Make it Monday: Homemade Toothpaste

 How to Make Homemade Toothpaste

 How to Make Homemade Toothpaste

 

I have been making my own homemade toothpaste lately. After adjusting the ratios of the ingredients, I finally found the combination I like best and it makes a nice, not too runny paste. It’s almost as thick as regular toothpaste.

The thickness will change a bit with room temperature because the coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees and our house can be anywhere between 70 to 78 degrees. One batch I made was so thick in the bathroom temperature that I had to run it under hot water to loosen it. So, I mix my toothpaste while the coconut oil is in a liquid state.

Each of the ingredients in the toothpaste has a purpose. The lauric acid in coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial. The tea tree and peppermint oil also have antibacterial properties. Calium powder helps build up, well, calcium.

Baking soda works as a mild abrasive, scrubbing stains off the teeth. However, because of its abrasive nature, it makes up only a small part of this recipe, as too much could damage your enamel. More info on that here.

The xylitol serves a two-fold purpose. Xylitol prevents harmful bacteria from sticking to the teeth and also serves as a natural, non cavity causing sweetener for your toothpaste.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP calcium powder

2 TBSP xylitol

1 1/2 TBSP baking soda

3 TBSP coconut oil

3/4 tsp peppermint oil

1/4 tsp tea tree oil

I also like to add 1 tsp of (affiliate link>>) Trace Minerals, but it’s not essential.

 Mix everything but the calcium powder and when everything is well blended, incorporate the calcium powder, one tablespoon at a time. By the the time you are done, you should have a nice paste. 

You can store it in a jar or, as I prefer, put it in a reusable food pouch to make it a less messy squeeze toothpaste. Use as you normally would use toothpaste.

Have you ever tried making homemade toothpaste?

Comments

  1. Where do you get your calcium powder?

  2. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I’ve never seen this before a do it yourself toothpaste but it sounds amazing so I want to give it a try to get nice white teeth.

  3. Ha! It’s funny, but just last week I was joking with my mom that I was going to start making my own toothpaste at home… didn’t realize that there were actually recipes for it out there lol. Does it take you a long time to make it? How do you feel about the xylitol? I have heard good and bad rumors about that ingredient and am still kind of wary about it.
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    • An Ordinary Housewife says:

      No, it doesn’t take long to make. I have heard mostly good about the xylitol. The article I linked in the post explains why it is supposed to be good for oral health. The best thing I can tell you is do your own research and make the best decision for you.

  4. I just learned today that one of my favorite toothpastes has plastic in it! I would be willing to give this a try!

    • An Ordinary Housewife says:

      Plastic?! Now that’s one I haven’t heard before! I know there are a lot of other unnecessary things in there.

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