by Texas Homesteader
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…
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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.
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. Baking soda can be abrasive if you’re not careful!
Easy 3-Ingredient Homemade Toothpaste
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
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.
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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I know my wife will want to try this. Thanks for the article.
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.
I’m not sure what kind of trouble cocount oil in small quantities would cause for plumbing but I’m willing to err on the side of caution Colleen. ~TxH~
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.
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!
What a great idea – I can’t wait to make some!
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. 🙂
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.
VERY cool! My toddler is obsessed with toothpaste (on his toothbrush, obviously. usually..) but technically he’s supposed to use children’s toothpaste. HE loves the minty-ness! I need to make him this!
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. ~TxH~
My husband is still out of work.
I’m going to try this.
I’ve heard for years that baking soda made a good substitute for toothpaste but the recipe you put together looks even better! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
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.
That’s why I decided to give it a go Jessica – I have all the ingredients. Simplicity – gotta love it!
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.
So far I’m pretty happy with it Gwen, although I may be making the next batch extra minty since I’ve got plenty of mint extract to use and I like a strong mint toothpaste.
Great recipe. We love our homemade toothpaste. Thanks for linking up to Simply Natural Saturdays!
Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.
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.
oops – Leaves
I’m with ya there – no plastic tube to throw away!