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How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

By Ready Expert
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How to make your own toothpasteDental care is a necessary part of your health and wellness. Being able to provide your own dental care is a great way to establish your self-sufficency and save your family money.

Below are some ideas on how you can make your own toothpastes or take care of your teeth in a disaster.

Basic Toothpaste Recipe
• 1/2 cup Baking Soda
• 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
• Drops of Peppermint or Spearmint (optional)

Simply mix equal parts baking soda and coconut oil. Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint if you want to add some fresh flavor. This recipe creates an effective, yet simple, toothpaste. After you’ve prepared the batch, store it in a glass jar with a lid. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Advanced Toothpaste Recipe

• 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
• 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
• 1/4 cup Warm Water


• 3 tsp Glycerin or Xylitol
• 1/4 cup of Water

Pour a half a cup of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Baking Soda is found in most commercial toothpastes and is a natural cleaner. If you would like to add glycerin, mix in 3 teaspoons of it now. It (or xylitol) acts as a sweetener that promotes good mouth health. However, it will add a thin layer on your teeth that some people don’t prefer.

Then add 1/4 cup of household hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will naturally disinfect your mouth and whiten your teeth.

Emergency Alternatives
Before toothpaste and tooth powder came around, people would sometimes use twigs from the Indian Lilac Tree (Neem tree) to clean their teeth. In fact, oils from the Indian Lilac are used in many modern toothpastes and dental products. It has many antibacterial and antiviral qualities.

Indian Lilac trees are typically 35-40 feet tall with wide spread branches and fairly dense. It is an evergreen tree that is round or oval and can reach a diameter of 50-60 feet. It has small white flowers and elongated green leaves.

Your Ideas
Do you make your own toothpaste? What do you use to make it? Comment below to share your recipe.

12 years ago
12 years ago at 8:01 AM
I've used a few drops of very diluted bloodroot for cleaning my teeth. Used to be in some product from long ago. Does a super good job - just don't over do it!
12 years ago at 8:13 AM
Xylitol can be used instead of baking soda and will be less abrasive on your teeth. Xylitol has been shown to actually repair and restore damaged tooth enamel. I just use coconut oil, Xylitol, and a drop of peppermint essential oil (make sure it's for internal use). This works great, tastes, great and my teeth have never felt fresher or cleaner.
12 years ago at 8:14 AM
Xylitol can be used instead of baking soda and will be less abrasive on your teeth. Xylitol has been shown to actually repair and restore damaged tooth enamel. I just use coconut oil, Xylitol, and a drop of peppermint essential oil (make sure it's for internal use). This works great, tastes, great and my teeth have never felt fresher or cleaner. I love it!
Jeff Nieland
12 years ago at 8:39 AM
Add drops of "Tea Tree Oil" - Melaleuca Oil - to your toothpaste recipe. It is a great anti-microbial (anti-bacterial & anti-fungal). Or, put a few drops in some water and use as a mouthrinse for the same anti-microbial effect.
12 years ago at 8:45 AM
As a practicing dentist I wanted to reply to "azadai's" comment. I have never heard of hydrogen peroxide causing 'hairy mouth disease'. I have never even heard of a pathological entity known as 'hairy mouth disease'. There is one known as 'Black Hairy Tongue' but it has nothing to do with hydrogen peroxide.
12 years ago at 12:07 PM
Is the mixture with hydrogen peroxide able to be stored in a jar or must it be mixed prior to each use? If it can be stored, where and what is the shelf life?
12 years ago at 5:34 PM
I use an ionizing toothbrush, sometimes use toothpaste, sometimes not, but it it always leaves my teeth feeling smooth, and my mouth feeling fresh. There are several different kinds, and the batteries will last a couple of years, or one company makes a solar one that should last indefinitely.
12 years ago at 5:50 PM
Why the coconut oil? Does it have a healthful benefit or is it just for tast. As a kid we used arm & hammer baking soda on a damp tooth brush
Frank Ludvig
12 years ago at 8:42 PM
I have been using 1 part salt and 3 part baking soda for 56 years now and still have all of my teeth. It is easy to make and to store. I don't have many dates though after the first night. When the girls see what I use to rush my teeth with each morning...they move out quickly. Hope this helps! Frank Ludvig
12 years ago at 6:13 AM
Wild Oil of Oregano is an excellent rinse (3-4 drops diluted in warm water). It has natural antibiotic and antifungal properties and works great to heal mouth/gum sores.
12 years ago at 7:00 AM
when using peroxide make sure it does NOT say standarized. then you may use it in your mouth,cleaning, and in your vaporizer and many more. dentist when going to school get taught that toothpaste is the only way to go and to use floride which is so bad for you. So we are all brain washed into thinking that if you do not use they're toothpaste then your mouth and teeth are so very germy. I never heard of using coconut oil for toothpaste but I am very excited about trying this recipe. I too add both peppermint and tea tree oil. My dentist said that I have an infection in my lower bottom molars and need to get this really expensive new treatment to get rid of it or pull them. so I went home and though about it. I mixed up some golden seal, echinesea, peroxide. along with peppermint, and tea tree oil. put it in my water pik, after brusing I used that and no more infection and that has been over a year ago. I do not floss my teeth anymore, I just use the water pik and that works so much better than floss!!!
12 years ago at 3:43 PM
I have been using lime stick bitten top as a brush and 1 part salt 1 part soda 1 part ginger powder
12 years ago at 4:53 AM
This is a great topic as my teeth were sensitive too. Discovered that toothpaste has an abrasive agent in it Silicon or something like that that wears the enamel off the teeth. So then the dentist prescribes Sensodyne or prescription toothpaste to combat the tooth pain. Here goes the circle they never get off of. Wonder why there are so many tv commercials for sensitive teeth lately? Well, between the fluoride, the Silicon (?), bleaching agents and other additives there is not much good in toothpaste. So my remedy was what we used as children: Plain ole baking soda dropped in the hand and using a wet toothbrush, brush the teeth. Never heard of adding anything else. I asked my dental hygienist and reg dentist to carefully watch my teeth and for the last 2 years - they are just fine. Oh, the sensitivity is gone. I think I will try the Oil of Oregano as it has great healing properties in it as well as tea tree oil.
12 years ago at 9:46 AM
My solution is coupons to get toothpaste for free. 1) Collect 50 cent coupons for Colgate from the paper 2) Wait for Kroger to sell Colgate for $1 each 3) Buy them for free, when using Kroger's double coupon policy I've got over a 2 year supply of toothpaste now for my family, and it was all free. I know that's not sustainable long term, but I don't grow any of the above ingredients myself, so any of these recipes would be just as unsustainable for me.
11 years ago at 10:13 AM
Some great suggestions! I spend a fortune of natural/fluoride-free toothpaste for a family of 5. So, what have you heard of about enamel erosion? What can we do to repair/restore it? Anything at all??? Thanks.
11 years ago at 6:48 AM
I use Hydrogen Peroxide and water as a mouth rinse everyday. I've been doing this for over twenty years and I've never had "Hairy Mouth Disease", nor have I ever heard of that term.
11 years ago at 9:12 AM
I just chew on a milk bone and never had any problems.
11 years ago at 9:24 AM
Coconut oil is extremely helpful for fighting gum disease. A traditonal Indian Ayurvedic remedy is called "oil pulling". You place a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around and suck it through your teeth for a minute or two. Do not swallow, but spit it out into a tissue or toilet for disposal. Or, it can be gargled if you have a sore throut. too.
11 years ago at 11:17 AM
Well I brush my teeth and my 2yr old sons teeth twice a day and I floss. My son just had a checkup n the dr was amazed how clean his teeth looked. I said he loves to eat the mint leaves growing in my garden which I do too. My dentist said my teeth got better what was my trick. The same. However they both said it will only help fresh breath. I guess it does more.
11 years ago at 2:54 PM
I had never tried the coconut oil with the baking soda before. So, I melted down a tablespoon of the oil, heated some olive oil with some peppermint from the garden, used a 1 tablespoon melted coconut with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and dropped some fresh peppermint olive oil in the mix, mixed it up. Wow, I like it much better than the baking soda-Hydrogen Peroxide mix I have been using for years. Although I still plan to follow up with a Hydrogen Peroxide rinse. THANK you for the new recipe!
Ben Henderson
9 years ago at 8:40 PM
Baking Soda is good to brush with but do not add salt. The salt makes it too abrasive according to my former and present dentist.
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7 years ago at 1:47 PM
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