How to Make Natural Toothpaste

Healthy natural homemade toothpaste recipe How to Make Natural Toothpaste

After yesterday’s post about phytic acid and tooth decay, I thought a post about healthy toothpaste options would be appropriate. Why natural toothpaste? Most brands contain Fluoride, a toxic chemical that has not actually been shown to reduce tooth decay, and certainly not at the rate that a diet low in phytic acid can. Fluoride also has been linked to thyroid damage and hosts of other problems.

Even store bought natural toothpastes often contain sulfites or sulfates (especially sodium lauryl suphate) or glycerin, which some claim coats teeth and keeps them from remineralizing.

There are a few good natural toothpastes out there, but after looking at the ingredients, I realized I could make a similar concoction at home… and the toothpaste experiment was born.

I admit, I had several failed attempts before I figured this one out. I originally tried mixing coconut oil and baking soda in equal proportions which makes coconut tasting salt. I also tried using pure ground stevia leaf, which is the only sweetener I use, but my husband and kids couldn’t get past the green color.

I finally made a concession to use stevia powder (the most natural one I could find) though I would like to try xylitol too, as it has some supposed benefits in dental health.

I finally found one recipe that tastes pretty good and that the kids don’t spit out!

Homemade Toothpaste ingredients 270x300 How to Make Natural Toothpaste

Natural Homemade Toothpaste Ingredients

  • About 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 small packets of stevia powder
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)
  • 10 drops myrhh extract (optional)

How to Make Natural Homemade Toothpaste

  1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.
  3. Put mixture into small glass jar (I make different ones for each family member)
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles. Could also use a small spoon to put on toothbrush.

Does it Work?

We have been using this natural toothpaste for a while now, and it seems to work great. I’ve actually noticed less plaque on the kids and I when brushing our teeth, and my teeth feel smoother. I will keep you updated after our next dental checkups, but I have several friends who have used similar concoctions for years and never get cavities.

What do you think? Up for making your own toothpaste, or is it too much? Tell me about it below!

Reader Comments

    • Kristin says

      We have been using for about a week and love it, but are wondering a few things… How long does this last for? Also can you tell me what each product does for the teeth? Ex. baking soda-whitening

      • Todd says

        Baking soda has many parts to play. It is an acid reducer, mild abrasive, and it does reduce some of the stains..,slightly.
        I would recommend using Xylotol as the sweetener. It is a natural sugar that bacteria cannot digest so they die.
        The comment about Fluoride not shown to reduce decay is inaccurate. It has been shown from the 1800’s that it is effective. For adults the benefit comes from having the fluoride stay on the teeth.
        The Peppermint oil is for flavor and there are anti-microbial effects as well
        The Cocoanut oil is the binding agent to keep it all together on the brush.

        • Katy says

          Xylitol actually isn’t natural…the sweetener you’re referring to anyways. The sweetener is processed using man-made chemicals so I actually think Stevia is the best sweetener to use if your trying to go for an all natural approach. Coconut oil has several beneficial properties for toothpaste rather than just holding the ingredients together. Coconut oil actually kills bacteria, freshens breath, and helps whiten teeth.

    • says

      It should be safe in that small amount during pregnancy, but I’d leave that out just in case. An interesting note, when baby is born, myrrh is a great way to keep the umbilical cord clean until it heals.

  1. Luther Towler says

    I’m trying to go green by using eco-friendly products. Your homemade toothpaste is one of the best recipes that I’ve seen. The first homemade that I’ve known is baking soda with apple vinegar cider. My friends told me that this alternative is also effective in whitening teeth.

  2. Tilt says

    I make my own toothpaste, and everything else I can. Love the toothpaste, love the body care stuff, love the cleaning supplies. 

    • Bernardo Martinho says

      hey, I read that you make “everything else”, and I would like to do everything I can to! So, do you have any blog or something so I can read your recepies?
      Thanks ;D

  3. says

    I just made this, but I didn’t have peppermint oil so I used citrus. I also put some cinnamon powder in to, because I didn’t have the oil and I figure it will still work well. It’s cooling and I can’t wait to see how well it works! Thank you so much for all your homemade cosmetics! These recipes are incredible. You are amazing. 

  4. Jimmyjamm_ says

    Doesn’t adding baking soda make this unnatural?  Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3

    • joe says

      Naturally occurring deposits of nahcolite (NaHCO3) are found in Green River Formation, Piceance Basin in Colorado.
      Nahcolite was deposited as beds during periods of high evaporation in
      the basin. It is commercially mined using in-situ leach techniques
      involving dissolution of the nahcolite by heated water that is pumped
      through the nahcolite beds and reconstituted through a natural cooling
      crystallization process. If it is naturally occurring it is natural.

  5. Italian Rose says

    I’ve only read 1 of your blogs, this one about the natural toothpaste, and I’m absolutely in LOVE with the time, experimentation, sweat, tears – everything – you put into helping others! I’m going to follow in your footsteps and continue to be an excellent and natural role model for my friends/family. Thank you for doing all this research and sharing it with us! :)

  6. Heather says

    Thanks so much for the AMAZING website – I am in heaven and soaking everything up!!!!!  You said you would post an update of your family’s dental checkup, has that happened yet?!

  7. Dancingturtle5252 says

    Why coconut oil and stevia? Could you just use baking soda and peppermint oil? I have also heard of adding xylitol,, 

  8. Aholt says

    I’ve found this to be very good. I have used my recepie like this for 15 years.
    I crush up Calcium complete tablets that have Calcium, Vit D, Boron, magnesium ETc.
    Mix is 4 teaspoons Calcium powder, 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, 2 teaspoons Olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of Colloidal minerals and 5 drops of oregano Oil and 10 drops of peppermint oil. No receding gums, Tartar or caries.  With the Calcium tablets as the base its a mineralizing toothpaste and is very effective. I dont add salt as that is to abrasive. The olive oil softens plaque. Read up on oil pulling with oil.

  9. Muslim Mama says

    Hi there wellness mama,
    I just wanted to say that another great way to keep your teeth clean without toothpaste or toothbrushes is by usin a twig called miswak. It whitens teeth and removes plaque better than any toothbrush plus it benefits other parts of your body like your eyes, it’s amazing. We Muslims have been using it for thousands of years as it is a prophetic tradition and natural teeth care without any inconvenience!

    • Laura says

      Now that might be an idea… I allways get really sore gums after teeth brushing, and sometimes even bleed, even if I only brush twice a day, with the softest brush I can find! it’s quite upsetting… I don’t really know if it’s related to the toothpaste though…

      • Visforvanessa says

        Do you floss daily? I had similar issues and I was only flossing once a week (due to the sensitivity). I increased to daily flossing and not only do my teeth feel amazing but I have zero bleeding or soreness. This whole time I was avoiding it because of the bleeding and it was what my body needed.

        • Laura says

          Oh wow, I’ll try that! I was avoiding it for the exact same reason, and only flossing once or twice a week. That could explain it…

        • Laura says

          It was about a month ago now, I had a dental appointment. I actually forgot to ask him about it because it hasn’t been so bad lately.

  10. HappyCamper says

    Wellness Mama! You are brilliant! I have recently committed myself to a (somewhat) strict cosmetics diet. My friend had a rule of thumb as a skin therapist, “If you can put it on your face, you can put it in your mouth.” Of course, she was referring to how it is O.K. to use St. Ives hand cream on chapped lips, when really it’s the reverse, i,e, I wouldn’t put commercial hand cream in my mouth, therefore I should not put it on my skin. Anyways, I have made the switch and feel great! We owe it to ourselves to put in the extra effort to make our own, safe, healthy, personal-hygenic products (not to mention save Money!) Your deoderant works better than any commercial one I have ever tried, I will note. rock on !!

    • Visforvanessa says

      I believe the saying is,” If you can put it in your mouth, you can put it on your face….” which is a great standard to live by. I agree about the deodorant…I used to need clinical strength deodorant and even that stopped working on me. I am amazed by how well the coconut oil and arrowroot/cornstarch and baking soda work. I am fresh and dry. I love it!

  11. Michelle says

    I love your site and plan to make a lot of things at home now! I was wondering if the peppermint oil is safe to use during pregnancy? Thank you!

  12. l wm says

    sounds interesting.. may try it.. just wondering.. how is the condition of ur teeth now ? :) if its any good i wouldn’t mind trying this just for the health of my teeth !

  13. PinkLotusSoaps says

    I didn’t have any stevia, so I decided to try manuka honey instead as I have used it in other toothpaste recipes. I just added it to the coconut oil as I was melting it and then added the peppermint and cinnamon. It smells soo good! I’ll let you know how the honey works out. :) p.s. thank you so much to posting this recipe. My last one had no coconut oil and used 8 tbsp of baking soda with nothing for sweetner. So I’m looking forward to trying this one out! :)

  14. Ginel Salvador says

    so I just did this (didn;t use myrrh nor grapefruit seed extract oil (only eucalyptus oil) and varied the ratio of coconut oil and baking soda a bit… my reaction: it’s strange at first because it’s something new, naturally. but once i was done i liked how my mouth felt. it wasn’t overwhelmingly minty (maybe i should add more eucalyptus) but it felt downright clean. oh i also added a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the mix too. the saltiness of the baking soda is sooo weird to brush with, but after it’s all rinsed out, the mouth feels quite pleasant. i’m never buying regular toothpaste again unless it’s a crazy emergency, and even then i’ll just get my hands on some baking soda by itself and brush with that. thanks for this!

  15. Mandy says

    Can you recommend a good fluoride water filter? I’m just learning about the effects of fluoride and I have an 11 mo old! Eek!

  16. Angela den says

    I have tried baking soda, almond oil, and peppermint oil and I HATE IT. it’s too salty, is this recipe salty?

  17. Bridget Mae says

    I love making my own but my 11year-old thought it was to stiff…. so i whipped it up in the kitchen aid and it was amazing!

  18. Lea says

    Thank you for the great recipe! I’ve been using it for a few months now and really like it. I like the taste of the peppermint oil and stevia.

  19. Allergic to Everything says

    This looks awesome, but I’m allergic to coconut (and a lot of other things), and would love to try making my own toothpaste. Do you have any recommendations for possible substitutes?

        • jared says

          i too found it runny and just an outright mess (but loved loved loved it), especially being in south louisiana in july. so i added baking soda until it was…well, paste. success.

          so i whipped up another batch and used equal parts oils (essentials and coconut) and baking soda. still runny so i just did as before and added baking soda until it pasted, poured into a honey squeeze bottle and score!! thank you wellness mama!!

      • Kathy says

        Where I live, we don’t have indoor heating in winter. Coconut oil becomes hard as a rock. Will the toothpaste become unusable? I’m really keen to try this but don’t want to struggle with having to melt the toothpaste before we brush our teeth every day.

  20. says

    I was wondering, how often do you use your ‘remineralizing toothpaste’ vs this natural toothpaste? And/or if you can combine them, because the recipe is very similar. Thank you, you really are amazing! Thanks for all that you do and share with the rest of us! :)

  21. says

    I want to try to make homemade toothpaste but before I invest in all the oils would it be OK to use just the coconut oil baking soda and then peppermint extract?
    Do the essential oils and stevia have cleaning power or are they just flavorents?

  22. Carmen Lock says

    Excellent !!!! My husband and I love it!!! We started using this recipe and it works great!!! Thanks so much for your tips

  23. Carol says

    I just made this minus the essential oil, grapeseed extract or myrrh because I didn’t have any. :). I used cinnamon powder as someone suggested below. It’s more runny then I expected so I’m sure I did something wrong lol. I have so many recipes written down, just waiting to go to Whole Foods. I’m proud of my first concoction, even if it is runny. :). Thanks Katie for all your awesome info! Oh I forgot, I did start us on the Oil Cleanse Method so I guess this is my second concoction!

  24. Mubub Art On Canvas says

    Can anybody explain the difference between grapefruit seed extract and grapefruit seed oil please?? I have read some bad things about extract and want to make sure I order the right thing. Thank you

  25. CoCo says

    Hello and thanks so much for your website! I’ve used many of your recipes, but this is the first time I’ve left a comment. I’ve made this toothpaste a few times and the last two times, I’ve stored it in a plastic BPA-free squeeze bottle to make it easier for my son to shake it to re-mix it before applying it to his toothbrush. I made it a couple of days ago and this morning, there was something “dark” at the bottom of the bottle that I’ve never seen before. Of course, we are no longer using it, but could this possibly be mold? I’ve never had this issue before and I’m wondering if the bottle is the culprit. I wash them before re-using, but I’m not sure that matters. I guess I’ll go back to our little glass jar and spoon to stir before using.

  26. Lady Kaye says

    How long does the mixture keep? Conventional toothpaste can last
    indefinitely, but since this is a natural product I’m assuming it’s not
    the same…

      • Lady Kaye says

        Ok, thanks for the tip and the post. I’m currently trying to remineralize a tooth that’s previously had root canal work on it. They told me that the tooth’s nerve is dead and I wouldn’t have any sensation in it. That clearly has not been the case so I really don’t want to invest another $1500-2300 to repair the tooth if the dentist just making a best guess anyway (which is what it seems like). I’m so happy to have come across this concept of tooth remineralization. I have never heard of it before and it is so empowering to know that I have some control over my health & well-being.

  27. Pretty Panda says

    I love all the ingredients in the toothpaste (especially the coconut oil) for all of their many various uses. However, I was wondering if using baking soda daily on teeth is enamel safe? Thanks for your input!

  28. Sara says

    Baking soda damages the enamel if used too strongly (like people using it to bleach their teeth), so beware ;)

    Also, fluor isn’t necessarily bad. It’s even good to get it as a kid to get strong teeth and everything. BUT only if it’s not already in your diet (and many storebought food contains a lot of fluor)

  29. jared says

    i travel frequently and have not had any luck finding a suitable container that won’t leak. i’ve tried several different types with no dice. i also notice that if i fill the one in my cabinet to full, it seems to “creep” out and make the jar difficult to open. any suggestions….

  30. Maraboustork says

    Hallo
    Your home remedy sounds great but my gut cannot tolerate coconut products is there a substitute ? Thanks.

  31. Kristin Etem says

    Can I please ask why the last 2 ingredients are optional? Do they only provide a better tasting natural toothpaste & no benefit to healing the teeth?

  32. Jes Hart says

    Thanks for this! I’ve been reading recipes for this for a while but haven’t found any I felt “safe” with. I do have a question though, what is the seed extract and myyrh for? Taste or does it help clean?

  33. Twisted Footsteps says

    Just tried making my own natural toothpaste for the first time tonight! I did – coconut oil, baking soda, & peppermint EO. The coconut oil & baking soda keeps separating though and it’s very runny. Should I just add more baking soda? Or is there something else I should do?
    Thanks!
    Also, just made the coconut oil & baking soda deodorant, excited to use it! I had been just using coconut oil under my armpits but recently started noticing an odour (I’m in Thailand right now…sweating a bit more than usual haha)
    -Katie

  34. Trying Everything says

    I made this today and could not wait to test it out. The moment I began brushing my gums began to sting. As the mixture touched my lips, they began to burn and dry out.
    Once I was done, it appeared as though my gums had receded and my lips were extremely dry and wrinkly.
    Anybody else experience this? Not sure if it is the expected result?

    • Caroline Ramp says

      You may be experiencing a sensitivity to baking soda, try using less. Or you can use powdered xylitol instead of stevia and baking soda. It will add the slight abrasiveness needed as well as neutralizing the ph in your mouth, thus eliminating the need for baking soda all together. I’d use about 5-8 tablespoons per 1/2 cup of coconut oil, depending on desired taste as it will sweeten the toothpaste.

  35. Todd Newton says

    I will give this a try for the sake of the rest of the family. I’ve been making coconut oil based soap for brushing, which is very healthy for the teeth and gums, but can be harsh if using more than a small amount. The wife and kids don’t like it. The taste is also, well, soapy if there are no additives. I prefer salt as the added ingredient, but menthol crystals seem to work as well.

  36. Laura says

    The first couple of days my toothpaste remained the way it was, gel- solidify texture, but after that it just melt overnight even after I store it back in the fridge, I think someone said use glycerin in order to maintain the toothpaste solidified texture? This might be obvious but would it work the same by tipping the toothbrush in the pool of oil and just brush instead of trying to get it to the solidified again? But in that case I don’t think the mixture of baking soda and coconut oil would be even in the solution I’ll be dipping in. Also is anyone having gum bleeding issue with using that? Maybe it’s something I have to adjust to, brush softer, but it’s normal right?

  37. anna says

    i did this but with only coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil. after getting used to the taste it works amazing!

  38. Jemima says

    Help! Since a few months ago I use this recipe: coconut oil, bicarb, turmeric and a little olive oil. This morning I noticed that the tips of my front teeth are much whiter than the rest of the tooth, google says it’s a sign of enamel loss! :( I really don’t want to go back to chemical toothpaste. Has anyone else experienced this? What can I do to make sure my natural toothpaste isn’t harming my enamel? I’m very worried, please help.

  39. Danielle says

    I saw some other mamas ask this question but didn’t see an answer. I have a 16 month old and he swallows his toothpaste still so I was wondering if this is safe for him to use? Thanks!

  40. Heidi says

    I found myrrh essential oil at Sprouts. Is that close enough? What’s the purpose of the myrrh extract? I’m excited to try this, thank you!

  41. says

    Ahm, can I put banana or banana peel as one of the ingredients in making homemade toothpaste? We’re having a research and I chose to examine the effectiveness of banana/banana peel as one of the ingredients of whitening toothpaste. Is it possible for me to do my research using banana? And can you help me to identify what ingredients I need for me to be able accomplish my research? I badly need your help. Hope you’ll help me as soon as you read my comment.

  42. Leks says

    I love this! However, I have a bottle of peppermint flavored Stevia in liquid form. I think I’ll use it to flavor the toothpaste, since I’ve already got it on hand. I found it at Sprouts, and I use it to flavor my tea normally. It gives an extra mint punch and a sweetness that I don’t find overpowering. I rarely use honey in my tea anymore, unless I’ve got a sore throat!

  43. Jennifer says

    In response to many of you out there that have problems with bleeding gums and sensitivity to some toothpastes the baking soda in this toothpaste will help with that. It is the best thing for people with gum disease and prevention (aside from regular dental check-ups.) Gum disease is completely preventable. It’s like this when you take a shower you wash all of your body right not half (b/c that would be silly)? The same principle applies to cleaning your mouth. When you brush and do not floss in your routine you are only cleaning half of your mouth. Also many commercial toothpastes contain SLS in them and can cause apthous ulcers in the mouth. I am super excited to try this recipe and love this website. Thank you.

  44. Ange says

    I tried to make a recipe similar to this but couldn’t get past the baking soda taste and I used stevia liquid drops as that’s what I had on hand and even after 28drops it was still terrible. Is it suppose to be like that and i just adjust to the taste through persistence or am I doing something wrong. Someone told me you could also just brush with coconut oil. Have you heard this is beneficial on its own?

    • Romy says

      Hi,I use a mix of unrefined coconut oil,sea salt and baking soda.It works great,feels like coconut flavored toothpaste.Hope my feedback helps.

  45. Joshua says

    My wife and I have been making a similar recipe for a couple of weeks now, and it was awful! I had not thought of peppermint or cinnamon oil! Superb idea! Thank you for saving out gag reflex!!!

  46. Elise says

    I have the same question as someone else, and I didn’t see an answer. Is it safe for toddlers to swallow?

  47. Romy says

    Hi, When I was a kid,my mum would give all her 3 children a whole body massage, every weekend, using pure unrefined coconut oil. Since this kind of oil is getting rare, I made my own, smells great, just like in the old days. Also started making toothpaste with the oil,sea salt,untreated wood charcoal and sodium bicarbonate in different proportions to suit the whole family but with the nice coconut flavor. Works great and makes the effort worthwhile.

  48. Chris Hoops says

    This is a great recipe: one may want to add some bentonite clay. It has a silky texture and it promotes a healthy Ph level in the body.

  49. cadoline says

    Hi I made a mixture of 2tbl spoon coconut oil, 6tea spoons bicarb, 1/4 tea spoon hydrogen peroxide 3% and a few drops of peppermint the first day was strange but good teeth felt clean but second day and my gums are realy stinging :( any ideas? Thanks x

    • Romy says

      Hi,I add one new ingredient at a time.For example.I started with one part cold pressed homemade coconut oil and one part sea salt.This is my basic toothpaste.The following week,I add one part or less baking soda and so forth.Adding untreated wood charcoal is great once in a while,in fact each of us can have one or many personalized tooth pastes to suit our mood or time available. This works for me and I always look forward to the coconut flavor.Will give the mint a try some day.

  50. Sarah says

    Hi there, I used the recipe as it was orginally published (coconut oil, baking soda, stevia, peppermint) and it made my toothbrush all oily and hard to handle. worse – I got bugs! tiny little ones all inside my toothbrush holder and spilling into the sink. I did a major wash with every chemical I’m against (and replaced the toothbrush) and no bugs. I’d love to give this natural toothpaste recipe another try, but do not want to get bugs again.

  51. Denise says

    I’m going to try this tonight except I don’t have stevia or myrhh oil but, I do have clove essential oil which I’ve heard is good for teeth.

  52. Claudia says

    I also added charcoal. It removes the toxins. I also use Nano Silver Spray as mouth wash. Both products is awesome to have around the house and is affordable.

  53. Nhi says

    Well, please have a look at my recipe :
    – Coconut oil
    – Sea salt
    – Baking soda
    – Peppermint essential oil
    – Glycerin

    Can I use this as a body srub ? Thank you.

      • Nhi says

        But I’m not sure about the quantity of each ingredient, could you give me an advise. Though I added just 1 coconut oil : 3 baking soda, it still tastes like salt even before I added sea salt :(

      • Nhi says

        But I’m not sure about the quantity, though I added 1 coconut oil : 3 baking soda, it tasted salt even before I added sea salt ??? Could you give me some advice on the recipe ?

  54. Edna Box says

    Hi
    Ppeppermint essential oil – does it have to be food grade or can it be the type used in aromatherapy ?

  55. Kansas says

    Could this be made in a larger quantity and then store in the freezer so it wouldn’t go bad? I am about to leave home for college so I won’t have all of the supplies but I don’t want to give up my homemade toiletries! Thanks for the recipes and the help!

    • says

      I don’t see why that would hurt it. Go for it! Congrats on going to college, I hope you have a great experience, and kudos for taking your healthy lifestyle with you!

  56. Holly says

    Hi I’m new to your website but I absolutely love all your homemade beauty products!
    I was just wondering about the toothpaste, I’ve just made it using the coconut oil, baking powder and peppermint essential oil because I can’t find any of the other ingredients here in Scotland. But I’ve read a lot that baking powder is abrasive to the teeth enamel? So is it safe to use this toothpaste everyday without damaging my teeth?

    Thank you, Holly

  57. Lindsay Stevens says

    Wonderful post. I definitely am going to try this. Another little known fact about fluoride. .. it’s going to sound crazy and far fetched but it is also used a mind control substance. Before making accusations and calling me nuts do a little research and you will be shocked. Be blessed everyone!

  58. Kacy says

    I’ve been using this homemade toothpaste for over a year and we love it! My children’s dentist is always so surprised that we don’t use fluoride and refuse fluoride treatments but somehow their teeth are so healthy:) who’d of thought:)

  59. Dr. Mark Burhenne DDS says

    Hey Katie, love this article and I’m a big proponent of DIY toothpaste. However, Grapefruit Seed Extract has a pH of 2.2 to 2.7, making it highly acidic and I worry about the damage this can have on teeth. Granted, mixing it with baking soda can neutralize the pH but I would recommend DIY toothpaste makers to test the pH of it and ensure the paste is above a pH of 7. Thanks for the great article!

  60. Albert says

    Hello Katie. I made some toothpaste with exact ingredients but i just dont like the oily feel in my mouth. Am i using the wrong coconut oil. It’s an all natural organic virgin coconut oil a Now Food brand. Can you recommend a less oily paste? Thanks

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