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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

As I strive to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives.  Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace. (See my natural deodorant trials for comparison.)

I whipped up a quick homemade toothpaste recipe in my kitchen one weekend a few years ago and have been using it ever since.

Just two main ingredients (four, if you count the optional-for-you-but-a-must-for-me essential oils) create a easy diy toothpaste recipe that cleans and brightens teeth.

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Easy DIY Toothpaste Recipe with Coconut Oil and Baking Soda

Why I Make My Own Toothpaste

I prefer not to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. (find out why) These days the only pre-made toothpaste I keep on hand is Thieves Aromabright from Young Living. I love the flavor and the results of Thieves toothpaste so much, but it contains xylitol. While most people tolerate xylitol well, I have to be careful not to swallow it because it gives me tummy troubles.

If you aren’t into DIY’ing your personal products, try Thieves toothpaste.

My Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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 like lemon or orange. Lemon essential oil and orange essential oil are said to have teeth whitening powers!)

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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.

In this recipe, the essential oils are diluted well and I don’t worry about swallowing a bit of the toothpaste or letting my children use it. I can only vouch for the essential oils I personally use. If you decide to buy your essential oils from a different source make certain they don’t contain anything but pure essential oils only. (Buy Essential Oils Here)

Since this toothpaste is likely to be swallowed at least a little, I use Young Living’s Vitality oils, which are labeled for dietary use.

If you chose to use more than the amount of essential oils 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 the essential oils.  Then add more coconut oil to your recipe until it is diluted to your liking.

Here’s the Recipe


2 oz extra virgin coconut oil

2 oz baking soda

10 drops of peppermint vitality essential oil

10 drops of Thieves vitality essential oil


Combine by stirring the ingredients in a small bowl.

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Place in a 4 oz glass jar with a lid.

Double the recipe if desired.

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