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.


  • 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.