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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

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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127 Responses to Homemade Toothsoap & Toothpaste Recipes

  1. Whittney says:

    LOL! I’ll have to try this…..P.S. I gave up on Whole Foods avocados and just get the .49 cent ones at Sprouts. :)

    • Heather says:

      Ah, you just inspired another post, Whit! Thanks!

      • Whittney says:

        So glad to be of service – I hope it is about why Whole Foods charges a million dollars more for the SAME avocados from Mexico that I can get at the local Kroger?

        • Heather says:

          Yep, something like that!

        • Heidi says:

          One of the reasons Whole Foods charges more for produce is because they pay their employees a living wage and offer good benefits. Their mark up is not any more %-wise than normal retail stores( I know because my husband works for them ). Some of your other grocery store chains do not offer the same benefits to their employees and do not practice the same responsible, community oriented services they do either. So although I can’t afford to do all our shopping there, I certainly feel better when I can because I know what they do with it internally.

  2. Jenifer Bianca via FB says:

    http://www.cheekymaidensoap.com/handcrafted-soap/dental-care/clove-bud-dental-soap-with-xylitol-naturally-fluoride-free

    If you want to purchase chemical free toothsoap, soap or deoderant instead of mixing it up yourself, the Maiden has some great products.

  3. Alexis D says:

    Heather! To answer your question (because I realized I didn’t answer it and can’t get back on FB because I gave it up for the time being – I know – a huge shocker right?! haha), I have NOT tried this recipe yet because I am going to wait until my current bottles of tooth soap are almost gone and then attempt to make the homemade version to save some money and to save my hubby from choking on how much it costs per bottle! :)

    • Heather says:

      So THAT’s where you’ve been (or not)! This is a different recipe. I LOVE the other one, but it gets gunky in the cold winter months when our house temp drops a couple of degrees :(

  4. I’ve been making a combo of these recipes, more or less, with baking soda, coconut oil (with ghee) some Dr. Bronners if it is around and a little flavoring… works wonderfully. We keep a little spoon in there to apply the toothpaste. Took a little getting used to, but now we love how it makes our mouths feel and the lack of weird aftertaste!

  5. baking soda with a little organic spearmint essential oil – super inexpensive and works great! Been using it for a year or so and love it : )

  6. Are any of the recipes you posted safe for someone who is pregnant? Just curious b/c I’ve contacted some some of the natural tooth paste companies and they didn’t consider their products necessarily safe b/c of the essential oils (for a pregnant person that is).

    • Heather says:

      For liability reasons, I think every company has to say that. If you’re concerned you can use an essential oil recommended for pregnancy or skip it altogether. Which essential oils are recommended is often debated, but you can find a list here if you’re interested: http://www.naturalbloom.com/articles/aromatherapy-47/

      P.S. I didn’t think of this when I was pregnant and used many kinds of essential-oil flavored toothsoap the whole time. :)

    • Caitlin says:

      If an essential oil company recommends against use of their oils during pregnancy there are two reasons for that-
      1: That they are not as pure as they want you to believe. I only trust Young Living, I’ve been to the farms, met the founder, was there when the Prime Minister of Peru extended his invitation to the founder, Gary Young, to farm in the untouched-by-man Earth Kosher lands of Peru, if he would employ the people, and build schools for their children like he did in Ecuador. Gary is so deeply into purity and protecting all of his plants from contamination that he did wind testing for 10 years in Mona, Utah to make sure he wasn’t going to get ANY contamination blowing out from Salt Lake City, before he planted a single lavender plant.
      watch “The Missing Link” by Gary Young on youtube for his take on why oils are the missing link in our health AND why purity is absolutely more important than most company’s theory that “even essential oil diluted with synthetic substances is better than no essential oil”
      Which leads me to the second reason
      2: True, Pure Essential Oils are NOT perfumes and flavors, they are the lifeblood of plants with highly researched chemical constituents that are found when you do a GC(Gas Chronomograph) test on the oils. These constituents are things like menthol, ecualyptol, linolol, and d-Limonene. A drop of pure lemon oil dropped on an inflated balloon will pop it instantly because the oils eat petrochemicals(so try to avoid storing any DIY recipes in plastic containers, they WILL start to eat the plastic, and you don’t want that mix in your product!)
      That is why I would advise caution prolonged use of essential oils like the sweet orange oil. Any citrus oil is going to eat the enamel of your teeth, also. While it works as a great whitener to use once in a while, it shouldn’t be an everyday thing. I use Young Living’s Citrus Fresh bare on my toothbrush once or twice a month. For oils to use in toothpaste, peppermint is always a basic, but others to consider are clove(if you can stand it), certain types of eucalyptus radiata, cinnamon or rosemary. While most of the tastes are unique and take some getting used to, you can mix them as well, but they are all great for mouth and immune health.

      • 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.

  7. Angela Campany says:

    We’ve been using Uncle Harry’s tooth powder since it’s pretty inexpensive and a bottle lasts for quite a while. http://www.uncleharrys.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/544#!tab2 What do you think? Is the chalk an ok ingredient? The rest of the label looks pretty clean.

    • Coyote Vick says:

      The chalk is for the calcium, it’s to help re-mineralize your teeth. I always add some ground chalk (or aluminum free antacids if I’m desperate) to my toothpastes to help re-build the enamel.

  8. Kayla says:

    I am really interested in trying this, but the honey confuses me. Wouldn’t the sweet honey promote tooth decay?

  9. Tiffany says:

    have you considered zylitol instead of stevia? It is good for you teeth and in a lot of the natural toothpastes.

  10. Brynna says:

    Very cool. We add probiotics, cell salts and vitamin K into our homemade toothpastes!

  11. Sunny Espanet says:

    I have been using a combo of EP coconut oil (the one that does NOT smell like coconut) plus baking soda for both toothpaste and deodorant for several years. I don’t have a recipe, just mix a little of each in a 1/2 cup sized mason jar. It’s great bc one thing does both…but the flavor isn’t great so I doubt my kids would use it for toothpaste. Thanks for the recipe! I also have a fancy vibrating toothbrush that I can tell really helps clean well. My hygenist always says, “your teeth are as clean as most children’s” which I’m guessing is good. She doesn’t spend too long getting plaque off anyway.

  12. Hilary says:

    Whipped some of this up this morning to brush my teeth. I LOVE it. It’s amazing that my teeth feel so clean and smooth and I didn’t have a mouth full of foamy stuff (which used to make me gag anyway). I’m really glad that the every day soap recipe doesn’t have the baking soda. I started getting sensitive teeth from using a natural toothpaste with baking soda (sure, there are probably some nutritional things going on there, but I’m working on it). It just took a few drops, too–talk about some savings! Now to see how long it takes with me raving about it for my husband to get up the nerve to try some. :)

    • Heather says:

      Haha! So happy to hear you liked the recipe, Hilary! Most experts say baking soda every day is too hard on tooth enamel – I’m not surprised you had a reaction!

  13. would love to try this! i’m fresh out of my flouride-free tom’s toothpaste so it’s a perfect time to make something new. where do you get the baby mild?

  14. Leah Davis says:

    Thank you, thank you for posting this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try toothsoap, but for budgetary reasons we had decided to stick with the Trader Joe’s fluoride-free. Just mixed it up this morning using honey and peppermint oil, and it’s wonderful! We won’t be going back.

    • Heather says:

      Yay! Brushing with straight castille soap doesn’t bother me so I was kind of nervous about posting this (thinking that that maybe I’m not the best judge, haha!) So glad you liked it, Leah!

  15. Joshua says:

    Any way of keeping the coconut oil from solidifying, apart from keeping my house warmer?

    • Heather says:

      I have the same problem when I make mayonnaise with coconut oil and put it in the fridge. I have found, though, that mixing 50% olive oil keeps it liquid. That’s why I included olive oil in this mixture. Haven’t tried it in the winter season yet but I hope it works!

  16. Steph says:

    Great Article- but I would be wary of the baking soda recipe. My sister is a dental assistant and told me never to use baking soda as it removes the enamel from your teeth.

    I’m curious about using honey in a toothpaste….doesn’t that just add food that will break down into sugar on your teeth overnight??

  17. Celena says:

    Does anyone know what a person with extra sensitive teeth could do? Ever since I was a child and to this day I grind my teeth in my sleep. Before I was aware of it the grinding took off my enamel and you can never get that back. Now I wear a bite guard at night and the dentist has tried to adjust (occlusion) my bite but I still do it. I have had to use Sensodyne for years, otherwise I can’t eat without pain. I know it has fluoride and probably a ton of carcinogens but I don’t know how to go without it due to painful sensitivity. Any ideas?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Celena, my dentist told me enamel doesn’t grow back, too. But it does! You can read more about my experience with that on a different post: http://www.mommypotamus.com/can-a-weston-a-price-diet-reverse-tooth-decay/

    • Caitlin says:

      Celena, clove oil has been used for centuries(long before orajel) for it’s analgesic properties… it might be a good one to consider using in your toothpaste. peppermint is good for pain, also, but can REALLY be potent for some tooth sensitivities, but Wintergreen, when distilled properly, has more anti-inflammatory properties than Ibuprofen, and I use it on my Quadriplegic father regularly to relieve his pain and inflammation around his neck injury site. He likes it much better than his Norco(gag)
      Not to mention, while we all know Ibuprofen isn’t GOOD for you, after reading some study came up with the opinion that 1 ibuprofen a day for 5 years equals a 50% increase in cancer risk, I’m even MORE all about natural.

  18. Celena says:

    wow, thanks! I will read up on this…thanks for answering so quickly. I have been enjoying reading your blog, I just started so I have a lot of catching up to do. When I got your reply I felt so privileged…I have just met a celebrity :)

    • Heather says:

      Glad to help, Celena! And being called a celebrity is just about the funniest thing ever. Next time my son wriggles out of his diaper and pee’s on the floor I am going to tell him, “Quit that, bub. I’m a celebrity!” LOL :)

  19. Aimee says:

    I did this recipe and my kids are having trouble with the soapy aftertaste. When you first start to brush we taste the peppermint, then slowly we taste the soap. I don’t mind but my boys have a strong gag reflex. Any ideas of things I can add to get rid of the horrible soapy taste. I really want my boys to use this but it’s no fun telling them not to throw up everytime they try and brush. :)

  20. Krista says:

    To use this, do you just put a few drops on your toothbrush and brush as usual? Sorry if that is a silly/obvious question :-)

  21. LeeandMaia Forde via FB says:

    We make ours but I use a slightly different recipe. :) We love it!

  22. LeeandMaia Forde via FB says:

    We make ours but I use a slightly different recipe. :) We love it!

  23. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    We’ve been using this for a couple weeks now and love it! We used sweet orange oil hoping to appeal to the kids and it worked. They don’t seem miss the old sweet stuff. I also find that my teeth feel cleaner for longer, I do miss the minty stuff though so I think I’ll have to make second batch with peppermint oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Sara Creitz Rockarts via FB says:

    Recipe I used has glycerin. Is it safe for teeth? It’s kinda sweet, so I wasn’t sure.

  25. I still use crest but I am stopping this weekend! Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  26. Love hearing that, Kristine Winniford! Sweet orange sounds nice – maybe I will try adding some to my cinnamon version!

  27. Sara Creitz Rockarts – Glycerin isn’t toxic or anything, but it does coat the teeth kind of like wax which can prevent remineralization from foods like bone broth. Does that answer your question?

  28. Jennifer Jones Knight – Well, this recipe is **very** different from Crest but I think you’ll like it!

  29. Sara Creitz Rockarts via FB says:

    Yes. I guess I meant is it gonna *cause* cavities because it tastes sweet.

  30. I’m not really sure on that. Ramiel Nagel, who wrote Cure Tooth Decay, just says it prevent the enamel from rebuilding through food as it normally should. That’s as much as I know on the subject :)

  31. LeeandMaia Forde via FB says:

    I add orange oil and peppermint oil to ours! The kids seriously have walked up saying their mouths were watering! ;)

  32. I’ve been slowly implementing changes to our diet and lifestyle and this is the next step. Thanks for all the great info!

  33. I really should stop wasting the kids naptime bby sleeping ;)

  34. No way, Georgia Brizuela! I nap with mine a lot, too :)

  35. Sunny says:

    We finally made this for the first time today. I’m so behind on “healthy” since baby was born 6 months ago. I have wanted to try this recipe, but hubby keeps buying toothpaste when we run out.

    Weird motivation….but our dog always chews up our tubes of toothpaste when my big girls leave it on the counter. Which makes our “expensive” toothpaste sooooo much more expensive. So I like this recipe for the glass bottle, if nothing else.

    I do think it tastes great! My girls aren’t sold on it yet (one try). I think it will grow on them though. I thought it would help to have them as assistants when I whipped up the recipe. BUT, they saw the soap and that was a turn off. Maybe I should have snuck that one in?!?!?!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

  36. Angelina says:

    For a season, I used a homemade toothpaste of baking soda, coconut oil & peppermint oil, but I started getting sensitivities and always wondered if the baking soda did it. Still not sure and it may have had nothing to do with it, but I just figured one day that if the brushing alone does most of the work (or so I’ve heard) why not just add some tea tree oil & peppermint oil to my toothbrush (which I LOVE the taste of!). The tea tree oil is anti-everything-bad (faulty memory but I know it’s got a lot of amazing properties) so I know it’s great for my teeth, plus there is no glycerin to coat them and prevent re-enamelization. It seems to work great, and couldn’t cost less!

  37. Erin says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! we’ve been going weeks upon weeks just brushing with coconut oil because we ran out of toothsoap and I refuse to use anything from the store :-). My husband and I LOVE this recipe and I can’t wait to try it with orange oil to see if my boys will happily use it!

  38. Michelle says:

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks for your posts they really help for us new moms out there!
    I am really interested in avoiding the use of regular toothpaste but I live in Belgium so I am not sure I can find here Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild so I was checking and it has already coconut oil and olive oil in it. So my question is why do you add more of these oils in the recipe? Also, would it work if I just make a simpler recipe out of olive oil, peppermint essential oil and honey? or not?
    Thanks a lot!!!

    • Heather says:

      Castille soap is saponified, which means that through the process of adding lye the olive and coconut oils change in molecular structure. Even if it’s not Dr. Bronners brand I’m guessing you’d have a pretty easy time finding it somewhere. As an update to the post, though, I recently learned that Dr. Bronners has a little glycerin in the formula. It’s a natural byproduct of saponification but for our purposes is not ideal (glycerin coats the teeth). I’m still using it, though, and looking for a brand in which they wash out the glycerin after making the soap.

      • Angela says:

        Have you found an alternative?

      • Jen says:

        Have you found an alternative yet? I just made this and then read this comment and I am concerned about the glycerin. I am trying to rebuild my tooth enamel. Should I still use this? I just made my first batch and I really don’t want to toss it!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks a lot Heather!!

  39. Belkys says:

    My two year old has ECC and I wanted to try brushing with toothsoap. However, the raw honey makes me hesitant. What did you brush your daughter’s teeth with when you wre trying to heal the decay?

  40. Hi! Thanks sooo much for all of the wonderful and helpful info! I learn so much! I watched a video on YouTube one time where Megan McDonnell made her own makeup. She just used red beets for blush and blackberries for mascara. I haven’t tried it yet, but think it would work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNqZsAFXhZ0

    She also uses tooth soap, too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rb1cOoB20s&feature=channel

  41. Melissa says:

    What size is your vial with dropper? I was looking at some on Amazon that are 2 oz. Is that about the size needed for this recipe? Thanks!

  42. shelley says:

    What is Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild?

  43. jackie says:

    I’ve tried two batches and my toothsoap doesn’t get frothy at all. Any ideas?

    • Heather says:

      Mine isn’t super frothy but my teeth always feel clean after I brush. :) If you prefer frothy you might try adding a little more Dr. Bronner’s.

  44. Sarah says:

    Made the toothsoap and scrub today for the first time. Love them both! and works well for my 20 month old daughter too. I only had about 1 tsp of honey, but it still turned out great!

  45. Amy says:

    Hmm, what do you do for babies who aren’t yet able to spit? Or have you only dabbled with this since your kids got big enough to do so? We’ve ordered Cure Tooth Decay, have decided to cut sugar entirely, and are contemplating alternatives to glycerine toothpastes to help with our son’s early tooth decay, but he’s just shy of 2 and still swallows. Any ideas?

    • Heather says:

      I happen to have a bottle of Ora Wellness essential oil based tooth cleaner that was given to me. The flavor is really strong and my son doesn’t like it, but one drop cleans his whole mouth and I don’t worry about him swallowing it. Hope that helps!

  46. Hmm okay awesome! Also, as to Dr. Bronner’s alternatives, I was thinking you could use something like the Kiss My Face olive oil bar soap, grate it, pour over hot water (or maybe simmer) to desired concentration, and use that instead. It’s glycerine-free and not expensive. A lot of glycerine-free soaps use sodium hydroxide in saponification – though from what I understand, it is completely transformed by the process and shouldn’t pose problems (http://personalcaretruth.com/2011/04/a-closer-look-at-sodium-hydroxide/). Certainly for grown-ups it would be okay. I’m just a little nervous about using it for little people. Thoughts?

    • Heather says:

      After doing a lot of reading on this I’ve decided to just keep using Dr. Bronner’s. The amount of glycerin it includes is far less than what comes in commercial toothpastes and from what I can figure out even commercial tooth soap brands have a little. With that said we don’t use this recipe every day – I now alternate with a homemade tooth powder and a non-toxic whitening treatment. Will be sharing both of these recipes in an upcoming ebook on making healthy beauty products at home!

  47. Jen says:

    I tried making this last night and it seems to work great! I’m all for making your own beauty products. I do have a few questions though. First of all, what is the purpose of the oils? Will the oils stay on my teeth or rinse off? Second, is a sweetener necessary? Third, is it really safe to use essential oils in your mouth? My peppermint bottle says not to get in contact with skin or mucus membranes. Though I do use it on my head for headaches occasionally.

  48. Paxton says:

    I was wondering about your cinnamin and clove tooth soap recipe

  49. Paxton says:

    Also another thing on homemade stuff what is a good recipe for a winter scrub and pore/acne cleanser to use if you have any ideas

  50. 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 :-D

  51. [...] Tooth Soap – Sold as a liquid or in little flakes that dissolve in your mouth, tooth soap is a gentle cleanser made with coconut, olive and/or palm oils. We make our own using this recipe. [...]

  52. [...] also started making my own tooth soap and continued researching possible causes for the decay. The answer came in the most unexpected [...]

  53. 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!

      • 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!

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

  56. [...] 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. [...]

  57. 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).

    • 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!

  58. 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)

  59. 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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  61. 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. :)

  62. 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!

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  64. 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.

  65. 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 :)

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  67. 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!

  68. 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!

  69. 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?

  70. 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?

  71. 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.

  72. Sara says:

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

  73. 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:)

  74. 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!)

  75. 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

  76. 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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