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Make it Monday: Homemade Toothpaste

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 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?

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6 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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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