DIY Organic Toothpaste – All – Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

November 30, 2023 8 mins to read
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It’s something you do every single day, sometimes twice a day. But it could be one of the most toxic substances you’re exposing your body to! And worst of all in your mouth, where glands allow chemicals to absorb straight into your blood stream…Toothpaste! Few people consider the toxic personal care products they put on their bodies, including this one that is part of their daily routine. Commercial toothpastes contain toxic chemicals like fluoride, titanium dioxide, artificial colorings, antimicrobials, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Each one of these can be detrimental to our health, but together they pose significant health risks to our oral, and over-all health. So in this article I outline some natural homemade toothpaste remedies that are easily made at home and allot cheaper than store-bought! With these at home you can stop poisoning your body and start boosting your health.

The Benefits of Homemade Toothpaste

Opting for homemade toothpaste not only minimizes exposure to a range of toxic chemicals but also offers several perks:

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: Home production can be cheaper, especially when buying ingredients in bulk. With inflation at record highs, savings on staple items is defiantly welcome!
  2. Customization: Tailor the toothpaste to your preferences! Try new things and find a favorite flavor, or boost it with more anti-fungal or anti-bacterial ingredients. There are so many cool flavors you can make that would never be available at the store.
  3. Eco-Friendly: By making your own toothpaste, you help reduce waste, specifically single-use packaging. Regardless of what side the fence you’re on regarding the climate crisis, this is something easy we can all do to take better care of our planet; it’s no skin off our back! You can find a nice small jar and just rinse it out to re-use it, time and time again!

Key Ingredients in DIY Natural Toothpaste

As an integrative nutrition student with a knowledge of various herbs, there are certain categories & ingredients that I want to highlight as a key part of any natural DIY toothpaste due to their: cleaning, nourishing, and protective qualities:

  • Coconut Oil: This ingredient is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it effective against plaque and gingivitis. It can also make a nice texture at room temperature, but can solidify to be quite a bit harder in colder temperatures, so just be aware of that.
  • Bentonite Clay: A natural teeth polisher, this clay is rich in minerals and has antibacterial qualities. You can buy big containers for pretty cheap if you know where to look.
  • Essential Oils: Clove, cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint oils, for example, not only enhance flavor but also have oral health benefits like reducing dental caries, inflammation and oral infections.
  • Baking Soda: Known for its teeth whitening capabilities, baking soda is alkaline and helps maintain oral pH balance.
  • Charcoal: Helps whiten teach, captures/removes toxins.

2 DIY Natural Toothpaste Recipes

Here are two easy and effective DIY natural recipes:

  1. Whitening Toothpaste: A blend of coconut oil, baking soda, and either cinnamon, spearmint or peppermint essential oil, designed for teeth whitening and breath freshening.
  2. Oral Health Toothpaste: A mix of bentonite clay, coconut oil, and essential oils like cinnamon and clove, focusing on oral health rebalance.

Recipe 1: Toothpaste for Whitening

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda or charcoal
  • 10 drops cinnamon, spearmint or peppermint essential oil

*make sure essential oils are food grade

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil and let cool slightly.
  2. Combine the baking soda with the melted coconut oil until well mixed.
  3. Add the peppermint essential oil for a refreshing flavor.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a small glass jar and secure the lid tightly. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from heat.

Suggested use: 

Apply a pea-sized amount to toothbrush, wet toothbrush with filtered water, and then brush teeth. If toothpaste feels too clay-like, wet toothbrush with filtered water again. Don’t spit toothpaste down the sink. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature and, therefore, can clog drains. Instead, spit toothpaste into a trash can.

Recipe 2: Toothpaste for Re-balancing Oral Health

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons food-grade bentonite clay
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8 drops cinnamon essential oil
    • (optional) flavor switch to spearmint or peppermint oil instead
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 1 capsule probiotic (optional)

*make sure essential oils are food grade

Instructions:

  1. Open the probiotic capsule and empty the contents into a large glass bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Toothpaste should have a solid consistency like modeling clay.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small glass jar and tightly secure lid. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from heat since coconut oil will melt.

Suggested use: 

Apply a pea-size amount to toothbrush, wet toothbrush with filtered water, and then brush teeth. If toothpaste feels too clay-like, wet toothbrush with filtered water again. Don’t spit toothpaste down the sink. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature and, therefore, can clog drains. Instead, spit toothpaste into a trash can.

Contraindications and Precautions

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under the age of 2, and anyone consuming prescription medications should consult their health care provider before using essential oils.
  • Peppermint oil is contraindicated in children under two years of age. Peppermint may interact with some prescription drugs, such as cyclosporine, acid-reducing medications, ulcer medications, calcium channel blockers, and other drugs used for hypertension or high blood pressure. People with a hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diarrhea, or a condition in which the stomach doesn’t produce enough acid should consult with a health care provider before consuming peppermint.
  • Clove essential oil is contraindicated in children under 2 years of age. Clove oil contains a chemical called eugenol that slows blood clotting. Therefore, clove oil might cause bleeding in people with bleeding disorders, slow blood clotting following surgery, or interact negatively with anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications. Taking clove with diabetes medication might cause blood sugar to drop too low.
  • Cinnamon essential oil may interfere with diabetes medications, as well as blood sugar control during and after surgery.

Before using the recipes in this article, consult with your health care provider to ensure the ingredients are aligned with your specific health needs. You can also book an online TeleHealth (videocall) appointment with me, to check your health history and design tailored toothpaste recipes to support your oral health, I can even instruct you over video call to create the recipes, and include some eating and hygiene best practices! Before using, always check for sensitivities or adverse reactions by only applying a small amount of product on your skin. Don’t use these recipes if you’re allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients.

Conclusion

In conclusion, DIY natural toothpaste are an easy and fun way to make a much healthier alterative to store-bought toxic fluoride and chemical laden toothpaste. You can make your own flavor and give it a health boost with various natural ingredients. It takes maybe 15 minutes to whip a large batch of toothpaste in your own jar, splitting it into small jars for your whole family. And making your own toothpaste can save you allot of money in the long-run, as well as help to reduce waste to a greener planet. So give it a try! It’s really not all that hard, and who knows…it could even be fun!

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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