Why Do It Yourself?

What’s in toothpaste? That’s a great question, and I honestly had no idea until today. I knew there was fluoride and some other things I didn’t want such as artificial sweetners and sodium laurel sulfate. But there is more in it than that and most of the ingredients aren’t what I want in my body. If you are interested in more info on typical toothpaste ingredients, you can check out Dr. Mecca’s website that has a good article on it. Another plus to making it yourself is reducing the waste that your house produces. No more empty toothpaste tubes.

Making toothpaste is actually very similar to making your own deodorant. It has a lot of the same ingredients, and it’s very simple to make. The only ingredient that can be a little tricky to find is bentonite clay. I found it at our local health store, but it can also be found on Amazon.

Recipe

I got my recipe from Live Simply, but there are similar variations out there if you google “toothpaste recipe.” I’ve modified Live Simpy’s recipe a touch, but it’s basically the same.

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Bentonite Clay

1/4 teaspoon Stevia (powder)

7-8 drops Peppermint Oil

In a bowl, you will mix the coconut oil (not in liquid form) and baking soda thoroughly. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. You will see that I resorted to mixing with my hands.

Tips

If you have children, you might want to play around with the amounts of stevia. Live Simply’s recipe calls for salt which I leave out. I’ve found with the saltiness of the baking soda and the salt, my kids don’t like the toothpaste. The abrasiveness of the baking soda is plenty to get the teeth clean without the salt. Also, if you need to, add a touch more stevia to sweeten it up a bit for them.

I store mine in a mason jar, and we just use our finger to scoop it onto our toothbrushes. Maybe not the ideal way to do it, but I’m guessing that getting my 3 and 5 year old to use a spoon to put it on just isn’t going to happen.

We also buy compostable wood toothbrushes off of Amazon. Like these. That way both our toothpaste and toothbrushes create zero waste when we are done with them!

6 Responses to “A Simple Toothpaste Recipe”

  1. Thank you for writing this blog. It’s very inspiring and is giving me new motivation that has been lost since having three kids. I have a question about homemade deodorant. I’ve tried so many natural kinds and they either give me a rash or I end up smelling half way through the day. Have you noticed this when making your own? I heard I should give it a couple weeks to let the toxins from my conventional deodorant leave me body and then I won’t smell as much…Funny question but I’m curious what you’ve experienced. Thank you!!

    -Nicole

  2. Hannah

    Hi Lauren, what kind of bentonite clay do you buy? I can barely find any anywhere, and when I do, some brands warn of possible lead poisoning on the labels! thanks!

    • Hi Hannah, I usually get it bulk from our store her in town. My friend, Kezia (from the Whole Food Diary), were texting back and forth about the lead poisoning info on the labels. She did some research on it, but I can’t remember what she found out… maybe contact here and ask! Sorry I’m not much help on that! I remember it being not what we thought as “lead poisoning” but the conversation was a while ago so I’ve forgotten the exact details.

  3. I tried this recipe and it was reeeeally salty for us. Granted, I have never made my own toothpaste before so we are coming straight from Crest. :(
    Do you have any suggestions on how we can transition easier? I did add twice the amount of stevia and oil, but that only took the edge off.

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