Homemade toothpaste is very easy to make. You may wonder why anyone would want to know how to make toothpaste but there are many great reasons. First off, there is no reason not to. It isn’t hard or expensive and it can be a lot of fun. Like many DIY projects, it leads to a great sense of satisfaction. You may save money, not a huge amount but every bit counts. Making homemade toothpaste will allow you the flexibility to add whatever ingredients you want. This means that if you want an extra special, premium ingredient or flavor, you can just add it yourself. Probably the single biggest reason to go the DIY route isn’t because of what you can add but because of what you are able to leave out. One of the biggest issues with commercially produced toothpaste is that it contains all sorts of additives. Many of these added chemicals are not only unnecessary but they are also dangerous. This has led many to seek out ways to make their own. As it turns out, this is very easy and totally worth the effort.
So you have decided to make your own natural toothpaste. That is a great first step. This decision will lead you down the path to a whole world of DIY fun that you probably never new you would enter. The first question everyone asks themselves at this point is “How to make toothpaste?”. You already know you want to do it. The next thing is to find out how. The obvious way to answer this is to start Googling for a natural toothpaste recipe. You can find detailed instructions telling you everything you need to know from ingredients to steps. You may be surprised to learn that there is no one definitive recipe. There are many different methods. Some differ only slightly and some are dramatically divergent.
Recipe 1 – Ingredients
Baking soda – 1 cup ( 227 grams ) – This is pretty much the key ingredient. Don’t worry about it being harsh on your teeth because it isn’t. At least it is more gentle than standard manufactured toothpaste. Baking soda has been time tested as an excellent and very effective, traditional ingredient for cleaning teeth.
Fine sea salt – 1 tsp ( 5 grams ) Salt is optional. The minerals might be good for your teeth but it could cause the mixture to be too salty. It depends on your personal preference.
Peppermint extract – 1 tsp ( 5 grams ) You could also use a few drops of essential oils but I would just stick with the extract. It doesn’t have to be peppermint. You can pick any flavor you like to add to your homemade toothpaste.
Water – You will, of course, need water. Otherwise you would end up with just a bunch of crusty powder. There is on exact amount that is right for everybody. You need enough that when mixed it forms a paste. Just keep adding more and mixing until the consistency is just right.
Recipe 1 – Steps
- First, mix the baking soda with any salt you are using if you choose to include salt.
- Next, add the flavoring.
- Add a small amount of water.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get the consistency just right.
- Store the paste inside a jar or other container of your choice. We would recommend using a glass jar. You can use a popsicle stick or small plastic spoon to scoop out toothpaste.
- Test it out! Scoop out some of the homemade natural toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Start brushing and see how you like it.
Recipe 2 – Ingredients
Baking soda – 2 parts – This is still the key ingredient, similar to the first recipe.
Calcium powder – 5 parts – This is a new ingredient. It is great for your teeth.
Xylitol powder – 3 parts – This is optional but will help to prevent any bitterness in your homemade toothpaste.
Coconut oil – 3-5 parts – This adds to the texture and is also supposed to be great for all sorts of things. It has a laundry list of different uses and is really popular among people who like organic stuff. Why not add it to your toothpaste too!
Peppermint extract – 1 tsp ( 5 grams ) – This ingredient has the same purpose as in the first recipe. It doesn’t have to be peppermint. You could use pretty much any flavor you like. It’s all up to you.
Recipe 2 – Steps
- Mix the baking soda, calcium powder, and xylitol powder together.
- Add coconut oil and mix. Repeat this step until you get the consistency you want.
- Add the flavoring and mix some more.
- Store the toothpaste in a glass jar or whatever other container you prefer. We’ve found glass jars to be the best.
- Test it out! Same as in the first recipe, just scoop some out and start brushing. Notice how this will be a little different from the first type of toothpaste.
Will creating my own homemade toothpaste save money? Yes, it probably will. When compared with commercial toothpaste, gram for gram, it is much, much cheaper. So there is definitely a cost benefit to making your own. What might cost you $5 – $10 in the store should cost you anywhere from $0.50 – $1.74. That isn’t the real reason you would want to start doing this though. The real reason is to have a healthy, all natural solution that doesn’t include dangerous additives. The real reason is to have control over what you are putting in your mouth.
DIY – Self Sufficiency and Control
Beyond the simple benefit of having your own natural toothpaste recipe, there is another angle you will discover. Once you start building things and doing things for yourself, you will quite likely become hooked on DIY stuff. There is a great feeling that comes from working on DIY projects and developing self sufficiency. It gives you a sense of control that comes form doing things yourself. There is a great sense of freedom when you are able to break free form the recipes and blueprints decided on by corporations. Upon entering the world of self sufficiency, you gain essential freedom over some of the most simple, basic, and fundamental parts of your life. Never let anyone fool you into believing industrialized is better. Creating your own homemade, natural toothpaste is easy and effective. Many people look at projects like this that they have always wanted to try but never did. Unless you jump into action, you will never know. Once you give it a shot, you will find that it is well worth your time and can be extremely rewarding. At the very least, it is an educational process. If nothing else, you will learn something.