Homemade, All-Natural, World Changing Toothpaste




Here's a recipe for an all-natural toothpaste that you can feel good about using. It makes your mouth feel clean and refreshed, and your teeth sparkling white.

This recipe combines information from blogs, Facebook posts, essential oil and herb catalogs, ingredient lists from Tom's of Maine and Earthpaste Toothpaste, and Ayurveda. I have tried a number of different all-natural recipes, and I wanted to make something that took the best elements of it all, and make a paste that was pleasant both in taste and texture.

Feel free to adjust amounts to your liking, eliminating and/or adding ingredients. I keep the paste in a jar, and use a very small spatula to apply a generous amount on my toothbrush. Brush as long as you can, the longer, the better.  I incorporate the "Oil Pulling" method, swishing the oil mixture around my mouth, pulling it through my teeth.   Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice not just for teeth and gum care, but for healing and detoxifying the entire body. Check it out.

I believe that we can begin to change the world with just one happy and healthy smile. Happiness is Health and Health is Wealth. One world, One Love!

*Please note*

I used Neem oil that was labeled "for the garden." You may want to use Neem oil specifically used for cosmetic purposes, but I had this bottle on hand for organic gardening, and since the label says 100% pure and organic I kept it in the mix.

Neem oil also has a strong odor. Mixed with everything else, it isn't as noticeable, but if you are sensitive to the smell, you may want to use less. I saw a post on a forum where someone tried oil pulling just with pure Neem oil to rid of a mouth infection. His gums were bleeding the next day. So increase at your own risk.

Also, "oil pulling" is usually done with pure sesame or coconut oil, and because the toothpaste contains other ingredients like baking soda and neem oil, you may want to test how much "pulling" your gums will be able to handle.  If you find that this recipe irritates your gums, you may want to also want to reduce the amount of baking soda, or just add more coconut oil.  

Take note that coconut oil is liquid when the temperature is above 75 degrees F, and a solid when below. So during warm days you may want to give your container a shake, and use a spoon.

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients.

You can find most of these ingredients at your local natural food and wellness store or online. The most expensive ingredients are the Essential Oils. Since I'm a bit of a Tree Hugger I had these ingredients on hand. You don't have to use every essential oil listed, just one would work fine.

1 1/2 C Coconut Oil

4 Tbs Baking Soda

1/2 C. Redmond Clay

1 Tbs Neem Oil

10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 drops Clove Essential Oil

20 drops Sweet Orange Oil

20 drops Peppermint Oil

Step 2: Measure and Melt Your Coconut Oil.

Under close watch*, gently melt about 1 1/2 cups of coconut oil in a small saucepan over the stove. It does not take a lot of heat to melt the oil. As soon as 1/3 of the oil is melted, take off the heat and continue to stir, the rest will melt soon after.

Transfer the oil into a medium size bowl.

*Please use extreme caution when heating oil on stove, as it can catch on fire!!! Melting coconut oil in a microwave oven is not recommended, as it can get very, very hot and catch on fire!!!

Step 3: Add 4 Tbs of Baking Soda.

Baking Soda does not dissolve in oil, so just stir in until there are no lumps.

Step 4: Add 1 Tbs of Neem Oil.

Stir it up!

Step 5: Add 1/2 C of Redmond Clay.

Stir until there are no lumps. A whisk makes this step easier.

Step 6: Add the Essential Oils.

Count your drops in, then stir. You can adjust your drops to your liking, but keep in mind that the clove oil is very strong, compared to the others.


Step 7: Pour Mixture Into a Lidded Container.

The mixture will solidify as it reaches back to room temperature.

Step 8: Brush Your Teeth and Floss.

Just like your Momma told you!

Step 9: Smile!

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    23 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Be careful with neem oil! It is a pesticide and Azadirachtin is associated with liver cancer in children!

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    NEEM actually fights cancer. As as it being a pesticide, it can be used as one...but so can garlic. Please don't scare people off from such a useful, natural an utilitarian plant.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    My coconut toothpaste is all melted cause the hot weather! Can I use something else to substitute and get the same texture?

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I've seen suggestions to apply oil and baking soda to cotton ball on rub it in that way.


    Reply 3 years ago

    I would just dip your toothbrush into it or use a dropper or spoon. It'll still work and you don't need a ton of it. I use a couple drops of a neem toothoil that my wife bought and it works amazing.

    Melissa SH

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I have developed a very intense response to foods that have 'heat' - like pepper, clove, mint, garlic, cinnamon or such. It has reduced me to poorly flavored children's toothpaste. Any ideas on how I can change the recipe to get flavor without painful reaction?

    Also, fluoride is like many things - a poison that is safe in small amounts put on the teeth and not swallowed. After having 16 cavities to be filled when I was 16 and using well water, my dentist applied fluoride on my teeth and I did much better. My problem is with having fluoride and chlorine and pesticides and lots of other chemicals in my drinking water, My family uses a water distiller for that reason.

    We humans do not seem to understand moderation. If a little fluoride is good for preventing cavities...lets put it in the water we all drink. By the same token, we humans can be hard headed about accepting scientific results. I could go on and on about that, but we all need to understand the scientific process and how it must be applied to get sound results. It is sad that misuse of science and research has mad people justifiably skeptical. With proper training it is possible to understand the valid research and 'junk' research.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    nice recipe! You may want to mention the standard procedure for melting fat and wax: never heat it directly over a heat source, but using a bowl of hot water as a heat exchanger and safety buffer. This is to ensure the warm oil or wax can't catch fire, which is a very, very realistic and unpleasant scenario. I have learned this the hard way and almost burnt down my flat when making home-made candles for Xmas presents.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very helpful - thank you. I agree with the anti- fluoride people, having done lots of research. It's very hard to avoid where I live because they put it in the water. So I drink bottled water, which is probably just as bad because of the plastic!!!!! I haven't used fluoride toothpaste for years and my teeth are very healthy. I put it down to regular use of the tiny interdental brushes every night after brushing my teeth with the purest toothpaste I can get. I will definitely be making this.

    2 replies
    prickly veganGilly

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    can you just filter your tap water? Plastic bottles leach chemicals into the water, which is why all soda and water have expiry dates (which I always found funny, until I realised why, then it was just disturbing!). Anyway, good luck with your paste making. I love being able to make my own 'flavours'! Tutti Fruiti!!! :P


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I use equal parts baking soda and vegetable glycerin, with a light sprinkle of salt, and approx a half tsp of Thieves Oil per half cup of mixture. I also add about a tsp of coconut oil per half cup mixture. You can play with the mix for consistency and taste . I keep it in a hermetically sealable glass jar (the kind with the clear rubber ring and metal closure -- you can get them at Hobby Lobby). I order the Thieves Oil from Young Living Essential Oils, the glycerin and organic coconut oil from eBay. Wonderful mixture. Great history on Thieves Oil, too, during The Plague....

    2 replies
    prickly veganwinetam

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I've read that glycerin is actually not good for your teeth because it blocks 'mineralisation', or something. I imagine that means it creates a coating on the enamel that prevents the baking soda from doing much good. I need to do more reading, but I stopped using glycerin-based toothpastes and have noticed an improvement. Something to look into, anyway.

    discostu956prickly vegan

    Reply 4 years ago

    I've heard similar. it's meant to stop the teeth repairing themselves or something

    I love the idea of adding clay. Thank you so much for this idea! I hadn't thought of it. I find baking soda too abrasive, but mix it with olive oil and find that helps a lot. Adding clay might make it perfect. Thank you!

    Glad to see someone else likes clove too. Tied with fennel for best toothpaste flavour ever!


    5 years ago

    I've never heard of the 'Redmond Clay'what you else would you use it for and is there an alternative. I've been making toothpaste with sage oil, rock salt., baking soda and peppermint. I suppose the problem is that the baking soda is the base and could strip away layers on the tooth. Will give this one a go :) thanks

    1 reply
    Ina Earth Loverepage3

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I purchased my Redmond Clay from Amazon for $11, and I use it to make my own clay mask mixed with drops of tea tree oil. Another alternative would be Bentonite clay. I know what you're saying about the baking soda being too abrasive, that's why I like the coconut oil being the main ingredient. Good luck and thanks for giving this recipe a try :)


    5 years ago

    I can't wait to try this. Please .. anyone that does not know the true dangers of flouride, please do some research. It is poison!!