I've been experimenting with different toothpaste recipes. I started with making my own tooth soap, and now I'm making powders and pastes. Here's the one I'm currently using, which I originally found a couple of years ago on Pinterest (and then saw on several other blogs). I like knowing what's in my toothpaste, and it's a lot cheaper than most of the natural toothpastes that are available. In fact, these are all ingredients that we keep stocked in our kitchen, so I didn't have to buy anything to make this.
Homemade Coconut Mint Toothpaste
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons baking soda
- 10-20 drops peppermint essential oil (or any essential oil you prefer)
- xylitol powder, optional
- optional: you can also add Bentonite Clay and Black Walnut hull powder (thanks to the commenter who suggested these additions!)
- Melt the coconut oil, if necessary.
- Add baking soda to the coconut oil and stir with a fork until it forms a paste.
- Add the peppermint essential oil and optional xylitol powder. I used closer to 20 drops of essential oil, and about 1/2 tablespoon of xylitol powder (I used granulated xylitol and ground it in the coffee grinder to make a powder.).
- Mix all together and store in a covered glass jar.
Notes: I just dip my toothbrush in this (each family member would have their own jar of toothpaste). If you prefer, you could also keep a popsicle stick or a small measuring spoon near the jar and use this to scoop it out. You can also find tubes that might work to make a toothpaste that would squirt. I haven't tried this yet.