I’ve been making and using my own toothpaste for more than a year now. I started with a super easy recipe that required coconut oil. I love it and it’s been great for my teeth. The only issue is that the coconut oil leaves a residue in my sink. Yes, I clean my sink (every once in a while), but it gets grimy again after one day. And no, I’m not going to clean the sink every day. Not gonna happen. In case you’re interested, this was the recipe:

  • 4 T coconut oil
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1 T stevia herb powder 
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

If you don’t mind a grimy sink, or you don’t feel weird spitting into a trash can, please give this recipe a try! If you’re new to homemade toothpaste and the idea is a bit strange to you, starting with the coconut oil recipe is great because the consistency and flavor is more like store-bought toothpaste. I however, am ready for the next level… aka… tooth powder. Here’s the recipe:

  • 4 T bentonite clay (also called Indian healing clay; buy on Amazon)
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1 T stevia herb powder (Amazon)
  • 1 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

I’ve also created a version for toddlers! This one requires more stevia herb and less of the other (maybe yucky to toddlers) ingredients. The overall taste of this is sweet. If your toddler won’t use it, start with just stevia herb! Then slowly add in some of the other ingredients once they’re used to the grainy texture. Because these are all safe and edible ingredients, no need to have your toddler spit and rinse. This part is important to me because I brush my daughter’s teeth as she’s laying down on the changing table. I’ve found that this creates less of a struggle and she’ll let me brush her teeth for longer. Then I give her the brush to “finish up” while I change her diaper.

  • 3 T stevia herb powder 
  • 2 T bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

So you might be wondering.. WHY make your own toothpaste… and WHY these ingredients… and WHAT THE HECK is bentonite clay.

Regular store bought toothpaste is nasty stuff you guys! Yes, you spit most of it out. But not all of it. Especially a toddler. And your mouth is very absorptive (think chewing tobacco), which means these ingredients enter directly into your bloodstream.

TRICLOSAN messes with the endocrine system and has been linked to cancer (it’s also in your deodorant where it’s just as dangerous! 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which is also in most soaps and shampoos, causes that nice foaming that we like our toothpaste to do. It’s actually an insecticide! Not only does it damage your taste buds, its by-product dioxane causes cancer.

ASPARTAME is an artificial sweetener that makes your toothpaste taste like a delicious mint. But aspartame turns into methanol, which humans are not able to digest. Once it reaches your organs through your bloodstream, methanol turns into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde poisoning has been linked to vertigo, numbness, memory loss, and behavioral issues.

FLUORIDE is still commonly accepted as something that’s good for your teeth. It’s been shown to create a thin protective layer over your teeth, protecting them from cavities. Unfortunately this layer is so thin that it’s not worth adding. Toddlers especially are known to swallow a lot of toothpaste. Most kids will swallow more fluoride at one tooth-brushing session than is recommended for an entire day.

“Fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction.”  – Dr Mercola 

My ingredients are completely safe, edible, and will clean and remineralize your teeth:


“Bentonite clay is a gentle cleanser that is rich in minerals which support tooth remineralization. It’s detoxifiying properties help freshen breath and fight gum disease, while it’s adsorptive properties help remove stains from teeth.”   – Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus

BAKING SODA eliminates bad odors (think of your fridge or a litterbox). It will freshen your breath. Also,the small grains, when rubbed against your teeth, remove remnants of food, plaque, and stains.

SALT reminiralizes your teeth and kills bacteria.

STEVIA HERB POWDER is a natural sweetener that is unprocessed and still in its natural form 

CINNAMON: besides tasting good, cinnamon is antimicrobial and an antioxidant.

PEPPERMINT essential oil makes your tooth powder taste a little more like something you’re used to cleaning your teeth with (fresh and cool). But it’s also antimicrobial. Because it’s strong and could sting a very sensitive mouth, I leave it out of the toddler version.

So there you have it! I’ll mix all these ingredients together and store them in a 4oz glass mason jar with a plastic lid. I’ll wet my toothbrush and dip it lightly in this powder and brush as normal. You don’t need a lot. Another advantage of the powder versus the coconut oil version is that it’s easier to travel with (less chance of melted coconut oil all over your makeup bag… I speak from experience).

Please try it and tell me what you think!