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Yes, I’m the type of person to make my own toothpaste. No, it’s not disgusting. In fact, I often get compliments on how white my teeth look. I always attribute my pearly whites to my DIY toothpaste.

If that’s not proof enough that the DIY toothpaste works, I recently went to the dentist for a cleaning for the first time in 10 years (I know, I know, that’s WAY too long) and my dentist was pleased that I had no cavities, no tooth decay, and I didn’t need any work done. Again, I attribute this all to my DIY toothpaste.

Now that I’ve made my case for my DIY toothpaste, let’s talk details, although, I should warn you that my toothpaste is not like your ‘traditional’ toothpaste mainly because it’s brown.

If you’re familiar with the brand Earthpaste, the toothpaste I make is very similar to that. But, don’t get hung up on the color and let that distract you from how awesome this stuff is, not to mention how cheap it is to make and how good it is for your gums and teeth.

You may be wondering if making toothpaste is worth it or a waste of time. I definitely believe it’s worth it. Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard to transition my household products and my life to an all-natural lifestyle.

That meant I needed to get rid of my toothpaste because of the harmful ingredients. That’s when I started to experiment with making my own toothpaste. Besides, who doesn’t like a good DIY project?

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Here are the ingredients that are a staple in my awesome toothpaste concoction.

DIY Toothpaste Ingredients

Bentonite ClayRemember when I said the toothpaste is actually brown and not white? Bentonite clay is to blame for that. This clay is mainly popular for being a facemask, but it also works magic for the mouth and gums. Bentonite clay’s main property is to pull toxins out of the body which is great for those with tooth decay. It’s also gentle on sensitive teeth.

Water: I usually use water from a water bottle or a filter. Basically, I don’t use the water from my bathroom sink.

Unrefined Coconut Oil: We all know by now that coconut oil is the cool thing to use these days. Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean that it’s useless. When I put coconut oil in my toothpaste, it’s literally 10 times better!

The only reason I don’t always add it is that during the colder months coconut oil hardens and it will make all your toothpaste hard. Sadly, this ingredient can only be used in Summer and Fall (and maybe Spring if you live in a warmer climate).

Just make sure you are using unrefined oil as it is purer than refined oil, which has been bleached and processed. Yuck!

Xylitol: This stuff is extremely important. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t use to use this in my DIY toothpaste. I was previously under the assumption that xylitol was optional because it adds a sweetness to the paste and I didn’t feel I needed additional sweetness.

After talking to my dentist he explained to me that xylitol is the natural alternative to fluoride. If you’re anti-fluoride due to the controversy of it being a poison that basically causes cancer, xylitol can provide the same benefits without the risks of cancer.

Xylitol helps to rebuild enamel, helps prevent cavities, and can slowly reverse tooth decay. Basically, it’s important to put in your DIY toothpaste.

Peppermint Essential OilOr any essential oil that you like the taste of. I just prefer peppermint because it provides that classic taste of toothpaste.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil helps with the longevity of your DIY toothpaste. You don’t absolutely have to put this in your paste but I find that 2 drops ks the perfect amount.

Salt: Again, this helps with the longevity of the toothpaste. If you don’t want to use the tea tree oil, salt works just as well. I tend to use both two drops of tea tree and a pinch of salt.

Silicone Travel BottleI prefer to store my toothpaste in these types of tubes rather than a glass jar. I personally am not a fan of the double dipping that a glass jar requires. Besides, you can easily squeeze your toothpaste onto your brush with the silicone bottle.

Wooden or Plastic Spoon: This is important because bentonite clay gets deactivated when in contact with metal. In order to mix all your ingredients, you’ll need something wooden or plastic.

Quick Preparation Summary 

– 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
– 5-6 tablespoons of water (needs to make a creamy consistency)
– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon of xylitol
– 20-30 drops of peppermint oil
– 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
– Tiny pinch of salt

How to Make DIY Toothpaste

In a small glass jar (or any non-metal bowl), add 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 5 tablespoons of water. Mix together until the clay forms a creamy consistency. Once the texture is watery enough, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well.

If your xylitol is not in powder form, I recommend smashing it a bit before adding a tablespoon to your mixture. I use the cap end of my essential oil to smash the xylitol into a power. It only takes about 1 minute to do this. Then, add your peppermint oil to taste. I use around 20 to 30 drops because I love a minty toothpaste. Feel free to use more or less.

Finally, add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Make sure it’s only 1-2 drops as tea tree oil is very strong. Follow up with a pinch of salt (channel your inner salt bae) and mix everything together.

While you can start using your toothpaste immediately, the tastes and flavors take about 2 days to fully mix together.

Why it’s Affordable

If you don’t have any of the ingredients necessary, it may seem like a lot of upfront money. However, to actually make the toothpaste it costs less than $1.00. Let me repeat.

To make your DIY toothpaste is less than $1.00. And it’s healthy with no risk of cancer.

The ingredients you do buy will last you what feels like forever. You will definitely get your money’s worth time and time again.

Final Thoughts

Ever since switching to my DIY toothpaste I have never looked back. In fact, a few months ago I went out of town and forgot my toothpaste. I asked to borrow someone else’s and as soon as I brushed my teeth I immediately missed my DIY natural stuff.

This has been one of the best decisions and I’m proud to do things the unconventional way. Besides, the amount of compliments I get on my teeth clearly shows that it’s possible to have pretty, healthy teeth while making your own toothpaste.

I’d love to hear about your DIY toothpaste and what ingredients you use! Let me know in the comments below.

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