Have you been looking for a natural alternative to commercial toothpaste? Great news, now you can care for your pearly whites with our homemade toothpaste recipe! Made with carefully selected ingredients including coconut oil, baking soda, and white clay, this DIY toothpaste offers a natural way to clean and whiten your teeth, prevent cavities from forming, and freshen your breath. It’s a winning combination for a winning smile!
Say goodbye to conventional toothpaste by opting for a natural alternative that really works—and that you can make yourself thanks to our easy, budget-friendly recipe.
Before you begin
- Before you begin your recipe, it’s important to make sure that your workspace and equipment are carefully cleaned and disinfected. This is essential to protect your DIY creations from microbes and ensure they last as long as possible.
- Careful! Xylitol is very toxic to our animal friends. Do not use this DIY toothpaste on your pets!
How to make your own natural toothpaste
- 22 g (44%) extra virgin coconut oil
- 16.5 g (33%) baking soda
- 5.5 g (11%) white clay
- 5 g (10%) xylitol
- 0.7 g (1.5%) spearmint essential oil
- 0.3 g (0.5%) peppermint essential oil
- Components to make a double boiler
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- Stainless steel bowl
- Small silicone spatula
- A few spoons
- A few ramekins
- Amber glass jar (50 ml)
Good to know!
- Coconut oil is known for its antibacterial and cleansing properties, making it your ally in the fight for whiter, healthier teeth.
- Baking soda is often used in homemade toothpaste for its many dental health benefits. As a mild abrasive, it gets rid of oral bacteria, helps prevent cavities, and whitens your teeth.
- White clay is another mild abrasive. It helps dislodge plaque, neutralize bad breath, and whiten your teeth.
- Xylitol is commonly used in homemade toothpaste recipes for its sweet taste. But that’s just a plus, because this natural active helps prevent cavities from forming and freshens your breath too.
- We chose spearmint and peppermint essential oils for their antiseptic and antibacterial properties and refreshing flavour. Warning: this recipe calls for the maximum recommended usage rate, so don’t increase the quantity of these essential oils!
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the coconut oil in the small bowl, then melt it on the double boiler.
- Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the baking soda and white clay. Mix thoroughly with a spatula.
- Add the essential oils and the xylitol and mix again.
- Transfer the mixture to the jar, then place in the refrigerator for about one hour to help it harden into a paste.
- Your DIY toothpaste is now ready to use!
Use and conservation
Use a tiny scoop to remove a bit of toothpaste and apply it to your toothbrush, or directly scrape some up from the jar with your toothbrush. Brush your teeth as you usually would.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, your homemade toothpaste will keep for about one month.
As this homemade toothpaste contains coconut oil, we recommend storing it in a cool place, such as your refrigerator, to keep its paste-like consistency.
1. Does this toothpaste foam up?
No, our recipe yields a toothpaste that doesn’t foam up at all, as it is specially formulated without surfactants. If you’d prefer a toothpaste that foams when you brush, we recommend trying this recipe instead. Keep in mind that natural toothpastes generally foam up a lot less than conventional varieties.
2. Does it really taste like mint?
If you like mint and are used to your toothpaste tasting minty, you won’t find the flavour of this recipe too strong at all. If, on the other hand, you don’t much care for mint, you can replace the mint essential oils with the same quantity of another antibacterial essential oil such as rosemary ct cineole, sweet orange, or tea tree.
3. Will it give me that fresh “clean” feeling?
This DIY toothpaste won’t leave you with an intensely fresh feel like commercial toothpastes do. Our carefully chosen ingredients nonetheless clean your teeth effectively and ensure good dental and oral health.
4. Won’t the baking soda give the toothpaste a strange and unpleasant texture?
No! When mixed with the coconut oil and essential oils, the baking soda will take on a less grainy texture. The final product has a homogeneous paste texture.
If you have any other questions about the recipe or how to use your DIY toothpaste, don’t hesitate to send us a message. It would be our pleasure to help you!