Homemade Natural Toothpaste Kids Will Love

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Homemade Toothpaste for Kids

If you’re into making natural personal products, chances are you’ve had to convince some family members to try things they weren’t crazy about. My sister-in-law recently made our tooth powder recipe and informed me that our nephew was all but disgusted with the flavor and texture of the product. I took this as a challenge.

Last year I started making my own version of Earthpaste (a great commercial brand of natural toothpaste). Their paste only contains a few ingredients – all of which I normally keep around – so concocting my own was simple. In the past, I had only used peppermint and vanilla to flavor my batches. I loved it, but started looking at my essential oil collection for a more kid-friendly flavor combination.

I finally came up with… sweet orange + vanilla = orange cream (just like a Creamsicle®)! Perfect for kids, with its sweet fruity flavor and the creamy texture of the clay-based paste. You’ll want to make a batch for yourself, because it’s perfect for adults as well!

What to expect with this homemade toothpaste

The best part of this DIY paste is that you’re NOT going to get fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or any of the other chemicals and additives that are added to commercial toothpaste.

Instead, you’re getting only natural ingredients that are beneficial for oral health. Bentonite clay is one of the most important ingredients in this paste, creating a nice smooth consistency and giving your teeth things they need. Bentonite clay is high in several minerals that are good for teeth, like silica, calcium, and magnesium. It also has the ability to bind to and absorb toxins in the mouth.

Even though it’s more kid-friendly, this DIY paste still might take a little getting used to. It doesn’t contain foaming agents like commercial pastes, so you won’t have bubbles when brushing with this. Tell your kids this is a good thing! It also has an off-white color due to the clay – not the bright white (or blue or red) your family might be accustomed to.

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Orange Creamsicle Toothpaste Recipe



  1. In a glass or wooden bowl combine bentonite clay, xylitol, and sea salt. Note: Bentonite clay loses some of its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so always choose non-metal bowls and utensils when mixing this toothpaste.
  2. Pour ½ cup water over dry ingredients and mix with a plastic, rubber, or wooden utensil until it forms a smooth paste. Add essential oils and mix well.
  3. Transfer to a small glass jar or squeeze tube with a tight-fitting lid. Label well.

To Use

If storing in a jar, simply dip a toothbrush into the toothpaste and brush as normal. You may want to provide each family member with his/her own jar so germs aren’t shared. These squeeze tubes are easy to fill if you prefer having a tube of toothpaste.

Note: Be sure kids do not swallow large amounts of this toothpaste since it contains essential oils.


If orange cream isn’t your thing, feel free to experiment with other flavors. Try peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, or vanilla mint. (In some cases, less of these essential oils should be used since they can be strong.)


About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebookand Twitter.

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  1. Rhoda Edwards says

    Thanks guys I am now going to try the tooth paste. will come back and let you know how it worked for my family. Usually all your products are tops for me but I do have some very particular folks to deal with at home so will be back with a report. Many thanks again!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Ha! We understand the part about having “particular” people to deal with. 🙂 If your family doesn’t like it the first time, take notes and adjust the recipe. (You can take out the salt if they think it’s salty, add a little more oils if the flavor isn’t just right, etc.) Hope you can please everyone on the first try with this one! 😉

  2. Angie says

    SCORE!!!!!! I found a small amount of whitish BC at the local health food store so figured I’d buy and make this the exact way you did. I even broke down and bought xylitol (usually I avoid all sweeteners but raw honey). You’d said I could have used my greenish clay but figured for $4 why not make it exact 🙂 Score! This is by far my new favorite DIY toothpaste. I’ve tried several and do like the powder one best, UNTIL NOW!!! I think I’m also gonna go ahead and use the green BC and make a traditional mint or maybe a sage and clove one.

    Only thing I did add to this recipe was a few trace mineral drops I’ve been re mineralizing my teeth since switching to all natural and DIY and figured it’s water based so why not add it to this.

    Thanks bunches you guys have truly outdone yourselves w/ this recipe.

  3. Priscilla says

    Has anyone used powdered bone meal (NOW food grade) in your toothpaste recipe? It sounds to me like it might be a good remineralizing ingredient.
    I try to make my toothpaste palatable enough that I don’t have to spit it out. I use ingredients that I believe add to my health (but may not be best for drain pipes or septic tanks). I think my stomach acids can handle any bacteria that form on my teeth and are being brushed off.
    Any thoughts on any of the above comments/questions?

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Yes, that’s bentonite! Go ahead and use it and don’t worry about the color. Clays are a natural substance so there’s bound to be some color variations even within the same clay family. If you don’t feel right about having a greenish toothpaste with an orange flavor, maybe you’ll like vanilla mint better! 🙂

      • Angie says

        Oh great I hope it comes out well I’ll come back and letcha know for sure. I usually use a mint and clove flavor so maybe since it’s greenish that’d make more sense but maybe I tiny trial for the hubby w/ orange, he got all excited seeing this post 🙂

  4. Kim says

    We have a septic system, and I’ve read that Bentonite Clay not recommended for one. With 5 people brushing multiple times a day it would eventually add up. We should probably sub baking soda. Any thoughts?

    Also, could Vegetable Glycerin (USP food grade) be used in place of Xylitol? I believe they’re both used in natural toothpastes and are good for teeth.

    • Betsy Jabs says

      I haven’t researched bentonite clay’s effects on septic systems, but the bentonite clay is very diluted once it’s spit out of your mouth. If you want to sub baking soda though, you’ll want to check out our other recipe and add the orange/vanilla oils if you want the orange cream flavor: https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-toothpaste/

      We don’t recommend glycerin in toothpaste. It actually coats the teeth, preventing remineralization. It takes about 20-30 brushings to completely remove the glycerin left on your teeth from one brushing. It’s one of the ingredients natural toothpaste companies continue to put in their pastes (for extra “slip”) that we are trying to stay away from. Hope that helps Kim!

      • Kim says

        First of all, thank you for replying so quickly! Although the clay recipe looks creamy, we’ll try the simple baking soda recipe first. I did see another paste recipe (which I can’t find now of course) that included organic coconut oil. That is another product we use in our home already, and it might make it creamy and easier to swipe/squeeze onto the brush for the kiddos. Any problems with coconut oil on teeth that you’re aware of?

        I’ll add xylitol for sweetener. I’m surprised about the vegetable glycerin since it’s water soluble. Thought I’d save myself from more ingredients since we already use food grade glycerin for skin and making bubbles. No worries though.

        Thank you for the information and links!

        • Betsy Jabs says

          Coconut oil is wonderful for teeth, and we occasionally add it to our baking soda toothpaste recipe. You will want to run a little hot water down the drain after spitting though, because the coconut oil will harden in a cold drain. Depending on the temps in your bathroom, the coconut oil toothpaste will be quite hard in the winter and very soft & workable in the warmer months. Have fun making this!

          • Kim says

            Sounds great! Looking forward to giving it a try after my supplies arrive. Thank you for your advice!

  5. Susan says

    Thanks for this recipe! Was just wondering: I’ve heard how good black walnut hulls and white oak bark are for teeth and gums, so was wondering if it’d be ok to add these, in powder form , to the toothpaste? I didn’t now if it’d be ok to mix these with the clay or not??

    • Betsy Jabs says

      We haven’t experimented with or researched either of those things for oral health, so we can’t give any input there. Sounds like a good experiment though! 🙂

  6. Zoethout says

    I ordered bentonite clay in the netherlands, but my toothpaste is green and it has a real clay flavour. It does not look like a creamy nice paste…is it still oké to use ?

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Hi there,

      It sounds like you may have ended up with French Green clay, but you’ll want to check with the source where you purchased it. I have not heard of this type of clay being used in oral preparations, so you’ll want to do a little further research before using that batch you’ve already made. 🙁