Simple, Effective, Non-Toxic DIY Toothpaste

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

Toothpaste - A simple, non-toxic recipe easy to make at home or in your RV!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. If you are using essential oils, add them to the bowl.
  3. 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…

My diy, non-toxic toothpaste recipe My diy, non-toxic toothpaste recipe My diy, non-toxic toothpaste recipe

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!

Ingredient Links:

This is the only place I buy coconut oil – it is the best out there, and they frequently run 50% off coupons and free shipping, so make sure to check them often or sign up for their email to alert you of sales.  To learn why coconut oil is so full of benefits, and why theirs is the best product available, click on the Tropical Traditions logo here:



The baking soda below is for a 4 pack, it is much cheaper to buy in bulk.



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About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

14 comments on “Simple, Effective, Non-Toxic DIY Toothpaste

  1. I am so glad I found your blog/YouTube channel. I have been binge watching your videos. My family of 5 is soon setting out on this same adventure. Although we have camped before, we have never stayed more than a week in our tiny trailer. We are selling everything and getting a bigger pull behind to wander freely for a bit as a family. I love all your videos and anniversary updates. I have some questions. How do you handle mail? And how do you do your state of residence? Keep the fun blog posts and videos coming!

    • Hi, Lisa! So glad you found us too! Congratulations on making a great decision – you are going to make lasting memories with your children. Three of our nieces and nephews are coming to visit us soon, and they can’t wait to sleep in our fifth-wheel. I am sure I will do some posts/videos on how it went with children. For the logistics, we were kind of stuck in a quandary over what to do before we set out, so I can feel for your current position. Changing domiciles sounded like a good idea, but honestly, we weren’t even sure if we would make 3 months in the RV, and we couldn’t imagine going through all of that effort and then having to redo it right away (at the time we were selling all our stuff and doing the RV renovation, which was taking all of our time). Once you change your domicile, you are looking at having to drive your vehicle and RV to that state for inspection, etc. Being from PA, we were no where near the good states (Texas, South Dakota, Florida, etc.). It was all just a little too much for us at the time. We did not want little things to get in our way of making the leap, so we kept our PA domicile. We changed our address to my sister’s house, and they kindly handle our mail. Since we don’t have utilities and regular bills, the amount of mail is much less anyway. Chris talks to my brother-in-law and he will forward us anything we need or scan and send it to us. The only thing that is tricky is that Chris receives checks for his work. So, my brother-in-law has to deposit them for us. Chris only invoices monthly and only has a few clients, so it is not as bad as it sounds. If you don’t have a great option with family or friends, then I would look in to a mail service. Thanks so much for the encouragement, and please feel free to ask any questions you have! Best wishes as you set out on your journey, and please stop back and let us know how you are doing!

    • Jen,
      Just wanting to give you the good word on the toothpaste recipe provided here. I have been using this for a year now and have dental checkups every six months. Both of my last two checks ups since have been fantastic! When I opened my mouth the hygienist said, ” well your teeth are already clean!” I told her what I was using for toothpaste and she wants the recipe, haha.
      I told her the best part was they feel clean too.
      Thanks, Nance

      • That is great! I agree that my teeth feel so much cleaner too, but it has been so long now since we made the switch, that I am having trouble remembering how drastic the results were. Thanks for sharing!

  2. We will have to try it. Joshua has a lot of coffee stains. The coconut flavor sounds refreshing. Thanks !

  3. We love the toothpaste and have been using it for two years. The recipe is perfect for the jars and easy to make. Thanks!

  4. I just found you folks a few weeks ago and am enjoying your videos and blog postings. We have been trying to eliminate chemicals and toxins for quite some time, and the last chemical stronghold was our toothpaste. We tried all the brands from our health foods store and none were satisfactory. I immediately made your version and my husband and I really like it. In addition, it is a blessing to me right now. I am going through chemo and mouth sores are a real problem. I developed one and it healed within three days without any other medications! I am also going to try your laundry soap recipe. We become full timers next May and thought we would have to give up homemade laundry soap because my recipe, even halved, made so much. Making one gallon at a time will be just right. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi, Janet! I am so glad to hear that the toothpaste has been a help to you! It is such an encouragement to me to know that this recipe has been a good fit for you, especially when faced with the challenges of chemo. I hope the laundry soap works out as well – it can be a little trickier to get the hang of, but since you are already used to homemade, it will be an easier transition. I love that the recipe makes a gallon even – perfect for RVing. I am so glad that you found us, and I hope our blog is an encouragement to you. Our sincerest best wishes as you look forward to your upcoming travels. I have more non-toxic recipes to post, but if you are looking or something specific, please don’t hesitate to ask. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease several years ago and have been overhauling all of our personal care products since then. Please feel free to email me as well, if that is easier: Thanks so much for stopping by! -Jen

  5. We just found this recipe on a site that help periodontal disease which my husband has. We also add 3-4 drops of teatree oil to this mixture on our brush to fight the infection that causes periodontal disease. So far so good!

    • I LOVE essential oils and have used them in soooo many ways. It makes sense that they are recommending tea tree, as it has antimicrobial properties. Glad to hear that you found something that is working and thanks for sharing your experience!

  6. Jen, my mother lived to 85 and never once in her life did she ever go to a dentist. She brushed her teeth twice a day using baking soda and salt. Nothing else. She wet her tooth brush, dipped it in a box of baking soda and then salted it. Never had a cavity or gum disease and her teeth was very white even though she smoked all he adult life.

    • Fascinating! How many simple lessons have been lost through years. Thank you for sharing her story with us!

  7. Hey Jen,
    I love the recipes you shared for toothpaste and deodorant! Thanks so much for being such a great resource for healthy living.
    Your friend, Nance

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