DIY Natural Toothpaste: Let’s See How This Goes!

DSC_0805In my quest to live a bit more naturally every day, I tried to think of things that I could make myself that are healthier, more natural alternatives to the things I buy in the store.  I looked up how to make shampoo, soap, and even conditioner.  Then I came across toothpaste.  Of course! Why didn’t I think of this before?!  

I’ve heard that using baking soda as toothpaste is a good alternative.  There is almost nothing natural about most commercial toothpastes, which is kind of scary to me.  I think if you want to use commercial toothpastes, all the power to you.  I can totally see why using baking soda might seem weird.

I did a test sample first before I made a larger batch.  If you’ve never put baking soda directly in your mouth, be ready for a new taste.  In all honesty, it’s gross.  Really gross.  I sometimes down it with a bit of water as an antacid if I’m desperate, but other than that I have never just put it in my mouth (I tried to put that any way that didn’t sound kind of creepy and sexual, but I just gave up).  Anyway, I looked online for “recipes” on how to make my own toothpaste so that I would know how to get the ratio right and to make sure I was actually doing it right.

In my quest for a toothpaste “recipe,” I found the best site ever called DIY Natural.  I’m going to try more of their ideas soon, but I just wanted to at least try the toothpaste recipe first.

Here’s what you’ll need: DSC_0796

  • 2/3 cup of baking soda (might also be called sodium bicarbonate for those of you who are outside of the US)
  • Filtered water
  • Peppermint essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
  • One container to keep it in (glass if you are using the peppermint oil)

That’s literally all you’ll need!  Here’s the directions:

  • Put baking soda in a small bowl
  • Add enough filtered water to make it a bit runny, or to any consistency that you prefer
  • Add 10 to 15 drops of the peppermint oil
  • Mix thoroughly, preferably until all the granules of baking soda are well mixed to prevent too much abrasion
  • Poor mixture into glass jar and voila!
  • To brush, just dip you toothpaste into the solution

Here’s Chester with the finished product:

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I was so surprised how easy this was.  The peppermint oil adds a MUCH better taste to the baking soda, just an FYI.  The idea of putting my toothbrush into the toothpaste kind of freaks me out, I’ll admit, but I guess I’ll just have to thoroughly rinse my brush after each use.  I mean really thoroughly.  I hope that this works out because it’s a really cheap alternative to expensive organic toothpastes and commercial toothpastes in general.

Also, I’d love it if you all would share any DIY, natural recipes with me, whether they be for household cleaners, soaps, or shampoo.  I think these kind of things are great and everyone can use a break from the constant commercialism 🙂 Please share!

Hope you find this interesting 🙂

Thanks for reading

Megan

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76 thoughts on “DIY Natural Toothpaste: Let’s See How This Goes!

  1. Papaya is a great natural remedy. It is good smashed up with the seeds on any bruise of swelling, and it is said to work against depression, and the seeds against intestinal worms. I used it for a massive hematoma on my leg, and I could see the swelling go down.

  2. Of course, Chester just had to check it out! Way cool, Megan. I use baking soda right out of the box. Yep, it sure does take some time getting used to. But your brain will thank you! Flouride deadens your Pineal Gland (the Seat of the Soul). This prevents you from being connected to All That Is, Spirit, God. It’s true.

    You girl, Girl!!! So proud of you!! And so it Chester!

    Love,
    Amy

    1. Thank you Amy 🙂 I’m glad I made the switch. Hopefully the peppermint helps with the taste a bit, but I’ll tolerate it nonetheless. The benefits sure outweigh the cons in this case 🙂

  3. I have never tried this but my coworker told me about a face scrub she makes out of a little bit of honey, lemon, and sugar. The sugar exfoliates and the honey softens your skin while the lemon cleans naturally.

    I did once put sugar into lotion and use that as a type of exfoliant one day when my skin was really dry and flakey from the cold air and this worked great!

    Another neat tip is to pop a hole into an Advil liquid gel and put it on a zit and it will dramatically reduce the size and redness (this one is a life saver for me).

    1. The face scrub you describe, from what I know anyway, would certainly work as you say. All three ingredients are excellent for the skin. I should actually try this because I do have all the ingredients and I needs a new face scrub 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with me. I use a sugar scrub I made from coconut oil, sugar, and peppermint oil on my hands and it really does work great.
      I have never heard of the advil liquid gel thing, but that’s actually very interesting. I will have to try it if I ever get a real nasty zit. 🙂

    1. I have read about the no-poo method 🙂 I thought I would give it a go when my boyfriend goes back to Korea soon for Christmas. I found a recipe for it on diynatural, but I’m going to check out the website you gave me. I have heard that it’s hard to “fine-tune” the ratio so that you don’t dry out your hair. My hair is like yours, fine and porous, so I’m curious how it will work for me. Thanks so much for the link 🙂

  4. Oh and also, if you are worried about smelling like salt and vinegar chips, try using rosewater instead of regular water to mix in with the apple cider vinegar. That’s what I do and it smells lovely. You can buy rosewater or make it yourself.

  5. Great post! I make my own facial cleanser, toner, household cleaners, etc. All natural with essential oils too. Natural is not only less expensive, but it works better than anything you can buy and without any chemicals. I always look forward to your posts, thank you so much for this!

  6. I use vinegar to clean with. It’s a diinfectant and doesn’t leave your floors slippery. I use it to clean floors and the bathroon after I’ve scrubbed with baking soda. FYI it fizzes when mixed in with the backing sodaor bi carb as I call it. Makes my kitchen sink look like new

      1. Cool, they look like new? It doesn’t leave your floor slippery either, means Chester can’t go skidding across them. That would be so funny to watch actually (LMAO at the thought, cat trying to get traction on slippery floors)

  7. This is all so good I love it. I got a DIY perfume kit before and the stuff I make saves me like $50 PER Bottle. I didn’t know there’s other stuff to do out there money wise but benefit worst i mint

      1. Actually it turned out that the kit is as commercial as the computers we’re using right now to communicate! The best thing as usual is to look up how to’s

  8. I like to use apple cider vinegar for a facial astringent/toner. It’s supposed to regulate the pH of the skin or something like that. The smell can be a little strong, but it calms down shortly and my face always feels so clean, fresh, and tone afterwards… Thanks for the recipe! 😀

    1. I’ve heard that apple cider vinegar is good for quite a lot of things. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for natural hair conditioner that is made of apple cider vinegar. I need to look into how to use it properly. I think it’s be a great tool to use 🙂

  9. If you don’t want to dip your toothbrush directly into the solution, perhaps you could use a disposable spoon to drizzle it over your brush. The spoon would be easier to clean daily and enables the toothpaste to be used by multiple people without cross contamination. Just a thought 🙂

  10. One doesn’t need much to make this that is for sure. I always chew a stick 😀
    And on rosewater. it is has a lot of use in the middle eastern countries. And does as it says. No I do not use myself but it smell fantastic.One doesn’t need much of it.

  11. Megan, When I was a kid I always used the baking soda toothpaste, especially before a date, it seemed to give my mouth a cleaner feel, but I am sure I messed it up with the chewing gum to get the taste out of my mouth, Live and Learn, Take care, Bill

  12. It’s too bad that doesn’t have fluoride in it. :-/ It makes it less useful unless you are one of those people who has naturally wonderful teeth that aren’t prone to cavities.

  13. Great ideas! Thanks, Megan (and friends). I will experiment with you. My ex-husband uses a peroxide mouth rinse for… (can’t remember what) – and that is a mighty foul sensation of taste and texture! I might be up to trying the baking soda. 🙂

  14. 🙂 I hope it goes well. I did try something similar a while back. My teeth felt really really clean. I also tried one with some coconut oil in it which seemed to stop my tongue furring up overnight (euugh, I know).
    Just btw, I followed the recipe for natural deodorant on a previous post and it works brilliantly!

    1. I could see coconut oil being a great addition to the tooth paste 🙂 I’m so glad that you liked the deodorant! I love it to. I gave some to my sister as well and she loves it. It’s really a great recipe 🙂

  15. I recently started brushing with baking soda and it really seems to do it’s job. I also use it with just a bit of water to exfoliate my face if I’m having a breakout. The trick is to not scrub too hard, and then leave it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing. It tingles a little bit, but seems to be really cleansing.

    1. Thanks so much Kat for asking 🙂 I have been using it for almost a week now and have to say that I really am noticing a difference. I love it. It took awhile to get used to the taste, but my teeth are left clean for hours and no fuzzing feeling toward the end of the day. I alternate it with Tom’s of Maine toothpaste because I want to avoid too much abrasion. So far, I’m very satisfied.

  16. I use baking soda and lemon juice…..after I use regular toothpaste. I couldn’t bring myself to give it up, but my mouth doesn’t feel right when I don’t follow up with my mixture. So…I guess I use both everyday.

    1. I love the baking soda mixture. It leaves my mouth feeling so clean, so I don’t blame you! I’d just be leery of using too much lemon juice because it’ll eat your enamel 😦 I have been using the baking soda in conjunction with Tom’s of Maine. It’s been great so far!

      1. No not at all…I’m learning just like the rest of us. 🙂 I do think that you have an extra edge since your mom is so savvy with the essential oils…so yes I value your opinion and I always enjoy your blog. PS Chester is adorable!

  17. Wanted to say that your cat, Chester, who was sniffing your final toothpaste, may have been after the peppermint smell. Both of my cats have loved to try and get my peppermint tea bag before and love peppermint. Wonder if it is the same with your cat? Good idea on the toothpaste, too! How nice to do something natural without all the chemicals. Here is a link about peppermint and cats: http://ultimatecat.blogspot.com/2012/03/natural-remedies-for-felines-do-cats.html

    1. he does love the peppermint smell. He is always sniffing my peppermint tea, but has yet to actually lick it 🙂 I think it calms them in a way. Thanks for the link! I’m going to read it asap 🙂

  18. This is pretty cool…I grew up using baking soda for toothpaste. When we couldn’t afford baking soda, we used weeping willow twigs, the really soft ones. We peeled the bark back and chewed on the inside. It cleaned our teeth and freshened our breath (I know, sounds weird). I never had a cavity until I was pregnant with my first child!

  19. DIY Toothpaste?! I have to try this. Really glad to have found your blog, we have some similar content, it seems! I just posted a DIY coffee scrub recipe, looks like I’ll be trying the toothpaste next!

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