Rather than spending $3.00 for a small tube of toothpaste that contains a lot of extra stuff we don’t need, we decided to save money and our health for a more simplistic homemade toothpaste.
After some research and trial and error we settled on this super simple toothpaste recipe.
How to Make Toothepaste
It’s the one that contains just 3 ingredients:
- Baking Soda
- Coconut Oil
- Peppermint oil
Pros & Cons
- It seems a challenge to get that intense mint flavor of conventional store bought toothpaste.
- But that’s probably because they use chemicals that we don’t really want to ingest anyway.
- Storage and travel – it ends up in a jar which is obviously not as easy to pack along as a tube of toothpaste.
- But you could get creative and try out different storage options. We still need to decide what we like best. Let us know if you’ve come up with a particularly good way to store and travel with this toothpaste.
- It’s salty flavored. If you don’t like a salty taste, the baking soda sure does give it a salty kick.
- But I was able to tolerate it and the recipe is flexible to adjust to your liking. We used coconut oil which means it also has a coconut flavor. I didn’t think it was particularly strong because I’m pretty used to coconut; however, Ramsey detected the flavor more so. It’s really subjective, so I’d say play around with ingredients and amounts until it’s to your liking.
Another option is powder toothpaste.
- Bentonite Clay (4 TBsp)
- Baking Soda (2 tsp)
- Mint (3 tsp)
- Cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
Simply mix these powdered ingredients together and brush!
Considerations: For this, we took dried mint leaves and then crushed them down by hand to a powder. The recipe is pretty flexible and has room for personal adjustment. Some others also add ingredients such as charcoal, stevia, and more. We chose to keep it pretty simple.
- Great for backpacking or need for lightweight simple tooth cleanser
- Basic, beneficial ingredients
- Texture is very different than what you might be used to with convential toothpaste. It’s hard to achieve a real paste.
- Flavor is mild. We plan to work on how to really get a max minty freshness.