I’m going to come right out and say it, my teeth are something I’m proud of. Maybe it’s because I suffered enough for them as a kid with years of braces and teeth extractions. Maybe it’s because my teeth are one physical trait that people compliment me on. Whatever the case, I’m a bit obsessed with my teeth and thus I like to take care of them.
When it comes to teeth, keeping them clean is rule number one.
This rule is important enough that they even teach it in kindergarten classes. Do you remember that? You’d go to class and they would give you a toothbrush and toothpaste and you’d learn about brushing your teeth. Of course, the lessons in tooth care doesn’t stop when you become an adult. Now, you go to the dentist and they lecture you on the importance of brushing. It’s not surprising that we all know that we should brush our teeth. However, what can come as a surprise is what we can brush our teeth with!
Most of us buy commercial toothpaste thinking it’s the best product for the job. However, you can easily make your own minty fresh toothpaste at home and it is just as effective as commercial toothpaste. In fact, I’m daring enough to say that homemade toothpaste is a better choice than commercial toothpaste. Why?
Commercial toothpastes can contain many not natural and not very nice ingredients. Ingredients like artificial coloring, sulfates, fluoride, and glycerin all are either toxic or some like glycerin are not toxic but actually can harm the remineralization process of teeth. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have non-toxic ingredients in my mouth and I definitely do nor want to use ingredients that can actually harm my teeth!
What ingredients are in natural toothpastes?
There are many recipes out there for homemade toothpastes, each recipe with it’s own set of ingredients. Since I am sharing how to make your own minty fresh toothpaste recipe, I’ll talk a bit about what ingredients are used in this recipe. I like to keep things simple when I can so there are just a few ingredients in this recipe. In fact, this minty fresh toothpaste uses only three simple and easy to find ingredients!
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is a favorite ingredient in toothpastes because it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal. There is also evidence to suggest that it’s a great cavity fighter! Here is where we source our hand-pressed, organic coconut oil.
Xylitol – Xylitol is in many toothpastes including commercial ones and for good reason! Xylitol helps prevent cavities and can even help in the remineralization of teeth. A great added bonus is that xylitol is also a sweetener so homemade toothpastes can still taste yummy!
NOTE: Make sure you are sourcing a quality xylitol. We recommend this xylitol, which is non-GMO and sourced from birch trees (not corn cobs or any other potentially unsavory source).
Peppermint Essential Oil – Many of us associate toothpaste with mint so adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil helps recreate that store-bought minty fresh toothpaste. We always suggest using quality, organic, fair-trade, sustainably-harvested essential oils, like this organic peppermint essential oil.
- 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil (please source a quality, legit, organic coconut oil, like this hand-pressed organic coconut oil)
- 1 Tbs. Xylitol (non-GMO birch tree sourced xylitol)
- 5-10 drops Peppermint EO (organic peppermint essential oil)
- Slightly warm coconut oil.
- Place all three ingredients into a jar or bowl and mix until fully combined.
- Transfer toothpaste to a small jar and cover tightly with lid.
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Would this work in a tube and if so, what kind of tube would you recommend?
Unfortunately this does not work in a tube since the coconut oil will solidify in cooler temps. (summertime maybe) If you used fractionated coconut oil then it should remain squeezable in which case I’d recommend those silicone tubes that I see all over the place. 🙂
FYI, he Zylitol you recommend is No longer sourced from birch trees but non-GMO corn. Would you still recommend it?
Hi Jennifer. Such a bummer…right you are that the source I originally recommended now uses GMO-corn. I have updated the post with another great xylitol option that sources from birch trees.
I don’t see a warning anywhere not to spit the toothpaste into the sink as it will clog drains. Coconut oil is warm when in your mouth but once it goes into the drain and becomes cooler, it will solidify. Would using fractionated coconut oil do the same things to drains if used in the toothpaste in stead of regular coconut oil?
You are correct. If you spit the coconut oil out into a cold sink with cold water it can clog drains. I personally spit out in my sink and run hot water and we’ve never had a problem with the drains. Fractionated coconut oil would probably solve any clog concerns though. As far as I know, fractionated coconut oil doesn’t solidify ever. Although I’m not sure if all the benefits of coconut oil are retained in fractionated coconut oil.
How long does this last ?
Unused it would probably last at least a year but of course once you start dipping your toothbrush into it, the shelf-life goes down. It should last for at least 3 months if not longer but I tend to make my toothpaste in this amount so that the batches stay small and get used quickly.
You don’t give any warning about the extreme danger to pets from Xylitol. Even a small amount can be fatal if injested by dogs or cats. Personally I don’t want this oroduct in my home.
No, I’m sorry that I didn’t mention the pet warning. I don’t have either animals in my home so that warning is never in the back of my head despite the fact that I am aware of it. You are of course, very correct that xylitol is very dangerous for animals so if your animals are likely to get into your xylitol or into your toothpaste; it would not be the toothpaste recipe to use. You can sub stevia for the xylitol or just leave out the xylitol but you will lose the cavity fighting properties (although I’ve heard at least one mention of stevia being good for teeth too)
I think this is a great idea for toothpaste! If you are worried about other bad things for your animals I would stay away from grapes and chocolate too. Also careful of coffee beans if you have coffee in your house. It’s worse than xylitol and much more common in households.
I’ve not tried xylitol in my toothpaste before… Looks like I need to find myself some!
Any thoughts on other flavorings? I have a child who won’t use mint toothpaste, but likes the Nature’s Gate cherry (red packaging) flavor. Not sure what kind of flavoring to use. Of course, they won’t have the healing and freshening properties of peppermint … Will come back to rate the recipe after I try it!
Ps. just received my zinc oxide yesterday, you are fast! Thank you, am about to start on my sunscreen right now.
I’ve used orange essential oil with my kids before. They love it as it’s like a creamsicle. 🙂 I’m also in the works of a strawberry toothpaste but it’s not finished yet.
Thanks Brittany. How’s that strawberry flavor coming along?
I’ve actually had the strawberry toothpaste done for awhile. You can find it at my blog: http://pistachioproject.com/2016/03/kid-friendly-strawberry-toothpaste.html
I have not seen a response to Jennifer’s FYI comment. What are your thoughts? I am eager to make our own toothpaste, but wanted to see what you said first,
On another subject, I am wanting to DYI all my personal skin care that I can., I have mature skin . Any suggestions?
I want to try this, but I have to use a sensitive toothpaste because I have such extreme sensitivity to cold. Do you know if this helps with tooth sensitivity at all?
I don’t think this would help with tooth sensitivity (if it does then it’s probably not much). I would try to find a homemade remineralizing toothpaste (usually the key ingredient is bentonite clay). It definitely wouldn’t hurt to use this toothpaste, of course but it might not help you in the sensitivity department.
I’ve noticed that you have been avoiding baking soda in your recipes (the deodorant does not have any soda either). Is there any reason for that? I know that people have been doing homemade toothpaste with baking soda and I just would like to know if it’s a good idea to add it or not.
We have no issues with baking soda in and of itself. It’s a great ingredient for many things. Our deodorant does not include it because baking soda can be abrasive and cause rashes for many individuals so we skip it all together.
As for the toothpaste, I like to leave it out because it doesn’t taste great! It’s also been suggested that baking soda may be too abrasive for teeth (at least from some individuals). However, if you would like to add baking soda, you definitely can! In fact, one of my original toothpaste recipes includes it: http://pistachioproject.com/2011/08/homemade-toothpaste.html
Hi, I want to try your recipe for the toothpaste, where can I buy the little containers. thank you!
Scratch Mommy founder Jess sells individual jars in her Pronounce Skincare herbal boutique! You can find her jars HERE.
I finally got around to trying this. Does the xylitol disolve in the coconut oil or is it supposed to remain gritty? My family seems fine with it gritty, but I guess I was looking for a smoother texture and the xylitol seems to settle to the bottom and so it needs to be mixed each time we use it. Is that normal or did I somehow do something wrong? Thanks!
No, the xylitol does not dissolve; it will still be gritty. You could try pulverizing the entire mixture in a food processor to see if you can get a smoother texture but it will never be perfectly smooth. As for the xylitol settling down… I find that only happens if I melt my coconut oil too much. Usually if I let it firm up a bit, I can give it a good stir and things will stay mixed so long as my coconut oil doesn’t melt again.
Was wondering if you could use a combination of peppermint oil & clove oil in this recipe? I heard clove was a great anti-bacterial oil.
You definitely could! Clove is a great essential oil for oral health.
Can I crush fresh mint and add to the toothpaste?
Good question! Sure, you certainly could…but take note that fresh herbs have an expiration date you’ll want to be aware of.