Make it yourself Monday: Non-toxic Toothpaste

Sorry for being M.I.A. the past few days.  After I bought a new battery for my laptop, the cord went too and I had to order it which only took 2 days by the way.  I had taken my laptop to the guys at the Geek Squad and they helped me figure out what was the problem but the cord they sold was $90!!!  I got one on Amazon for $8 plus shipping…oh yeah!!

So back to blogging.  Today is Monday which means another make it yourself project.

We have been using homemade toothpaste for 5 years now and let me tell you, once you get used to it, it is hard to go back to the super strong and chemical laden stuff they call toothpaste at the store.  NOTE: PLEASE, I did say please, IF YOU POST MY RECIPE TO YOUR BLOG PLEASE,  DO NOT TAKE CREDIT FOR IT.  IT HAS TAKEN ME YEARS TO PERFECT AND I AM SHARING IT WITH YOU out of love!

Most of these ingredients you should have in your pantry already, if you don’t, go out and buy them!  Baking soda and coconut oil have sooo many uses and who doesn’t have peppermint essential oil in their cupboard, lots of stuff you can use that for too.  If you are using them for lots of other things around the house then the only thing you have to invest in is the Zylitol which will last you about a year or two and costs about $8.00 making this tooth paste good for your mouth and your pocket.

What you need:
-8 tbsp non-aluminum baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
-4 tbsp organic coconut oil (warm it to make it liquid)
-10 tsp Zylitol powder (a natural and good for your teeth sweetner) we put it through the Vitamix to make it a powdered sugar before adding it but we used it straight out ot the package for many years without anyone complaining.
-6 to 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil unless you don’t need mintyness in which case you could use another oil or just leave it out all together)  This girls needs some minty in the mornin’.  Just saying!  You could also put orange essential oil in your toothpaste.  Orange helps to brighten your smile.  You could also make a Theives version for keeping gums and teeth as healthy as possible.  (NOTE***  If you use essential oils in your body and care products please use one that you have done your homework on.)
-Something to keep your tooth paste in like a mason jar or bottle.

*Edit* Many of you have emailed me about the saltiness of this toothpaste.  You can add as much zylitol as you feel it takes to make this sweeter.  The zylitol does not dissolve right away so you will feel it in there.  As I noted above, you can put it through your food processor or grinder to make it a fine powder.   We spent years brushing baking soda, salt and peroxide so the saltiness does not bother us.  I have received emails saying they added up to 10 tablespoons of zylitol to make it sweet enough, again…up to you*

In a bowl mix together your baking soda and zylitol and make sure there are no lumps

Zylitol looks just like sugar doesn’t it.  It is also very sweet and has a cooling action in your mouth

Add the coconut oil and peppermint essential oils.  Mixa mixa until it is all incorporated. Put your toothpaste in whatever container you are going to use.  If you didn’t put the xylitol through the blender, let it sit for a few hours before you use it the first time so the zylitol can dissolve some. Happy brushing!
 I have never had this go rancid or bad on me, if you are worried about that you could keep it in the fridge but like I said… it has never gone bad.
Disclaimer:  I am not a dentist and this recipe is my own creation which you use at your own discretion.  Education is our strongest weapon.  In my opinion (and everybody has one) medical professionals are taught to follow the book and that book has too many bad chapters for me.  If you keep reading there will be some preachy stuff about toothpaste : )

Whanna know what is in your toothpaste? Most probably toxic fluoride, glycerin, petroleum dyes, sweeteners, sodium lauryl sulfate, unsafe preservatives and lots of other harmful ingredients that actually damage your teeth and health!  Most tooth products use glycerin as its base (glycerin causes the solution to be thick instead of runny.) Glycerin dries out the pulp of your teeth and causes sensitivity in the teeth. Glycerine is in all tooth pastes and so sticky that it takes 27-30 washes to get it off. Teeth brushed with any toothpaste are coated with a film and CANNOT PROPERLY REENAMELIZE. Our teeth were they healthy were designed to re-enamalize while we sleep  but since they are coated with stuff we put there at bedtime to keep our teeth clean and healthy they cannot.

Test it for yourself, go to your local organic store and take 10 or 20 minutes to pick up every natural, organic, or regular toothpaste.  Everyone will have glyrcerin in it.  The owner of our local store was sure that could not be correct but she was surprised. These companies use fluoride to re-mineralize the teeth caused by the glycerin, and potassium nitrate to soothe the nerves.  Flouride is also a very toxic substance, it is a known nerve poison,  and most amazing causes cavities.  Hard to believe,  just do some research and you will quickly find it to be true. (phew, I am glad I got that off my chest! I wrote this 4 years ago and see my notes all the time reminding me that I have not shared this with anyone) Procrastinators are the most well intentioned people I know.

OK so I am now stepping off my soap box and returning you to your regularly scheduled program.

66 Responses to Make it yourself Monday: Non-toxic Toothpaste

  1. eko June 6, 2018 at 7:39 am #

    thanks for the recipe may be useful.

  2. Den Cal May 4, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    Hey, I'm a long time fan and reader of your blog, first time commenter. Just wanted to say this post really hit home with the stuff I've been looking into. Thanks man

  3. going natural September 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    Thank you for your blog I really appreciate the ingredients to make the all-natural toothpaste. I can’t wait to give this a try. Happy smiling!

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  10. tara September 3, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    Wow thank u for the recipe I'm making it tomorrow! My special needs son ran out of the special toothpaste I buy him at the health food store(that's stuff is expensive!) and since I haven't been to the store to buy more, I had to create something for tonight but I'm encouraged to try this so thank u!

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  12. veneers loxahatchee August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    How does that work when the coconut oil solidifies in cooler temperatures. I've got mine in a jar but when it gets cold it's a bit of a pain. I used stevia in my toothpaste.

  13. san clemente dentist July 22, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    I love your site, I just came across it today. Reading your toothpaste post made me relize why me gums are going crazy. I make our toothpaste over here too,

  14. David June 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    I did make this….The first time major fail I accidently used baking powder! I did finally get it right. However, the toothpaste solidified in the sqeezable bottle (I used the ones you mentioned) and I have to scoop it out. I didn't use the peppermint oil and it's fine to me. The kids are a bit hesitant each time because they know it's salty, but they will get used to it;) cosmetic dentist boynton beacht

    • farmishmomma June 3, 2014 at 1:04 am #

      David, I am sorry to laugh but my mother made the same exact mistake when I gave her the recipe. She kept telling me she didn't like it and it tasted bad. I decided to check her baking soda only to discover she was using her "baking power" (that is how my dad says it hehe). I did mention that it would solidify in the bottle and that I kept it in a very warm bathroom. Better to keep it in a little jar 🙂 Good tooth health to you!

  15. crissie May 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    where in the grocery store can you find xylitol and does it matter if the coconut oil is refined vs unrefined?

  16. Monica H. March 2, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    What is the difference between essential oil and the stuff for baking? I already have the EO, can I not use it?

    • farmishmomma March 2, 2014 at 4:58 am #

      Monica, I was taught years ago by an herbalist that EO's should not be taken internally. I use the stuff for cooking because it works well and is safe to be consumed. 🙂

  17. Online Fashion February 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for more info.

  18. Ruth September 29, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I have just discovered your toothpaste recipe on pinterest and I am eager to try it out, but I dont have any Xylitol but I do have Stevia, another natural sweetener, do you think this will work equally as well?

    • farmishmomma September 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Ruth, I haven't tried it but it should be fine. The only thing I can think is that processed stevia can have a bitter aftertaste and then you might not like it. Xylitol is not only sweet but also good for your teeth. Let me know if you try it and it comes out ok. The xylitol is not really necessary if you don't mind the salty taste of the baking soda 🙂

  19. nannysarah May 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Is this safe for a 2 year old? 🙂

    • Crunchy Momma May 10, 2013 at 2:19 am #

      NannySarah, It is completely safe which is more than should be said for toothpaste 🙂

  20. Anonymous March 27, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    HI I finally made this but I had to use double the amount of coconut oil, is it because I used the armor hammer baking soda? Should I redo it and use the one you recommend?

  21. Anonymous March 20, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    After years of using your tooth paste, WHAT are your dental visits like? Have you noticed are your teeth whiter? Less or no cavities? What about plaque build up?

  22. Steve and Carrie Whi January 24, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Love the blog! I want to know if there is a reason you couldn't use Essential oils in the home made toothpaste?Thanks!

    • Crunchy Momma January 25, 2013 at 3:17 am #

      You should use an extract meant for food use. Essential oils are not all meant for consuming internally so better safe than sorry. Either way, the mint is only for taste.

  23. Crunchy Momma January 20, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Anonymous, I would definitely never use sugar!! If you don't want to use Xylitol which is a sweetner that is good for your teeth then maybe you could substitute stevia in powder form.

  24. Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    can you use regular sugar ?

  25. Olivia Lane January 15, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Cool! I just made my own toothpaste and toothpowder. I don't like my toothpaste so much (it had Stevia in it- ew!). Next time I'll try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!Hugs,OliviaOlivia Cleans Green blog

  26. Helen B. @ Blue Eyed October 13, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    I really like how you've stored your toothpaste. It makes perfect sense! I've been using a little container for my own homemade toothpaste, but if I had kids this would be great!I found your blog via Pinterest!HelenBlue Eyed Beauty Blog

  27. Smilie girl September 19, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    I've been using your recipe for a while and have just made up a second batch. I've been really happy with it, its just different to commercial toothpaste, which is just as well! Thank you for sharing it.I read a comment about your mouth miracle recipe. What is that?

  28. Vania September 4, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Hi! I've been using homemade toothpaste for about 1 1/2 year now. I love it, and I prepare it unsweetened and unflavored. I really enjoy the saltiness and the coconut flavor. I did not know that glycerin was unsafe. It was recommended by another blogger, and I really enjoy the slight sweetness, although I don't think it's necessary. I just made a new batch this evening, while trying to prepare for my work week! I will try the Xylitol next time. I am really interested in the bottle used, I saw no mention of its source. Thank you so much for posting this information, for the growing number of people who are trying to "go natural" in one way or another!

    • Crunchy Momma September 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Vania, So glad you like my toothpaste. I too like it unsweetened but my kids like the xylitol in theirs. The bottle is from the cake decorating section of Michaels but I would not recommend using one unless your bathroom is warm like mine because it will solidify and become hard to get out of the bottle. In my bathroom I just keep it in a jar but my kids make a mess of it without the bottle. I keep it on the window sill to keep it fluid.

  29. MamaPotato April 26, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Thanks so much for your experience & recipe! Quick Note: Arm & Hammer is Aluminum Free!

  30. Michaela Nastasia February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Amen Sistah!

  31. Josette January 31, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    I did make this….The first time major fail I accidently used baking powder! I did finally get it right. However, the toothpaste solidified in the sqeezable bottle (I used the ones you mentioned) and I have to scoop it out. I didn't use the peppermint oil and it's fine to me. The kids are a bit hesitant each time because they know it's salty, but they will get used to it;)My sunshine just erupted a second cavity and I am very careful with brushings and their diet (not pefect mind you but I try very hard) So, I am hoping that by using this toothpaste recipe (which I have printed out and put in my home binder) will help him.

  32. Crunchy Momma December 6, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    Princess Granola, If she is allergic to coconut oil you could try any othe good oil such as organic olive or sweet almond oil. Oil is good for the teeth and gums. The other thing I suggest is she is not too small to be bothered by salt is what I use for myself. Two parts baking soda (without aluminum) to one part finely grinded celtic sea salt, keep in a jar and mix with peroxide to make a paste. When you brush rock your tooth brush gently back and forth instead of scrubbing along the gun line which pushes the toothpaste into the sulcus (area between the teeth) where all the bad germs hide. It kills the germs and within no time your gums become nice and tight to your teeth. My small children do not like the salty taste so I use the recipe I blogged about for them. Oh, side note…if you have mercury fillings in your mouth, the peroxide is said to outgas. If that thought bothers you just use aloe vera juice in place of the peroxide.

  33. princess granola December 6, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    I've been looking for a good homemade toothpaste but my daughter is allergic to coconut… any ideas on what we could use as a substitute?

  34. Lisa U November 28, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Super good information, thank you for sharing. I've been alternating coconut oil, baking soda and my soladey 3 for about a year now and have noticed significant improvement. I really look forward to trying your recipe. 🙂

  35. Hathcock Family October 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi! I am exited to try to make toothpaste! Can you tell me the reason you do not use an essential oil? Just wondering before I make it…Thanks! You can email me at ludwigk79@Hotmail.comKristina

  36. Crunchy Momma September 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Brittany, Good question! I should have mentioned that. The bathroom the kids use is very warm and so it does not solidify but in my bathroom I keep it in a jar with a little spoon to put some on my tooth brush. I put it in the bottle for the kids because they would make a terrible mess if they had to scoop it out. In normal bathrooms though I would definitely say to put it in a jar.

  37. Brittany @ The Pista September 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I use a similar toothpaste and I am curious, do you put your toothpaste in the squeeze bottle like the picture shows? How does that work when the coconut oil solidifies in cooler temperatures. I've got mine in a jar but when it gets cold it's a bit of a pain. I used stevia in my toothpaste. However, I make my kids' toothpaste with just coconut oil and xylitol and I will probably switch to that as I feel like the baking soda is too abrasive.

  38. Crunchy Momma September 23, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    The Lows, Thank you so much for that information. I had no idea about it being toxic to dogs. Enjoy the recipe.

  39. The Lows September 23, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Just wanted to leave a quick safety message. Xylitol can be deadly to dogs. There is not a known safe amount, although many dogs can ingest it and be fine. Please make sure to keep this away from your dogs. Most likely they'll be attracted to it because of the smell. Call your vet immediately for ingestion, most likely they'll have you vomit the dog and then keep a close eye on them for a few days. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  40. JOYfilled Family August 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    thanks so much for sharing. i needed help with this. i think the zylitol will be the trick.hopefully it will pass the dad test. i still can't get him to switch His joy, lenap.s. i just re-found you and i'm looking forward to an evening of browsing with my 16 yo daughter.

  41. Crunchy Momma July 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Megan, The saltiness is not from the zylitol but from the baking soda. The xylitol is quite sweet and in a few days will disolve more and the toothpaste will be sweeter. You could also run the xylitol through a blender or food processor to powderize it more and that might make it sweeter faster but we are just used to the flavor and it works.

  42. Megan and Marcus of July 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Finally got around to trying this and it is quite salty tasting. Could it 10 tablespoons of xylitol instead of teaspoons?? God bless!

  43. Crunchy Momma July 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    You can find zylitol in any health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes even my teenie country town store has it.

  44. Anonymous July 1, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Where do you find Xylitol?

    • eko June 6, 2018 at 1:43 am #

      yes where did you find xylitol .. ???

  45. Crunchy Momma June 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Amy, If you need to do a gum rescue email me and I will send you my mouth miracle recipe. Then once your gums are in good shape you can start with this toothpaste.

    • Theresa November 22, 2014 at 4:33 am #

      Crunchy Momma, I would love the recipe for your mouth miracle recipe, please.

      Thank you.

    • Chris April 4, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      Could I get your miracle mouth recipe too? Thanks Chris at

      • Mareina December 5, 2015 at 6:40 am #

        Could I get your miracle mouth recipe as well? That would be amazing. I am trying to go all natural myself.

    • Heather April 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      Could you please email me your mouth miracle recipe? I could really use it. Your recipes are great by the way. For the toothpaste, do you use essential oil or extract in it? As one comment in the blog said that they are two different things.

  46. Crunchy Momma June 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Tracy, Thanks for pointing that out. I think I had a toddler trying to pull my skirt off while I was typing this : )

  47. Crunchy Momma June 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Josette, Let me know if you like it.

  48. Crunchy Momma June 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Organic Momma, thanks for reading, I will check out your blog today.

  49. Amy June 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    I love your site, I just came across it today. Reading your toothpaste post made me relize why me gums are going crazy. I make our toothpaste over here too, (although I am going to try your recipe) But the last few weeks I have been using store bought toothpast that I got free from couponing, no more it is going in the trash today. I dont know why it didnt dawn on me before. Glad I found your site.

  50. Meadow June 20, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    Thanks for the recipe!

  51. Megan & Marcus o June 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    This is so cool! We're gonna try it!

  52. Josée June 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I plan on giving it a try in the near future.

  53. TracyKM June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Looks like a much better option than just plain baking soda and water (ick). I think peppermint oil (what you list) and extract (what you show) are two really different items (but I could be wrong). I know you say not to use essential oil, but maybe change the text to say extract would be helpful.How do keep the coconut oil liquid at room temperature so it comes out of the squeeze bottle? Would the coconut flavour be enough on its own?

  54. Josette June 7, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    whoo hoo…thank you for the recipe.

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