up to you but you will see results after first use!! If after a few weeks the paste is whitening as much as the beginning then put the closed container in a sink full or bowl full of hot tap water sorta like a generic double boiler for a few minutes the heat activates the clays! :-)
I was wanting to create my own toothpaste with the following ingredients:
I wanted Xylitol because I know how bad baking soda can taste. I have been off the store-bought toxic waste paste for a few years now. The natural toothpastes I have been purchasing seem unnecessarily complicated to me. To me the job of toothpaste is to:
1. Physically clean the teeth and gums
2. Kill all manner of bad bacteria, and viruses/fungus….
3. Allow the good bacteria to remain and flourish
After reading the recipes here and the comments I think I might be on the right track, but have one concern. Will the baking soda affect the good bacteria? I know that hydrogen peroxide will not since good bacteria love oxygen.
Keeping the good bacteria interests me because they can fight the baddies the times I am unable to brush.
The other question. Is there a way to stabilize the mixture I mentioned about a month or so, so that I do not need to mix it every night?
i don’t think it’s possible to stabilize the hydrogen peroxide, at least not outside some fancy laboratory. it’s very reactive stuff.
also, good bacteria will certainly die from HP. the loose oxygen will kick their butts. i’m curious as to how much it would help dental health to really nurture those beneficial microbes.
Ibeen brushing with baking soda peroxide and salt for years after much pain with toothpaste.Should have used baking soda frpm the start.Dentist would go broke if we used baking soda .
I think your toothpaste should include baking soda, salt, coconut oil, vitamin c and a touch of hydrogen peroxide. Done. Cheap and done.
I’ve been using the coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil mix. I find the coconut oil taste to be quite overwhelming but love the oil pulling properties it has!! I was wondering if there was a way to dilute the taste a bit? I haven’t tried it with stevia yet; does that mix help?
buy organic flavorless coconut oil . I get it at the supermarket
I have recently started grinding sea salt and clove together in a mortar and pestle. I get my tooth brush wet and dip it into the powder then drop 2-3 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide and brush my teeth. It is salty and savory in flavor and whitens better than any tooth paste I have use. Plus it takes away tooth sensitivity I previously had. Not only do I like the smell the clove leaves on my breathe but clove contains eugenol, an antibacterial antiseptic widely used in toothache remedies today.