Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste

Squeezable Homemade Remineralizing Toothpate Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste

I’ve posted my recipe for homemade Toothpaste before, and a reader recently shared her adaption that allows it to be squeezable (many thanks to Melina!) It also combines the bentonite clay of the toothpowder recipe with the remineralizing recipe for a double dose of minerals.

The addition of water to this recipe makes it squeezable, but also shortens the shelf life. I haven’t been able to test it past a few weeks because we use it so quickly, but it has lasted at least that long at our house. A reader suggested adding vodka in place of the water.

The squeezable tube also offers the advantage of making a toothpaste that is easier to share without having to dip multiple toothbrushes in to the same container.

If you’d rather use a water free homemade toothpaste recipe with an indefinite shelf life or a toothpowder recipe, my entire list of oral health recipes is on my Oral Health Resource Page.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste
 
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Recipe type: Beauty
Ingredients
  • 5 Tablespoons Calcium powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Xylitol Powder- This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter. We don't cook or consumer Xylitol, but there is some evidence that it is beneficial orally)
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay or you could use additional Calcium powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Distilled Water or slightly more to thin
  • 40+ drops of essential oils of choice: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Oregano, Lemon/Lemongrass etc or Brushing Blend
  • optional: 20-30 drops of trace minerals
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except clay in a mini-food processor and mix well to incorporate. Once smooth, slowly add in the bentonite clay and mix by hand with a plastic utensil (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal). If you don't have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender or even a whisk/fork in a bowl. Do not use an air-tight blender like a magic bullet as this create too much pressure
  2. Store in a small jar or a squeezable tube like this BPA free GoTube.
  3. Due to the nature of the coconut oil, this homemade toothpaste will be thicker when cooler and thinner when heated but should be a squeezable consistency at normal room temp (70-75 degrees). If it is too runny or too thick, try adding more water or calcium to get desired thickness. Use essential oils to taste.
  4. Use as you would regular toothpaste.

FAQs Answered

Q. What is the best type of calcium/calcium magnesium to use?

A. After trying a lot of different types of calcium and calcium magnesium powders and getting reader feedback from dozens of readers… the consensus is that Calcium Carbonate is the best option and that certain types of calcium magnesium can cause reactions.  (I use this brand)

Q. I had an explosive reaction while making this… what happened?

A. Likely, you used calcium magnesium in a closed container, which apparently can cause a pressure reaction in certain situations. I recommend mixing my hand or in a container that is not airtight. Magic bullets seems to be the culprit in most cases.

Q. Is this okay for sensitive teeth/fillings/veneers/children/etc?

A. Always check with a dentist before changing a dental routine especially if you have any dental conditions. I personally use this on my kids and on my own teeth with a couple non-amalgam fillings (before I knew about remineralization). Again, check with a dentist, but since all ingredients are generally considered safe for consumption, I feel comfortable using it.

Q. What are some common reactions in the first few weeks (heightened sensitivity for some)?

A. I personally didn’t have any reactions, but it seems that some people do experience sensitivity for the first couple of weeks of using homemade toothpaste, especially if they’ve been using commercial products for a long time or have had recent fluoride treatments as the clay can bind and pull out toxins.  This seems to be less of an issue with calcium powder and seems to resolve itself within a few weeks, but again check with a dentist.

Q. Xylitol vs. stevia, which is better?

A. This is largely a matter of opinion. Some studies show that xylitol is good for the teeth, while others show it can be dangerous. It is dangerous to animals, so be very careful to keep it out of the reach of any pets! We use this brand which is not derived from corn and which is not GMO.

Q. Vodka vs. water?

A. This recipe works just fine with water, but many people have successfully used vodka in its place to extend the shelf life (it lasts pretty long either way.

Q. Why NO glycerin?

A. There is some evidence that glycerin can coat teeth and prevent them from absorbing minerals. The research definitely seems mixed on this one, but there is no evidence that glycerin is needed or beneficial to the teeth, so it is best avoided. On a personal level, I’ve seen relatives teeth turn brown after using glycerin based toothpaste and return to normal once switching to a different brands.

Q. Other than yourself and your family, has any one else used this for a while?

A. I have received dozens of emails from people who have used this toothpaste or my regular remineralizing toothpaste and had good results. One reader, Jennifer, backed the idea of using calcium and not calcium magnesium: “I’ve always made it with calcium powder and love it. We bought the calcium magnesium powder this time and it tastes and feels like tingly, bitter metal – and not tingly in a good way. We will stick with the regular calcium carbonate powder.”

Tina offered these changes: “I started adding a bit of hydrogen peroxide to mine. That made it squeezable. I do not use the bentonite clay. Instead I use baking soda. I also add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to mine.There is still the fact that coconut oil is more firm in cooler temps. Thanks for sharing the container information! I have tried using pastry tips with disposable plastic bags.”

Melinda adds: “I love this toothpaste recipe and have been using the original but my paste always dries up. I’ll have to play with it more.  This recipe really does make my teeth look and feel fantastic. I love it! May have to get a squeezable tube and see how that goes.”

Q. I had bleeding gums the first few times I used this, is this normal?

A. I didn’t experience this personally, but have heard from many readers that they had this for the first few days and up to two weeks but from their experience, it seemed to resolve itself. If in doubt, ask a dentist!

Q. What type of container is best for this?

A. I personally use goToobs which are medical grade silicon and great for re-using, traveling and squeezing without worry of plastic leaching in to the toothpaste or metal deactivating the bentonite clay. I’ve had one of these and it has lasted a year and is still going strong. I also use them for my oil cleansing blend when traveling since they don’t leak.

Ever made your own toothpaste or oral health products? How did it go? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Cherie' Davidson says

    This is so cool! I’m wondering, if the water shortens the shelf life, what if, instead of water, we used a liquid oil, like almond or avocado? What would your educated guess be on that substitution?

    Thanks for this, it’s great and I will try it using the Brushing Blend (which I adore)!

    • Melina says

      I really like the convenience of using tooth paste out of a tube. I tried adding extra almond oil to this recipe without the clay but the consistency just didn’t work out for me. I hardened at night and melted during the day and separated so I would get only oil sometimes. The clay and water made the consistency just right to be squeezable. And it doesnt change much with the changes in temperature. I don’t worry to much about the shell life. This recipe made the two tubes in the picture above. There’s only two people in my home and the tooth paste has lasted fine for a couple of weeks. Just started the second tube and it looks fine. I did, however, add grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E to preserve it some. I’m not too worried about the clay extracting toxins out the plastic tube. for me the convenience of having a tube is more important. but if you are concern, using a glass container may be better.

      • Cherie' Davidson says

        Thanks, great answer! Very helpful about the almond oil. And actually, that is a great shelf life, so I won’t be concerned about the water! :-)

        • Alice says

          That would help a lot with the gums since witch hazel has very helpful anti-inflammatory properties! I get gingivitis even with regular brushing and flossing…

          • Shari says

            I used to have gingivitis. I love this remineralizing toothpaste – has really made my teeth and gums even healthier. But fight gingivitis also with xylitol (1 tsp. a day – after some loading) and Water Pik.

      • Elaine McFadden, MPH says

        Remember if you use an IONIC calcium montmorillonite clay like Terramin (find on Amazon), you have to be careful to not use metal objects or that deionizes the clay.

      • Chika says

        What are the quantities of Vitamin E and grape seed extract you put in with this recipe? I’m thinking of doing the same

        • Becky Mohr says

          Grape Seed Extract is great for killing pathogens. It is one of the great anti-fungal agents for fighting systemic Candida as well. Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative. Hope this helps.

        • Tamara says

          water does allow for bacterial growth, but if you were to add sea salt to the recipe that problem would be removed. As a bonus, the salt adds extra minerals that are really good for your oral hygiene. I add Himalayan pink sea salt to mine. The taste is a bit different, but it is well worth it.

      • SaneDonna says

        If you add the right ingredients you can extend the life of water. For example, she suggests oregano. That is a powerful antibacterial/antifungal. Let’s say you add a bit of this, and a bit of tea tree, and a bit of Vit E. That combo will inhibit bacterial growth in the water for much longer than 14 days.

        • Morticia says

          I am so glad you are pointing out to not use glycerin! It is a form of SUGAR. Albeit it is derived from plants, but sugar is sugar. Toothpaste companies use it and saccharin in their products to make them sweet and taste better. Scary!
          As for Xylitol, it is actually pretty safe for human consumption and is quite beneficial for those with blood sugar issues. The key is knowing, that, as with everything else, if you ingest too much, then it can be a bit iffy. In large doses Xylitol can cause intestinal distress and loose bowels, but so can too much Magnesium. Moderation is always wise.

          On a side note, LOVE your site!! I was looking for two very specific recipes and you have them! Thank you! I am now going to go sign up for your updates/newsletter!

          Ciao and have a blessed day!

    • Brittany says

      I was wondering if my children should do a fluoride rinse once a week through their school is beneficial, or harmful. Another note, we have well water. Thank you!

  2. Laura L says

    You should never put bentonite clay or EOs in any plastic container ( no metal for the bentonite) they draw toxins and EO acts as a solvent and eats away at the plastic. Use glass and forget the “convenience” squeezable toxic plastic…just because it is BPA free does not mean it does not have other toxins. Great recipe by the way!!

    • masamam says

      In small quantities, EO’s are fine in plastic. It doesn’t appear to me, that 40 drops is going to be enough to break down the plastic in this amount of toothpaste. It should be fine.

      • Elaine McFadden, MPH says

        If IONIC minerals like Terramin (find on Amazon) do not use a metal lid if using glass jar. Metal deionizes the minerals.

  3. Sarah K says

    If bentonite clay should never come into contact with metal, what about metal fillings. It seems most people have at least one :( (I’ve actually been using the tooth powder for months with my fillings…should I stop?)

    • says

      Interesting question that I didn’t know the answer to, so I did a bit of reading. From what I found, first off using stainless steel (which is most of what we have in our kitchens) is apparently fine. Secondly, the reason to avoid it coming in contact with metals is that the primary benefit of it is that it absorbs various toxins and heavy metals into itself – so you want to avoid letting it absorb them before putting it in your mouth. The fillings are already in your mouth and probably have been for a long time. So in short, unless you’re letting the toothpaste sit in your mouth for long periods of time and then swallowing it instead of spitting it out, no, don’t worry about this toothpaste having a problem with your fillings.

  4. Angie Bishop says

    Don’t forget: never spit this ‘toothpaste’ into the sink! The coconut oil will harden and plug your drains. Or keep the water running hot for a long time, which is wasteful.

    • Meji Shmoosba says

      I have been using a similar recipe to this with coconut oil for about a year now, and my sink only clogged up one time, and all I did was boil a small pot of water and washed it down the drain. It worked like a charm and haven’t had any other issues! I am sure its probably not a great idea, but the small amount I use everyday doesn’t seem to affect it. I probably wouldn’t want to use this if I had to spit somewhere else, so don’t want people to get deterred from using this wonderful stuff because of that. I think everyone needs to just try it out themselves and see what happens, because this can happen, or you can get lucky like myself and have it only happen one time in a year! : )

    • masamam says

      I always think it’s funny how people talk about not spitting the oil down the sink when oil pulling and such. This really baffles me. Because by the time the small amount of oil is mixed with your saliva, there is actually very little oil to saliva ratio. Let alone enough to clog a sink. If in doubt, just boil a small amount of water to pour down it every now and then. I usually have a tad bit left over after boiling water for coffee or tea anyway. Might as well put it to good use. :)

      • Parker says

        I don’t think with oil pulling they are telling u to not spit in sink because of clogging issues. Its because with oil pulling you are pulling tons of toxins out of ur body through your mouth and spitting those harmful toxins/bacteria in ur sink where u wash ur hands, touch the surface, etc is not such a good idea….they say spit in toilet so u can flush it down like we do all our other wastes.

  5. Craig N Tina Rumbley says

    I started adding a bit of hydrogen peroxide to mine. That made it squeezable. I do not use the bentonite clay. Instead I use baking soda. I also add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to mine.There is still the fact that coconut oil is more firm in cooler temps. Thanks for sharing the container information! I have tried using pastry tips with disposable plastic bags. This works okay and is inexpensive. I like the looks of these squeezable containers much more!

    • Bonita says

      Just be careful – I have read on numerous occasions that hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is not a good mixture to use on your teeth too often, as it basically removes the top-most part of the layers on your teeth (which causes the whitening). Using it once or twice a week should be enough to whiten your teeth without damaging it.

    • Sherry Lynn England says

      If you have amalgam fillings you should not use hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will cause the fillings to leach mercury.

  6. Kindacrunchy says

    Putting beauty/health/food products in plastic containers may lead the products to become contaminated by the toxins in the plastic. A safer suggestion could be to get a glass “soap” or “lotion” dispenser and squirt the toothpaste onto the toothbrushes. This is also a nice option for those who will be sharing toothpaste with others in the home! :)

    • Sand says

      The lotion dispenser wouldn’t solve the issue of plastic toxicity, since the “tube” inside the container that allows the liquid to go up, as well as the actual ump mechanism and nozzle ARE ALL MADE OUT OF PLASTIC. After squirting, liquid stays inside the tube for the next serving.
      Might as well use a plastic tube.
      Or have a totally different approach on the matter.

  7. Rebecca Miko Horikawa says

    I noticed that this new recipe doesn’t contain Baking Soda like the original recipe. Is the Baking Soda not necessary or was it forgotten? I’m assuming the Baking Soda is for pH.

    Also, if the clay is to pull the toxins, can it be omitted from the recipe if I use activated charcoal (separately)? Thanks!

    • Melina says

      I think It was forgotten. I put baking soda in mine, it’s basically the original recipe plus bentonite clay and water. The bentonite clay and water addition are mostly to get the right consistency to make squeezable.

  8. masamam says

    I would like to try this. I think I’ll use vodka instead of water though, so that it will stay good longer.

      • Theresa says

        Would the alcohol make this unsafe for children who still swallow their toothpaste? What about the bentonite clay? They all say for external use only. I can skip the bentonite and use other suggestions on here, but I’m very curious about the vodka because I like the idea of using this for a preservative.

        • Dana Bell says

          I would be concerned about using alcohol as it is very acidic and will likely alter the ph of the other combined ingredients. I have read that we need our mouth in a neutral state before attempting to clean our teeth as we run risk of damaging enamel. check out dr Ellie regimen for tooth care. not all natural but some good info.

      • masamam says

        I have a book of recipes for health and beauty products and it suggests to use 50% alcohol to water ratio as a natural preservative. Particularly vodka being a good cheap alcohol at 80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume. Vodka is commonly used to make tinctures and extracts as well. So I can’t take credit for the idea, apparently it’s a common preservative and why you may find alcohol in a lot of products, even things like shampoos and lotions at the store.

  9. Melinda Todd says

    I love this toothpaste recipe and have been using the original but my paste always dries up. I’ll have to play with it more. 40 drops of essential oils is a LOT. I only used a few of peppermint and it was plenty, I can’t imagine 40. This recipe really does make my teeth look and feel fantastic. I love it! May have to get a squeezable tube and see how that goes. Is it hard to get the paste into it?

    • MondayX says

      I wonder why no answer to this question? I have a permanent retainer in my mouth, so I guess I cannot use this recipe.

      • says

        It just activates when it does so you don’t want it to do that before you use it. I’d check with a dentist, but I don’t think there is a reason you couldn’t use this…

      • Sara says

        found this on a site that sells the clay.

        Braces/retainers?
        by PJ on May 13, 2013

        I would like to know if it is okay to use bentonite clay to brush your teeth if you have braces or a permanent retainer? What about fillings?

        Re: Braces/retainers?
        by Bulk Herb Store on May 14, 2013

        Yes it is safe to use with any fillings and or retainers.

  10. Jill Hawley says

    Instead of calcium powder could I use ground up eggshells? Or even calcium plus vitamin D tablets, I’ve got some left over I need to use :)

    • eams says

      Organic trace minerals are esssential to good health!

      “An apple contains 3-5 mg of aluminum and trace amounts of lead, arsenic and mercury? Micro or trace minerals are essential for good health if they come from an organic or plant source. In contrast, if they come from an inorganic or metallic source, such as heavy metals, they are toxic. For example, iodine in an organic form is necessary for health. Non-organic or metallic iodine in the same amount can kill you.” -Dr. William J. Saccoman

  11. Krysta Garavuso says

    What do you think about using BS in place of the “additional 2 tbsp of Calcium Magnesium Powder” and Peroxide in place of the “distilled water for thinning”? And also, would this combination be kid-friendly? Thanks SO much for posting this! I’m so excited to finally have an idea of something else to use besides a Tupperware container :)

        • Emily Franks says

          Just a word of caution, clay can be explosive when combined with hydrogen peroxide. Nearly had my eye out this evening with a ballistic lid. After a bit of research I discovered this was the case. I used Rhassoul clay instead of Bentonite. They are both volcanic ash clays so thought it would be ok. Maybe Bentonite is more reactive. That aside I love this toothpaste many thanks for the recipe :)

    • Elissa says

      I tried this recipe substituting the water with hydrogen peroxide to make it last longer. I DO NOT ADVISE anyone to do that. It is a huge quantity for the amount of the other elements and it really burned my mouth, I had serious injuries of gums and under tongue.

  12. Kristen Auf der Heide says

    Do you think it would make it unsqueezable to add baking soda? Would the clay be swallowable? (Sharing toothpaste with a toddler.)

      • Rural Housewife says

        I followed the link to the clay and in the description it says ” For external use only.” I am assuming by this statement it should not be swallowed?

        • says

          I’ve actually used their clay internally before but i wouldn’t swallow the toothpaste because it could contain toxins that have been pulled from the mouth…

  13. Mila says

    Could I use more bentonite clay in place of the calcium/calcium magnesium? Would the effect be similar, or would I be missing one of the most important components to remineralize my post-pregnancy, not-so-healthy teeth? (I can’t ship the calcium/calcium magnesium to where I live in Europe, and I can’t find it here. I do have a big jar of bentonite clay, though!)

  14. Jacqueline K. says

    I tried this but when I added water it got fizzy and puffy. And idea why? I didn’t see that listed as something the should happen.

    • dryad44@hotmail.com says

      I had the same problem! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I put fewer drops of EO in. After water — fizzy and puffy. Then after bentonite clay — this weird fluffy airy grit mixture. I can’t even really stir it, it fluffs up too much. It doesn’t taste awful, but the texture is something like wet concrete in zero gravity. What am I doing wrong :-)

      • Cheryl says

        It’s undoubtably because the calcium and magnesium combo is a citrate, which is effervescent, so it foams and bubbles when combined with water, kind of like combining baking soda and vinegar. That being said, this is why you should be careful if you’re mixing this in a food processor or blender with a lid on it. Sounds like it was an explosive experience for some people. I forgot to add the water the first time I made this in my food processor and added the water after the fact and just blended it with a fork before adding the clay, didn’t use metal after adding the clay. My second batch I just mixed in a bowl and it all blended well, so I think a food processor is unnecessary. The foam calmed down a lot after continued stirring and then letting it rest a while before pouring into the silicone tubes. Love the tubes, love the recipe. I might just get calcium carbonate next time. That won’t foam because its not a citrate. I don’t know if there’s an issue with ph if you use a citrate, which I’m guessing off the top of my head is somewhat acidic. Correct me if I’m wrong please!
        Anyways, after using this toothpaste, my teeth feel like I just came from the dental hygienist! I see one in a couple of months, so we’ll see how my teeth are then. I was being pushed to buy the super fluoridated toothpaste, so i did ($25/tube!), but I’ve done my research into flouride since then and don’t want anything more to do with it!!
        Oh, I personally added a bit of peppermint e.o. and also lemon e.o., which are good antibacterial and antifungal e.o.’s. be careful with peppermint e.o. A little goes a very long way!! I’ve also made the tooth powder from this website with some modifications from a couple of different recipes I found-mainly for the whitening effects. I still use this paste but then I dip the brush into the powder too. But I only do that maybe 5 times a week. There is activated charcoal in my concoction, and I need to do a bit more research on how often that should be used. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and your awesome website, Wellness Mama. I have recommended your website to many of my friends!

  15. Amy Avaritt says

    Lovin’ this recipe, can’t wait to try it. Has anyone done a cost saving analysis? We currently buy sensodyne which is a ridiculous $4.59 per 4.5 ounce tube. Surely the homemade has to be cheaper and from reading this post will be much healthier. BTW I love your website!

  16. Andrea Meyer says

    Just quick question – I made this one (squeezable) and the other one also. Loved them both. But I notice that the original has baking soda and this one does not. Is one ‘better’ for your teeth than the other, do you know?

    Thank you for the recipes!

    • Jenn Jackson says

      Roughly 5oz. I filled three 1.25oz. go tubes & probably could have done a fourth if I’d had one. I liked doing the smaller ones so everyone could have their own tube & I could experiment with the EO mix & have different “flavors”.

  17. Melanie says

    I have always water separating from it. I was wondering if this is normal or if there is something I can do to prevent it?

  18. Sarah says

    Ok so I have all my ingrediants (no bentonite clay but extra cal/mag powder) in glass bowl stirring with fork. Added the distilled water and it fizzed up as if vinegar was added. Anyone had this happen? I’m assuming it will still be ok…..

  19. Logan Adsit says

    I just wanted to say thank you a lot for the recipe. I’ve read all the questions and your responses and I think it’s wonderful that you take the time to answer effectively. You’re doing a great job at running the blog and I use your recipes all the time. I’ve tried a toothpaste recipe with coconut oil, baking soda, xylitol, sea salt, and peppermint/spearmint oils. It took me a week to force myself using it twice a day to notice a drastic difference in my mouth and to get used to the taste- but I’m eager to try this in hopes it will taste differently. We don’t have a lot of money but I’m going to order the tube and the healthy mouth brush blend you’ve recommended in hopes I can continue to make my own for the whole family. My boyfriend won’t use it unless it’s in a tube (the one I tried I scooped out of a canning jar) so I’ve been buying him fluoride free $5 tube kind- would love a healthy homemade alternative that he would use……. or I could make him use, LOL! Any ways- thank you for doing a great job! I’ll report back with a review soon!

  20. Jason says

    Do these ratios have a big effect on effectiveness or are they just for consistency?

    I just switched to natural toothpaste but the recipe I use is simply baking soda and coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio. I don’t mind the taste at all so I do not add Xylitol or anything else. However, for my next batch, I would like to incorporate the Bentonite Clay and calcium but will that negate the shelf life? My current recipe has an almost indefinite shelf life. I mix about a quarter pint at a time and it is just me using it so it lasts a few weeks. I don’t care about it being squeezable at all. Thank you! =D

  21. says

    Oh, I’m going to try this. last time I made tooth ‘soap’, which had a tsp of liquid castille soap in it, and the kids hated it. I haven’t made any more since, but I’ve been meaning to look into other recipes.

    I’m interested that you don’t ‘cook or consume’ xylitol – this was a question I’d been thinking of asking (or searching your site for). Why don’t you?

    • Lynae says

      Interesting about the castile soap. After reading some comments of it separating I was thinking of adding it to act as an emulsifier but quickly decided against it until I read your comment. I just may have to experiment!

    • Katie Gray says

      Here’s what I’ve learned about xylitol, it’s a sugar alcohol like sorbitol which is what’s in most sugar free products because it’s cheaper to make. If you know anyone that’s diabetic, ask them what happens when you eat too much sugar free candy. Essentially, small amounts are fine, but large amounts can have a strong laxative effect. Also, the sugar alcohols may be bad on your liver in high doses too. However, it is really great in place of sugar because it doesn’t break down into the acids that erode your teeth, which makes it perfect in toothpaste. I’ve also learned it does not taste good in coffee, and you’re way better off with agave nectar or coconut sugar if you are in need of a sugar alternative for consumption and both work really well in baking. Hope that helps!

  22. Savannah says

    I made this recipe and it was the perfect consistency at first but I quickly ran across 2 problems:

    1. In 2 days the paste has turned nearly solid. I have to use something metal or plastic to get it out and try to put it on top of the toothbrush with my fingers…this doesn’t result in a very good brushing if you can imagine.
    also…..
    2. The first 4 or 5 days of using it, it made my teeth more sensitive. I haven’t felt this very much after a week or more, but it still concerned me.

    Can anyone explain these things, especially help with the solidity of the toothpaste now?
    Thanks!

    • says

      It is probably the coconut oil hardening, and this depends a lot on the temp at your house. Next time, you can add more water or less coconut oil… The sensitivity might have been the teeth detoxing if it went away…

      • Savannah says

        See it can’t be the coconut oil because coconut oil in my house is constantly fully liquid because we don’t keep it very cool. So I still don’t know why it’s a brick. I’ll have to saw open the squeeze tube to get it out.

        • Gwevt says

          Wow, I know it’s been a while and it’s probably too late but maybe try putting the tube in hot water or something to see if that loosens it up before cutting the tube open. I hate to see you ruin the tube if you don’t have to.

    • Ginger says

      I had a similar experience. I made 1/2 the recipe with the following variations: omitted the xylitol, added a small amount of powdered stevia, replaced the baking soda with Celtic sea salt, and the water with vodka. I didn’t use a food processor. It stirred up pretty smooth with a fork, but after the clay and vodka were incorporated, it started seizing up and became the consistency of wet sand. I tried adding some water to the tube and stirring/squeezing with a wooden stick to try to smooth it back out but it’s not working. I think I’ll have to de-tube the rest and see if I can mash it smooth somehow. It’s definitely not solidified coconut oil because it’s been very warm in the apartment, so I think it’s the clay. The good news is that when I manage to get a pebble of this into my mouth it smooths out after a few seconds of brushing and it makes my mouth & teeth feel great. So I’ll keep trying variations in hopes I can work it out.

      • Ginger says

        I made my second batch and the consistency is much better so far. I think the problem with my first batch is that I didn’t follow the recipe properly and mixed the clay with the water (vodka) separately, then added to the other ingredients. This time I mixed the water in with the other ingredients first, then slowly added the clay as instructed. It started to separate a bit as I added the last of the clay, so I added a little more calcium powder. So far, so good. The last batch was so thick it didn’t squeeze at all, this one is definitely squeezable. We’ll see how it holds up in the hot weather. I really like how this toothpaste feels, and I’ve started oil pulling as well.

        • Ginger says

          Another update: I have to leave my tubes in the fridge because the oil completely melts and separates if I leave it out, as it stays well above 75 degrees on average in my apartment during summer. If I forget to take it out 20-30 minutes before I brush, or I’m in a hurry, I just remove the top of the tube and dig it out with the toothbrush. Even when cold it’s not completely solid.

    • Alison says

      Did you ever get an answer to this? I’d like to know also!! Something other than Hydrogen Peroxide, Vodka or water.

  23. Exo says

    One comment and one question.

    Comment: The GoToobs are wonderful and if you have a problem, the company is really good about standing behind them. I have changed all of my travel bottles to them. (linked silicone tube)

    Question: I’m allergic to coconut in general. Is there something I can replace the coconut with successfully?

  24. Aimee Graham says

    I’m so glad I found your website! I love all of the projects and articles profiling herbs and other healthy lifestyle topics. I am going to make this toothpaste today!

  25. Kristy says

    I have really sensitive teeth if I don’t use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth (specifically sensodyne because nothing else works). Will this toothpaste work for me? I’m scared to try it because my teeth hurt for days and I can barely eat if I don’t use my usual toothpaste.

    • Gwen says

      Using a high quality clove EO might help with the sensitivity I have the same problem and have been using a natural toothpaste with clove or thieves oil for a while now and both have worked just as well as the Sensodyne used to for the sensitivity.

    • Jenn Jackson says

      I was thinking about alcohol too. Has anyone tried putting organic flavor extracts like vanilla, orange, or peppermint in the toothpaste? theyre usually made with alcohol & i was thinking it would increase shelf life.

  26. Steve says

    It is next to impossible to overdose or cause any health harm with colloidal silver using it in your tooth paste, especially, when you are not taking it internally. It will be less harmful than 40 drops of essential oils of any kind. It is equally harmful to any other ingredient used in the toothpaste, long term, which is next to zero. You eat breath and drink, (or medicate yourself) with more harmful substances on a daily bases.

    • Gwen says

      What is the advantage of using colloidal silver for brushing your teeth? Or are you thinking in place of Vodka for storage purposes? I’m not sure why you would say using essential oils would be harmful in any way, providing of course they are high quality of course and I would think they will probably take care of killing any bacteria for storage purposes as well as flavoring and whatever else the ones you chose provide.

  27. Stacy Broas says

    I have been making the earlier version of this recipe, but I added vegetable glycerine to thin the paste and make it easier to spread. I saw the use of glycerine in other toothpaste recipes, so it seemed like a good way to go. Seems to work great! I forget if it has any effect on shelf-life.

  28. Beker says

    I love this recipe. I just noticed the bottle of essential oils states it is not for internal use. Is this safe to have in your mouth? My son has not yet mastered “spitting” out after he brushes so I have been letting him just swallow his toothpaste. Now I am a little freaked out! I just mixed up a new batch too!

    • Heather says

      It has been a long time, but in case you or anyone else needs to know… I know that some essential oils have that disclaimer on there because they have to. I have used Young Living lemon, peppermint, etc that all say external use only. I would just maybe ask the person you bought them from. I am not oil savvy so I would not know which ones are not safe, but I think you are fine with peppermint and lemon.

  29. Marylyn says

    I made this today and I am having the same problem with this recipe as I have had with others….the liquid separates from the clay and calcium carbonate. Therefore the essential oils don’t stay blended. What am I doing wrong or do you have any suggestions?

  30. Tatiacha Bhodsvatan says

    It might be a good idea to add some diatomaceous earth to the recipe for the silica as that is something teeth need too.

  31. Konte says

    You should add something with phorphorous in there, the teeth need it along with calcium to remineralize.

  32. says

    Hi Katie! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for DIY/homemade toothpaste for folks with sensitive teeth. Are their any good essential oils, etc. to use?

  33. Ginette says

    WOW! Love this recipe! I have HATED brushing my teeth all my life because of the taste (and aftertaste)of toothpaste. Even stuff like Toms of Maine. But with this stuff, I WANT to brush my teeth. No more gagging for this girl! Also Get that fresh from the dentist feel everytime! Thank You!

  34. Sequoia says

    I was wondering if liquid bentonite clay would work as well as the actual clay in this recipe. I just happened to have some liquid clay already and would like to put it to use before buying more clay. Thanks!

  35. zainub says

    Mine is grey not pink! I have put it in a wide neck squeezy ketchup bottle. used first time and teeth felt amazing! Definately worth making at home.

  36. Melissa Dolgetta Owens says

    Can anyone provide any tips for the best way to transfer this paste into the squeeze container? I’m thinking of filling a plastic baggie and cutting a hole in the corner to squeeze it in. Anyone tried this?

  37. Sunny says

    My toothpaste started out as a squeezable paste, but after a few hours, it morphed into a glob surrounded by water in the tube. I didn’t add the 2Tbs of bentonite clay, but I also didn’t add 2Tbs additional cal/mag to replace. Could this be the reason my paste seperated? Should I add more cal/mag and blend it again?

  38. Shawna says

    Just wanted to give a WARNING regarding the prep of the toothpaste – DON’T use a magic bullit type blender when mixing the first ingredients. I didn’t want to pull out my food processor so I used my small counter blender (the one I use for shakes) which doesn’t leave room for the ingredients to expand. There was a chemical reaction that occurred and the whole thing exploded e-v-e-r-y-where! I’m sure I’ll be finding toothpaste for some time to come.:-) It is a wonderful recipe and I managed to salvage some of the toothpaste to use – next time I’ll mix it differently.

  39. Keegan says

    I tried this recipe to the letter and as soon as I added the water to ‘thin it out’ it immediately hardened and the mixture completely seized up and seperated from the water…
    I then tried the exact recipe w/out the water and it is fine, not squeezable (which is what i wanted) but a paste none the less.
    Did anyone else have any problems with it? Am I the only one? Any suggestions on what I might have done wrong? :(

    • Ginger says

      I had a similar experience, except I used vodka instead of water. The clay doesn’t seem to stay blended with the water/oil. I now have a tube full of something like soft gravel surrounded by thin liquid. I have to dig out a pebble-size glob from the tube and smoosh it on to the toothbrush to use it. But once I get it there, it’s great. I don’t have a mini food processor (I didn’t think it was enough volume for my 11-cup cuisinart) but I’m thinking that might be necessary for it to stay bound together?

  40. Andrea says

    Can I use Simply Organic peppermint flavor instead of EO (ingredients are: organic sunflower oil, organic peppermint oil)?

  41. Mary Minturn says

    I had a small explosion in my kitchen. I made the mistake of thinking I could use one of those mini blenders (like the bullet). Mine fizzed after adding the water, probably from the baking soda, so I should have realized there would be pressure build up. When I went to unscrew the jar…boom! Toothpaste all over my kitchen and slight bruising where I got hit with the jar and blender attachment. Couldn’t help but laugh at myself though as I spent the next hour cleaning!

  42. Elaine McFadden says

    This is a great post! I would like to recommend using Terramin clay. We use the powder to brush our teeth with everyday and has reversed receding gums. Growing back! Does not scratch or hurt teeth or dental work. Went through multiple dental surgeries with eight dental implants and two sinus lifts and didn’t need Vicodin. Just keep clay in mouth as long as I could, rinse and apply again. High IONIC charge. 57 micron sized minerals that are 15 million y/o. Antibacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic. Never found anything more healing. Pills and powder on Amazon. Type in “Terramin.” Can drink or take pills too.

  43. Roman says

    Not sure what I might have done wrong but even in an airtight tube it became more like taffy than toothpaste the next day. I’m able to chew it so that it dissolves enough that I can brush with it.

  44. Tiffany says

    In your recipe for the jar remineralizing toothpaste, you included diatomaceous earth as an ingredient, but it is not included as an ingredient for the squeezable method. Is there any particular reason for it? Or is sqeezable one not as remineralizing? Wasnt sure but wanted to get the correct recipe to help with my teeth before I made it. Thanks a bunch and love your page! ~Tiffany

  45. Van Paige says

    Fantastic site btw. I make a whole line of natural (and edible) lotions, and adding small am’t of ascorbic acid elongates shelf life. Maybe an extremely small amount will help though normally not great for tooth enamel. What about glycerin or blending with Beeswax, I am HUGE fan of beeswax in my products. The toothpaste I give my kids is only glycerin based though never quite sure where that comes from for sure. Hopeful it’s from vegetable sources. Keep up the great work!

  46. Jaime Haak says

    I’ve been making my own toothpaste for a couple of years and have never had a problem. I adjusted my recipe (basically the above with baking soda), and it’s like the baking soda gets really fizzy and active. The only thing that’s different than I’ve done before is the addition of thr trace minerals. I use Concentrace– could that be causing the issue??

  47. Karan says

    We have tried a couple of times, but because of the cost of purchasing all the extra ingredients have only used the simple version. It is always too bitter/salty even with the oils. I could probably discipline myself to use it despite the taste- but I don’t think I could get my kiddos to do it :( Is the version above more like typical toothpaste taste?

  48. Sarah says

    I’m sure I would like this toothpaste if it weren’t covering every surface of my kitchen. Please don’t be as foolish as me and do not use a magic bullet or any other type of non-venting blender. Mine exploded!

  49. Laure says

    I wonder, if you used Vitamin E T-50, if that would help up the shelf life? Also, use fractionated coconut oil in place of the water to make it more liquid.

    Just a thought though – will have to give this a try. :) Thanks for the recipe.

    • Melissa says

      I am wondering about the use of fractionated coconut oil in this recipe too! Did you try it? and if so, how do you like it?
      I’m a HUGE fan of the original recipe, but struggled every morning to soften it enough to put it on the toothbrush.

  50. Jennifer L. says

    Can Natural Calm be used as the powdered calcium/magnesium? I had some Thorne Research Cal-Mag Citrate, but it was an effervescent powder (which seems a little odd to use in toothpaste too).

  51. Sarah says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes & am thrilled to have found this one after using the tooth powder for months now. The kiddos prefer paste, so we’re switching to this. One question…can I substitute boiled water that went through a countertop Berkey first for the distilled water? If not, any idea how long this batch might last me if, hypothetically, I already did this?
    Thanks!

  52. Gremlina says

    why don’t you use xylitol? we’ve found it a much more palatable sugar replacement, and thought it had the added oral benefits. thanks!

  53. Gabe says

    I just made this recipe, although I’ve had it lying around for awhile. I made it “on the fly” so I didn’t notice until after it said not to use metal for the bentonite clay….oops!!!

    At any rate, after switching to wood, then silicon, it was ready. I did add some real cinnamon spice, as well as the essential oil of cinnamon, and I also added about 7 capsules I had made using activated charcoal (I read somewhere that using A.C. is really good for brushing your teeth, even though you need to be careful as it can stain…which I didn’t have problems with).

    I used all the oils listed in the “Brushing Blend”: cinnamon, clove, peppermint, myrrh, and oregano (about 10 drops of each). I did NOT add the xylitol, as I had none, but the taste isn’t bad at all, (In fact, I quite like it!) IMO, and it makes my mouth feel quite clean and fresh.

    I am going to track my results using this, and think that it will help some of the minor problems I’ve been having.

    Thank you for some great recipes and posts!

  54. Glenda Sullivan says

    Made this afternoon. After 2, yes 2 trips, to the health food store, I STILL forgot the calcium powder (grrr!!!). So, I went to my local grocery store and bought calcium pills. Ground them in spice grinder. Worked like a charm. But I really had to use a lot more water to get a paste-like consistency – almost double. And my house is really warm this afternoon. Can’t wait to try this! Love your blog!

  55. Linsey Middleton says

    I’m trying to compare prices between store bought and home made. How much would you say this makes and how much did it cost to make it all? Thanks :)

  56. Corlie Leonard says

    MY SQUEEZE BOTTLES ARE EXPLODING!!! I don’t see where this was discussed. This mixture seems to give of gas!! I cant close the lid on the squeeze bottle or it will fill up with air and explode out when I open it……

  57. Lee says

    I have dentine hypersensitivity, as one of your readers also mentioned having. I know it’s probably caused by acid reflux. I remember reading one of your/readers comments, where you mentioned being able to eat ice cream after using this toothpaste. Is it the calcium carbonate that helps with the sensitivity? Is there another ingredient I can add to help with dentine hypersensitivity? Also, can I use peppermint tincture for flavouring, I’ll probably use vodka as mentioned by one of your readers alongside water, or can I use just vodka and no water?
    BTW, amazing website, I’m hooked!

  58. Tricia Bakken says

    I’ve never made toothpast before but would love to try it! The natural toothpast I buy now is alot like the non tube toothpast recipe except that is has vegetable glycerin in it as well. So I was wondering about useing vegetable glycerin instead of water in this squeezable recipe. Any thoughts or advice on this?

  59. Lee says

    I didn’t use any bentonite and I don’t like the idea of essential oils in my mouth. I added more calcium carbonate in place of the bentonite. I used vodka instead of water, and I used edible peppermint tincture (which is alcohol based), and the consistency is great, I barely have to shake it (you can see the slight separation at the top in the first pic).
    It turned out a little runny at first, perhaps too much vodka, so I added a Tbsp more calcium carbonate to get the consistency you see here. The creamy colour comes from the peppermint tincture.
    The taste is great thanks to the Xylitol and peppermint and my teeth feel amazing.
    It’s also slippery enough to place in a glass container, like a vinegar bottle, and use it if the plastic concerns you. There’s also a link for a silicon tube that wellnessmama provides in this recipe.

  60. Alexandra Cash says

    I’ve used this just twice now today. I have noticed that it has greatly irritated my gums. Actually made them bleed as if they were cut! I hardly ever have bleeding gums. I followed the recipe but did I do something wrong? It there something in here that is just too abrasive?

    • says

      I have had the same problem! No one else has commented with this issue but I have had food sensitivities before. I’m going to guess it’s the clay, xylitol or calcium powder? Coconut oil and baking soda have never posed a problem for me.

    • Ally Huang says

      we have been using it for a few months and all of the sudden, both my husband and i have gum bleeding (looks like cuts) and inside lips and tong.
      We don’t have food allergy and was fine for awhile. Anyone knows what happened?

  61. Alexis Kingsborough says

    Baking soda and coconut oil are very abrasive, and shouldn’t actually be used on a daily basis, and never should you brush your teeth with it. The best way is to make a paste with hydrogen peroxide and set on your teeth like a whitening strip, and not left on for very long – or the oil pull – but never actually brushed. A better solution would be soaking a salt like Himalayan salt and using that as the water, the salt should be fully dissolved in the water.

    Harsh ingredients like baking soda and salt in its crystaline form (undiluted) are too abrasive to the gum tissue and have created much recession and actual structural damage to root surface and dentin

    Plaque cannot form if we allow our mouths natural bacteria to thrive without the use of chemicals.

    But I love seeing that I’m not the only one who likes making their own products. Thank you for posting

      • Alexis Kingsborough says

        I’m not trying to start an argument or anything. I was just listing facts. Unnatural tooth paste may work extremely well for now in the short term, but it is slowly damaging the enamel and the long term it’ll cause teeth sensitivity, cavities, white spots, stains, eventually breakdown and then maybe even dentures.

  62. Melisa Crosby says

    Here’s a question: does they type of calcium powder matter? I need to avoid shellfish due to high iodine content so calcium carbonate is not ideal. WOuld powdered calcium citrate work as well?

  63. Bea Labade says

    Hey we’ve been using this toothpaste for quite a while and love it. Today I made it with diatomaceous earth instead of bentonite clay and it is a-mazing! The sandy feeling from the clay is gone and it is even smoother than before.
    Also I want to add to be careful with the Xylitol. 3 tbsp is way too sweet for us. I suggest to start with 1 tbsp and add more if needed.

    Thank you for that great recipe! xxx

  64. AShlee says

    This looks great! I’m just wondering if all of the above listed ingredients are safe while breastfeeding? Thanks!

  65. Michelle Bretschneider says

    Does anyone have a problem with the cal-mag powder making a huge foaming mess when the water and/or oil gets mixed in? I’ve tried varying the temperatures of the liquid but it doesn’t make a difference. It will finally settle after a few hours and its fine to use just wondered if I’m doing it wrong since this is not mentioned in the directions or any of the comments that I can find. Thanks!

    • Emily says

      It is wonderful that you want to make a natural, healthy, cost-effective toothpaste. A big step to take on the road to better health would be to have your metal fillings removed/replaced. Then you won’t have to worry about the clay reacting with metal in your mouth.

  66. Brit Rachel Bartels says

    Is this safe for an 18 month old? Also, when you say use 40+ drops of an eo or the brushing blend, do you mean use 40 drops of the blend or just add a few drops to your toothpaste before brushing like you have in another post?

  67. Brenda Rardin McCament says

    Will the grayness of the clay discolor my teeth? Loved the Vodka idea, will be trying that in next batch.

  68. Brit Rachel Bartels says

    Is this safe for an 18 month old? Also, if I’m not using essential oils and using the brushing blend instead, do I add 40 drops while making it or just a few drops on toothpaste before brushing?

  69. Sarah says

    I just made this and I love it! However, I put it in little plastic tubes I got from target, which I doubt are BPA free. Is this a huge deal?

  70. Hannah says

    Sorry if this is a common repeat, but I would be the only one using this toothpaste, how long is the shelf life, and how would I be able to tell/taste it was going bad? Sorry if that is a silly question.

  71. Hannah says

    Also, my house is always pretty chilly unfortunately, so should I pre-melt the coconut oil, I usually just heat it up in a pan on the stove really quick…

  72. Jill betts says

    Is this safe for the kids to swallow? I hope so because we have been using this for a year or so and I figured it was fine since it has no fluoride.

  73. Rachel says

    Thanks for the great info!!! Very helpful….Is it ok to use natural calm product for the calcium magnesium powder in this recipie?? I notice the Calm contain vitamin C is that ok?

  74. Mandy says

    I’m getting several friends together to make the toothpaste, and I was wondering about how many batches does the 1lb container of clay make? Looking forward to trying it!

  75. Ana Cristina Owens says

    Hi. I was wondering if you’ve ever considered using sea salt (Real Salt is the brand of sea salt I use) They sell toothpaste but is a bit expensive for our family. They add sea salt and I think it would be a great addition to your recipe. I am very excited to try this soon. Thanks for sharing :)

  76. Rene Jaguara says

    Just made my first batch of homemade toothpaste ever. Love it – teeth feel clean, tongue DOESN’T feel like it’s on fire (minty freshness burns). Thank you.

    • Rene Jaguara says

      I made my first batch last weekend because I wanted to try different flavors. It actually was pretty easy – I used hot water and blended the coconut oil into it and found it mixed very easily with the combined dry ingredients (maybe the foaming up helped mix everything :-). No blender required. LOVE the way my teeth feel after brushing.

  77. Robin says

    I’ve been loving your site. This is something I’d really like to try but I’ve already invested so much into other items for natural cleaning I’m not sure if I could afford to get the extra items at this point. Is this something you’d consider selling?

  78. Lee says

    made a couple batches based on this recipe and learned some important things
    1. bentonite clay is activated with water (or alcohol) and swells, causing it to separate from the nice coconut oil and making a clumpy mess
    2. in my northern climate, coconut oil only stays liquid for a VERY short time. toothpaste cubes were not quite what i was looking for.
    3. substituting LIQUID COCONUT OIL for the solid, and skipping the water altogether makes for a MUCH better end result. i added a bit extra coconut oil to adjust the thickness of the paste
    4. in the absence of a squeeze tube, a squeeze bottle works fairly well, assuming the paste is thin enough.

    Thanks so much for the recipe (and inspiration). The adaptation i’m testing seems to be quite effective!

    • Emily says

      Good comments, thanks for sharing! I now use liquid coconut oil too, helps with the consistency.

      I use a 1 cup glass food storage container with an easy-to-remove lid (Pampered Chef Prep Bowl), and keep a wooden tongue depresser on the top. I can use the wooden stick to stir the concoction if needed, but I also use it to scoop out a soybean sized amount onto my toothbrush.

      I don’t use any sweetener, as I don’t mind the flavor without it.

      My sensitive tooth is getting less sensitive, I’ve been using this for about 3 months. I make about 1/2 cup at a time, I don’t go too heavy on the essential oils, and I can change up the recipe a little each time. I estimate it costs PENNIES, to make this… though the initial investment might be high. THANK YOU WELLNESS MAMA for sharing this information!

  79. Ellina says

    After using this toothpaste I noticed gum/tongue sensitivity, is that normal? I noticed slight bleeding from my gums as well (a problem that I don’t usually have).

  80. says

    Hello, first of all thank you for all this useful recipes. When reading about this ingredients to find the best and most economical ways of making this tooth paste I read that oyster shell contain 96% of calcium carbonate, I was wondering if I can use oyster shell flour for calcium carbonate in this recipe and also some of the artisan sea salts that contain a lot of minerals (I am referring specifically to the Salt drying beds of Cuyutlan which is the one I have easiest access to) to replace the trace minerals. I have also make “concha nacar” in the past by putting lime in an oyster shell(calcium carbonate) and leaving it through the night instead of buying the cream (concha nacar), I was wondering if I can use this mix also for the toothpaste to help whitening the teeth? I know of many people that uses baking soda and lime to brush their teeth but I personally have never done it and what can you tell me about it? And again thank you before hand for all the help you can give me and have given us with your recipes.
    Carmen :-)

  81. Beverly says

    Thanks for posting this
    It came out great!! I halved the recipe which fills my container perfectly, (I have a travel squeezable salad dressing container sold in kitchen stores and Walmart)
    I put everything in a dbl boiler except for the clay, water and ess oils
    Poured the warm mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool to room temp. than slowly added the water while blending with electric mixer. stirred in the clay and ess oil by hand.. I would dbl ess oil drops next time for more flavor by the way.
    Now to see if it actually makes the teeth feel clean and fresh!!

  82. Ron Roberts says

    I never thought that homemade toothpaste is even possible. This recipe looks simple (but I have to figure out where to buy those ingredients). Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  83. rhead says

    Mine came out green…
    I also saw a recipe similar to this without baking soda. In which I totally do NOT like the flavor of. YUK. I wish I hadn’t used it in this recipe. Is there some real good solid purpose of it being in there?

  84. Betsy says

    Sounds like a great recipe! I just wanted to point out that xylitol can be very dangerous for dogs, so keep your toothpaste and extra xylitol way out of the reach of your pets.

  85. Emily says

    I’m no expert, but I thought I’d answer some of the questions…
    Yes, use Stevia instead of Xylitol, I’d probably use liquid Stevia not knowing how abrasive powdered Stevia is. The actual dried herb would be fine to use too.

    No, don’t use Glycerin

    Yes, use whatever Calcium you’re not allergic to

    I’ve been using a remineralizing recipe (haven’t used clay though) for at least 2 months, have not had bleeding gums or tongue. My guess is that one of the ingredients you’re using is too large & abrasive.

  86. Lynn says

    The toothpaste sounds great, I am going to give it a try. I just wanted to mention for the baking soda users that standard baking soda you get from the grocery store has aluminum in it. Aluminum is suspected as one of the culprits in Alzheimers. I get the baking soda that indicates on the label that it is Aluminum free from the health food store. Please look into using aluminum it’s bad stuff.

  87. says

    I made this toothepaste following the directions, except I mixed it by hand instead of using a processor or blender. I mixed everything but the clay until very smooth, and then I added whatever was left on the ingredients list. It looks and feels like paste, but when I start brushing, it seems to thin out with my saliva rather quickly, and it just feels like I’m brushing with my saliva instead of brushing with the paste. Is that normal? Will it still be effective?

  88. Cynthia says

    Hi there Katie!
    1) thanks for the recipe!
    2) it looks like you get A LOT of the same questions over and over again. Maybe an FAQ at the end of the article would help? I can even give you the top topics! What kind of Calcium to use, explosive reactions in the kitchen, is this okay for sensitive teeth/fillings/veneers/children/etc, common reactions in the first few weeks (heightened sensitivity for some), xylitol vs. stevia, vodka vs. water and NO glycerin!
    3) other than yourself and your family, has any one else used this for a while? There were a few people who posted reactions in the first few weeks, specifically bleeding gums or increased sensitivity. Did that go away?
    Thanks!

  89. Rosanne says

    So what about the EO’s? The EO’s being in plastic tube isn’t a problem becasue you are taking the clay w/ it all? This plastic tube thing and EO’s sounds scary to me, sorry if I overlooked a comment that addressed this already.

  90. Brandi says

    I followed this recipe exactly (I do not use the clay but more calcium powder) and each time I make the toothpaste, it comes out white and like paste until a few hours later. It turns extremely runny and turns a yellow color. Has this happened to anyone else? Suggestions?

  91. Dan says

    I feel that it’s important to use some form of magnesium in this paste. Magnesium is essential to increase the absorbance of calcium. In fact, the western diet is far too high in calcium and far too low in magnesium, which causes a number of health concerns, including brittle bones. If remineralizing teeth is anything like fortifying bones then just throwing calcium at it won’t help much. I use bone powder personally, the magnesium to calcium ration is lower than I’d like but it’s still a great source of both.

  92. Janet Small says

    I just made this a second time and this time it was much better after the tweaks. I made my own calcium powder (finely ground Organic Egg shells). If you do this, make sure it is VERY well grounded. I opted to not add the water as it made it clump. Before the water, the coconut oil created a really lovely paste. If anything I might add another oil rather than water. I also added another 10 drops of peppermint oil as I really like the minty clean mouth feeling afterwards. I did the brushing blend, trace minerals, benzonite clay, and additional peppermint oil. Just brushed my teeth to try out the mixture and it was lovely. Thanks Katie!

  93. Kayla says

    I used the Calcium Citrate and had the explosive reaction … I looked at the squeezable tube the next morning and was wondering why the bottom was rounded. So, blonde me decided to open it .. pointed directly at myself … Toothpaste shot all over me, the wall, the floor, the counter …. yea ..

  94. Sterling says

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed much much whiter teeth using this toothpaste? I started using this about 2 months ago and my teeth look a lot whiter!

  95. Clarissa says

    Everyone who is having trouble with the toothpaste hardening, read this!! My toothpaste also hardened up by the second day but I just dunk the tube in a glass of warm water for 30 seconds or so and then it squeezes out no problem. Try it!! :)

  96. Penny Yen says

    I’ve been making my own toothpastes and powder for a while now and looking to tweak my recipe a bit. I’ve been studying up on the uses of neem oil. And I am curious to know if you have used neem oil in your toothpaste products?

  97. Christine says

    This might seem weird, but I wonder why do you need the toothpaste? I only brush my son’s teeth with water and the brush because I was worried about the toothpastes. He has never had any dental problems. I also use a very limited amount of paste for myself(I like the mint), because I read that the toothpaste can actually cause you to not brush as effectively. I also have good dental health. So does anyone know, do we really need the toothpaste?

    • cour says

      i bet you are right! if our diets are healthy and contain lots of mineral rich foods like all fruits (which are highest in minerals) and veggies, then why need toothpaste?
      we wouldn’t!

  98. Sarah says

    What is the danger of mixing the bentonite clay with a metal? I made this recipe and was really excited to try it but then remembered–I have a METAL permanent retainer on my lower teeth. Think I can still use this paste?

    Thanks!

    • says

      You can still use it… you just don’t want to mix with a metal spoon prior to using it since the metal activates the clay. It is fine for it to activate in your mouth but it won’t be as effective if you do this while making it

  99. Kaitlyn says

    This clogs drains because of the coconut oil. We just replaced part of our sink drain because of this toothpaste.

  100. Shelby81 says

    I use Bentonite Clay in toothpaste recipe and love it. Similar to the recipe given above, i use Bentonite, coconut oil, bicarb,salt, clove, peppermint and thyme oil and stevia and process until thick and creamy with distilled water. Great forum and great to see so many people dedicated to simplifying life and eliminating pollutants from their bodies. Thanks Wellness Mama

  101. Christopher says

    Perhaps a silly question, but what do you use to squeeze the toothpaste into the gotoob? I was thinking pastry-style frosting squeezer? Thanks!

  102. Carissa says

    Could you add activated charcoal to help whiten or would it interact/cancel out the benefits of the other ingredients?

  103. Kim says

    I started using the non-squeezable form of this 1 1/2 year ago when I was pregnant and everything made me nauseous. I have had 2 teeth cleanings since I started using this toothpaste and both times my hygienist and dentist have said my teeth look great! Actually the most recent time the hygienist said my teeth were boring to clean because they were so happy and healthy! I told her the ingredients and she agreed that they were all good for different reasons. She even wrote the recipe down for herself!
    I’ve never added Bentonite Clay because I couldn’t find it locally and I haven’t had to buy more ingredients yet. Also, now I add more E.O.’s to make it more flavorful! I am so have to have found this recipe! Thank you Wellness Mama!

  104. Selena Hutchins says

    I have been using the original toothpaste recipe for several months and decided to try the squeezable one, so I ordered 100% organic bentonite-montmorillonite clay. When i got ready to make the toothpaste, I remembered that the recipe said not to put the clay in the food processor, so I didnt. I even switched my container since I had the other paste in a ball jar (that has a metal lid). I mixed all the other ingredients in the processor then poured into a plastic mixing bowl to add the clay. Without thinking, I reached for my only measuring spoon… stainless….. and added the clay. I thought about it after the fact, so I stirred with a plastic spoon. When I went to brush my teeth before bed, i had to quickly spit it out. In less than 5 seconds, the toothpaste burned my gums! It felt like my gums and cheeks were literally being burned by acid. I swished with some milk, then coconut oil which helped alot. By morning, my mouth was much better, but still sore. Needless to say, I’m not using it again. Is this a common reaction to clay touching metal? And if so, have I ruined the whole bag by putting my spoon in it? Please help!

  105. Heather says

    Hi there, I have a toddler that still swallows toothpaste. We have been using the lemon Earthpaste, but I just read somewhere that someone said it has xylitol so to not ingest. I thought xylitol was just a sweetener, so I’m confused and kind of freaking out. So it’s not ok for him to swallow the Earthpaste? Should I make my own, without xylitol? Please help. :)

  106. Erik says

    Is there a reason you couldn’t use extracts in this as a combination replacement of the oils, alcohol, and water?

  107. Rachel says

    I’ve been making this toothpaste recipe for my dad for the past six months. He has severe gum problems including perpetual swelling, receding, periodontal disease, and dental abscesses. He’s been to the dentist 2-3 times since starting to use the toothpaste, and has been through at least three batches of paste. Each time the dentist has been floored at how much his gums have improved. On his latest visit (this morning), his hygienist actually asked for the recipe! I just wanted to share how much it’s helped him, and to thank you for posting the recipe :)

  108. Katie Gray says

    Hi Katie, it’s one of your readers also named Katie. Just want to say I love your website and I just made the toothpaste after buying all the suggested ingredients (and the tube) on Amazon and will be trying the magnesium body butter next. I have really sensitive teeth because of enamel erosion from both acid reflux and dry mouth from medication, so I added the only clove oil I had on hand, which was doTerra’s On Guard blend which also has cinnamon, wild orange, eucalyptus and rosemary, because I’ve heard some people use it to make mouthwash. I also added a tiny bit of himalayan sea salt to inhibit bacterial growth.

    I did have a question as to why there’s no phosphorus in this recipe because my research on remineralization says the calcium and phosphorus in saliva work together. I found a product called Freeda Kosher Calcium Phosphate Powder 16 OZ on Amazon, and wondered if that wouldn’t be more effective instead of the calcium carbonate. What do you think?

  109. Shasta says

    I had bookmarked this a while back and thought I’d try it when our current toothpaste ran out. Two days ago I went to the dentist and he told me I had a mouth full of cavities! He found tiny cavities in between almost all me teeth. Needless to say, I was very upset! I went straight to my favorite health food store and got everything I needed to make this. Mixed it all up and couldn’t wait to try it. With everything all over my counter, off I went to brush. O-M-G!!! My teeth feel better than when they were cleaned professionally two days ago! I love the “mouth feel” and the fact that it doesn’t foam up making me look like a rabid dog! It’s wonderful and the whole recipe fit perfectly into my three Go-Toobs. I cannot see myself buying commercial paste again-thank you so very much!!

      • Laura Pelt says

        When I got up for work last night, my tubes had bloated up and one had exploded all over! What a mess that was. I emptied them into a glass jar and topped it with a plastic lid (regular mount mason jars will take a peanut butter jar lid), not screwed on, just laid on top. This morning when I got home from work, it looked like a minty fresh volcano, lol. I read about the “explosiveness” when mixing, but was not expecting it afterward. Any suggestions as to how the keep it in a tube so it’s squeezable? I put a little in one tube and didn’t snap the lid down, so far it’s fine but it must stay open. I really like this recipe if I can get it to stay in the tubes!

        • Shastababy says

          Just a quick follow up note-I left the top off the jar I put the paste in and covered it with a piece of cheesecloth to keep dust, etc. out of it. Left it alone overnight then stirred well. The fizziness went down, so I replaced the plastic lid loosely. Then I put some in a tube. It’s fine now, great texture and squeezes well. (I only filled the tube halfway to allow room in case it fizzes again.) LOVE it!

  110. Debbie Cable-Brown says

    I just want to say how much I love your website. I am not a mommy, but none-the-less. Love, love your stuff. You had me at “homemade marshmellows”. ( Which I haven’t tried yet but will)
    Thanks for doing what you do. I will be making this toothpaste too!

  111. Rene Jaguara says

    Because of the fizzing with the baking soda, I tested the pH. Mine was 7.5 with the ratios above (turns out my cal-mag was citrate). If your also using this form of calcium, please consider increasing the baking soda – it’s my understanding remineralization can only happen in a more alkaline environment.

  112. Helen says

    I’ve been using this toothpaste for a few weeks now and I’ve noticed my gums are sore in several areas. I use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently, but it seems that the toothpaste itself is thicker (and a little rough) than Toms which is what I’ve used in the past. I really want to continue using it, but I’m concerned it’s damaging my gums. Do you think this would be resolved if I switched to the bass toothbrush?

  113. Tony says

    I read the whole forum and didn’t see this question asked or answered. I have a rechargeable toothbrush that has a metal base for putting on the replacement heads and there’s a bit of metal in between the rotating brush heads. I don’t have calcium betonite clay, it’s sodium betonite clay. I read that this clay shouldn’t touch metal.
    Since the clay will be mixed with other ingredients would this damage my toothbrush? I purchased some regular toothbrushes just in case but haven’t used a regular toothbrush since the late 90’s.

  114. Anony says

    Well…I made this…or at least tried,…

    I didn’t have the calcium magnesium and had egg shells and tried to use that. I tried vodka instead of water. I don’t know why but I saw somewhere that vodka keeps the oils from separating and it did the opposite. The betonite clay came out like soft cement with oil surrounding it. I tried to put water with it but it just rolled off like it was water resistant. I think when I rinsed out the items I mixed this stuff in all of the cinnamon EO and trace mineral oil went down the sink. I was even excited about having toothpaste tubes. That stuff is so hard that it’s not even scoopable. So I brushed my teeth manually(haven’t done this in over 10 years) and crunched on eggshells. I’m so disappointed.

    • Ginger says

      My first batch came out similar to that, didn’t work at all. I used vodka too, and I think that might have been if not the problem then at least one of the problems. The second batch I used water and used a food processor to mix before adding the clay powder. I think this helped a lot in terms of consistency. I’m using the second batch now and it is much better. It still separates if it is very warm in my apartment, so I keep the tubes in the fridge and remove one 20 minutes or so before I brush to soften up. I would recommend Calcium Carbonate powder, as I can’t imagine you would get a very smooth texture from eggshells.

  115. Sherry Lynn England says

    Katie, I have Sonne’s #7 bentonite clay. Is this alright to use in this recipe or do I need to alter the other liquids?

  116. Sherry Lynn England says

    I have this cosmetic clay powder that I bought from mountain rose herbs. I cannot seem to find if it is sodium or calcium. Any ideas?

  117. Ashley Knebel says

    I’ve made this toothpaste before and love it, but I just whipped up a batch and added 1 drop of tea tree oil without thinking. Is that safe for kids? Did I just waist the whole batch?

  118. Cortney says

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m excited to try it! :) Quick question- should or should we not use hydroxyapatite? The recipe below is another I found that calls for it. Thoughts?

    5 tsp. calcium powder
    3 tsp. magnesium powder
    2 capsules Jarrow Formulas Bone-Up, emptied of their powder which contains hydroxyapatite
    2 tsp baking soda
    3 tsp xylitol
    5 tsp coconut oil, or enough to create the desired consistency
    1 drop organic orange essential oil
    1 drop organic eucalyptus essential oil
    1 drop organic clove bud essential oil
    1 drop organic oregano oil

  119. Sherry Lynn England says

    Katie, I have Sonne’s #7 bentonite clay. Is this alright to use in this recipe or do I need to alter the other liquids?

  120. Elizabeth says

    I’m really trying to go more healthy and make soaps/lotions/toothpaste at home but a lot has coconut oil. I’m highly allergic to coconut (even reacted to shampoo that had coconut oil). Is there any substitute? Thanks.

  121. Jeri says

    If I would prefer not to use a sweetener, should I substitute something else? It seems like that much powder missing will change the consistency. Could I use a little charcoal and something else in it’s place?

  122. Maria Palompo says

    Hi Katie!

    I’m finally ready to make this toothpaste. Yay! And am excited and scared cause it’ll be my first time making it. Is it okay to use Sonne’s #7 Detoxification? Active ingredients are sodium (5mg/serving) and iron (2 mg/serving). Other ingredients are bentonite clay and purified water.

    Can I use it even though the main ingredient is not bentonite clay?

  123. WP says

    I have to start by saying Thank you so much for this great recipe, I made it but changed it a little to get the foam feel in my mouth and because the kids didn’t like the texture too much so what I did was take 1 Tbsp of coconut oil out and add 1 Tbsp of peppermint Castile soap, I also added less water only 2 Tbsp and 1/2 Tbsp more of Xylitol because my kids like it a little sweeter and we are in love with this toothpaste now.
    Thank you

    • WP says

      Update!!! I had to add another Tbsp of water like the recipe called for because after seating for a little while it got too dry, so I added 3 Tbsp of water in total.

  124. Jodi Brunner says

    I made this toothpaste and have been using it for about 2 weeks. Aside from the shine and brightness of my teeth since using it I must also report the virtual disappearance of sensitivity, something I have suffered with with since adolescence–it’s a miracle!

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom…I’ve applied alot of it and it has literally changed my life. :)

  125. Matt says

    I just use Bob’s Redmill baking soda straight with some water or food grade hydrogen peroxide. Sometimes I use coconut oil but I’m pretty no frill and it works amazing. In fact my gums stopped bleeding when I stopped using normal toothpaste

  126. Miss Flik says

    This recipe looks great! I’m definitely going to give it a go. I currently use a 100% natural toothpaste but find it so expensive. Making my own sounds like a great alternative and is going to save me an absolute fortune!

  127. Jillian says

    I’ve been using this toothpaste for 6 months now and love it. My dentist approves of it also, but suggested I add phosphate to it. Has anyone tried this? If not, why? If so, what brand did you use and how much? Also, where can I buy it?

  128. Elizabeth says

    Hi, thanks so much for this post i am very excited to try this asap. One question my son got those metal cavity fillings that i now regret allowing. Will having him try this toothpaste affect him at all with those fillings? Thanks

  129. polka says

    I would like to suggest suggest adding instead of calcium/magnesium ? artificial powder a well ground eggshell – this can be done simply in a coffee grinder, but make sure to make it several times and in small portions to grind it to pure powder. Eggshell is a magic secret content of all minerals, collagen, hialuronic acids and of course magnesium, good calcium, fluorite, and many many more :) it dissolves easily in lemon juice and is best absorbed by the body if you are fancy trying eating it. I would like to stress that drinking calcium from tablets contain also sweetener like sorbitol or acesulfame K – poisonous chemicals

  130. Carolina says

    So I just realized that what I bought was calcium bentonite clay. Is this the same or different? And is this considered a reminerilizing toothpaste?

  131. Tanja says

    Hi there!
    I was wondering if I could use AZOMITE instead of Bentonite Clay?
    It is mineral rich as well…
    If no, please let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thanks so much!
    Tanja

  132. Mandy Patterson says

    I clicked on the link for the bentonite clay, and there were warnings that said that the product contains lead, and that it was not safe for pregnant women or children. Should I be concerned when using this product?

    • says

      From what I can tell, that is a standard warning that is required on any earth based products like that and the lead is tightly bound in the clay molecule and won’t be released in to the body, but I’d definitely research it to be sure…

  133. Shawn G says

    We’re a traveling family of eight & take this recipe with us on the road in powder form in our clean/dry used pill bottles. It lasts forever & only gets activated when we put it on our brush. I finally settled on this tooth powder mix & tweaked it based on what I found each ingredient was for. Here’s what I came up with:

    Equal parts of bentonite clay (neutralizes acid & removes bacteria),
    baking soda (balances ph & is abrasive), dolomite & activated charcoal (whitener & detox), 1/2 part acerola (Vit. C-see ‘The Invisible Toothbrush’ on westonaprice.org) then to taste, oil (all or one of peppermint, clove and myrrh), xylitol or stevia, celtic or mineral salt of some kind (kills bacteria) &
    cayenne (for bleeding).
    (We learned about dolomite when we used to give it to our goats then realized, it being calcium, would probably help fill in the openings of the dentine in my teeth which was causing my sensitivity.)
    Now I’m going to add the homeopathic remedy I’ve heard about, along with the trace mineral drops, ghee & fermented cod liver taken together. It’s so nice to be able to take control of one’s health!

  134. Laura says

    a review for those of you like me who read comments hoping for insight:

    I made this tonight, and couldn’t wait to try it :) It left my teeth smooth and clean feeling, not oily. It obviously won’t lather, and I found it quickly became watery in my mouth when it mixed with saliva. The taste was neutral mint – even less harsh tasting than a regular baking soda toothpaste.

    tips when making:
    I didn’t realize I bought xylitol (regular sugar sized) crystals, not powder, so I blended in food processor a few min and it was powdered. I also decided to use Diatomaceous Earth in place of the clay since the other remineralizing recipe used that. I did the 40 drops of peppermint, and it isn’t overly powerful. Just enough to leave a slight minty flavor in your mouth (fresh!). Um… oh and once the paste was done in the food processor I used the baggie over a cup method to scrape it all out/in, and then cut the corner of the baggie to pipe it into the squeeze tube. Yay!

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