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Homemade Toothsoap & Toothpaste Recipes

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I Switched Toothpaste Over . . . . Avocados

At $3 a pop, it’s time to get creative with my budget if I’m going to keep my kids reveling in their creamy green goodness. Our homemade deodorant recipe works better than the “natural” stuff and costs pennies on the dollar, so I recently decided to tackle toothpaste (actually, tooth SOAP) and tooth brightener, too!

Why tooth soap, you ask? Good question!!!

By now you probably already know that prior to 1938 fluoride was exclusively sold as rat poison and has since been linked to lowered IQ, weakened bones, thyroid suppression, lowered metabolic function, Alzheimers AND Down’s Syndrome (source). All experts agree that this stuff is not for babies – most of us would go further and say it’s not for anyone! Unfortunately, most commercial toothpaste manufacturers – even many of the “natural” ones – contain fluoride AND sodium lauryl sulfate (a foaming agent).

The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

Natural Health Information Centre: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (emphasis mine)

I’m sure there are some toothpastes out there that don’t contain toxic ingredients, but actually – toothpaste itself can be a problem!

[T]he use of certain toothpastes (especially those with flouride) could create harmful effects and even promote cavities. Glycerin is added to toothpaste to give it its “pasty” consistency. Supposedly, glycerin requires 27 rinses to remove from the teeth. And this could create a barrier on the teeth that would prevent teeth from getting harder and stronger.

Ramiel Nagel, Cure Tooth Decay

Toothsoap.com has pretty much got the market cornered because it’s a great product. And hey, their bottles last quite a long time in our house. But considering how many breakfasts of fried cinnamon apples and scrambled eggs that little vial will cost, I’m perfectly happy with these little recipes. Enjoy!

Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 20-40 drops essential oil (cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, anise, fennel, sweet orange – or whatever you like. Number of drops varies based on the strength of the essential oil)
  • 1 -1½ tablespoons raw honey or a few drops stevia extract – for more info on what type of stevia to use check out this article

Note: If you us honey some will settle at the bottom. Just stir a bit with the dropper before using.

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix water, 1 tablespoon honey and olive oil until well blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Add remaining ½ tablespoon (½ teaspoon) honey if needed.
  3. Pour mixture into a vial with dropper or soap dispenser (be sure to label it!) and use!

Brightening Tooth Scrub:

This toothpaste recipe was sent in by a reader (thanks Nicole!). I use it about once a week to keep stains from building up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt, medium or finely ground (salt helps remove stains and also contains minerals your teeth need for strong enamel)
  • ½ teaspoon purified water
  • 1 drop spearmint/peppermint/cinnamon/anise/fennel/other essential oil (where to buy spearmint and peppermint essential oil)

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly until a smooth, thick paste forms.
  2. Dip your toothbrush into the paste and use as you would regular toothpaste.

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141 Responses to Homemade Toothsoap & Toothpaste Recipes

  1. Taylor says:

    Could I use jojoba oil or something instead of coconut? I can try the coconut, but our house is only about 65 in the winter, and our coconut oil gets pretty hard. I saw in the above comments that mixing it with the olive oil had prevented it from solidifying for you, but I’m just concerned with how cold our house is. Although, I guess I mixed olive and coconut oils half and half in your lotion recipe and it was a lot softer than using all coconut, so maybe it would be fine…

    • Heather says:

      Olive oil would be a great choice! Jojoba is edible but the body cannot digest it so it can cause bowel issues. Not that you’d be eating it, but just FYI 😀

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  4. Poppins says:

    Would this still work if I left out the honey? I’m a little concerned about brushing my teeth with what is essentially sugar.

    • Heather says:

      Yes, you can! There is also a recipe for tooth powder in my DIY Beauty book that uses ground stevia leaves. I don’t use concentrated stevia but I’m comfortable with using the leaves. We LOVE the tooth powder!

      • Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

        Hi! I’m gathering the ingredients for the Tooth Powder recipe from your talk at the Village Green’s Healthy Life Summit. Can you help me out with what exactly I should look for, with the “unrefined stevia powder?”
        Is there a brand you like, or place you get yours? My natural foods store only has ‘pure stevia extract’ for $15/bottle.
        (I left this question on the FB page too, sorry to bug!) Thank you!

  5. Brittany says:

    I want to try this but does it REALLY work?? I mean, I know dentists don’t know everything and I don’t think fluoride is all that good for you and I HATE SLS, but at the same time…using Colgate/Crest/etc is what I’ve been taught to do since I’ve had teeth! It just makes me nervous.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Brittany, it really really does! :) I came from the Crest club too, and since switching to homemade tooth soap and tooth powder, my teeth have never felt better. My dentist comments every time my husband and I go in for cleanings about how GREAT our teeth look compared to his other patients, and he’s very pro-fluoride, etc. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

  6. Taylor says:

    Does it have to be the Baby Mild Dr. Bronner’s soap? I’d like to get the citrus or rose one to use as shampoo, in addition to their citrus conditioner, but I want to only buy one soap. So, if it MUST be the Baby Mild, I’ll just buy that.

    • Gerri says:

      Taylor –

      I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint because I couldn’t find the baby mild and it worked just fine.

      I love this recipe and will continue to experiment with tweaking it. Would like to try the orange oil next!

  7. Fluoride - Holistic Squid says:

    […] Even if you decide that you’re not concerned about fluoride for your own health, consider that young babies and children under 6 should not drink tap water if at all possible (this is especially a concern for those who are formula fed).  Babies and children who cannot spit out toothpaste should use fluoride-free products until they are old enough not to swallow.  Dental products with Xylitol are a great choice for kids or – even better – make your own with an easy home recipe. […]

  8. Tara says:

    What about babies, as they are getting their first teeth? I’ve read that we should brush them. But I’d like to know what type of brush is best to use, and at what age they need tooth soap. I figure the tooth soap is not necessary for a long while, but just wondering what you have done, Heather. I see there are alot of silicone baby toothrushes, or one that is made of vegetable fibers or something (but I don’t know what they are and suppose it could be corn or something I’d rather him not put in his mouth daily).

    • Sarah Kalynda says:

      You can even use a wash rag to wipe off their baby teeth. We didn’t start using a tooth brush on my little one’s mouth until she was 2 and has perfect, strong, healthy teeth!

  9. Jennifer Fountain says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve read through a lot of your posts on tooth soap and this one seemed to be the most current; but a few comments above you mention you now use a couple different recipes. Is there a reason you switched from the ones in this post? I’m looking for an alternative to the CO/xylitol recipe I’ve been making and this looked like a great option…but if you’ve found reasons to switch, I’m hesitant to begin making. :o)

    Thank you!!

    Jennifer

    P.S. I can’t tell you how many times I tell people that “baking soda is not recommended for daily use.” :o)

  10. Lora says:

    Hello. I really have been wanting to try making a remineralizing toothpaste after my dentist said I had decay in 5 teeth ugh! I tried this one, but my husband can’t stand the smell and the aftertaste is gagging :-( I guess I must be the only one. Even after rinsing I can’t get the taste out of my mouth and feel I need to eat something. Now that defeats the purpose!! I think it must be the Dr. Bronner’s. Can’t believe that 1 Tablespoon can have that much of an effect. My 2 year old gagged as well and asked for water LOL. I think that I can possibly use it, just because it is good for me, but do I really need the soap or is there just for “suds”? I definitely will do something different next time which may include taking it our completely. I did make a bentonite clay toothpast recipe tonight that tastes much better and provides the remineralzing benefits of clay. I will probably switch out between the 2.

    • Heather says:

      Personally, I think the Dr. Bronner’s is necessary in this formula. Some people do use just essential oils, though!

    • Ellen says:

      Lora – the first time I used tooth soap I gagged as well. Stuck with it and in a couple of days I adjusted. In fact, regular toothpaste now makes me gag – too sweet! My then 12 year old daughter also didn’t like it at first, now three years later it’s all she uses. I don’t know if it will change for you, but hope it does!

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  13. Marie says:

    Hey, I know this is an old post, but I was doing some tooth research and came across it, then you mentioned avocado’s, and $3.00 a pop, which is ridiculous. You probably already know this already, but Aldi’s frequently has sale’s of avocado’s for .25 apiece, if you don’t have an Aldi’s close by, just make Walmart price match. I do this all the time, I love to leave WM with a huge bag of avocado’s that only cost me a couple bucks! Just had to share :) Thankfully Avocado’s are on the Clean 15 list so I don’t worry about buying organic. Hope it helps. :)

  14. Hollye Long says:

    Hi Mama!
    So I started brushing my teeth with coconut oil and peppermint oil. I was thinking about trying your recipe without the Dr. Bronners because it’s just a pain to get my hands on. Is the coconut oil/essential oil (and honey and olive oil too) enough to do the trick in making your teeth clean and happy?
    Thanks!
    Hollye
    P.S. Going to look up your ebook now!

    • Heather says:

      Some find that coconut oil works well, while others report that they do not feel super clean after rinsing and/or that it clogs their sink. Oil pulling is another option for tooth care using coconut oil – I’ve found it to be very effective!

      • Hollye says:

        Hmm, ok. I read something about oil pulling years ago. That was the beginning of my “crunchy” days, so I don’t think I was ready for it just yet. But yeah, my teeth feel super clean the last couple of days since I started this, just wondering if it was enough to keep the sugar bugs at bay. I’m 14 cavities down the pike of course, so now I’m just gonna try to do what I can to never go down that road again. Thanks Heather!

  15. Kaela the Dirty Hippie: Post 1 | City Life, Natural Love says:

    […] had plenty of toxic chemicals and barely worked. There are so many recipes for natural toothpaste options, options, options, options, options, options.  I used what I had on hand (baking soda, coconut […]

  16. Michelle says:

    I enjoy reading your posts and recipes. I am trying several out as I acquire the ingredients. Absolutely love the deodorant, and will probably never go back to store bought. I even used it camping, and felt it worked just as well as others I have used in the past. I was reading one of the comments about where you mentioned the stevia drops being ok to “brush with and spit out.” I don’t disagree that the processed stevia would probably not be too harmful in the tooth soap. I do think it’s important to point out the following to your readers though:

    Mucous membranes, such as the inside of your mouth, absorb much more readily than your skin, and even absorb some things that are not absorbed by other parts of your skin. Products absorbed by your mucous membranes go almost immediately to your bloodstream.

    For this reason, it’s important not to put anything into your mouth that you don’t feel comfortable ingesting internally.

  17. Allie H says:

    Hi Heather! I just made this, and have two young boys (3 and 1), and was just going to double check to make sure this is safe for those who aren’t able to really spit well after brushing. Thanks for any help!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Allie, I did use it with my toddlers until I switched them over to the tooth powder from my ebook. I don’t personally have any concerns about mine swallowing a bit of castile soap, but the tooth powder is 100% edible if you use food grade clay and it tastes better, too. My kids prefer it :)

  18. Oral Health and My Personal Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe | City Life, Natural Love says:

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  19. Ellen says:

    I made my third batch of this today. It’s a great recipe! The first time I made it I did not add the honey or the essential oil. I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap which I found in a trial size at Target (perfect!) My daughter actually prefers that version. The second batch I made I added the honey and orange flavor essential oil. I like that flavor a lot though I will note it stays liquid – it doesn’t solidify like the other version.

    I make this in a glass pyrex measuring cup so that I can just pour it into the squeeze bottle when done.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  20. ruth says:

    You mentioned way up in the comments that you reversed your daughter’s tooth decay. Any particular tips for starting the process, other than buying the book you used? My son has SPD and I haven’t even tried going to the dentist yet- assuming it wouldn’t go well. :) And I hate toothpaste. Can’t wait to make your recipe!

  21. Andi says:

    I’m really interested in getting natural with my toothpaste but I cannot afford the natural retail stuff & my own clay toothpastes were HORRIBLE! No recipe came out edible enough for me to keep up with!! So I’m interested in the toothsoap ideas. I’m not a big fan of minty flavors though & I saw a Dr. Bronners Hemp Castile Citric oils. But it has hemp & jojoba oils. Do you thing these are ok for toothsoap?

  22. Gina says:

    Hi there! I love your blog! I have used this toothpaste recipe & our family likes it. I have a question: How do you feel about betonite clay or DE in toothpaste? I have come accross a few blogs of like-minded mamas and they have added one of those 2 clays. Thoughts?

  23. Leah says:

    Is the toothsoap safe to use on babies/toddlers?

    • Gina says:

      I use it with my kids. My 2yo will eat the entire batch if I am not careful! …could it be mineral deficiancy?!?! lol! Everything is safe for children-bear in mind the EO’s & honey. I put lemon EO in the kids toothpaste. They love it.

  24. Sara says:

    Do you think using honey in the tooth soap is ok? Like leaving it on all night? Thanks!

  25. Leah says:

    I purchased your beauty recipe e-book, and made the toothsoap recipe yesterday. This morning I went to use it and it had solidified. Is that normal? It is 70 degrees in our home and I stored it in the bathroom cabinet as suggested. I followed the recipe as suggested as well. Just wondering if you know if this is a common occurrence or if I could be doing something different? I simply warmed it up a little bit to liquefy and use this AM, but I am hoping I will not have to do this every morning. If so, I will probably just try the tooth powder recipe next and hope for the best:)

  26. Megan says:

    My familt loves this soap. My 4 year old even remarked that her teeth felt so clean and I have to agree. Now to get them to start oil pulling! (already got my 7 year old doing it!)

  27. Paxton Campbell says:

    I use holistic dental stores tooth powder mild/child version as the adult is too strong it’s pretty cheap when you add up how long it lasts mine is about 6-7 months

  28. Emily says:

    this recipe looks good but i’m surprised you didn’t mention any of the bentonite clay or diatomaceous earth tooth paste recipes. Earthpaste is in my opinion the best commercial brand there is. It does have xylitol, so some might not think it’s safe. I make my own version of earthpaste at home just to be cheap. All you really need is food grade bentonite clay and some water. flavorings are nice, but not mandatory. Kids might not like the plain stuff but I’m fine with it.

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  31. e says:

    What is… Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild … ? is it a baby oil or something.. ?
    any replacement for this ingredient.. ?

  32. jessdonn says:

    I wanted to love this so bad. I really did. I planned on making it for some Christmas presents too. The soapy taste and lasting aftertaste is too much :( my hubby agreed. If there are any suggestions to help I’d love to hear them. In the mean time I will keep trying it to see if I can get used to it.

  33. Roosevelt Edmonds III says:

    I have a question. I just purchased tooth soap peppermint shreds from Amazon.com and I want to know, does tooth soap shreds help regrow tooth enamel?

  34. Roosevelt Edmonds III says:

    I have a question. Does tooth soap peppermint shreds regrow tooth enamel?

  35. Sheryl says:

    If we are concerned about the coconut oil solidifying within the bottle, would it be okay to substitute either saponified coconut oil soap (both Tropical Traditions and Nutribiotic sell them) or MCT oil for the coconut oil in the toothsoap recipe? Thanks :-)

  36. Moi says:

    Simply using Dr. Bronner’s with peppermint essential oils will work great, especially for backpacking. Use one soap for clean anything and everything and have essential oil to flavor your hot water.

    Cheers,

    yz

  37. Caitlin says:

    oops- how #2 is relevant to pregnancy is that these oils in their purest form can be very potent.
    a drop of peppermint oil on the foot is as potent as 28 cups of peppermint tea.
    So, something that may be great to ease tense muscles or reduce stress in small amounts, like any medicinal treatment, might do much, much scarier things in accidentally larger doses, like induce labor.
    There’s an oil that, with enough drops(60+) can actually induce a coma.
    While that can be handy for someone who suffers a horrible car accident and broke every bone in their body and simply needs time to heal and medically induced coma type medicine isn’t an option (or consideration) AND has a medically trained professional familiar with the use of the oils in a clinical setting (believe it or not there are classes taught on this, and people employed by some hospitals for this type of purpose, my local one is Robin Gayle Egbert, and she is employed by Sutter Medical Foundation in the Sacramento area facilities), it’s probably not so good to decide it needs to be your toothpaste flavor of the month and go a little extra crazy on the proportions.
    So yes, because they are also a super concentrated medicinal herb, before you choose your oil to add in, maybe by the Essential Oils Desk Reference and learn what all each oil can do for, to, and with your body.

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