Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

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Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

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.Β 

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!

 

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Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Homemade toothpaste made with simple ingredients. 

Course DIY, Homemade
Cuisine Beauty, Body
Keyword Peppermint Toothpaste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 oz
Author Kristin Marr

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.

Recipe Notes

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.Β 

Homemade peppermint toothpaste that cleans teeth and actually tastes good!

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155 Comments

  • 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?

    • 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.

      • 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?

        • 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.

      • 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?

        • 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/.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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!

      • 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

  • 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?

  • 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! ; )

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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 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™‚

  • 5 stars
    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?

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 5 stars
    “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!

  • 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™‚

    • 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 :).

    • 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).

  • 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™‚

  • 5 stars
    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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.