DIY Toothpaste Recipe

DIY Toothpaste Recipe

With a few basic ingredients, you can make your own beauty products that are plastic free and completely natural.

The toothpaste you use can have a huge effect on your health, the health of your family and the health of the planet.

Many commercial toothpastes contain ingredients that we know a lot of you try and avoid: artificial colours/dyes, synthetic flavours, artificial sweeteners, triclosan, palm derived glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, microbeads, just to name a few…

So we have put together a homemade natural toothpaste recipe with help from our mates at Biome, using simple, natural ingredients, many of which you will already have in your pantry. These include:

Coconut oil – known to help boost the microbiome in your gut (gut health begins in the mouth), and naturally prevent candida in the mouth.

Bentonite clay – a natural polisher, rich in minerals that isn’t too abrasive. It is also alkaline, helping to reduce acidity in the mouth.

Bi-carb soda – another alkaline ingredient, that will help to neutralise acids from the foods we eat, without being too abrasive

This is a very simple recipe, and very cost effective. Here is how to make it.

How to Make Your Own DIY Natural Toothpaste



  1. In a small 120ml glass jar, combine the bi-carb and bentonite clay and mix with a wooden utensil (a metal utensil will react with the clay).
  2. In a separate jug or jar, melt the coconut oil by sitting it in a saucepan of water (double boiler method).
  3. Carefully pour the coconut oil into the bi-carb and bentonite clay mixture to make a paste. Mix in some water, a little at a time to help create your desired texture. Add more coconut oil if needed.
  4. Add 5-6 drops of peppermint oil to the mixture
  5. Add one drop of stevia liquid at a time to taste (optional).
  6. Store out of direct sunlight and use within 6 months.

How to Use

Using a small non metallic spoon or utensil, scoop a small amount of toothpaste onto your brush. Brush as normal and rinse your mouth with water.

Brush 2-3 times a day, combined with flossing, tongue scraping, a healthy diet rich in vegetables and lots of water.

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Comments (17)

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    I tried heberal toothpaste for a few years and found my teeth got worse = more visits to the dentist. I’d like to know how other people went with changing over to DYI or herbal.

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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    I have had a similar experience, developing mild gum disease and thus more sensitive teeth in the past year. It’s a possible correlation, not a definitive causation.

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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      Are you flossing? Good for gum disease

      Ann McKenzie
      Jan 24, 2019 Reply
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    My dentist said to always make sure your toothpaste has xylitol in it if going herbal. I see you can buy powder online. Perhaps it is something you can add?

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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      Xylitol is a sweetener so would just replace the stevia, if you were using it. I don’t use either as all it does is change the taste and isn’t an essential ingredient. I add a few drops of clove oil instead of peppermint as it’s good for your gums and doesn’t interfere with any homeopathic medicines like peppermint does.

      Aug 4, 2018 Reply
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        There appears to be a lot of research indicating that xylitol helps actively prevent plaque and increases mineralization to strengthen teeth. Check out some peer reviewed journal articles 🙂

        Aug 14, 2018 Reply
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    I found bicarb stripped the tooth enamel. I now use a blend of diatomaceous earth and charcoal which works well. I did have receding gums with regular toothpaste but regular flossing and this toothpowder appears to have stopped that.

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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      Lisa, what recipe do you use? Without the bicarb. I have receding gums too but haven’t tried herbal toothpaste yet. Thx

      Oct 19, 2018 Reply
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    To reply to Terry and Sarah,

    My dentist told me last time I visited that people should change the way they brush around 30 years of age. The reason for this was research showing that the bacterial spectrum changes around this time and is when the gum disease causing bacteria increase or dominate – I never searched for this research, so if anyone finds links to it, please share. Therefore, it’s recommended to brush from the top (or bottom) of the gum across the tooth, lift brush on return, and then repeat – so it’s a down down down (or up up up) brush movement as opposed to pre-30 of round and round (not back and forth because that is like chainsaw ringbarking your teeth and causes sensitivity). The post 30s brushing action in effect pulls the gum towards the end of your teeth, making it harder for it to retreat as well as cleans the gums well.

    Best regards

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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    I’ve been using a homemade toothpaste for a couple of years. Just a mix of bi-carb and coconut oil (dropped peppermint oil/stevia as they’re only for flavouring). I haven’t tried it with bentonite clay or DE. Anyway, my dentist has commented on how very healthy my gums are, and she thought probably the coconut oil helps the gums. I have heard that bi-carb can be harsh on tooth enamel – something to watch out for. So far so good.

    Aug 2, 2018 Reply
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    I don’t use toothpast, haven’t for years. I tongue scrape, floss with fluoride free dental floss, brush with water and then do oil pulling with coconut oil.
    My teeth are always clean and shiny.

    Aug 3, 2018 Reply
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    we use soap. One of the no nonsense ones made from a few ingredients (specifically an ayervedic one from a health food shop) occasionally bicarb for the reasons given above. The soap is alkaline so is perfect against decay and gum disease. The other treatment is vit.C powder mixed 2:1 with bicarb, water added so it looks like a fizzy drink, use it like an oil pull and drink the rest ( rubbing gums with finger using this mixture apparently strengthens gums ) Neither of us have tooth or gum problems now and we are both 70

    Aug 3, 2018 Reply
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    I think to be truly eco-conscious we should avoid tropical products as much as possible, i.e., coconuts: depletion of tropics, long-distance shipping (petroleum) and often are shipped in plastic wrap or plastic containers. While improving our use of plastics we should not forget eating local..

    DO: put a small amount of baking soda in the palm of your hand, dip a wet brush in it, and scrub lightly.
    INSTEAD OF PLASTIC FLOSS IN A PLASTIC SPOOL, use a non-disposable proxy brush with change-out sulcus brush.
    I tried silk: good idea. Didnt work for me, cut my gums.

    ALSO DO DO TRY: NON-DISPOSABLE TOOTHBRUSH. You only change out the small head when you need a change. Excellent and sanitary.

    AVOID LIKE CRAZY: DISPOSABLE proxy brushes. My dentist tried to give me a (plastic) package of plastic floss&handle throwaways. And I refused. I asked him to take a look at the parking lot outside his office–littered with these throwaways. Talk with your dentist & hygienist: their decisions about their free handouts can mae a real difference,

    …And then there’s medicine. arghhhh.

    Aug 4, 2018 Reply
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    Would powdered egg she’ll be a good alternative for bentonite clay?

    Aug 15, 2018 Reply
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      You can make it without the bentonite clay.

      Robyn Rosenfeldt
      Jun 5, 2019 Reply
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