How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

Written by Brandon Garrett

Dental care is a necessary part of your health and wellness. Being able to provide your own dental care is a great way to establish your self-sufficency and save your family money.

Below are some ideas on how you can make your own toothpastes or take care of your teeth in a disaster.

Basic Toothpaste Recipe
• 1/2 cup Baking Soda
• 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
• Drops of Peppermint or Spearmint (optional)

How to make your own toothpasteSimply mix equal parts baking soda and coconut oil. Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint if you want to add some fresh flavor. This recipe creates an effective, yet simple, toothpaste. After you’ve prepared the batch, store it in a glass jar with a lid. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Advanced Toothpaste Recipe

• 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
• 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
• 1/4 cup Warm Water

Optional:

• 3 tsp Glycerin or Xylitol
• 1/4 cup of Water

Pour a half a cup of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Baking Soda is found in most commercial toothpastes and is a natural cleaner. If you would like to add glycerin, mix in 3 teaspoons of it now. It (or xylitol) acts as a sweetener that promotes good mouth health. However, it will add a thin layer on your teeth that some people don’t prefer.

Then add 1/4 cup of household hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will naturally disinfect your mouth and whiten your teeth.

Emergency Alternatives
Before toothpaste and tooth powder came around, people would sometimes use twigs from the Indian Lilac Tree (Neem tree) to clean their teeth. In fact, oils from the Indian Lilac are used in many modern toothpastes and dental products. It has many antibacterial and antiviral qualities.

Indian Lilac trees are typically 35-40 feet tall with wide spread branches and fairly dense. It is an evergreen tree that is round or oval and can reach a diameter of 50-60 feet. It has small white flowers and elongated green leaves.

Your Ideas
Do you make your own toothpaste? What do you use to make it? Comment below to share your recipe.

Updated January 11, 2013

30 Comments

  1. atasteofcreole wrote:

    This tears up your enamel. What about something for EXTREMELY sensitive teeth. I can’t even breathe through my mouth when it’s cold! I have to breathe through a scarf!

    January 12th, 2013 at 7:12 am
  2. azadai wrote:

    I’ve heard from a dental hygenist that hydrogen peroxide will cause something called ‘hairy mouth disease’ which coats your inner mouth with a fuzzy film. ech. For sensitive teeth use sensodyne toothpaste and stock up on it!

    January 12th, 2013 at 8:51 am
  3. Polly wrote:

    I’ve used a few drops of very diluted bloodroot for cleaning my teeth. Used to be in some product from long ago. Does a super good job – just don’t over do it!

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:01 am
  4. Ryan wrote:

    Xylitol can be used instead of baking soda and will be less abrasive on your teeth. Xylitol has been shown to actually repair and restore damaged tooth enamel. I just use coconut oil, Xylitol, and a drop of peppermint essential oil (make sure it’s for internal use). This works great, tastes, great and my teeth have never felt fresher or cleaner.

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:13 am
  5. Ryan wrote:

    Xylitol can be used instead of baking soda and will be less abrasive on your teeth. Xylitol has been shown to actually repair and restore damaged tooth enamel. I just use coconut oil, Xylitol, and a drop of peppermint essential oil (make sure it’s for internal use). This works great, tastes, great and my teeth have never felt fresher or cleaner. I love it!

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:14 am
  6. Jeff Nieland wrote:

    Add drops of “Tea Tree Oil” – Melaleuca Oil – to your toothpaste recipe. It is a great anti-microbial (anti-bacterial & anti-fungal).

    Or, put a few drops in some water and use as a mouthrinse for the same anti-microbial effect.

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:39 am
  7. Toothfairy wrote:

    As a practicing dentist I wanted to reply to “azadai’s” comment. I have never heard of hydrogen peroxide causing ‘hairy mouth disease’. I have never even heard of a pathological entity known as ‘hairy mouth disease’. There is one known as ‘Black Hairy Tongue’ but it has nothing to do with hydrogen peroxide.

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am
  8. Mary wrote:

    Is the mixture with hydrogen peroxide able to be stored in a jar or must it be mixed prior to each use? If it can be stored, where and what is the shelf life?

    January 12th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  9. Pam wrote:

    I use an ionizing toothbrush, sometimes use toothpaste, sometimes not, but it it always leaves my teeth feeling smooth, and my mouth feeling fresh. There are several different kinds, and the batteries will last a couple of years, or one company makes a solar one that should last indefinitely.

    January 12th, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  10. chris wrote:

    Why the coconut oil? Does it have a healthful benefit or is it just for tast. As a kid we used arm & hammer baking soda on a damp tooth brush

    January 12th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
  11. Frank Ludvig wrote:

    I have been using 1 part salt and 3 part baking soda for 56 years now and still have all of my teeth. It is easy to make and to store. I don’t have many dates though after the first night. When the girls see what I use to rush my teeth with each morning…they move out quickly. Hope this helps!
    Frank Ludvig

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:42 pm
  12. Trev wrote:

    Rubbing fresh sage leaves over your teeth is an old herbal toothpaste as well as drying it and making a paste with the powder when you need it

    January 13th, 2013 at 12:43 am
  13. Anne wrote:

    Wild Oil of Oregano is an excellent rinse (3-4 drops diluted in warm water). It has natural antibiotic and antifungal properties and works great to heal mouth/gum sores.

    January 13th, 2013 at 7:13 am
  14. stephanie wrote:

    when using peroxide make sure it does NOT say standarized. then you may use it in your mouth,cleaning, and in your vaporizer and many more. dentist when going to school get taught that toothpaste is the only way to go and to use floride which is so bad for you.
    So we are all brain washed into thinking that if you do not use they’re toothpaste then your mouth and teeth are so very germy.
    I never heard of using coconut oil for toothpaste but I am very excited about trying this recipe. I too add both peppermint and tea tree oil. My dentist said that I have an infection in my lower bottom molars and need to get this really expensive new treatment to get rid of it or pull them. so I went home and though about it. I mixed up some golden seal, echinesea, peroxide. along with peppermint, and tea tree oil. put it in my water pik, after brusing I used that and no more infection and that has been over a year ago. I do not floss my teeth anymore, I just use the water pik and that works so much better than floss!!!

    January 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
  15. jarema wrote:

    I have been using lime stick bitten top as a brush and
    1 part salt
    1 part soda
    1 part ginger powder

    January 13th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
  16. Dottie wrote:

    This is a great topic as my teeth were sensitive too. Discovered that toothpaste has an abrasive agent in it Silicon or something like that that wears the enamel off the teeth. So then the dentist prescribes Sensodyne or prescription toothpaste to combat the tooth pain. Here goes the circle they never get off of. Wonder why there are so many tv commercials for sensitive teeth lately? Well, between the fluoride, the Silicon (?), bleaching agents and other additives there is not much good in toothpaste. So my remedy was what we used as children: Plain ole baking soda dropped in the hand and using a wet toothbrush, brush the teeth. Never heard of adding anything else. I asked my dental hygienist and reg dentist to carefully watch my teeth and for the last 2 years – they are just fine. Oh, the sensitivity is gone. I think I will try the Oil of Oregano as it has great healing properties in it as well as tea tree oil.

    January 14th, 2013 at 5:53 am
  17. Corey wrote:

    My solution is coupons to get toothpaste for free.
    1) Collect 50 cent coupons for Colgate from the paper
    2) Wait for Kroger to sell Colgate for $1 each
    3) Buy them for free, when using Kroger’s double coupon policy

    I’ve got over a 2 year supply of toothpaste now for my family, and it was all free.

    I know that’s not sustainable long term, but I don’t grow any of the above ingredients myself, so any of these recipes would be just as unsustainable for me.

    January 14th, 2013 at 10:46 am
  18. SylvanDad wrote:

    The fluoride in toothpaste is not harmful to you. It is not systemic. Stannous fluoride aids in the formation of dental enamel. Typically, toothpaste has 1000 mg/Kg of fluoride (or 0.1 percent) As long as you are not eating toothpaste as a snack it is not harmful to you.

    January 14th, 2013 at 11:18 am
  19. Vic wrote:

    I am the manager of a Dental practice and my husband is a Dentist. I usually have cleanings every 3 months. I switched from regular tooth paste to health food store brands for a while. Then I switched to using only baking soda. I have used it for about 2 years now. I was in a car wreck and not able to get in for my regular cleanings. When I finally did, it had been 9 months instead of the usual 3. I was expecting a “bad report” about how hard it was to blast off all the tarter. Instead, our Dental Hygienist wanted to know my routine because my teeth were in such good shape. My response was baking soda. I also do the following. I brush morning and night. I try to never miss the night time cleaning. Sometimes I brush after every meal, but it’s not always convenient. I always floss, scrape my tongue with a plastic tongue scraper to control bad breath, and I use a water pic to lodge fine food particles from between my teeth, because my teeth the are close together, and I use an electric toothbrush most of the time, except on trips. If my throat ever gets sore,which is rare for me, I rinse with Hydrogen peroxide. I might use my husbands natural toothpaste, if on a vacation and I forget my baking soda, but it never makes my teeth feel as clean. I have never lost enamel.

    January 16th, 2013 at 8:10 am
  20. Debbie wrote:

    Some great suggestions! I spend a fortune of natural/fluoride-free toothpaste for a family of 5.

    So, what have you heard of about enamel erosion? What can we do to repair/restore it? Anything at all???

    Thanks.

    February 21st, 2013 at 11:13 am
  21. Lynxx wrote:

    I use Hydrogen Peroxide and water as a mouth rinse everyday. I’ve been doing this for over twenty years and I’ve never had “Hairy Mouth Disease”, nor have I ever heard of that term.

    July 17th, 2013 at 6:48 am
  22. emmett wrote:

    Anyone who believes that fluoride is OK, does not know the history. check out why PA. Has banned it. Check out why the head of the Canadian dentistry commission has claimed that it is not helpful and is harmful to the body.
    Fluoride was and still is no more than rat poison, converted to a “product” and there for allowed to be sold as such.
    Huge money is being made by selling this smokestack waste in the form of a “helpful” product when there has never been a true double blind study that shows it is worth a rat rear end.
    If out believe the be about stannous fluoride – do yourself a favour and research the poison.

    August 31st, 2013 at 7:54 am
  23. Rover wrote:

    I just chew on a milk bone and never had any problems.

    August 31st, 2013 at 9:12 am
  24. kdonat wrote:

    Coconut oil is extremely helpful for fighting gum disease. A traditonal Indian Ayurvedic remedy is called “oil pulling”. You place a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around and suck it through your teeth for a minute or two. Do not swallow, but spit it out into a tissue or toilet for disposal.

    Or, it can be gargled if you have a sore throut. too.

    August 31st, 2013 at 9:24 am
  25. Linda King wrote:

    I have purchased items from you. In the past I loved the articles you sent, in fact I copied some of them.Now you have changed your site. I do not want to print off all the other peoples comments. It costs too much money and too much paper. I am retired on a disability,so I have a limited income. Please change it back to printer friendly.Thank you

    August 31st, 2013 at 8:20 pm
  26. Robin wrote:

    Linda, do you have a program like Word? I am like you. I like to have a printed version of some things but am a minimalist that way. I copy and paste into a Word document of my choosing. Then I can decrease photo size or leave them out or move them on the page. I just finished converting this great article and the parts of the comments of my choosing into the front and back of a 4 x 6 card. Took a few minutes, but I enjoy that sort of thing and now I have the valuable information and the satisfaction of a small size, minimal ink and paper usage, plus convenience when of filing the recipe in my card file and there is not a lot of filler that did not apply to me personally to look at again and again. Perhaps that helps you.!

    August 31st, 2013 at 9:19 pm
  27. MountainMama wrote:

    Linda, the other thing you can do to minimize the printed pages is to input which pages you want printed when the printer box pops up. I will frequently do this to eliminate the pages of comments and/or ads at the bottom of a webpage. Just input to print only page 1, that usually gets it, sometimes I have to also print page 2 if the article is long. Hope that helps.

    September 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am
  28. MountainMama wrote:

    I have a question about using coconut oil, which I do agree is beneficial for mouth care. My question is more about spitting it in the sink/toilet…my understanding is that you do not put fats of any type into the septic…any thoughts on this? I guess I could just spit into a tissue or the waste basket. I am using a combo of baking soda with xylitol (for it’s enamel restorative properties) and I am due for a cleaning/check up so I will specifically ask my dentist to check my enamel to see if any difference. Just a word of caution for anyone with a sensitive mouth, using tea tree oil can be irritating…even in small quantities. I have not had any problems with wild oregano which is great for sore throats (use diluted) and even pepermint has not been a problem, but the tea tree caused blisters in my mouth that were very painful (yes, I only used 1 drop in my toothpaste mix). I would suggest for anyone experimenting with homemade preps of toothpaste and deoderant to mix small batches to see what works and make sure no adverse reactions to sensitve skin and sensitive mouths. That way if soemthing doesn’t work for you, you are not out as much.

    September 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 am
  29. Jason wrote:

    Well I brush my teeth and my 2yr old sons teeth twice a day and I floss. My son just had a checkup n the dr was amazed how clean his teeth looked. I said he loves to eat the mint leaves growing in my garden which I do too. My dentist said my teeth got better what was my trick. The same. However they both said it will only help fresh breath. I guess it does more.

    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:17 am
  30. Amom wrote:

    I had never tried the coconut oil with the baking soda before. So, I melted down a tablespoon of the oil, heated some olive oil with some peppermint from the garden, used a 1 tablespoon melted coconut with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and dropped some fresh peppermint olive oil in the mix, mixed it up. Wow, I like it much better than the baking soda-Hydrogen Peroxide mix I have been using for years. Although I still plan to follow up with a Hydrogen Peroxide rinse. THANK you for the new recipe!

    October 3rd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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