There could be so many reasons you are looking to make your own toothpaste at home. Perhaps you have an allergy that is hard to accommodate. May there are certain chemicals and ingredients you are looking to avoid for health concerns and just cannot seem to find a toothpaste without them. Maybe you are looking to save some money. Or most commonly, maybe you just really want to try making your own at home to see the difference and see how it works!
Whatever the case may be, making your own beauty products and personal care products at home can be a lot of fun. You get to experiment with different ingredients, choose exactly what you want to put in something, and in the case of toothpaste it is super fun to pick what flavor you are going to make.
Adults may love to make a peppermint, tea tree, and lemon toothpaste while your kids may choose to make a fun fruity flavor like orange and lime. Whatever options and flavors you choose, this is a fun little DIY project to do at home.
While making your own toothpaste can sound hard and intimidating, the exact opposite is true. It is actually one of the simplest things to make at home once you have all of the proper ingredients.
In this post, we will go over all of the ingredients you need, what tools you need, and fun flavor options you can choose from that also have health benefits for your teeth, gums, and your mouth as a whole!
There are only a few simple and pretty inexpensive ingredients you need to make your own DIY toothpaste. It is important to keep in mind that making your own toothpaste (or tooth powder) at home may take some time to get used to. It is not going to be the creamy kinds of stuff that comes out of a tube. The texture is going to be different. but we promise that you are going to get used to it!
- Organic virgin coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Essential oils
Xylitol is a natural substance that comes from birch trees, or sometimes from corn cobs, and naturally found in some fruits and veggies. Our bodies also produce it in a small amount as well. It’s technically considered a natural substance that has big benefits for dental hygiene. Read more.
As for baking soda, it is also considered safe and natural. That’s why it is used in so many natural homemade recipes and in natural and organic products on the market such as toothpaste, face scrubs, deodorants, exfoliators, etc.
Pretty much all baking soda is known aluminum-free and safe to consume and use in personal care products. It is even rated as a 1 for safety by the Environmental Working Group. Read more.
These 2 ingredients are significantly safer and both come from natural sources when compared to sucralose, fluoride, SLS, triclosan, etc.
Tools you need to make toothpaste
You don’t need any fancy tools to make toothpaste, but there are a few things you are going to want to have on hand.
- Glass jar with lid
- Or an empty squeeze tube if you want something like more traditional toothpaste
- Medium mixing bowl
- Spoon or rubber spatula for stirring
Instructions for making your own toothpaste
- Take 4 tablespoons of softened organic coconut oil and place it in a mixing bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Add anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of xylitol to the mixture depending on how sweet you are looking to make it and how much you want to cover the salty baking soda flavor.
- Essential oils of choice (generally you would use 15-20 drops of peppermint or other mint oils and 10 drops of other essential oils of choice.)
- Mix all of the ingredients together and store in a container in a cool dry place.
Flavor options for toothpaste
Perhaps the best part of making your own toothpaste is the ability to choose the flavor you want it to be, how strong you want the mint, etc. Some great, tasty, and healthy essential oils to choose from including the following:
- Tea tree
- Orange or sweet orange
If you want a toothpaste that is mild in flavor and not too offensive, we suggest you start by only adding 3-5 drops of each essential oil and then test to see where it stands. Some people love and strong and powerful toothpaste while others are looking for something much milder, especially for the kiddos.