Homemade toothpaste is one of the easiest and most affordable toiletry swaps you can make when seeking clean, non-toxic essentials! Learn how to make this simple recipe below.
Recently when visiting my moms, I had to brush my teeth when I got there.
Let me explain.
My husband was sick at home with food poisoning (aka sleeping off the disrupted night of sleep) and being that we have 3 toddlers/preschool aged children it was a very noisy environment. Off we went to Nonna’s house! I didn’t have time to shower or brush my teeth and my mom graciously let me do those things in peace while she watched the kiddos.
When she was showing me the toothpaste she used I noticed it wasn’t a normal brand you can get from the store. Naturally, I asked her where she got it from and she explained that her dentist gave her a list of the top toothpaste on the market (many of which you won’t find in stores). She continued by telling me that her dentist said that the absolute best thing for your teeth is to brush with baking soda.
Now, being the crunchy gal that I am, I have made homemade toothpaste in the past but somewhere along the way I started getting a natural brand from the store. Not sure why I ever stopped but I’m ready to give it a go again. Here’s how to do it.
Ingredients for homemade toothpaste
All it takes is:
- coconut oil (1/2 cup)
- baking soda (5 tablespoons)
- peppermint oil (20 drops)
- oil of oregano (20 drops)
Coconut oil traps bad bacteria from your mouth and draw the bacteria into the oil leaving you with a cleaner mouth. There are claims that say it helps remove stains and to keep teeth looking shiny and white. The evidence isn’t strong enough to confirm nor deny these claims but it makes a good non-toxic base for our toothpaste regardless!
Baking soda is used as an abrasive for removing plaque build up on your teeth. You would think it would be too abrasive but study after study shows its a low-abrasive in comparison to the hardness of tooth enamel. This multipurpose powder is a safe ingredient to use having been shown to be more effective than non-baking soda toothpaste.
Food grade peppermint oil is a great way to make this a fresh tasting toothpaste.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is an ingredient in homemade toothpaste that helps with antibacterial properties. This oil is also associated with antioxidant properties which is great to be getting every morning and evening.
Method for homemade toothpaste
Making this will take you 5 minutes!
Start by taking your softened coconut oil, baking soda, and oils into a bowl.
Mix until well combined.
Store in an airtight container.
When ready to use, have a small spoon to scoop a pea sized amount onto your toothbrush.
Use and rinse as you would regular toothpaste.
Tips for making homemade toothpaste
Soften coconut oil by leaving it near the stove when cooking or having it in a warm spot 20-30 minutes before you plan to make this.