The thought of investing time in the preparation of DIY toothpaste might not start crossing your mind until you begin researching the ingredients of your conventional toothpaste. It probably goes without saying that a tube is packed with all kinds of chemicals – some of them are good, some not so much. But the bottom line is that you could pretty much do without them since there are natural and much more stable natural alternatives you could opt for.
This is exactly what you will see below, where we have listed some easy-to-make homemade toothpaste recipes.
4 DIY Toothpaste Recipes
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda (depending on the toothpaste consistency that you like, you can increase this amount as well)
- 2 tablespoon bentonite clay (optional – helps add remineralizing properties to the toothpaste!)
- essential oils or flavor extracts to flavor your toothpaste
- 2-4 tablespoon xylitol
Directions: First combine the coconut oil and the baking soda. If you choose to melt the coconut oil beforehand, you need to thoroughly stir it and let it cool down to room temperature. Add the essential oil and xylitol according to personal taste. Store the paste in a mason jar with a lid and make sure to dip the brush in before you wet it.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
- 1 drop peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
- A few drops of water
Directions: Simply mix everything until it becomes an even pasty consistency and then scoop on top of your toothbrush. This recipe is for a single-use only, so if you wish to use it other times as well, adjust the measurements accordingly.
- 5 parts calcium powder
- 1 part diatomaceous earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica.)
- 2 parts baking soda
- 3 parts xylitol powder
- 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
- Optional ingredients: essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange), myrrh and trace minerals
Directions: Start by mixing all the powdery ingredients in a bowl and then start gradually adding the coconut oil, one part at a time. Keep mixing until you get the desired consistency. Finally, add your optional ingredients if you wish and store in a pint glass jar.
Recipe #4 (Vegan Friendly)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
- 4 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
- 8 tablespoons water
- 5 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
Directions: Add all ingredients except for the essential oil to a pot and start cooking on low heat. Stir continuously for around five minutes until everything comes together in a pasty texture. Let the mixture cool down before you add the essential oil. Finally, store in a lidded, sterile jar, at room temperature.
So, in conclusion, most DIY toothpaste recipes have the same common ingredients. If you can prepare one, you can try out the others with no problem. Surely, it takes more time than it would simply squeezing the paste out of the tube, but your teeth will probably thank you. At the end of the day, it’s all about trying to severe ties with any synthetic ingredient that can do more harm than good.