Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

Remember those chocolate chip cookies I posted this week? Yes, those ooey-gooey little bites of pure joy. It’s time to draw it back a little, finish up that last little crumb smudged with chocolaty goodness and talk about teeth and toothpaste. I know, a bit of a downer topic after talking chocolate, but I promise, you’ll want to stick around.

Growing up, I regularly visited the dentist, received protective sealants, braces, and cleanings. You could say the dentist and I were quite the BFF’s, maybe more like BDF’s (Best Dental Friends). My teeth were well-cared for, thanks to my parents.

With as many dental treatments as I received over the years, you’d think my teeth would be cavity-free and gorgeous. Cavitiy-free? I have many. Gorgeous teeth? Well, they are nice looking. Not once did I ever stop to think about what I was putting on my teeth and how it effects those pearly whites.Β  For nearly twenty-eight years, I never once thought there was a different way to care for teeth. After all, commercials, the dentist, and pamphlets, tell us we need commercial toothpaste, two times a day, followed by a thorough washing of bright-blue mouth wash. And if that commercial toothpaste irritates your teeth, then the industry will sell you “special” commercial toothpaste.

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

After delving into Dr. Weston A Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and changing our diet to include lots of good fat, quite the shocker for a former margarine-loving vegetarian, I realized food has the power to heal and restore health. The difference real food made for our tired bodies, our son’s Apraxia, and even our dental health was amazing. Even with the real food change I continued to use commercial, processed products for our personal hygiene.

Here’s the thing about real food, natural living, getting back to simple, whatever you want to call it, eventually you start questioning all products. One day you pick up that bottle of lotion, after enjoying a nice glass of kombucha, and wonder, “Why can’t I pronounce anything on this bottle?” Soon, that bottle gets tossed and you’re experimenting with the same coconut oil used to make brownies, rubbing it all over your dry legs.

It doesn’t stop there, soon you’re tossing the foundation powder and whipping up a cocoa mixture to apply to your face. That foundation powder leads to body wash, homemade neosporin, vapor rub, and laundry soap. Your medicine cabinet resembles a hodge podge of natural ingredients and little mason jars with the only labels being hand-written. Your husband lovingly calls you “the witch-doctor” and your friends call you “crazy”.

Don’t think it will happen, friends? Give it a bit of time. Soon, you’ll be there too.

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

Today, I’m sharing a new recipe. One you can easily whip up with that hodge podge of natural ingredients. A recipe to replace yet another chemical found in our homes, toothpaste. A homemade toothpaste that’s revolutionized my teeth and dental health. This recipe is made with benonite clay. The same clay used to make foundation powder, rich is potassium and calcium and effective at removing toxins. Baking soda and coconut oil help to whiten and clean teeth. Mineral-rich salt is also added.Β  Stevia and peppermint essential oil add a delicate, sweet peppermint flavor to the salty mixture. Each ingredient comes together to create a homemade toothpaste that cleans and nourishes teeth, in a simple, chemical-free fashion.

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

I recommend this toothpaste for adults. My recipe for kid-friendly toothpaste can be found here.

Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste
 
Author:
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Store in a jar and scoop with a small spoon (to prevent bacteria from entering the container). For a squeezable toothpaste, use a squeeze bottle.
  4. Note: When mixing bentonite clay, please use a wood or plastic spoon. Bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal because it deactivates the clay.
  5. The consistency of this recipe can vary depending on the temperature where the toothpaste is stored due to the nature of coconut oil.
Notes
The "where to buy" links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.
Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Store in a jar or for squeezable toothpaste, use these.
  4. Note: When mixing bentonite clay, please use a wood or plastic spoon. Bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal because it deactivates the clay.
  5. The consistency of this recipe can vary depending on the temperature where the toothpaste is stored, due to the nature of coconut oil.

I’m sure someone will ask about the abrasive nature of baking soda. After much reading, I feel safe using baking soda since it’s much less abrasive than commercial toothpaste, even the organic options. You can read more information and view a chart here.

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

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131 Comments

  • Karen says:

    I have seen many recipes for toothpaste with bentonite clay. I know you aren’t suppose to have it come into contact with any metal. I have permanent retainers cemented on my teeth from having braces. I’m curious if these would affect the bentonite clay? Any thoughts?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Karen, That’s a fabulous question and something I didn’t think about. The clay won’t hurt the metal, it just deactivates the “power” of the clay. You can leave it out and still have an awesome, effective toothpaste. In fact, for about a year, when I first started making toothpaste, I didn’t add the clay. I’d just take away about a tablespoon of the coconut oil, since you aren’t adding the extra dry ingredient.

      • Karen says:

        Thanks for the advice Kristin! I have found a few other recipes that use calcium powder to remineralize teeth. Do you think that would be a good substitute for the dry ingredient? I did a little research and you can actually make your own using pastured egg shells! You just save your egg shells, boil them for 10 min to kill any yucky stuff and then dry them out overnight. In the morning, bake them at a low temperature to dry them out completely. Finally, you just grind the dried shells in a coffee grinder. Easy peasy! I thought this would be a great way to use egg shells and get a natural source of calcium. What are your thoughts?

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Karen, I think the calcium powder would be awesome in this recipe and a great replacement for the clay. That’s awesome about the egg shells! Let me know how it goes.

      • Winter says:

        Hey there! I can’t wait to make this toothpaste recipe and I’m so glad you posted it!! I have one question. My husband said this is where he “draws the line” with my naturalist shenanigans. He doesn’t believe it is as effective as commercial or store bought and I would like to give him cold hard facts but I don’t know where to start. Any suggestions?

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Winter, My husband was slow to come over to the natural side, too :). For me, switching to a more natural but still store-bought toothpaste made a big difference at “winning” him over. Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities is a great (long) resource to read: http://amzn.to/1LsCpD8. I also think looking at the ingredients in conventional, store-bought toothpaste is important. Sometimes this journey is about learning what’s in those products and how harmful they really are before a person realizes a switch needs to be made. This doesn’t always mean going homemade, but it does mean looking for a cleaner product. The EWG’s site is a great resource for showing him exactly what’s in conventional toothpaste, and how harmful those ingredients may be: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

    • Kristi says:

      Is there a healthy recipe that doesn’t amount to $80 to make your own tooth paste? I just clicked on all “where to order” links because I want to make my own tooth paste, I want to be healthier…but I am on a budget. Thanks in advanced for other sites or substitutes.

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Hey Kristi,

        If you don’t have any of the ingredients then the initial price is expensive. All of the ingredients are common natural products: baking soda (already used for baking), coconut oil (used in many households for cooking these days), and a good salt (can be found at the grocery store and used for cooking/seasoning. The only ingredient that is more unique, bentonite clay, can be used to make homemade masks or even foundation powder. The stevia and essential oils can be skipped to keep the budget low, although the essential oils can be used to create multiple low-cost cleaners.

        The “where to buy” links are intended to provide links to the actual products I personally use, as many people ask. Shopping around at a local grocery store, health food store, or Target or Walmart may be much cheaper when building up an ingredient stash. Once you own these ingredients, many more baking/cooking and DIY products can be made since each one is a multipurpose ingredient.

  • Lisa Beck says:

    can you substitute diatomacious earth for bentonite clay? i know that d.e. is rich in silica which is great for dental health. i am not that familiar with clay. also if you can tolerate it, add a couple drops tea tree oil. i currently use homemade toothpowder with no sweetner, and have got used to it. looking forward to the kid recipe!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lisa, I think the DE would be a great substitute for the clay. It should act the same, so substitute 1:1. Tea tree would be a great addition to this recipe too. There are so many possibilities.

      • Nancy Peck says:

        I always heard diatomaceous earth was poisonous??? It certainly kills insects rapidly and effectively. Another question, I sure wish someone could invent a homemade recipe for toothpaste that didn’t contain salt and especially baking soda. Sodium is absorbed very quickly thru mucous membranes and for those of us with high blood pressure and heart problems, raises B/P significantly

  • Nancy says:

    I was just wondering how long the toothpaste would last, if it was only me using it would it still be safe/effective by the time I used the whole jar?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Nancy, All the ingredients are shelf-stable, so I’d say 6 months. I’m sure it could go a bit longer too, but I haven’t personally tried keeping it any longer.

  • Jimae says:

    Hi! I made this toothpaste and found the particular brand of bentonite clay you recommended to be very gritty, not at all like the Redmond Earth Paste consistency I love. It was also very stiff, which prompted me to add a lot more water than the recipe called for. That resulted in my not being able to fully incorporate the water into the clay, so it sloshed around in the bottom of my storage jar. I tossed the batch and remade it with Redmond clay from Amazon which seems to be a much finer grind, not crunchy at all. I ended up making a different recipe that works, but nothing comes close to the Earth Paste. But thank you for ingniting my passion to make it myself! ; )

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Jimae, So glad you experimented and found one you like. I personally love the Aztec brand of Bentonite Clay and have used it for years. I don’t believe this recipe mimics Earthpaste in nature, just happens to use clay like they do in their toothpastes. I know their are some wonderful recipes out there from fellow bloggers that claim to be like Earthpaste. The grittiness may also come from the baking soda. I really like Bob’s brand, as it’s not as gritty as many brands. Also the salt. This recipe doesn’t call for any water, just the coconut oil as the more liquid ingredient (and a very small amount of stevia and EO, so adding water would definitely make it slosh around. The coconut oil will effect the consistency depending on the temperature, as it can move from a very solid state to very liquid.

  • Beth W. says:

    I just made the adult & kid recipes for my family and am excited to try them, but I do have two questions: 1) I am using the Aztec secret bentonite clay, but the jar clearly says for external use only. Is that something I need to be concerned about in toothpaste? This is my first experience with the clay. 2) we live in a tropical climate and my coconut oil is always in liquid form. Any suggestions on an ingredient to add to keep this firm or is storing it in the fridge my only option? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Beth, The Bentonite Clay is safe to use for toothpaste. While some people ingest it for detoxing, I personally don’t, and most clay makers don’t recommend that practice on their jars. But, for toothpaste, it’s safe as it’s only a very small amount compared to the other ingredients and if any is accidentally swallowed it’s very, very minute. Commercial toothpaste also recommends not ingesting, so as long as you aren’t swallowing tablespoons fully, daily, you’re all good :). For the coconut oil I really don’t have much of a melting solution. We also live in a tropical climate (Florida) and when the summer heat radiates through the house the toothpaste is a bit more liquid. Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Hi Kristin, I cannot have corn, so no cornstarch either. Is there something that I could use in place of the baking soda? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Mary, You can leave the baking soda out of this recipe. I might up the salt, just a 1/4 tsp, and maybe reduce the “liquid” by 1/2 teaspoon (for consistency), but you’ll still have a super beneficial cleaning toothpaste. πŸ™‚

  • Heather says:

    I’d love to try this! My only concern is, I have dry mouth, so I use Biotene, as it helps promote saliva production, or so the package and my dentist say. Any idea on an addition to this recipe that would provide the same benefit?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Heather, I’m not sure how this would effect a dry mouth. I think the baking soda might cause the biggest issue. Maybe try making a small amount, and reduce the baking soda.

  • Dani says:

    Thank you for the recipe! Do you have any tips or suggestions about a good way of storing the toothpaste?

  • Jelli says:

    This sounds great! I tried making homemade toothpaste but never got to like the consistency. My husband and I now use a simple baking soda tooth powder and I usually add a drop of peppermint oil on top of it to make my mouth taste fresh. Definitely sharing this recipe and checking out your other natural solutions. Had to giggle reading through this because I know my friends think I’m a crazy lady for cloth diapers and all our natural solutions too. Haha. Thanks, Kristin.

  • Bobbie says:

    I am allergic to coconut. Is there an alternative to the coconut oil in this recipe?

  • Amber says:

    I don’t use Stevia, or any sweetener really. Would raw honey be a suitable swap for the Stevia? I use it in another recipe, but I’m still trying to find one I like. Would I use the honey in the same ratio? And my family all believe I have completely lost my mind and have gone beyond crazy. I like the company better in crazy town!
    Thanks for all you have posted, I’ll be checking out more of your recipes.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Amber, You can leave the stevia out of this recipe if needed. The sweetness helps cut down on the bitter taste, but it’s still a great toothpaste without it. Honey might leave your teeth and mouth sticky.

  • Em says:

    Why Stevia? I mean xylitol is good for your teeth as it inhibits the bacterial growth and in that sense is a natural choice of sweetener in toothpaste, but what does stevia do? Why don’t you use xylitol? Is there some specific reason you’re avoiding it or don’t you just know about it’s benefits?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Em, You’re welcome to use xylitol in this recipe. I prefer stevia due to taste, plus we already keep it stocked in the pantry. We also have two dogs (that get into everything) and xylitol can be very deadly to pets.

  • Haley Parlin says:

    I know you provided a link for the salt but I am wondering if you could substitute Himalayan pink salt for the sea salt recommended?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Haley, The real salt (linked above) is very, very similar to Himalayan sea salt, both contain beneficial minerals. As long as the salt isn’t coarse, it will work great in this recipe.

  • salvotamtam says:

    “Don’t think it will happen, friends? Give it a bit of time. Soon, you’ll be there too.” I was in love with this post even before I got to the recipe! I agree, Once you start looking at the ingredients you are putting into your body, everything changes! Thank you for this! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Aisha Kellaway says:

    Hi Kirsten,

    I made this today without the bentonite clay but didn’t cut down on the coconut oil… I’m assuming a slight variation in the amounts of each ingredient aren’t going to make the toothpaste less effective?

    I’ve never used a homemade toothpaste before (making the clean move now with all the homemade products!) and found the paste to almost instantly “disappear” when I started brushing my teeth, perhaps so quickly because I use an electric tooth brush.

    Just as a newbie wanted to see if this is normal – I’m guessing the foaming and frothing of commercial toothpastes is similar to the hype of shampoo foam and isn’t actually a sign of effectiveness? Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Aisha, You are absolutely correct. Commercial toothpaste companies add chemicals to create the foaming action we all expect and equate to cleaning. Homemade toothpaste will essentially “disappear”, but should leave your teeth feeling and looking clean. Brush as normal and rinse. Hope that helps :).

  • Lovely says:

    Nice recipe Kristin. I was wondering if you can swallow the toothpaste instead of spitting it out?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lovely, I wouldn’t ingest (purposely swallow) the toothpaste due to the essential oils, plus I personally wouldn’t drink clay on a daily basis (twice a day).

  • izzi says:

    I’ve been experimenting with recipes but haven’t found a solid formula….so I’m vey excited to try out your ratios! thank you!

    Someone in the thread asked about a sweetener that wasn’t stevia. Food-grade vegetable glycerin could be another option. Glycerin in sweet, thick, but technically not a sugar so it doesn’t alter blood sugar levels. A medicine in itself, glycerin is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial & soothes mucous membranes. You may need to adjust the wet to dry ratios, but I’ve used this ingredient in natural toothpastes before with success!

    thanks again for your great site πŸ™‚

  • Shreya says:

    Hey Kristin,

    Love the way you questioned your chemical bottles. And the fact that husbands and friends call us crazy!

    Yes, I have reached the stage where everyone thinks I am crazy ( but still thank for the small heavenly gifts that i shower upon them, and save so much money).
    I have started making my own lipsticks, lotions, creams, and toothpaste is going to be next!
    Also, I have started to plant my own veggies. Just the important, regular ones with little or no stress! Tomatoes, chillies, spinach, etc… Love your blog.. and i am glad that i came across it!! thanks for the wonderful recipe.
    Although, I’m going to try something without the clay and stevia ( difficult to get in India).
    just a note: Have you heard about the oil pulling concepts?? If you know anything please so let me know.

    Thanks and have a wonderful time making more wonderful concoctions and sharing it with us!

  • Sandy says:

    Would it be too abrasive to use this toothpaste with an electric toothbrush?

  • Aura says:

    Kristin, thank you for the recipe. I made it this morning and the predominate taste that I pick up on is salt. Is that correct? I read from mommypotamus.com that the salt helps remove stains and also provides minerals needed for strong enamel, so I know that it is an important ingredient. I was just surprised that it seemed to be the strongest flavor. Thank you again.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Aura, Yes, the salt will be a bit prominent or salty ;). That’s one reason I leave it out of the kid recipe. The salt helps provide essential trace minerals and removes stains, like you mentioned. You can add a bit more stevia and/or peppermint if desired. That may help with the taste as you make the transition.

  • Sarah says:

    Hi! Can I substitute the essential oil for organic peppermint flavor? The pepper mint flavor has organic sunflower oil and organic peppermint oil. The only reason I am considering this is because I cannot find a food-grade peppermint oil.

  • Tammy says:

    Does this get too hard when weather get colder, and vice versa in the hotter temperatures?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Tammy, I live in Florida, so I don’t experience a a wide variety of temperatures, but the coconut oil will harden a bit in the cold, and soften in the heat (not to a liquid state). You could try whipping the mixture with a whisk attachment on a mixer as that may help the toothpaste stay soft in the freezing cold.

      • Marjorie says:

        I live in San Francisco and the weather is usually cool so our bathroom is normally around 55-60 degrees. My mixer is metallic and you’ve already mentioned not using metal with the clay. But I don’t know how to get around having an almost solid toothpaste though I’ve already made my first batch. It crumbles.

  • Adar says:

    Just curious how people deal with the homemade toothpaste in the winter. Our toothpaste is pretty solid (because it’s made with coconut oil) and even though I use a wooden spoon to scoop it out, it’s a bit hard to brush with since it’s more crumbly and less paste-like.

  • Adar says:

    Ooops. Just saw this covered in the post above, thanks πŸ™‚

  • Jennie says:

    Hello, I was just wondering if there was a baby safe alternative to stevia that doesn’t cost the earth?
    Thank you very much πŸ™‚

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jennie, The stevia is added for sweetness and helps as children transition from store-bought (super sweet) toothpaste to a homemade version. It can be left out. Xylitol is another option, although the amount added will differ.

  • Havely says:

    First of all, thanks so much for your blog. Yesterday I made your laundry detergent and washed my first load today. It smelled so good and cleaned so well!

    I now really want to make a homemade toothpaste, but I have two questions: 1) On another site, a dentist commented that baking soda is too abrasive to use as a toothpaste, so that made me hesitate and 2) My husband thinks fluoride is an essential ingredient for toothpaste and is concerned if I switch our family to homemade for this reason. Do you have any links to research etc. that may help alleviate these concerns on our part?

    Thanks again!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Havely,

      I’m so glad you like the laundry soap.

      Fluoride can be a tricky and very controversial topic. I’ve done a lot of research and still find I’m not 100% for or against fluoride. My dentist (and many others I’ve talked to) claim a child without any fluoride will experience more cavities than a child brushing with fluoride. There aren’t many professional articles on the topic via the internet (and it’s often hard to know if the studies found have been paid by a company or interest group), just books briefly discussing the topic. Dr. Mercola (there are mixed opinions on him, but I enjoy his information) has written several articles, here’s one: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/30/water-fluoridation-facts.aspx. I personally choose to have my kids get the fluoride treatment once a year during their annual cleaning appointment, but don’t want them getting fluoride daily in our water and toothpaste.

  • Havely says:

    Thanks Kristin—I will look at that article.

    In the meantime, yesterday I made your liquid hand soap and am so delighted with it!

  • Birthe says:

    Hi! Kind of a silly question but I was wondering how you get the toothpaste out of the jar? Do you use a spoon or just dip your toothbrush into the jar? And if so are you concerned about spoiling the toothpaste by transfering bacteria from your toothbrush into the toothpaste? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Birthe, Not silly at all :). For my kids’ toothpaste, I use a squeeze bottle (mentioned in the kid toothpaste recipe). For the “adult” toothpaste, a little spoon is kept in the bathroom for scooping toothpaste. I’ll admit there are lazy times when I scoop straight from the jar with the toothbrush, but I’m sure it’s not the most hygienic practice.

  • Debbie says:

    I love the toothpaste but have noticed my bathroom sink drais slow now. Could it be the coconut oil in the toothpaste?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Debbie, I’m so glad you like it. Yes, that issue may be caused by the coconut oil (particularly if you live in a state with cold temperatures). You may want to try spitting the toothpaste in a trashcan.

  • mariana says:

    Hi,
    i want to make the toothpaste, but i happen to not have pepermint oil, is there another oil you recommend? TIA

  • Lila says:

    I’d love to try this, but added up the ingredients purchased from Amazon.com and they totaled over $70! I’m sure you could use the ingredients for other things, but that’s a big investment with the focus being a toothpaste. I think I will just continue to buy Tom’s.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lila, Yes, it can be a big investment. I’ll explain the expense from my experience…

      I already use all of the ingredients for various other home/beauty products and even cooking purposes. I use stevia–which can be skipped, real salt, and baking soda in the kitchen. The bentonite clay is an amazing alternative to store-bought face masks (I use it weekly for a mask) and can be used to make homemade foundation powder. The essential oil is used in household cleaners to aid in cleaning. In the end, the ingredients actually save a ton of money because of their multiple uses vs. a tube of toothpaste, at least for us :).

  • Alica says:

    is this safe to use if you have metal fillings?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Alicia, I use this toothpaste with one metal filling. Bentonite Clay is deactivated when it comes in contact with metal. I think the answer will depend on the number of metal fillings you have.

  • Courtney says:

    Hello! I’m really excited to try this recipe! I have all the ingredients except the liquid stevia, I do however have stevia in powder form. Would this be an okay supplement? Also- would you please share where you found the adorable glass jar you use to store your toothpaste?I can’t seem to find one suitable! Thank you so much!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Courtney, Powder stevia will work great as a substitute. You can also leave the stevia out (it just adds sweetness). I purchase many of my jars from the dollar section at Target or use small mason jars (Amazon or Target).

  • Teuila says:

    I have a question about the salt, is “Real” just the brand name and its just pure Sea Salt or is there something special in this specific brand that’s worth buying instead? I have Kosher Sea Salt, can I use that instead? I am very excited to make this as my hubby literally just took all our toothpaste (he collected after many BOGO deals) back to the store! lol

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Teulia, Real Salt is a brand. This salt is not refined or stripped of minerals like most table salts. For this recipe you’ll want a mineral-rich salt (like Real Salt) and small granules. Depending on the kosher sea salt, the granules may be too big for this toothpaste.

  • Diane says:

    I made this the other day and my coconut oil was semi-liquid. I used the most “unliquid” parts of it I could get for the toothpaste. When I was done, the clay separated to the bottom of the glass jar and all the liquid is at the top. I can shake the container to mix them but its is the consistency of water. I bought all the ingredients as you listed them (some I already had from other DIY things I’ve made) except the oil. That was peppermint from a cake shop so I know it’s food grade. Any suggestion on why it would separate like that? I did mix in a plastic bowl with a plastic scraper before putting it in the glass jar.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Diane, My guess is the toothpaste (and coconut oil) are stored in a warm environment. The coconut oil will liquify, even when mixed with other ingredients, if it’s stored in a warmer environment. Stirring the ingredients together before use is probably the best option right now.

  • What a great recipe! I just use regular ol’ baking soda, but I miss that fresh peppermint flavor. I will have to try this. Also, I loved what you said about suddenly finding yourself whipping up all kinds of potions and lotions. My friends and family teased me when this started happening to me, and now they’re all asking for my natural skin care regimen, my deodorant recipe, and what I’m doing to look so gosh darn healthy. Who’s laughing now, eh??

  • Chrissy says:

    Hi i have tried baking soda aloNE but my teeth are very very sensitive and I have to use sensitive toothpaste all the time. I’m only 26 and I love doing healthikr things but this one I can’t seem to find something that works. I have alot of fillings as well and still have sensitivity. Do u know anyone that has that, that can use it?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Chrissy, I don’t recommend using baking soda alone on the teeth. When mixed with other active ingredients, the baking soda shouldn’t hurt sensitive teeth. You could try reducing the amount called for in this recipe.

  • Bethany says:

    This works great! I don’t have essential oils or stevia yet, so I left them out and added 1/2 tsp mint extract. It doesn’t taste too bad, I was surprised, and I still get that cool minty-ness I’m used to. I love that this recipe doesn’t call for lots of ingredients that I would only use for toothpaste. I’m all about the multi-purpose ingredients, makes it worth the initial purchase I think. Thanks again Kristin!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Bethany, I’m so glad you like the toothpaste. I love how most DIYs (at least around Live Simply ;)) call for ingredients that can be used to make multiple other recipes/DIYs! Enjoy!!

  • Dhamirah says:

    Hi! This might seem like a silly question, but I live in Brazil so sometimes while following recipes in English I have to search around to try and find out the names of ingredients around here, haha. So, from my research, real salt is the one with bigger grains, right?
    Another thing: can I substitute Bentonite clay for any other one? Never seen it around here, I once asked a seller and she had no idea what it even was…

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Dhamirah,

      Real Salt is a particular brand, but any salt that hasn’t been super processed (it still contains essential minerals) will work. I recommend going with a small grain salt for toothpaste. Usually a “real” or unrefined salt will have some color (pinkish) versus snow white.

      For the bentonite clay, you may be able to use French green clay instead.

  • angie says:

    Is there a way to prevent the bentonite clay from coagulating?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Angie, The coconut oil is the main culprit–it changes states as the temperature changes. The best way to keep it from coagulating is to try to keep the toothpaste at the same temperature–this may mean storing it in a cool cabinet, etc. I think this will take care of the bentonite issue which is probably caused by the coconut oil.

  • Adria says:

    Are you concerned about the baking soda damaging your enamel? I just recently thought/heard about that.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Adria, So far the baking soda hasn’t been a concern. My experience doesn’t mean people can’t experience issues. There are a couple of options if brushing regularly with the baking soda is a concern:

      1. Decrease the baking soda in the recipe–use just 2 TB and increase the bentonite clay (if desired for consistency).

      2. Take a break from using homemade toothpaste every few months to give your teeth a break from the baking soda and switch to a toothpaste like Earthpaste.

  • SuziCat says:

    If you put the toothpaste in a jar or pot, I suppose you have to dip your toothbrush into the paste to get it out, right? So, that just seems unsanitary. Has this occurred to anyone else? Did I miss some info about this recipe being antibacterial or something? Has anyone had any problems with this method?

    I know you suggested an option of buying the GoToob, which would solve this issue, but I like the idea of the jar better – as long as it doesn’t become a germ factory on my counter.

    I would appreciate any advice or enlightenment. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey SuziCat,

      I’ll admit, there have been times I’ve dipped my toothbrush into the jar. Yes, I know it isn’t the big move. I recommend keeping a small spoon near the jar, so you can scoop the toothpaste from the jar.

  • Bethany says:

    I was wondering, don’t you always use your homemade toothpaste, if not what is your favorite natural brand and flavor?
    I am just about to make my second batch, I have clove bud oil and wanted to use it instead of peppermint. Have you ever tried it, I know clove is supposed to be a strong oil?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Bethany, I regularly go between making my own toothpaste and purchasing store-bought toothpaste, depending on the season of life. When I purchase toothpaste, I really like Earthpaste from Redmond. I haven’t tried clove bud oil, but I’ve also heard great things about it. I think it’s a hot oil, so a little bit goes a long way.

  • Shari says:

    Hello,
    I have two questions, please. One, I have many crowns and receding gums due to the metals in the crowns. My dentist wants to remove them all and replace them with pure porcelain. ($!) I am trying this toothpaste (I like it) to see if the clay can pull the metal toxins out of my gums and help them be healthier. Will the metal in the crowns, which is visible at the bottom of some of the crowns, inactivate the clay? Thus, not helping me? And two, how does one clean the toothbrush? Due to the oil, rinsing it under water doesn’t do much and the brush is getting kind of unpleasant.
    Thank you for very much for your time and reply, and you have a great website!
    Shari

  • Mallory says:

    Hi! I was wondering if the stevia is necessary for this recipe or just optional to make the toothpaste sweet to taste? Thanks!

  • Lily says:

    Hi Kristin, I am so, so happy I came across your blog and that is a direct result of my striving to replace all store-bought cosmetics and food and start making my own with homemade, natural ingredients. This is a wonderful toothpaste recipe, but I was wondering if you can replace the bentonite clay with green clay? I don’t think I can find bentonite clay in my country, so the closest thing to it is green clay. Are you familiar with the effect it might have on teeth? I read that it is antibacterial, helps against bad breath, mouth infections and dental abscess so it might be just right. What do you think? Thanks, Lily.

  • Lucy says:

    I made the recipe but it was too salty for me, my kids tried it and hated it unfortunately. I added a lot more coconut oil to cut the saltiness so I could use it . I think just using plain coconut oil and some peppermint oil is probably what I will be using once I am finished with this one.

  • Kay Aerts-Miller says:

    Question … I know temperature is a huge factor in the ‘squeeze-ability’ of the toothpaste. I live in Memphis and the toothpaste is always too thick to squeeze – suggestions on what I might thin it with?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kay, Whipping the coconut oil with a hand-mixer, along with the other ingredients may help make this toothpaste a bit softer when it comes to cooler temps. Another option is to add more coconut, if the overall consistency is just too thick.

  • Carolyn says:

    The bentonite clay – is it supposed to taste like dirt? I have some in a baggie, stuck in a drawer for a few years. Wasn’t sure if it is the drawer or the clay. Also, does it make your mouth a bit tingly?

    I just tried it in my toothpowder (made with arrowroot, baking soda & salt) & my teeth definitely feel cleaner with just one brushing! I think I’ll try your recipe next.

    Thanks ever so much for all you do. You have solved so many of my issues!

  • Madeline Crook says:

    Hello Miss Kristin,
    Thank you for the recipe. Would you please help me understand: if toothpaste aims to clean the teeth, would the Stevia, as a sweetener, add sugars and therefore leave sugars left on the teeth?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Madeline, The stevia is such a small amount in this recipe, but if you’d like to leave it out that’s totally fine. For a lot of people switching to homemade toothpaste is a big flavor difference, so adding stevia helps bridge the gap.

  • Ivy says:

    Hi Kristin

    I tried without the additional salt, just baking soda and coconut oil. And the taste is really salty. Is that how it is suppose to taste? Anyway to make it less salty tasting for the kids? Thanks in advance!!! πŸ™‚

  • kate says:

    I just found peppermint powder and now I want to make my own toothpaste. I think i might still add peppermint essential oil to be safe. I’ve never seen mineral rich salt as part of the ingredient for DIY toothpaste. What are some benefits of the salt? Thanks for sharing!

  • Aib says:

    Huge advocate of natural remedies, and home made products in general. This sounds great, and I will definitely try it sometime soon. When made, I’m thinking of storing this in a jar of some sort. Would you recommend anything in particular?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Aib, A jar would be great. That’s how I purchased natural toothpaste from local markets in our area, and how I store my “adult” toothpaste now that I make it at home.

  • Heidi says:

    Kristin,
    Thanks for being willing to share all your hard work. Am looking forward to making this but before I do, I was just wondering if Activated Charcoal Powder could be added for whitening?
    Thx! Heidi

  • Anna says:

    Hi Kristin, thanks for the recipe. I was looking for a DIY toothpaste without water, as it’s hot and humid here and I had issues with mould with other recipes. However, when I tried this recipe I found it had an unpleasant tangy taste, and had a bit of a ‘fizz’. I think it’s because the baking soda is ‘reacting’ with the water/saliva in my mouth (gross, sorry). With other recipes that contain water, this ‘reaction’ has already occurred in the toothpaste, so it doesn’t happen in my mouth.

    Am I crazy? Has anyone else found this?!

    Thanks! Anna

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Anna, I can’t really speak to the fizz since I haven’t experienced this reaction, but it’s probably due to the baking soda. I’m not really sure what would cause the baking soda to fizz in your mouth. Usually when baking soda reacts to something acidic, like vinegar or lemon juice, it fizzes. Homemade toothpaste with baking soda and salt will have a tangy or salty taste, so that’s normal.

  • Susie says:

    Hi Kristin! I have the same question as Shari (Oct. 7, 2015). I read through the comments but I couldn’t find an answer. “how does one clean the toothbrush? Due to the oil, rinsing it under water doesn’t do much and the brush is getting kind of unpleasant.” Thanks!

  • Kimberly says:

    Hi! I love all of your recipes and DIYs, but this one didn’t turn out so well for me. It was great on day one. I made the adult and kid version and put them in go tubes. My ten year old wasn’t so fond of it, but I convinced him to use it anyway and it made our mouths nice and clean. Unfortunately, the next morning, the coconut oil and clay had separated in the bottle. I mixed them back together by squishing the bottle repeatedly, but the clay had hardened, so I had to open up the go-tube and stick a toothpick in it to get it to come out when squeezed. We still used it, but then a few days after that it was completely liquefied. I expected some difference in texture because of the coconut oil, but I figured the clay would help keep it all together! No such luck. Did I do something wrong? Do you have any advice for fixing these problems? I’m so confused!

    I think I will definitely use glass jars for this toothpaste instead of the go tubes in the future. I wish the go tubes would work the way I had hoped they would, but I’d rather be able to remix because of melting and separating as needed. Otherwise, I think this recipe is great and really does get my teeth clean. And also come in handy for homemade hand sanitizer.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Kimberly, I’m glad you’re enjoying the DIYs! I’m sorry this one didn’t turn out so well.

      Truthfully, I’m not really sure what exactly may have happened to the toothpaste to cause the issues. There could be several factors, such as the outside temperature variations. If you have a photo(s) of the toothpaste, feel free to email me (hello@livesimply.me), and I can try to troubleshoot based on the photo(s).

      Here are a few initial ideas:

      I wonder if mixing the toothpaste first in a tupperware with a lid, covering it for about 24 hours, then resolving any issues with separation, and finally adding the toothpaste to the tube(s) in smaller amounts would help resolve the issue? That way you’re still getting the “squeezability” factor but in smaller amounts (let’s pretend that’s a real word ;)), and can stir the paste as needed in the jar. That may be more work, but may help initially, while still accomplishing the goal of a squeezable, homemade toothpaste.

      Another idea is to put the GoTubes in a bowl of warm/hot water, and let the toothpaste inside soften. Then, stir or shake the bottles to combine the ingredients.

      Finally, one more thought–if you’re using heat right now, the temperature may be melting the coconut oil during the night. Maybe store the bottles in a medicine cabinet or drawer where the heat won’t have such an effect on the toothpaste as it would on the countertop.

      Also, if you go the jar route, definitely hold on to the GoTubes for other uses–they are also great if you ever pack something like waffles or pancakes and syrup in a lunchbox, or salad and dressing.

  • Nicole Gabriel says:

    Hey, I ordered NowFoods peppermint oil but then I saw a question about if it was food grade, I know you use Plant Therapy but is there some way to tell if it is food grade?

  • Nicole Gabriel says:

    So I made a batch of the toothpaste and it’s great! I will say it does take a big of getting used to but I’m pleased so far. I think the next batch I will cut back on the baking soda and add some calcium carbonate (if that’s the right word) Thank you so much for posting your recipes for a simple life ☺️

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