This recipe was originally shared in 2014. Since that time, I’ve experimented with ways to improve this recipe, based on my own experience and reader feedback. In 2017, I shared a new and update recipe. Check out the new recipe, here.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste
- 3/8 cup coconut oil soft, but not liquid
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- 1/2 tsp liquid stevia optional
- 5-7 drops peppermint essential oil the amount will depend on taste preference
- In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
- 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.
- 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.
- The consistency of this recipe can vary depending on the temperature where the toothpaste is stored due to the nature of coconut oil.
Hi, I have two questions; could I add Irish sea moss to “gel” it up? Also, since the clay reacts with metal, how will my remaining mercury fillings effect this? Maybe I could leave it out all together if my metal fillings will deactivate the clay and just use the Sea moss, if you think it would work. I’m excited to see what you think 🙂 thanks!
Hey Gemini, You could probably use a different clay so the reaction isn’t an issue. Not sure about the sea moss.
Hey Kristin.. recently moving to all natural things.. 2 questions.. replacement for clay and in india coconut does stay solid except when winters.. can u pls help me with alternatives
Can you use any other oils other than coconut oil with similar benefits? Thanks
when I looked at the ingredient of Redmond earthpaste. They do not use any oil, just use water to mix the clay. Do you think it is good using water to replace coconut oil in your receipt?
Hey Marina, You could definitely try that. I would just make a small batch.
Thanks a lot.
When you use Redmond toothpaste to brush your teeth, do you use more amount than the normal toothpaste?
Hey Marina, I use the same amount. But keep in mind it doesn’t foam, so it feels funny at first.
Is it harmful if you use a metal spoon or bowl? Had a recipe for basically the same toothpaste from somewhere else and it didn’t mention not using metal. I used a metal bowl and spoon, then found your website saying not to 🙁 Do I have to pitch it??? Thank you!
Hey Judy, It isn’t bad, just the clay doesn’t have the full benefit with it comes in contact with metal. You can definitely keep it.
Made this toothpaste today. Love it. I think next time I’m going to put 1/4 cup coconut oil because I like my toothpaste a little thicker. It made my mouth feel really clean. Thank you.
Love it, Audrey! Thank you for sharing your oil combos.
I’ve heard that natural toothpaste re-mineralizes cavities. Is that true of this recipe?
I use just ciconut oil and baking soda… is that ok? My teeth seem to be liking it. .
Hey Mae, If it’s working well for you, I’d say so.
Hi Kristin. CaN I add some aloe vera juice to make this toothpaste squeezable 🙂 thank you
Hey Alexandra-Maria, Yes, I believe so. Just make sure that the aloe doesn’t need refrigeration. You could probably add distilled water, too.