A Whitening Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

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Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

This homemade tooth powder recipe is a simple and natural alternative to toxic commercial toothpaste. It is easy to make and will even save you money.

Finding a good toothpaste can be difficult. Namely, because commercial brands add detergents, artificial colors, and chemical sweeteners to most of their products.

In short, some of those chemical ingredients can be toxic to your health. For example, check out our recent article on toxins in your toothpaste. Further, if you’re not already making a simple homemade toothpaste, we encourage you to consider it as a way to avoid harmful chemicals in your personal care routine.

Tooth Powder for Brushing?

We are currently learning more about the subject of our oral health, and have found Ramiel Nagel’s book, Cure Tooth Decay, to be an invaluable resource.

In his book, Nagel recommends a simple tooth powder recipe to use for brushing. This consists of only baking soda, sea salt, and a bit of essential oil. I had seen tooth powder at my local health food stores. But it always made me wonder, “Why would I want to brush with a powder???” I saw several natural tooth powder brands and noticed a range of natural products on the ingredient lists. Most of them use some blend of clay, activated charcoal, ground herbs, and essential oils.

Research reveals that sage is a natural tooth whitener. So I gave it a shot in my own tooth powder recipe. And once we began brushing with the homemade tooth powder we realized the benefits

Our tooth powder recipe contains only a few ingredients that can all contribute to a healthy smile and promote fresh breath.

Before you decide tooth powder is too strange for you, allow me to show you how easy it can be to mix up your own. Also, keep reading to learn more about the awesome benefits of each ingredient! 

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Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

Tooth Powder Recipe: Peppermint Sage

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This homemade tooth powder recipe is a simple and natural alternative to toxic commercial toothpaste. It is easy to make and will even save you money.
Prep Time
10 minutes
4 ounces



  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a non-metal spoon.
  2. Drip essential oils into the mixture and stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer to a small container or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  4. To brush with tooth powder, simply dip your toothbrush into the powder, or carefully squirt some onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth as usual. 


Follow with homemade mouthwash if desired.

Bentonite clay loses its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so it's best to use plastic or glass when mixing and storing your tooth powder.

Particles of the tooth powder are fine enough that a small squirt bottle like this can also be used (as long as you don't get the squirt-tip wet, which will cause clogging).

If using the dip method to get the homemade tooth powder onto your toothbrush, you may want to consider giving each family member his/her own container.

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Benefits of Tooth Powder Ingredients

Bentonite Clay

This natural clay has the unique ability to bind to toxins in the body. It is especially useful in eliminating toxins from heavy metals in your mouth, like mercury from mercury fillings. Also, this clay will never bind to any of the beneficial elements in your body. Bentonite clay is also rich in minerals that can nourish teeth and gums making it perfect for tooth powder.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has been a natural tooth cleanser for hundreds of years. It gently polishes teeth and naturally whitens your smile. This chart, which shows the Abrasiveness Index of some common brands of toothpaste, lists baking soda as less abrasive than most commercial toothpaste.


Sage has been recognized by many cultures for its natural tooth-whitening abilities. Known for its astringent properties, sage is great for oral health and whitening teeth making it perfect for tooth powder.

Non-GMO Xylitol

This ingredient is optional but can be added to sweeten the finished product. Research has shown that xylitol has many benefits for oral health. A pinch of stevia powder can be used as a substitute for the xylitol in this recipe if you wish. Lastly, just be sure to get non-GMO xylitol.

Sea Salt

Pure sea salt is full of tooth-nourishing minerals and is especially helpful in healing irritated gums.

Peppermint essential oil

This essential oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, and pain-relieving properties. Peppermint is said to be beneficial for mouth and gum infections (although you should consult your dentist if you suspect a serious condition). In addition, it adds a cool, minty fresh flavor to this homemade tooth powder. If you don’t like peppermint you can substitute spearmint to create a different minty twist. (find 100% pure essential oils here)

Our New Favorite Way to Brush

I should also add that this is now our favorite homemade tooth cleanser! It’s the least time-consuming to mix up, has the longest shelf life (since there is no water added), has a nice flavor, and produces dazzling results.

As always, we encourage you to play around with the proportions to create a tooth powder that is perfect for you.

Have you ever tried a tooth powder recipe for brushing your teeth?


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. GillyAnne says

    I always use a sensitive toothpaste, would this powder help with this issue? Thanks. Love all your recipes!

  2. Lynne says

    I went to my local health food store yesterday to purchase everything on the ingredient list – it was getting a little expensive – i decided not to purchase the xylitol. they also did not carry the clay – only in a liquid form – and suggested that i could easily use white clay (by a. vogel) as it would be the same. I did buy the white clay and just wanted to ask if this would have the same benefits as the bentonite clay. Its unfortunate that my local health food store does not sell bulk product so you could just purchase the quantity that you needed. thanks for all your great information posts – love your site and facebook page 🙂

    • Betsy Jabs says

      White cosmetic clay has natural absorbency properties as well, but is used mostly in cosmetic applications. The research I have read about clay pulling toxins from the body have specifically named bentonite clay. However, I would recommend doing a little digging around on the Internet to learn more. Thanks for reading – glad you’re enjoying our posts!

  3. Manda says

    I’m trying to get my husband to be open to the natural do-it-yourself ideas I get from your website, one way I convince him is by showing him how we could save money with the do-it-yourself projects. So my question is, in the long run, would this method of making your own toothpaste be a moneysaver? Thanks!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      That’s a hard question to answer, because it all depends on prices you’re able to find on ingredients, and how quickly you use this up vs. store-bought toothpaste. This small 1/2 cup batch lasts me a few months, and I already buy most of these ingredients in large quantities (especially the baking soda, xylitol, sea salt, essential oil), so it’s definitely more cost effective than buying a $5 tube of natural toothpaste that is gone in a few weeks. If you want a way to REALLY convince him easily, make our ultra-simple DIY toothpaste recipe you can find here: https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-toothpaste-recipe-easy-and-frugal/

      • Manda says

        great, thank you! I’m excited to try this, my goal has been to do one do-it-yourself project about once every week or so. Last week, I made the do-it-yourself dryer balls, and they turned out beautiful, this week . . . toothpaste : )

  4. cindy says

    Wow, lots of good comments on this! And I’m excited to start making my own toothpaste, adding it to my DIY personal care recipes. I didn’t note anyone mentioning where to get the plastic squirt bottles…. I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday and saw some in the cake decorating aisle that would probably be perfect. They’re smaller than condiment bottles, and if they have lids (don’t recall but I’m sure some do), they’d make good travel bottles for this and other personal care items.

  5. Thomas says

    Well, I made it and it is now one of my favorites. I had to use a mortar to grind the sage though as I order my herbs by the pound and it was not the powdered type.

    Nicolew…virgin coconut oil blends fine with the clay. I do this with two of my other toothpaste mixes.

    Thank you Betsy and Mat for this blend. I ordered you book also but I’m not sure if it’s just household cleaners and not any of your other great mixes.

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Great, we’re glad you like this mixture! The only book we currently have out is just household cleaners, but our book about personal care products is in the works! 🙂

  6. jen says

    hi there, i was wondering how you get the herbs to become fine powder. is there a special tool you use? bcause if not too fine a powder they stick to the teeth and in between causing problems…

      • jen says

        thanks for the reply! can you do cinnamon sticks too? and sage leaves with the same grinder? cinnamon seems too barky and sage has too much fluff… could this grinder handle both…? sorry to be asking so many questions but i want to be sure i get a machine that gets the job done… 🙂

        • Betsy Jabs says

          Haven’t tried cinnamon sticks, but sage is definitely doable in this grinder. With the cinnamon sticks you may just want to break it into more manageable chunks before adding to the grinder.

  7. nicolew says

    Love the recipe. Ours is similar but with a coconut oil base and no clay. I haven’t purchased clay yet but want to soon. Would it mix into a coconut oil base well? My two year old only accepts no sweeteners because of the coconut oil.

  8. Carly Seiden-Brown says

    Hi there, looking forward to trying this powder, very excited! I have been very disappointed with commercial tube toothpastes lately. This may be a silly question, but I’m assuming that you wet the toothbrush, then dip it in the powder? If I’m not using the little squirt bottle? It seems like to do it reverse, dip then wet, will rinse the powder away, but wet then dip seems like it might start clumping in the powder. Thanks!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Not a silly question at all! It actually took me a long time to figure out that I didn’t need to wet my toothbrush at all. I just dip it in dry, then brush dry, and let my saliva do the work to wet everything. If you don’t like this method, you can wet your toothbrush and sprinkle a little on, or dip it in wet (but yes, it will start to get clumpy in your container).

  9. Vanessa Brundidge says

    BTW, Cure Tooth Decay is a great book, I also highly recommend it. His recommendations have definitely worked for me!!

  10. Vanessa Brundidge says

    Thanks for responding, Betsy and Matt. I am new to your blog and wasn’t sure if you sold any products. I guess that’s why it’s called Do It Yourself! 😉 I absolutely LOVE Dr Christopher’s Herbal Tooth and Gum Powder (that’s what I’ve been using for nearly a year instead of toothpaste), I just hope to someday make something like this myself. Since I started using herbal gum powders (instead of paste), my teeth are so much healthier and cleaner. I actually went to the dentist for the first time in five years, and guess what? They could not find ANY plaque!! My teeth were so clean!

    I am wondering if the local sagebrush plants could be used – I could harvest some leaves, dry them out and make the powder myself. I’ll see if it is much different from the white sage which is used to make the powder sold by Mountain Rose Herbs (great company, by the way)! I just wasn’t sure if any sage would work or if it needs to be a certain type, I suppose I could do some of my own research on that and let you know what I discover.

  11. Vanessa Brundidge says

    I have actually taken peppermint essential oil (in small, concentrated amounts) internally and it did not decrease my milk supply. So even if you accidentally swallowed a small amount, I wouldn’t be concerned. Just thought I would share that!

  12. Vanessa Brundidge says

    The use of essential oils while breast feeding and pregnant is perfectly safe in this case, because you would not be ingesting them. I can’t imagine using such a small amount in the mouth would do any harm, but that is just my personal opinion!

  13. Thomas says

    My dentist has me rince with peroxide, if you will read most bottles even have it on the label. It’s called briding the teeth. Bentonite clay is safe, I even make my own capsules and take it internally for toxins. Bridget is very correct about not letting the clay touch any metal. Metal will adhere to the clay. That is how it grabs the toxins and metals in your body. Activated charcoal will help whiten teeth. The black will rinse right off. I use it in most of my toothpaste mixes. I want to try this powder though. Thanks Betsy and Mat. I will make some this week.

  14. Bridget says

    Just an FYI, bentonite clay looses effectiveness when it touches metal so use plastic spoons and a plastic lid. Also I buy the clay at a healthfood store and they are very good about only using wooden or plastic to measure it so make sure if you buy it from the bulk area thatvthey know that too!

  15. Sari says

    I just made a whole batch of this, used and enjoyed it (my teeth feel so clean!), BUT, without thinking! I’m 6 months preggie and know that most essential oils are not safe during pregnancy. Sure enough, a quick google search showed that peppermint oil can cause contractions and is not safe to use during pregnancy. 🙁
    I guess my hubby will have to enjoy it all alone…
    So ladies, if you’re pregnant, leave out the essential oils unless you’re sure the one you want to use is safe.

    • Matt Jabs says

      Glad you like it Sari and glad you’re doing your research, be sure to use whatever you’re comfortable with (and this goes for everyone). Also, always check with your health professional. My personal position, after researching the topic, is that it’s not an issue since it is such a small amount of essential oil and you’re not consuming it, just brushing with it and spitting it out.

  16. Raven says

    I’d add black walnut husk powder. They’re found in gel caps from nutritional stores, and even now, I open a capsule, pour it into a little dish, and dip my brush in it. It turns my mouth brown for a minute, but then it rinses away, and my teeth feel fantastically clean. Considering I’m not a big fan of mint as a flavoring (except in tea and savory dishes), I think cinnamon might be a nice switch for the taste.

    Very nifty DIY, thanks! ^_^