As I strive to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I am replacing many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives. I prefer not to use toothpaste that contains fluoride (find out why) and though I have used a few favorite natural, store-bought toothpastes (here’s my fav) many of them contain xylitol which leaves an unpleasant artificial-sweetener-flavor in my mouth. I prefer the simple, clean taste that my homemade toothpaste leaves behind.
My recipe for homemade toothpaste has just four ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint essential oil and thieves essential oil. (You can experiment with other flavors!) I chose not to sweeten my toothpaste at all, but if this recipe is too salty-tasting to you, you could add some real stevia powder to the mix or lessen the amount of baking soda.
The peppermint and thieves essential oils that I added are powerful germ fighters, making this toothpaste great to use during cold and flu season. They are diluted well and I don’t worry about swallowing a bit of the toothpaste or letting my children use it.
If you chose to use more than the amount of essential oils that I recommend in the recipe and it causes your mouth to burn, trying swishing some olive or coconut oil in your mouth to further dilute. Then add more coconut oil to your recipe until it is diluted to your liking.
Here’s the recipe!
- The coconut oil should be slightly softened--enough to incorporate the other ingredients easily.
- Mix coconut oil and baking soda together until smooth.
- Drop in the oils and mix until combined.
- You can put the toothpaste in a tube like this one or keep it in a jar.