Homemade Toothpaste

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. 

Powder Toothpaste

Another option is powder toothpaste.

Ingredients:

  • 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. 

Pros: 

  • Great for backpacking or need for lightweight simple tooth cleanser 
  • Basic, beneficial ingredients 

Cons:

  • 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.