If you’re a health conscious individual, you must have grown tired of commercial toothpaste and tried to make one yourself. Homemade toothpaste is the best alternative to the store bought toothpaste because of the natural ingredients. Most commercial toothpaste tubes contain ingredients that are questionable and could possibly do more harm than protect your dental health. With chemicals like fluoride, triclosan, surfactants, artificial colors and dyes, and artificial sweeteners, you risk developing other health conditions such as mouth ulcers, teeth coloration, cavities, and possible heart conditions. For optimal dental hygiene, this post shares recipes and tips on how to make homemade toothpaste using readily available ingredients.

Ingredients Used to Make Homemade Natural Toothpaste Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin and hair. But its goodness doesn’t stop there. When used in toothpaste, it acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent which ensures that your mouth is free of bacteria. The advantage of using coconut oil is that it doesn’t disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your mouth. The only disadvantage with coconut oil is that it changes depending on the season. During winter, it can solidify and become difficult to use, while in the summer, it gives you a thinner toothpaste.

Baking Soda

The foods we eat are acidic which lead to cavities. Due to its alkalinity, baking soda neutralizes the acidity and helps to maintain a healthy pH balance in the mouth. Most bacteria thrive at a near-neutral pH (pH=7). Baking soda has a high pH level (pH=9), and in combination with salt, the environment isn’t inhabitable for bacteria.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite is a great ingredient that gives your homemade toothpaste consistency. On top of that, it has a pH level of 8-10, which creates a not-so-hospitable environment for bacteria. Bentonite clay is also mineral rich and mildly abrasive.


Cacao is a nice addition, especially for kids. It has a compound known as theobromine, which has been shown to help in remineralization of the teeth.


This is a type of sweetener that doesn’t cause cavities. Unlike artificial sweeteners, xylitol can help fight cavities by raising the pH level in your mouth, thus keeping bacteria at bay.


Salt acts as a natural preservative. It inhibits the growth and survival of harmful bacteria. Additionally, salt helps to stimulate saliva production which helps buffer the pH.

Homemade Natural Toothpaste Recipes

Recipe 1:

To make a homemade natural oil-based toothpaste, use the recipe below:

Total time: 10 minutes.

  • Two tablespoon coconut oil (you can use more or less depending upon the thickness and consistency desired).
  • One teaspoon xylitol.
  • One teaspoon baking soda.
  • One tablespoon bentonite clay.
  • Two teaspoon cacao – unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Peppermint for taste (optional).


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add coconut oil a few drops at a time until you get your desired consistency. If you use a silicone travel tube, add a little more coconut oil to make for easy flowing of the toothpaste.
  3. Your toothpaste is ready to use. Fill your storage container and seal tight. You can use fractionated coconut oil to avoid hardening during winter. Alternatively, you can use neem oil for its antibacterial properties.

Recipe 2: Water-Based Homemade Toothpaste


  • One teaspoon salt.
  • Baking soda (one teaspoon )
  • One teaspoon xylitol.
  • One tablespoon bentonite clay.
  • Two teaspoons distilled water.
  • Two teaspoon cacao.
  • Two drops peppermint essential oil for flavor.


  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Adding the distilled water little by little, mix thoroughly until you get the desired consistency.
  3. If you prefer, add peppermint drops for a nice taste and flavor.
  4. Fill your glass jar or silicone squeeze tube.

Recipe 3:


  • A half cup distilled/filtered water.
  • Two tablespoons calcium powder (you can also use magnesium powder). This is optional.
  • A quarter cup bentonite clay.
  • Three tablespoons coconut oil.
  • A quarter teaspoon salt.
  • A quarter teaspoon baking soda.
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil.


  1. Using a food processor, mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Store in a silicone tube or glass jar for up to three months.

Recipe 4:


  • A third of a cup of coconut oil.
  • One tablespoon bentonite clay.
  • One tablespoon baking soda.
  • A quarter teaspoon liquid stevia.
  • 4- 8 drops peppermint, orange or your favorite essential oil for flavor.


  1. Using a bowl, mix thoroughly all the ingredients.
  2. Add in the essential oil and mix.
  3. Store in a jar or squeezable toothpaste container.
  4. When using bentonite clay in your recipe, make sure to use a plastic or wooden spoon since metal deactivates the clay.
  5. Also, note that baking soda could be abrasive, especially if used in large quantities. It’s, therefore, safer to use the right amount to avoid its side effects.

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