12+ Recipes For Making Your Own Toothpaste

JarHere’s an assortment of ideas for making toothpaste plus a couple tips for DIY teeth whiteners (those are found at the bottom of the page).

If you’re looking for ways to save money or use more natural ingredients than most commercial products offer, there’s surely something here that will suit your needs. I’ve moved the mouthwash recipes to this page (just a couple so far).

A Few Quick Tips:

  • Cut open an empty (used) tube, clean out the inside then scoop mixture into it. Fold over the cut end then secure with a squeezer or packaging clamp.
  • To keep things easy, can also store in small glass jars with a tight fitting lid (such as a baby food jar), just make sure it’s sterilized first. To use: Simply dip the brush into the mix and use as a regular paste.
  • When adding essential oils (EO) for flavor or extra cleaning power, make sure to use those that are “food grade”.
  • Flavor ideas: Vanilla, Cinnamon; Mint; Orange; Lemon.

First up, here’s a quick & easy paste to try:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp hydrogen peroxide

Directions: Mix together before using.

I’ve listed a dozen different ideas below that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net with each having something different to offer. I’ll be adding more to this page as I come across something new, enjoy!



The Best: Xylitol, salt, liquid glycerine and EO (such as cinnamon).

Simple (Video): 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin, 1/4 cup bicarb, 10 to 15 drops peppermint EO (food grade).





Green: Stevia, myrrh and natural mint flavoring.

Powder: This will be crumbly but you can add vegetable glycerin to make it more gel-like.





With Kaolin Clay: Peppermint and orange EO (or extracts), vegetable glycerine.

Basic: Includes Neem, cinnamon EO.





With Coconut Oil: Also includes EO and xyliton.

With Stevia: Also has coconut oil, hydrogen peroxide and peppermint extract.





Orange or Vanilla or Mint (for kids): Vanilla or orange extract, salt, glycerin or peroxide.

Aloe Vera: Vanilla extract, aloe vera, water and hydrogen peroxide.





Fluoride-Free: Finely ground sea salt, dried sage (ground), organic virgin coconut oil, xylitol or liquid stevia.

Remineralized: Calcium or Calcium Magnesium Powder, Diatomaceous Earth (optional) and a few other basic ingredients.



DIY Whiteners:


1 tsp baking soda
1 TBS fresh, mashed strawberries

  • Mix then use to brush


  • Sprinkle baking soda on a lemon wedge then gently rub upper and lower teeth for 1 minute upper and 1 minute lower. Then brush as usual. Don’t do this more than once per week.
  • Activated Charcoal: This tip from Wellness Mama advocates using activated charcoal (can get it in powdered or capsule form) to get teeth gleaming white.

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What Readers Are Saying: 21 Comments
  1. Brenda says:

    One has to be careful of using the peroxide mixture too much. It might cause”hairy tongue” which is very unsightly.And yes, it looks as if one has black hair growing inside the mouth!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I ADORE the recipe from the Thrifty Soaper (first one listed.) I’ve been using it for several months now, and I feel like my teeth are cleaner than ever. Plus, I no longer get tea stains on my teeth from my daily cup of tea.
    The ultimate test was yesterday when I went to my dentist for the first time after switching. I passed with flying colors, and she noticed the whiteness as well as no more sensitivity.
    When I make this toothpaste, I add just a few drops of clove oil. I am not sure what restrictions there might be for children and clove oil–it’s powerful stuff–so do research before giving any to your kids.
    I highly recommend this.

    • Christine says:

      When you make your toothpaste to the consistency you like, how much of each ingredient do you use for the recipe you love?

  3. Lori says:

    Do I have to use peppermint?

  4. Jill L.D.H. says:

    I clicked on this out of curiosity. I am a dental hygienist and found some concerns regarding these tips. I am all for making your own products and like to save money as well. However, there is a growing trend in America right now with the decrease in use of fluoride in adults and especially in children. We live in a country where decay should be preventable. Unfortunately with the increase in people drinking bottled water and using reverse osmosis systems, the decay rate has increased. Fluoride is not being consumed in appropriate levels to prevent decay in our children and adults are not receiving the topical fluoride necessary to reduce decay rates.
    Making your own toothpaste is a wonderful money saver and can taste really good, but you need to have an appropriate amount of fluoride. Definitely consult with your dentist or dental hygienist before eliminating fluoride from your daily routine. Your provider can prescribe you a fluoride rinse or gel to off set the loss of fluoride in your home made paste.
    Also, Using lemons to scrub your teeth to rub out stains is not a good idea. Research shows that when we eat (or rub a lemon on the front of our teeth) the PH level in our mouth becomes very acidic. We have all seen the Sensodyne commercials where the light is placed behind the front teeth and you can see the damage to the enamel. Well, when you are rubbing lemons on the front of your teeth, you are doing just that, damaging your enamel. And, you definitely do not want to go brush immediately after rubbing an acidic lemon on your teeth. The PH level in your mouth becomes very acidic, and research shows that you can damage the tooth surface on microscopic levels up to 30 minutes after such an acidic rush. It is better to either swish with water, chew sugar free gum, or wait 30 minutes before brushing so the PH level can return to neutral. No one wants to end up paying the price later down the road with needing expensive dental work because they caused damage to their teeth. I hope you post this comment and people read it. It is always best to talk to a professional when it comes to your smile!

    • Holly says:

      There has never been a study that proved fluoride prevents cavities or is good for you. It is a terrible toxin.

    • Marybeth says:

      I am also a dental hygienist. I totally agree 100% with Jill’s response. There are dental university libraries FILLED with data and reputable studies on the efficacy of fluoride. Remember, moderation is key. For now, I will save my dental buck and continue to use a commercial brand of toothpaste.

      • myssi says:

        also fluoride was used in some nasty ways in some nasty wars.

        • Adam says:

          Naturally occurring fluoride is fine. The fluoride used in public water systems (silicofluorides) is a bi-product of industrial waste that is sold to towns and cities on the cheap and with the lie that it is OKAY TO CONSUME (for the most part – unless the people in that locality have spoken up and gotten it changed).
          Myssi got it right. Dr. Josef Mengele approved it…for the water in the concentration camps, to keep his guests docile. Of course, there weren’t long-term effects for many of them, but you see the kind of great minds behind the use of Fluoridated water.
          Let us mineralize our water/food as we see fit. Or do you think we are sheep and we don’t know better?

          • Tooth fairy says:

            Adam is correct about the types of fluoride. Naturally occurring fluoride is much different then what is produced commercially. I, too, am a dental hygienist, but don’t agree with the opinions of Jill or Marybeth. My post below explains why.

    • Andrea says:

      Jill, please read about the side affects of fluoride . It is very toxic! I grew up using baking soda for brushing. No one in our family had problems with tooth decay. The key to healthy teeth and gums is just brushing and flossing.

    • Ladena says:

      Flouride can be dangerous, research it. Xylitol can be a effective and is safer, research it.

    • Truth in Health says:

      Fluoride is a neurotoxin and just like many other studyings you need to look at who is behind these studies. Flouride has done more harm than good and actually is very harmful. It is well known that dentist have the highest suicide rates and what do they often deal with…mercury and fluoride…both extremely neourtoxic! Of course you are going to push something that makes you money but for the sake of humanity you need to start researching the reality of these harsh chemicals. We have more cavities as a society than people did when they didn’t use fluoride…let common sense rule your mind!

  5. Jamie Patrick says:

    Most of Europe does not have fluoridated water and they have less tooth decay than the U.S. Feel free to look it up. Fluoride, unless a natural form is nothing but poison. Tooth decay in the U.S. is due to all the junk food people let their kids eat and just pure laziness.

    I think the ideas above all sound great although I do have to agree on the lemon tooth scrub regarding the high acid levels.

    If you don’t like peppermint oil, try using some non traditional oils like jasmine, sandalwood or clove but use very sparingly. Clove is a great breath refresher.

  6. Shipper says:

    Have you seen or known a group of people from the UK? No disrespect please but I am married to an Englishman and he and his family have horrible teeth due to lack of care. Also, when we visit his parents and sister, I get to see/meet other people and for the most part have the same. In fact, lately my sister in law has had a horrible tooth and had to get in “line” to be seen:(. I just wanted to throw this in as my opinion based on my experiences:). Again, no disrespect!

  7. Michelle says:

    Use black walnut tincture or powder to heal small cavities. Works best in children. Put two dropper-fuls in a little water and swish in mouth for a minute or two and swallow. Brush with the powder. Helps with toothache and with healing teeth whether damaged or cavities. It is also a cure for impetigo (see Dr. Christopher’s site) and parasites. It is also a good source of iodine. (From “How to Be Your Own Doctor” by Rachel Weaver 4th Edition). I agree with Jill above – do not use lemon on teeth! Nothing acidic. Clove oil is also good for toothache and as an antibiotic in the mouth.

  8. Treay Cohen says:

    I cannot believe anyone would recommend the use of Fluoride.
    Reduction in cavities as a result of improved dental hygiene; increase in tooth decay related to over-consumption of sugar filled products and fruit juices.Having lived in London I did not notice a higher incidence of decayed teeth. Please read and evaluate the numerous studies which have shown that Fluoride is a dangerous and ineffective addition to water supplies.

  9. LC says:

    I don’t know whose brilliant idea it is to rub lemon on your teeth. Lemon has acid which over time destroys your enamel. Baking soda and lemon together produce a chemical reaction that is BAD for your enamel and leaves a horrid taste in your mouth!! The problem with some frugal ideas is that they are not very brilliant!

  10. Tooth fairy says:

    I am a registered dental hygienist as well as a certified dental assistant, and have been practicing for 36 years. I couldn’t disagree more, with Jill, on the issue of fluoride. I no longer use fluoride in my mouth and don’t recommend it to my patients. There have been numerous studies, and much information about the toxicity and dangers of fluoride. Some dental hygienists also benefit financially when giving fluoride treatments to kids and adults when they are paid by commission. The more fluoride treatments they perform the more money they make. Xylitol not only doesn’t cause cavities, but actually PREVENTS cavities, and is a much safer ingredient to prevent cavities than fluoride. I brush with xylitol and also use coconut oil and baking soda in my homemade toothpastes.

    I do agree that you should not use lemons because of the acidity and etching it will cause on enamel.

    Do some research on Dr. Westin A. Price, and you won’t be getting root canals either. The American Dental Association and dental schools in general, are behind the times when it comes to the safety of some dental procedures and products they promote. Dr. Price, DDS and others, have done extensive research on the harmful effects of root canals to the over-all body. The ADA has approved of and taught the use of amalgam (silver) fillings, for decades, and the mercury in those fillings is toxic and releases mercury gases when ever you consume hot foods or liquids. Of course, the ADA and dentists can’t admit they’ve been causing harm all these years for fear of lawsuits. Not to mention the lost revenue by no longer performing some of these procedures. Don’t blame the dentists. they are only doing what they are taught in school…just like i was, Until educating myself, i didn’t know better, and assumed what I had learned in school was safe. You can also find a wealth of good dental information on Dr. Mercola’s website.

    Look for a “biological dentist” or at least one that does not use amalgam, one that doesn’t do root canals, and one that is trained on the safe removal of existing silver fillings.

    Some will disagree with this information and that’s ok. I have always recommended my patients be their own health care advocate and not blindly give important dental and medical decisions to their doctors before doing research on their own, to find what is best for them. Doctors are only as good as their education and open-mindedness to alternative therapies. If your Dr isn’t open to discussing safer, less invasive options, find one who is. It is always good to discuss home remedies with your doctor before trying something new, but remember, they may say no only because they no nothing about that alternative therapy. Their “no” doesn’t mean the alternative is unsafe, it just means they can’t authorize something they know nothing about. If they say, “no” ask them what research studies helped them come to that conclusion. Often, Drs don’t want to appear uneducated about a topic they know nothing about, and don’t admit they don’t know. They would rather say it doesn’t work or isn’t safe just because it wasn’t taught in their school. By asking questions about how the dr made the decision against an alternative treatment, you can determine if his decision is based on knowledge of the subject or ignorance of that knowledge. A good example of this is when patients ask their dr about a certain diet plan or using herbs. Patients don’t realize that drs don’t get much education in nutrition and you may know much more than they do. Again, search out drs and health care providers who have expanded their education since graduation and are up-to-date on alternative procedures and products.

  11. Tooth fairy says:

    A side note on controversial issues…you can almost always find a different opinion and even opposing research studies on any given topic. Do your own research and decide what’s BEST FOR YOU. There is no need to try and convince others to your side of the debate. It is every persons right to do what they think is best for them.

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