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May 12th, 2012 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Homemade Natural Hygiene

I have been researching homemade toothpaste recipes for a few weeks.  Today I mixed up my first batch of homemade toothpaste.  I am so happy that another chemical filled store-bought product in our home has been replaced with a homemade natural product.  My husband cracks up at how excited I get over these things!

When researching different recipes I came to the conclusion that simple is better. I made my homemade toothpaste using only four ingredients.  The best part is that I already had all four of the ingredients in the house!

By making your own toothpaste you can avoid many of the artificial ingredients contained in commercial toothpaste, such as sweeteners (usually saccharin), emulsifiers, preservatives, and artificial flavors.  You also avoid fluoride which I think is a HUGE bonus!

The ingredients that I used in my homemade toothpaste are:  baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil, and cinnamon essential oil.

Homemade Toothpaste

 

The ratio for the ingredients is:  6 parts baking soda : 1 part coconut oil: 1 part hydrogen peroxide solution : flavor to taste

Baking soda has a natural cleansing ability, you see it in many brands of toothpaste at the drug store. It’s non-toxic and will help polish your teeth.   Some recipes called for table salt but I did not put that it mine.  If you would like salt it should be 3 parts baking soda 1 part salt.

Hydrogen peroxide naturally disinfects your mouth and will also help whiten your teeth.

Coconut oil acts as a sweetener.  Many people use vegetable glycerine but I have read that it leaves a thick coating on your teeth that can take a plenty of brushing to remove.  I have also been reading about Xylitol for tooth and gum health.  It is a natural and surgarless sweetener.  I think that I will pick up some Xylitol in the next few weeks and use it in my next batch of homemade toothpaste.

Essential oil provide taste/flavor and are totally optional.   If you’re not into the cinnamon flavor, some alternatives are peppermint, vanilla extract, fennel, ginger, and almond extract.  Pick a flavor that you like and go with it!

I am looking into natural flavors that my kids would like so I can make their toothpaste as well.  If you do allow your kids to use this homemade toothpaste make sure that they are old enough to spit it out.  The basis of homemade toothpaste is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Either one in huge doses can be dangerous, so make sure that they do not ingest the paste!

I currently store my toothpaste in a glass Pyrex dish with a lid.  I am looking for an empty tub or bottle with a squirt top that I can store it in.  There are also dispensers that you can mount on the wall that I may look into.  Make sure that you store your homemade toothpaste away from the sunlight because hydrogen peroxide breaks down very quickly in the presence of UV light.

If you have any tips for making your homemade toothpaste, or storing it, please let me know!

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44 Responses

  • Jessica says:

    I’ve been using straight baking soda for years and dentists/hygienists rave over my teeth.

    I’d love to see you tackle some homemade sunscreen!!

    • Ellen says:

      Jessica, you might want to reconsider your use of sunscreen. It’s the action of the sun’s rays on our exposed skin (not hours and hours of exposure though!) that creates our own Vitamin D. Most every one is frighteningly deficient in Vitamin D. You might want to do some research. One site that I’d recommend is westonaprice.org. Best to you.

  • Angela says:

    Jessica, my teeth feel so much cleaner since I have been using this! Sunscreen and bug spray are up next…gettting ready for summertime in Florida :)

  • I made my own recently too. Mine didn’t have the hydrogen peroxide, but did add a little bit of unscented organic liquid soap and some stevia and I used peppermint extract for flavor. I also decided against the glycerin which was “optional” on my recipe. I thought it worked very well!
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  • Nirvana says:

    Do you melt the coconut oil before measuring it?

  • Jill says:

    If there is no flouride, how does it protect against cavities..? That’s one of my biggest concerns, since I seem to get them far too often. :(

    • Angela says:

      Hi Jill! My family actually avoids flouride because of the dangers associated with it. :/

    • Sara says:

      Jill,
      I’m in the same boat. An interview titled cure tooth decay(name of book) with the author of it led me to Weston A Prices principles. Please look into it. I spent $30,000 before finding out from WAPF it’s not that you aren’t flossing/brushing enough. It’s that modern cause tooth decay with the lack of nutrients. Weston A Price found primitive people who didn’t brush at all and had great overall dental health. Good Luck!:-)

  • Larry Beasley says:

    I like the concept–but I’m a little hung up on the use of essential oils. Mine clearly say “Do Not Ingest.” Do you have any guidance?

    • Angela says:

      Larry, thank you for stopping by! You don’t actually ingest the toothpaste you spit it out, so I think that it will be okay. If you don’t want to add the oils that would be fine as it is only for flavoring :)

    • Beth says:

      Try food grade flavorings, like pure organic extracts, instead of the essential oils. I would only use all food grade ingredients in all body care products

    • Barb says:

      Larry you can buy 100% essential oils you can ingest these. I’ve bought mine from doterra.com sparks.com and my local vitamin shoppe here in town. Even thou you are not ingesting it there could always be an accident where you do swallow some this way your safe.

  • JoAnne says:

    When I tried the toothpaste I thought it was terribly salty from the baking soda. Any way to get around that?

  • Heather says:

    For storage of the tooth paste try using an icing bag and decorators tip…..It allows you to “squeeze” the desired amount onto your brush and you can also find caps that fit the tips.

  • ann says:

    I’d love to try this recipe but we cannot eat coconut products due to a sensitivity. What would you suggest as an alternative?

  • Lulu says:

    Hi

    I love your site! I have made the whipped coconut oil lotion and I LOVE IT!! THanks so much for posting all of these recipes. I have recently made your toothpaste recipe and I put it in a container, into my cabinet in my bathroom and when I came back an hour or so later it had exploded everywhere! It was a warm day but I had the toothpaste in my cabinet so it wasn’t in direct sunlight and it was in the higher 70′s in my house. I am wondering if that has ever happened to you or if maybe I did something wrong. Thanks so much!!

    *Lulu*

    P.S. I would love to have a homemade sunscreen recipe as well!! I am looking everywhere for a safe sunscreen that wont break the bank. :)

    • Angela says:

      Lulu, thank you so much for checking out my site! I have never had my toothpaste explode and I am have no idea why that happened. I store mine is a glass Pyrex container with a plastic lid. It sits on my bathroom counter out of the sunlight but it gets very warm in there (I live in Florida) and I have never had an experience like that. I am so sorry that happened and shocked! I have been thinking about switching it up and making one without the glycerine so maybe that would work. I will post a new recipe & a homemade sunscreen recipe soon. Take care! :)

    • Crystalyn says:

      Hey! I am in love with these recipes!! Thanks so much for posting! I wanted to add something, thought it might help~ I mix up my homemade toothpaste using 5 parts baking soda, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, no coconut oil and at least 30 drops of peppermint oil. I store mine in the fridge~ I think this may help keep it fresher longer? It just seemed like a good idea since hydrogen peroxide creates pressure in the container.

      Anyway~ Hope that helps?

      Thanks so much! I am now your newest fan!! I will be back for more good info!

  • Alana Wemple says:

    If you are using essential oils, it is best to use a high grade such as Young Living oils. You can consume them and use them any way you want. They are all natural, nothing added like the cheaper brands that only contain some essential oil.

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  • Leon H Sargent says:

    For those that find the Baking Soda to be to salty I add, as funny as it may seem, sea salt to my recipe.

    Baking Soda
    Water
    Sea Salt

    Stir and store.

    The sea salt seems to reduce the extremely strong taste of salt from the baking soda. A little sea salt is all you need.

  • julia says:

    How long can you sit this out on your counter? Does refrigerating it help?

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  • Mary says:

    are you familiar with “raw black soap” ? and if so how do you use it? By the way I love you web site!!!

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  • Christine Dorn says:

    I have seen toothpaste recipes with truvia in them. Are truvia or stevia Xylitol products? Thanks for your posts.

    • Angela says:

      I just made a toothpaste for my children that included xylitol as an ingredient. Many dentists are using xylitol instead of flouride now. It made the toothpaste sweet which they loved! I will post that recipe in the next week, thank you for stopping by!

  • Melissa ward says:

    I know this might be a weird question but what do you mean by parts.. i always see cups or teaspoons not parts..can you help me out…

    • KitchenAlchemist says:

      A “part” is a unit of measure. You can choose a teaspoon as the “part” measure, or any other measuring receptacle, just use it as the only measuring device during the production of your recipe.

      I just pick a measuring spoon (or cup) and sub that into the recipe instead of “part”.

      ie. If I’m making a recipe for the first time, I’ll use a small measuring spoon so that I can test whether I like that formula/recipe before using a whole stack of ingredients (less waste if I decide I don’t like it)

      Hence, this recipe becomes:
      6 teaspoons Sodium bicarbonate,
      1 teaspoon Coconut oil,
      1 teaspoon Hydrogen peroxide,
      Flavour to taste.

      If I decide that I really like it, then I think about how long it took me to use the small batch, and how long it would be shelf-stable without adding preservatives, and substitute a larger measuring spoon/cup as the “part” in the recipe…

      Hence, the larger follow-up recipe becomes:
      6 tablespoons Sodium bicarbonate,
      1 tablespoon Coconut oil,
      1 tablespoon Hydrogen peroxide,
      Flavour to taste.

      Pretty simple when you get the hang of it ;-) hope that helps!

  • Frederikke says:

    I have been using homemade toothpaste for a while now, using coconut oil, activated charcoal, apsom salt (for the magnesium), peppermint oil, and only a small pinch of baking soda, as it can be abrasive on the long run. I have very white teeth!

  • Emily says:

    I’m new to making my own homemade necessities but so far I love the results! My question though, obviously milk and oil are two very different components but can one use coconut milk rather than oil? Right now it’s all I have!

  • charlene says:

    is the parts in tbsp?

    • Angela says:

      Yes, you could use tablespoons. When a recipe calls for parts you need to select ONE standard measure container (tablespoons, cups, etc), tablespoons would work well with this. Thank you for stopping by!

  • I’m new to homemade toothpaste myself. After reading some other toothpaste recipes, yours is probably the simplest (including methods and ingredients). Thank you for sharing and will give it a try this week :-D
    Olivia

  • Shauna says:

    love the recipe, thanks!

  • Crystal says:

    Angela,
    Instead of Hydrogen peroxide have you considered using vodka. The alcohol will kill bacteria in your mouth and it is so little needed that it is safe for even kids to use. Blessings.



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