3 Ingredients For A Natural Homemade Toothpaste

by Tammy Taylor

For the past several years I’ve been on a quest to provide more & more for myself and my family.  I started out small and gained momentum as the years went by – I’ve come a long way baby!  Now I cook from scratch almost every night and I’ve learned to make my own Homemade Yogurt and homemade desserts.  I’ve learned to make my own Flavored Mayonnaise and simple homemade cleaners.  But what about toothpaste, can I do something there?  Hummm…

3 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE - I try to provide things for myself so I'm making toothpaste using simple pantry ingredients #TexasHomesteader

While perusing my news feed on my Texas Homesteader FB page I stumbled upon a recipe shared by One Ash Farm and figured I’d give it a try.  I mean heck, I’ve always got coconut oil and baking soda in the kitchen.  And although I have commercial mint extract, I’m soon going to experiment with making my own mint extract using the mint I planted when my aunt shared her abundance with me.

Years ago I experimented with brushing my teeth (GENTLY!) with baking soda (with my dentist’s blessing). But I just couldn’t get past the baking soda taste.  But now that I’m seeing a recipe adding mint flavor and coconut oil I thought I’d give it a go.

Note About Coconut Oil In The Sink:

Update: It’s been brought to my attention by one of the followers of our Facebook Page that many who use this recipe don’t spit it into the sink, but spit into the trash instead to keep the coconut oil from solidifying and blocking their pipes.  Hummm… never thought about that.  We have a septic tank so this bears looking into. If you’re concerned, avoid spitting this homemade toothpaste into the sink.

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you the recipe I’m using.  Different people may have different dental-hygiene needs so be sure to clear this with your dentist. Mine said it was fine for my teeth, provided I brushed without too much scrubbing pressure.

Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Toothpaste

Author www.TexasHomesteader.com

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract

Instructions

  1. I mixed all the ingredients into a small glass jar and gave it all a good stir. I keep this jar in the vanity in my bathroom. Since the temps in our home are still pretty warm the mixture is currently liquid. I swirl it around to get the baking soda mixed in completely and pour a small amount onto my toothbrush and brush away.

Recipe Notes

Once it gets colder my coconut oil may solidify so I'll need to chunk the mixture up a bit to place on the bristles of my toothbrush - we'll see how it goes. I think I may love making my own minty-flavored natural toothpaste!

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29 thoughts on “3 Ingredients For A Natural Homemade Toothpaste

  1. Colleen A Smith

    I was happy to read this. I recently started using home made toothpaste. But i can’t use mint or cinnamon. So i added a bit of lime to mine. Just a touch enough to give it a flavor. But i didn’t use the coconut oil. So tomorrow night I’m going to add that in.
    Also, thanks for the tip on the plumbing issue. I’m in a large city with old pipes.

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  2. Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

    Hi!

    Interesting that you would say that you make your toothpaste, Mrs. Taylor. It is your toothpaste recipe that I will be using! I only have virgin coconut oil, so I am going to use coconut extract instead this time!

    Thanks for “talking back” at Harvest Lane Cottage. Do you know that your comments come through to my email as a “no reply blogger”? If you’d like to get direct responses to your comments more often, you might like to know how to change that. I wrote about it in this blog post.

    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2015/01/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html

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    …doing what I can with what I’ve got where I am
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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awesome Laura! I love the simplicity, flexibility and certainly the cost of this toothpaste – but I love the lack of landfill-bound waste the most! Thanks for the no-reply tip, I’ll be sure to check that out. ~TMH~

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  3. Judith C

    This is how I make it also, except I use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. A little goes a long way on the flavor. I may make my next batch with Cinnamon Essential Oil, or maybe a bit of both Cinnamon and Peppermint… Cinnamint!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      To me, it’s just one more thing I can produce for my own homestead that will reduce the amount of trash I bring into our home. Product packaging is out of control sometimes! ~TMH~

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  4. Ashley

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Where do you find mint extract? I would like to use healthy toothpaste, but I can’t stand the taste of just baking soda.
    I really want to try this soon. Once I start using it all the time, I would get used to the taste. 🙂

    Love,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com
    ashleysyarnworks.blogspot.com

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m with you Ashley, I never could tolerate the taste of baking soda alone either. The mint extract in the photo came from the grocery store. You can probably find it in the baking aisle with vanilla extract and the others. This year I made my own mint extract using the fresh mint my aunt shared with me and infusing it into vodka. It’s not yet strong enough to suite me so I’m letting it infuse a little longer – I can’t wait to be able to use it instead! ~TMH~

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  5. Grace

    Nice! I make a homemade toothpaste as well. It also uses coconut oil and baking soda, but I add in cinnamon essential oil instead of the mint extract. Cinnamon is supposed to kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Mint would be great for the flavour though.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I really love it Morgan, & I love that I can make it as minty as I like. My dentist has given me the go-ahead based on my tooth health and circumstances so it works great for me. But since baking soda can be pretty abrasive, be sure to get the OK from your own dentist for your little guy. ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I sure love it Laura and as I mentioned before, I’ve gotten the thumbs up from my dentist. But baking soda can be abrasive so make sure you get the ok from your own dentist as well. My next batch is going to be extra minty since I have my own homemade mint extract to use. ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve used the baking soda before but just couldn’t get past the taste. This ingredient combination is working much better for me. Next time I’ll ramp up the mint extract even a little more – I like it MINTY!

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  6. Jessica

    Awesome! I have a remineralize home made toothpaste recipe that I want to try, but it involves a lot of ingredients. This recipe is much easier, and I have most of these ingredients in my pantry already.

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  7. Gwen

    I had just recently started buying natural toothpaste, but now the supplier is no longer available, so this recipe has come at the right time for me! Thanks for the point about coconut oil and plumbing- we also have a septic tank.

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  8. Lady Locust

    This is the same that I use. It’s wonderful! Leave my mouth feeling clean & I love not running out. A perk is that I am not using and disposing of yet another plastic tube.

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