This simple homemade toothpaste recipe from bentonite clay and a few other natural ingredients will clean your teeth and freshen breath without toxic ingredients. Affordable and zero waste too!
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been sewing, cooking and whipping up crafts of all sorts. This craftiness certainly has had its advantages – saving money (why buy when you can make?), impressing friends (homemade gifts!) and generally keeping me out of trouble.
On the flip side, I’ve spent countless dollars on supplies for short-lived hobbies (hello metal-working and pottery classes) and have amassed large collections of things like fabric, beads and buttons that are currently collecting dust.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you’ll understand how someone like this would eventually be the kind of person who makes her own toothpaste.
It was bound to happen. First it was simple scrubs and masks. Then lip balms and body creams. Now homemade toothpaste. And it’s not because good natural toothpaste is not available – it is! But once a maker, always a maker and toothpaste was on my bucket list.
Is homemade toothpaste is on your bucket list too?
How to Make Homemade Toothpaste
Just so you know – I tried a lot of variations before I came up with a homemade toothpaste recipe that I liked. I knew I wanted to use bentonite clay as the base because of its ability to draw out toxins and deposit minerals on teeth – plus it is the primary ingredient in Earthpaste, a natural toothpaste I like a lot.
Variations using baking soda were a bit too harsh for me. The consistency of a version using only bentonite clay and essential oils was a bit odd. It was only when I added in a bit of coconut oil to the mix that I got the flavor and consistency that I liked.
Feel free to mess around with this recipe to find your favorite combination!
About the ingredients
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One of the biggest advantages of making your own toothpaste is knowing what’s in it. This toothpaste recipe has only 5 natural ingredients – plus a bit of water to bind it all together. Don’t worry – you won’t go broke making this – these ingredients are inexpensive and could even save you money on toothpaste in the long run.
- Bentonite clay – draws out toxins, reduces acidity in mouth, non-abrasive polisher and is full of minerals like calcium and magnesium that are good for teeth
- Coconut oil – anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Essential oils – anti-bacterial and fights plaque (I chose a blend of orange and peppermint)
- Sea salt – natural cleanser and whitener
- Stevia – natural sweetener
What’s not in this toothpaste? Fluoride, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulphate, triclosan, propylene glycol, carrageenan, saccharin, polyethylene, titanium dioxide and artificial colors and flavors.
Orange Peppermint Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
Homemade toothpaste is super easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl – no need to heat anything up. Use the back of the spoon to break up any clumps of coconut oil. (Note: bentonite clay reacts with metal and loses its effectiveness, so it is best to use a non-metal bowl and spoon for this project.)
As for flavor, the combination of orange and peppermint essential oils, along with a smidge of stevia give it a slightly sweet taste, along with that fresh mintiness you expect from toothpaste. Feel free to choose your own essential oil combination – cinnamon, clove, spearmint and lemon are popular toothpaste flavors too.
Because there are no preservatives, it is best to make a small batch that will be used up in about a month.
Store your homemade toothpaste in a small glass or plastic jar. I save and reuse jars from food and beauty products especially for my DIY concoctions – but Amazon sells 2-oz glass jars that are the perfect size for a batch of this toothpaste. Personally, I love that this is an affordable and zero waste toothpaste recipe!
And if you’re wondering where that wooden toothbrush is from – it’s a MABLE bamboo toothbrush – love it!
Whether you’re a DIY addict or newbie, I have a feeling this toothpaste will make you smile!
- 2 Tablespoons powdered bentonite clay
- 4 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- Mix powdered clay with water in a small, non-metal bowl, with a non-metal spoon.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Store in a glass or plastic jar.
Shelf life is about 1 month.