Homemade Toothpaste Is Effective & Simple to Make

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How To Make Toothpaste

Homemade toothpaste is simple to make and requires just a few everyday ingredients. This quick DIY recipe is natural, fun to make, and will save you money.

Homemade Toothpaste: A Simple Recipe

Why make your own toothpaste?

It saves money, gives you a feeling of accomplishment, and allows you to leave out all the harmful ingredients commercial toothpaste is made of. Oh yeah, and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Simple Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt (optional – direct application of the minerals in sea salt is great for teeth, but can be left out if the taste is too salty)
  • 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or add your favorite flavor – spearmint, orange, etc.)
  • filtered water (add to desired consistency)

Cost Breakdown & Savings

Here is the breakdown in cost analysis for 5.33 oz of homemade toothpaste (same amount as one tube of our old toothpaste):

  • baking soda @ 16 oz = $1.00 | 2/3 cup is 5.33 oz which = $0.33
  • fine sea salt @ 22 oz = $2.00 | 1 tsp is .17 oz which = $0.02
  • peppermint extract @ 1 oz = $3.00 | 2 tsp is .33 oz which = $1.04 | Better yet, use peppermint essential oil @ 1 oz = $13.00 | 15 drops = $0.28!

Note: you can use as much or as little peppermint, or other flavors, as you wish. Add the flavoring little by little until you reach an amount you enjoy.

Prior to making our own, we were using Tom’s of Maine Spearmint Gel® costing an average of $5.00 for a 5.2 oz tube.  Based on the calculations above the same amount of this homemade toothpaste will cost between $0.63 and $1.39 for 5.33 oz, depending on how much flavoring is used.

The cost savings will be between $4.37 – $3.61 per tube!

Aside from cost, there are many other benefits of homemade products.  By making this toothpaste not only are we cutting costs by upwards of 300%, but we also know the exact ingredients and count time spent as fun, educational, and useful for all involved!

Making Homemade Toothpaste

Remember, each batch yields the equivalent of one 5.3oz tube of toothpaste which you can store in a small storage container somewhere close to your toothbrush. When you are ready to brush, simply wet your toothbrush, scoop or spread as much paste as you like, and begin brushing.

1.  Start with these ingredients:

How To Make Toothpaste 1

2.  Mix together baking soda, optional salt, and peppermint. Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.

How To Make Toothpaste 2

That’s it!   You’re done.  Now go get rid of that bad breath!

Homemade Toothpaste FAQs

Isn’t baking soda abrasive?

No, on the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) scale baking soda is MUCH less abrasive than commercial toothpaste.

Are essential oils safe for consumption?

First, you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste. That said, some may run down our throats – and most essential oil providers are legally obligated to print, “not for consumption” on their packaging – but we use it with confidence. Here’s our line of thought: would you rather put the essential oils of a mint plant in your mouth or commercial toothpaste that has poison control warnings on every package? We know what our answer would be, but we always encourage people to do what they’re comfortable with.

What should we store the paste in?

In a container of your choosing close to your toothbrush. We prefer to use essential oils in our toothpaste, which should be stored in glass. We use a small glass jar and store out of heat and light so oils don’t degrade.

Should we each have our own container, or can we share with others?

If cooties bother you then get your own container, if not then don’t worry about it. My wife and I share one.

How do we get it onto our toothbrush?

Simply wet your brush, scoop or spread on some paste, and brush away.

Does this really work?

Yes. I actually like it better than store bought and find it gets rid of onion and garlic breath better than any toothpaste I have ever used.

Where do I get the ingredients?

At pretty much any store, or you can buy them online through the links above.

Is this toothpaste bad for me?

No. But that is just my opinion since I am not a dentist, but the FDA does regard the ingredients as safe.

What about fluoride, don’t we need it?

Not in my opinion. The research I have done reveals fluoride as a toxic poison. Dentists typically say it is beneficial when applied to the teeth of children, but I encourage you to do a little research of your own… I’m guessing you’ll come out holding the same opinion as me.

Personalize Your Homemade Toothpaste

There are so many ways to make homemade toothpaste. We encourage you to find the proportions and ingredients for a toothpaste you’ll love. We even enjoy brushing our teeth with a homemade tooth powder now, that includes special ingredients for extra whitening! You can see the recipe here.


About Matt Jabs

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  1. Diana says

    Next time you buy a tube of toothpaste, look carefully at the colored stripes found at the bottom, near the crimp. The color of the stripe will tell you just what’s in that toothpaste. Here are the color codes and what they mean.

    Blue Stripe- Natural plus Medicine
    Green Stripe- All Natural
    Red Stripe- Natural plus Chemicals
    Black Stripe- All Chemicals

  2. ATrujillo says

    I have recently gotten into DIY projects and one of them I would like to try is the DIY toothpaste. My questions is, how long is the mixture good for? A couple months, until gone, etc.?

  3. Claudia says

    If you want to learn a bunch about fluoride and oral health, check out this amazing web site.


    IAOMT stands for “International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.” They know what is up on so many levels and can get anyone in contact with holistic doctors and dentists who can and will help you to heal yourself… naturally!

    Also, I had 13 mercury fillings removed by a holistic dentist, and have talked to several holistic dentists, and one of the best recipes is as follows: (This is the basic recipe… I add essential oils and other things myself.)
    1 part sea salt to 6 parts aluminum-free baking soda. So, if you take 6 teaspoons of baking soda, then add 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and put this in a coffee grinder for 30 seconds… which takes away the abrasiveness. The combination of the sea salt and the baking soda kill bacteria by breaking down the cell of the bacteria, and then killing it from within. Also a few drops of essential oils like tea tree oil, clove oil, rosemary, lavender, and others, help to keep the oral cavity clean and healthy. I have not used fluoride toothpaste in over 15 years, and my teeth are healthy now. I spray HP on my toothbrush, and rinse it off, then I use a baby spoon to scoop the tooth powder onto my toothbrush and brush my teeth, the roof of my mouth, the space between my gums and cheeks, and also under my tongue. I also gargle with it, and swish and spit it out. I also use coconut oil to swish and spit out sometimes.

    I also don’t consume sugar anymore, nor do I drink alcohol, and only eat sprouted grain bread instead of regular bread. I also consume lacto-fermented foods and kombucha for the probiotics as well as the chelating effects of the kombucha, plus I love my leafy greens. I’m still healing from heavy metal toxicity (including fluoride poisoning), it takes time, but I got my life back. I am missing some fillings that fell out, but my oral health is better, and my teeth are healthier and whiter than ever. I also use colloidal silver to kill bacteria in my mouth, and in my body, and on my skin and in my inner ears. Systemic, Hyphal, Fungal Candida live in the inner ear, the skin, the jaw, the digestive tract, and many other places. Its a hard thing to get rid of… but not impossible. Note, you must repopulate yourself with probiotics after using colloidal silver, as it does kill all bacteria, including the good guys. Its hard on candida though!

  4. Claudia says

    I make my own toothpowder, but I don’t make wet toothpaste. We can get spray bottles of hydrogen peroxide in our local drug stores, so I spray my toothbrush before dipping in my toothpowder.

  5. sandi says

    Just a note to share that I’ve been a reader/subscriber for quite a while. Recently I have been paring down my e-mails and subscriptions, so I’m down to around 50 e-mails in my box at all times!!! ~but I kept my subscription to DIY Natural~ 🙂 Thank you for always sharing such great stuff!!!!!

  6. Jess says

    At my last dental checkup, I asked my dentist about his thoughts on baking soda & charcoal as toothpaste and on oil pulling. He said he had heard of oil pulling and knew of a few patients that swear by it, but couldn’t say anything about it from personal experience. As for charcoal & baking soda- he said they are great for removing surace stains, but because they are abrasive, they can wear down teeth, so don’t brush too hard.

  7. Kelona says

    Im actually making a version with coconut oil, but cant get the coconut oil to stop separating from the powder/herb mix (similar to your tooth powder recipe with sage)… suggestions?

      • Kelona says

        Yeah, I tried that… it really wont mix, dunno why. It blends for a while then separates. I tried blending it in a ninja blend for a long time, blending and reblending… got nice and smooth, just refused to stay mixed. I have an immersion blender but I dunno if thatll make a difference. Maybe if I whip the coconut oil first? Hmmm.

        I was using several powders (cinnamon, clove, sage, baking soda, dolomite, xylitol) along with coconut oil and peppermint oil.

        Side note: Ive been wanting to add bentonite clay, but am worried about the fillings, I have A LOT of mercury fillings, and read about a lot of ppl getting very sick as the bentonite began pulling the mercury from the fillings, destroying them slowly, then making the ppl really sick from a sort of detox effect… do you have mercury fillings perchance? Any side effects with the bentonite?)

        Anywho… a lot of powders… what happens is the powders separate to some degree, then the oil floats on top… but the powders are still wet and become almost solid. Maybe Im using too much oil?

        I noticed when I add a lil water, the powder wont turn rock solid and can be shaken up and mixed with the oil again easily, but Id like to get it to a state where it would be a consistent paste and would separate at all. Any other ideas?

  8. Kimberly says

    My kids don’t like the “spicy” sensation of commercial toothpastes. I am looking forward to making this!

  9. Shirley says

    Can 4 – 6 yr old children use this paste? If not can you suggest a recipe for toothpaste for them. Thank you

  10. Debby says

    Should I use peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil for the toothpaste recipe? And if I use essential oil which brand is the best?

  11. Stacy says

    Hi there, I’ve had some hit and miss successes with homemade tooth powders, but I really like paste consistency. I was wondering if you had any trouble with your paste recipe going bad. I’m always a little wary of adding water to my DIY projects for long term usage since they tend to grow things rather rapidly when I do so.

  12. Virginia says

    You can make a little change at recipe by mixing glycerin + baking soda + aloe vera gel, or only glycerin and baking soda + mint essential oils. 🙂

  13. Brittani says

    What would you suggest for a 1 and 1/2 year old? Currently using non-fluoridated toothpaste of the toddler variety. And how often would you recommend brushing her teeth? She does drink juices and milk and eats quite a bit of fruit.

  14. Henry says

    Thanks everyone for all the information and the comments on this page. Thoroughly useful in the process of unlearning all the bad habits our society has taught us! best wishes to all.

  15. Angelique says

    Would you really want to use a bleached salt in toothpaste when your trying to get away from chemicals in your toothpaste in the beginning. I would suggest a salt that wasn’t bleached. Also i would suggest a food grade peppermint oil as well.

  16. Ashley says

    I just made this using orange essential oil. I have added 40 drops and it still is extremely salty (I didn’t even add the salt!) any suggestions? Also, a good storage container is a honey bear bottle 🙂 I put mine in that and it works really well!

  17. Cookie says

    I wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for this recipe. I did make a few adjustments as follows: 1/3 c baking soda, 1 tsp salt (regular table salt cause that’s all I had on hand at the time), 4 TBSP water, 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (I will add more in my next batch). Trying something new is scary so if it was a fail for me no great expense or effort lost and it’s always easier to add than to take away). This recipe was a huge WIN!!! In fact now that over a week has passed since I ran out of store bought toothpaste (I used to have problems with dry mouth) my teeth actually feel way cleaner and the dry mouth issue is almost completely gone. Looking forward to running out of mouthwash so I can start making my own.

  18. Carrie @ Natural Gumption says

    There are So many things to comment on for this thread….but here are my 2 cents.

    1. IF Fluoride works, than WHY do we have so many issues with cavities…..in the 20 yrs I have spent in dentistry this STILL baffles me….currently we are experiencing epidemic proportions of cavities in children, which leads me to further believe that it doesn’t work.

    2. Baking soda while great can increase sensitivity and gum recession especially in women who are peri or post menopausal and have had hormonal changes.

    3. Xylitol is AMAZING for oral health, but you need to know the source. It is either coming from corn (and processed in china) or it comes from North American Birch and is processed in the states……..I research oral health products and have only found 2 sources that are 100% North American Birch.
    Great post, I love all of the interaction you get with your audience!!

    • BlogZilla says

      Carrie, you’re absolutely correct. Fluoride is probably one of the biggest scams of the 20th and 21st century. Most people don’t know where fluoride comes from or what it actually is. They just believe the corporate dogma that’s been fed to them for decades, without doing their own research. ( e.g.They believe that Coca Cola’s vitamin water is actually good for you.) People really are that simple.

      The scam of fluoride also reminds me of the food company that is allowed to label their products “Healthy Choice” when many of their products are in fact loaded with stuff that no sane person would consider healthy.

      I stopped using fluoride years ago, and I’m amazed at the improved health of my teeth. The toothpaste I use does not contain fluoride and I use calcium powders and other ingredients I mentioned above.

      You’re also right about baking soda. It’s very abrasive and should be used sparingly on your teeth if at all. Baking soda is an acid.

      • JANICE says

        I haven’t had any problems w/baking soda…so what do you use if not baking soda? What are the alternatives…?