Homemade Toothpaste Recipes
Why make homemade toothpaste? Well, many of the commercially available toothpastes out there contain ingredients that are harmful and potentially dangerous to our health.
Many contain sweeteners, colour dyes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and fluoride among many other ingredients that are just not healthy for us. Click here to read more about the benefits of staying away from commercial products that contain many unhealthy ingredients.
My motto is to not put anything on your body that you wouldn't want inside your body. When you read the ingredient list of many store bought toothpastes it is easy to see that many of the ingredients are unrecognizable.
Almost all commercial toothpastes have a warning on them that read,
"Keep out of reach of children. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed get medical help or contact poison control center right away."
Well ... that doesn't sound like a substance that I want to be brushing my teeth with!! Some of the toothpaste, tooth polish, tooth whitener, etc. that you put in your mouth will get absorbed into your body.
A toothpaste shouldn't be a hazardous substance! ... And I will show you here that there are certainly healthier options.
There are some natural organic toothpastes available now at many stores and I encourage you to always read the ingredient lists as some of these may still contain unhealthy ingredients. Even if you do find some good ones, they can be expensive.
Making your own homemade toothpastes will allow you to save money and to know exactly what healthy ingredients you and your family are brushing with.
On this page I will share different recipes for homemade toothpaste, tooth soap and homemade tooth whitener. Everything is made with natural, organic and healthy ingredients.
We use these in our home all the time and they work really well, always leaving our teeth feeling clean and our mouth feeling fresh.
You may also want to check out our Healthy Teeth Tips - Healthy Mouth page for a complete daily protocol on taking care of your teeth and mouth.
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For best results always use organic ingredients and make your homemade toothpaste recipes with LOVE - this is the secret ingredient that makes all recipes shine. See below for more information about the ingredients mentioned in the following recipes.
HOMEMADE TOOTH SOAP
This is the favourite in our home. We use this everyday to clean our teeth. I call this a tooth soap rather that a toothpaste as the finished product is a liquid and not a paste.
In a 1oz glass dropper bottle combine all ingredients except water. Add water to almost the top of the bottle (leave about 1/2 inch empty to have room for the dropper and to shake).
Shake gently to combine all ingredients together.
To use, put 3-6 drops on your toothbrush, brush and then rinse. Because this product is a liquid it is easier for it to get into all the cracks and crevices in and around your teeth.
UPGRADED VERSION: add in 3 drops of myrrh essential oil, 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and play with replacing the peppermint essential oil with cinnamon bark essential oil
Click here for a complete daily protocol for healthy teeth and mouth.
HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE / TOOTH WHITENER
Occasionally our teeth need something a little more abrasive to get rid of any staining. Use these more abrasive cleaners only 1-2 times a week as to not put undue stress on the enamel of your teeth.
Click here for a daily/weekly protocol for having healthy white teeth.
In a 1 oz glass jar combine all ingredients. A wooden chopstick works well to blend everything together.
Peppermint Essential Oil works beautifully in this recipe and another great option is Cinnamon Essential Oil. Experiment with other essential oils to come up with your own unique blend; try orange, lemon, tangerine, clove or whatever feels good to you.
To use, scoop a bit out with your toothbrush, brush your teeth and then rinse. This homemade toothpaste will not foam like store bought toothpastes so you may have to get used to brushing your teeth with something that doesn't foam. You don't need foam in order to clean.
The baking soda in this homemade toothpaste recipe will clean as well as whiten your teeth.
TOOTH WHITENING POWDER / CLEANER
Similar to the above recipe, because this is abrasive only use 1-2 times a week as to not put undue stress on the enamel of your teeth.
The simplest recipe yet! Combine equal parts baking soda and fine sea salt in a glass container with a lid.
To use, sprinkle some of the powder on your wet toothbrush or dip your toothbrush into the powder, brush and then rinse.
Just like the above recipe, this homemade tooth powder will not foam like store bought toothpastes so you may have to get used to brushing your teeth with something that doesn't foam. You don't need foam in order to clean.
The baking soda and salt in this homemade toothpaste recipe will clean as well as whiten your teeth.
Click here for a complete daily/weekly protocol for using the above recipes to keep your teeth healthy and white
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS MENTIONED:
Essential Oils are amazing to have on hand. They have a variety of uses including being added to many of your homemade products. Essential oils are the oils extracted from a plant by steam distillation. They are pure and highly concentrated and, so, a very little goes a long way. With essential oils always be sure to purchase from a trusted source and get oils that are therapeutic grade. I buy many of my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and am always impressed with their high quality. Essential oils are antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic which make them ideal for many applications from cosmetics to medicines to cleaning products. Adding them to your products will also help to preserve and extend the life of your homemade creations.
Castile Soap is a vegan soap made from the oils of plants. It is extremely mild and contains no harmful ingredients. I usually buy Dr Bronner's unscented organic pure castile soap which can be found at most healthy grocery stores or shops. Another good option for organic castile soap is from Mountain Rose Herbs where you can buy castile soap online.
Baking Soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is a gentle alkaline powder that cleans, whitens and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Baking soda will also draw out toxins which makes it a wonderful ingredient for your homemade toothpastes. You can find baking soda at any grocery store.
Coconut Oil has so many great uses. Used here, it balances the abrasiveness of the baking soda. Coconut oil has anti-viral and anti-microbial properties and is nice for inflamed or sensitive gums and teeth. Always use cold-pressed (click here learn about how cold pressed coconut oil is made) or expeller pressed coconut oil which can be found in most healthy grocery stores or health shops or for online purchase of coconut oil, click here.
Sea Salt is antiseptic and very cleansing. It's abrasive quality lends to its ability to cleanse tough stains. Sea salt will also draw out toxins. You can find sea salt at most healthy grocery stores or health shops or for online purchase of sea salt, click here.
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