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Published on December 9th, 2014 | by Andrea Bertoli

3 Homemade Toothpaste Recipes: Homemade Living

We love making homemade body care, and homemade toothpaste is next on the list! Here we share some good reasons to switch to homemade toothpastes, along with a few recipes to get you started!

3 Homemade Toothpaste Recipes: Homemade Living

First, why would you want to switch from the convenience of prepared toothpaste and begin making your own homemade toothpaste? Many choose to avoid ingredients common to toothpaste for these reasons:

Fluoride: Perhaps the most controversial ingredient found in our home, fluoride is an unprocessed industrial by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is linked to brain and hormonal issues along with tooth problems too! It is actually listed as a poison on the toothpaste tube itself, which should be a warning to us all!

Artificial colors: those blue, green and red colors in your striped toothpaste are doing you no good. There are many reasons to avoid artificial color, both in our food and in our body care, including connections to hyperactivity, and artificial colors  are often derived from petroleum and contain toxic or cancer-associated chemicals. Ugh, spit that out!

Glycerin: usually a natural ingredient, but has been linked to weakened tooth enamel over the long-term because it layers the teeth with a film that prevents the minerals in your saliva from interacting with your tooth enamel.

SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate): according to Feelgood Style, sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant that is added to things like toothpaste and soap to make them foam but can cause irritation in people who are sensitive to it.

{Looking for some more ways to keep your body care regime clean and green? Check out these recipes for homemade deodorant, homemade mouthwash, homemade lipbalm and homemade foot spray for stinky feet!}

3 Homemade Toothpaste Recipes

Here are three awesome recipes for homemade toothpaste that are all just a little different. We’ve include the ingredients below, but click on the links to get the full recipe and details from the authors. There are lots of healthy, natural ingredients in each recipe; some have xylitol, an alternative sweetener that’s also great for tooth enamel, essential oils that help freshen breath and break down bacterias, calcium and other minerals, salt and baking soda, which gives it a fizzy, clean feeling. Experiment with your favorites and let us know which you liked!

1. Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste from Food Renegade:

  • 1/2 c. bentonite clay
  • 3 Tbsp. xylitol powder
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil, warmed to liquid
  • 20 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 20 drops clove essential oil
  • 30 drops Concentrace trace minerals
  • 3 Tbsp. water (possibly more)

Click here to get the full recipe from Food Renegade!

2. Natural Whitening Toothpaste from Wellness Mama:

  • ¼ cup Calcium Carbonate Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Xylitol powder
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • Essential oils of choice (optional)

Click here to find the recipe for Natural Whitening Toothpaste from Wellness Mama!

3. Simple Homemade Toothpaste from MNN

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
  • 1 drop peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
  • A few drops of water

Click to read the recipe and find two more recipes from Mother Nature Network!

Which homemade toothpaste recipe will you start with?

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About the Author

A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in San Francisco, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at AndreaBertoli.com, Vibrant Wellness Journal, Green Living Ideas and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram



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