Looking to start swapping out your personal care products for healthier versions? Focusing on ridding your body of toxins? Think you might like DIY? In it to save some money?
You came to the right place, my friend! The first step is toothpaste. DIY toothpaste is so simple to make at home with 2 basic ingredients you probably already have on hand. It was the first personal care item that I made over 5 years ago, and it is also the best recipe for quick, huge results. Big results give you great motivation. Soon, you will be well on your way to making all of your own personal care items!
Simple, Effective DIY Toothpaste
Ingredients (product links at bottom of post):
- 6 Tablespoons baking soda (step up your game by using a pure source)
- 3 T coconut oil in a liquid state (don’t like the coconut flavor? use expeller-pressed coconut oil for no flavor)
- Optional: 30 drops essential oils of your choice (My top recommendations: clove, cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint – you can mix them however you want to get a total of 30 drops – I usually do 20 drops of a mint and 10 drops clove. Mix it up though, so you can reap all the benefits.)
DIY Toothpaste Instructions:
- Measure your baking soda and place in a bowl. Warm your coconut oil to a liquid state by using a double boiler method. If you do not have a double boiler, fill the bottom of a pot with a few inches of water, and put a dish (non-plastic) with the coconut oil in the pot. Warm with medium-low heat until the coconut oil is melted. You can use a microwave instead, but I don’t recommend it as microwaves may decrease the healthful benefits of the oil. Once melted, measure three tablespoons and add it to the baking soda.
- If you are using essential oils, add them to the bowl.
- Mix together until a paste forms. It will be a wet paste, because of the liquid coconut oil. But, the coconut oil will re-harden as it cools; so don’t worry if it seems a bit runny at first. Depending on where you live in the country, your coconut oil will be softer or harder according to the temperature – just add more baking soda if necessary.
This amount of toothpaste will perfectly fill one of the short jelly jars used for canning as seen below…
It is fine to sit in your bathroom until you finish using it – no need to refrigerate. Do use a clean finger to grab some paste for your toothbrush. Once empty, wash your jar well and make a new batch! The great thing about using canning jars is that you can sterilize them by boiling in water for 10 minutes if you feel the need.
What to expect? I made the switch over five years ago now, but I do remember it feeling weird at first. It does not bubble or have a strong flavor like commercial toothpaste. Instead, it is very gentle with a salty flavor from the baking soda and no aftertaste. You will not have that false taste of freshness that commercial toothpastes are so famous for – this will be a change for most people. While it will feel strange the first few times, stick with it! In two weeks time, if you try regular commercial toothpaste, that fresh flavor that you thought you were missing will taste like the chemicals it actually is. You will never go back.
Why is this diy toothpaste so great? Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties, while baking soda lowers acidity, offers minerals and deodorizes. Using the essential oils really boosts the anti-microbial properties and healthful benefits. We began using this recipe after my husband was fed up with stains on his bottom teeth. He had tried everything, including expensive whitening treatments at the dentist for them. The treatments worked, but only for a short while, and the stains would return. Since we switched to this toothpaste recipe, the stains disappeared and have not returned – I kid you not! It has been over 5 years. Last year, my husband visited a traditional dentist, and they couldn’t believe how great his teeth looked. They actually asked him what he used, and they were surprised to hear it was a homemade toothpaste that was so simple. I saw a holistic dentist last year and told her the ingredients, she said it was a brilliant recipe. I asked if there should be any concern with baking soda acting as an abrasive, and she said absolutely not. So, we have seen great benefits in our own experience, and we have a regular and a holistic dentist to back up the results! Plus, you all have seen our pearly whites over and over again now – you be the judge!
This was our first step to changing our oral health, and over the years we have added some other products and practices for even better results. This diy toothpaste recipe is a great place to start!
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The baking soda below is for a 4 pack, it is much cheaper to buy in bulk.