I know what you’re thinking. BUT, homemade toothpaste really isn’t that complicated.
In fact, toothpaste is really a simple concept. It’s a paste – you put on a toothbrush – to clean your teeth.
Technically, toothpaste is defined as “an abrasive to help remove plaque and food from the teeth.”
Sounds rather basic, right?
For some reason, we’ve outsourced toothpaste making to the large food giants, when in reality, homemade toothpaste is not only super easy to make, it works really well, and is way more affordable than the conventional stuff. In short, I think you’ll be pleased with the homemade toothpaste recipe below.
What’s in the Homemade Toothpaste Recipe?
This homemade toothpaste recipe contains four ingredients. The main component of this toothpaste, coconut oil, serves as the base and holds all the ingredients together. Coconut oil is packed with lauric acid which has antimicrobial properties, and is shown to be antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral.1
The abrasive of this homemade toothpaste recipe, baking soda, neutralizes excess acids, and removes plaque, whitens teeth and helps to maintain healthy gums.
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Peppermint Soap is an organic, natural, vegetable-based soap that adds some flavor and suds to this homemade toothpaste. I’ve found adding it to the recipe gives Mr. Coconuts and I the foamy texture we once experienced with conventional toothpastes, and enhances the peppermint flavor.
Peppermint oil, the flavor agent of this homemade toothpaste, gives the paste a pleasing and cool mouthfeel. While peppermint oil does have some antibacterial and antiviral properties, its main purpose is to freshen breath.
And lastly, the optional natural stevia powder is for those who like sweeter-tasting toothpaste. Personally, I leave it out because I do not care about the taste – but, it’s a good option for those who are transitioning, or who have family members who aren’t an easy sell.
Why Not Conventional Toothpaste?
Conventional toothpastes contain a whole bunch of added unnecessary ingredients, many which should not be going into your mouth.
The most unfortunate of these include sodium lauryl sulphate, a known skin irritant, triclosan, which is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption, and fluoride, which is also linked to cancer and thyroid dysfunction. Many other common ingredients, including propylene glycol, artificial colors, and certain un-pronounceable substances are synthetic compounds that are not natural, and shouldn’t be in the human body.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
Soften the coconut oil so that it is pliable. You may be able to do this by simply whipping the coconut oil with a spoon. Add the baking soda to the coconut oil, and stir well. Add the peppermint oil, Dr. Bronner’s soap, and stevia to the mixture, and “whip” with a spoon until well combined and fluffy. Put mixture into a wide mouth glass jar, like a Weck jar or a small mason jar for storage.
To use this homemade toothpaste, simply wet your toothbrush, and use a small spoon, like a 1/4 tsp measuring spoon, to place the toothpaste on your toothbrush.
Note: When making your homemade toothpaste, try NOT to melt the coconut oil so that it is completely liquid. If you do this, as it cools, all the baking soda will settle at the bottom and will require “re-whipping” as it cools.
Another Note: If you choose to leave this toothpaste in an open glass container like we do, it will get slightly dry over time. To revitalize it to its original consistency, simply add a bit of water and re-whip.
Questions & Answers
I’d LOVE to know how this homemade toothpaste recipe worked for you. Come back and let me know your experience or questions you have below!