Healthy and Homemade Toothpaste

by Becky on June 12, 2011

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Have you ever looked at the ingredient label of your toothpaste?  If you use regular store bought toothpaste, chances are that there are many ingredients that are just not so hot for your health.  They might help your teeth feel clean and sparkly, but the rest of your body, not so much.

If you look on the label of your toothpaste, chances are you will find sodium lauryl sulfate listed there.   Sodium lauryl sulfate is an ingredient that can’t be metabolized in the liver, making it harmful in the body.  This contaminate is found in many personal care products.  We are told that Fluoride is healthy for our teeth, but this is an extremely controversial topic.  Many believe that Fluoride is actually a highly toxic substance and is causing a number of health problems due to the high concentration added to many water supplies. Also in toothpaste is  sodium saccharin which is an artificial sweetener that has been known to cause tumors in laboratory animals.  If you have children in the house, don’t fail to take close note that you are instructed to call the Poison Control Center if your child receives too much toothpaste.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but feel that there is something not right with this picture.  According to the tube of toothpaste I’m holding in my hand, I can’t give it to my children until they are over 6 years of age.  Here’s the truth –  toothpaste in large quantities is highly toxic and the companies know it! Here’s the problem, though we don’t typically use toothpaste in large quantities our body is unable to rid itself of the contaminates that we do take in when brushing our teeth everyday.  This can make the build-up more harmful to our health than we may think.

Natural toothpastes and tooth soaps can be so expensive. But, you can make some at home for much less! Plus, it is safe to use on small children.

I have been experimenting with toothpaste lately, and here’s a recipe that I have tried:

1 tablespoon of Dr. Bonner’s Castile liquid soap, peppermint or baby mild (If you use peppermint you don’t have to add any essential oils.)

5 tablespoons coconut oil melted – I purchased mine from Tropical Traditions but you can also get some great buys from Rose Mountain Herbs

1 teaspoon of water or olive oil – you can use a little bit less or more to get it the consistency you want

2 teaspoons arrowroot powder- I got this from our bulk foods co-0p

A dash or two of SteviaI used the actual herb since it is in the most whole food form, although it needs to be finely ground so that you don’t get those herb leaves stuck in your teeth. But, you can also use Stevia powder.    You can purchase the Stevia herb from Rose Mountain Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store.

Essential Oils – Use about 20 drops of essential oils for flavoring.  The peppermint soap can come out a little strong is the castile peppermint is used or just peppermint oil.  Make sure you research a little bit to find a list of edible essential oils.  Not all essential oils are okay to eat.  I’m told that sweet orange, peppermint, or spearmint are great oils to use.

Small Jar – Combine your ingredients and place in a small jar.

There are plenty of recipes that contain baking soda, but from all that I’ve read prolonged use of baking soda can be abrasive on your teeth.  It also has a strong taste and I left it out so my children won’t have a problem using the toothpaste too.  I  added the arrowroot powder for consistency.  You can also do without, but it seems to thicken it up a bit.

This recipe was adapted from Lindsay at Passionate HomemakingThanks, Lindsay!

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Jenny June 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM

I love this recipe Becky! I have never seen one that doesn’t include baking soda… this looks great!

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Becky @ Our Peaceful home June 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Thanks Jenny! I’ve been using it for awhile now! I really like it!

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Jan June 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Thanks for sharing this article! I like to make a lot of things myself, but this is the first recipe that I have found for toothpaste. One of my sons needs to use de-sensitizing toothpaste. Is there anything I can add to this recipe to get that effect?

Thanks again!

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Becky @ Our Peaceful home June 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Hi Jan,

After doing a little research, it looks like you can use clove essential oil for sensitive teeth and according to Oxford University it should be safe to ingest. http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/CL/clove_oil.html Of course, I’m not a doctor, and it never hurts to do a little bit of your own research. I hope this helps point you in the right direction.

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Jenn June 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Hey, I was so incredibly excited to run across your post because I have hated the taste of baking soda, but really want to try homemade varieties of toothpaste. So I ran out to the store this weekend and purchased everything I needed for this toothpaste. My first batch turned out awesome, but I realized my coconut oil was rancid too late (boo), so I tried a second batch and in the midst of it, curiosity won over with what the Dr. Bronner’s tastes like (trust me, the taste is not worth the satisfaction of the curiosity!). After trying the batch out, I cannot seem to escape that horrible “soap” taste from Dr. Bronner’s. Does anyone else seem to have this problem? Or am I just really sensitive to different tastes?!

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Katherine Brady October 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I tried it but dont like the castile soap in it. I took it out and works just fine. I also used plain sugar , organic, and it tastes much better. My teeth feel just as clean.

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Mandy November 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Glad you found a version that works for you! We always like to hear the different takes on our homemade recipes! Thanks for sharing! :)

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