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Healthy Living DIY | Homemade Toothpaste

by Kortney Campbell on January 11, 2014

Homemade-Toothpaste-coconutoil To date, the coconut oil face scrub is the most popular post on Vegan Housewives. This makes me so happy because that stuff literally changed my life. While I was making a new batch a month or so ago, I thought “why not try making my own toothpaste too?” Well, I did. And I’m obsessed. So I wanted to share it with you.

This recipe is nothing complex and I’m sure hundreds of other folks have made it without my input. But that being said, if there are one or two people reading who HAVEN’T tried it, this is for you.

Note: Since the amount you make will vary, I’m not going to give precise measurements. This way you can gauge it based on the size of your jar.

Ingredients:

DIY-Toothpaste-Coconut-Oil Instructions:

  • Fill your jar with a heaping scoop of soft (but not melted) coconut oil (about 1/4 to 1/2 way full if you’re using a tiny jar). If your oil is super solid, you can place place the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
  • Sprinkle the baking soda on top (about 1/2 the amount of coconut oil) and stir well.
  • Add your peppermint oil to taste (you want it to leave the freshly brushed taste in your mouth)
  • Test it. It should pretty grainy, paste like (creamy, not hard), and leave your mouth feeling super fresh. If you can’t feel the grain, add some more baking soda. If it feels crumbly, you need more coconut oil. If you don’t feel the freshness, add some more peppermint oil.
  • Add a few drops of stevia to sweeten it up a bit if you choose
  • Keep tightly sealed between brushes.

How to use it:

This may sound like common sense, but apparently it isn’t: DON’T dip your tooth brush in the paste. That’s gross. Really gross. While you could use a popsicle stick or baby spoon, I just use a freshly washed pointer finger. Dip some out, place on your tongue, THEN scoop it up with your tooth brush and go to town on those chompers (and don’t forget the tongue).

I have a 14 month old that doesn’t sleep in longer than 2 hour stretches at night. And I work from home during the day, so naps aren’t an option. Why am I sharing this? Basically, because this means I’m a black coffee (and red wine) drinker. Maybe even a mama-drink connoisseur of sorts. However, apparently my teeth wouldn’t tell you this.

I brush them once a day (in the mornings- don’t judge me). However, since I’ve been using this coconut-oil-baking-soda-toothpaste concoction, I’ve had several people stop to ask me if I whiten my teeth. I don’t. I swear. This is the only thing I use (I should probably floss, but again…don’t judge me).Aside from aesthetics, my teeth (and mouth) feel cleaner than they ever have and my breath stays mentos-fresh all day.

Not only does this stuff work wonderfully, but it’s cheap and I’m comfortable with my whole family using it. I don’t even have to monitor how much Judah swallows before I wonder if he has fluoride poisoning.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste? How did you like it? What ingredients did you use?

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Annie January 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I am super pumped about this! I have made my own toothpaste in the past, but I hated it. Compared to the other, I think I’ll like this a lot better. How long did this last you?

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    Kortney Campbell January 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The first time around, I didn’t add enough coconut oil, so it was super difficult to get out. I’d say the new batch will last me at least a month. Most likely a little longer. I’d like to perfect the exact months-worth-amount so it’s always fresh! haha And let us know how you like it!

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    Deanna Pace January 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for posting!

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    Claire January 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Do you need the peppermint oil?

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    Kortney Campbell January 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Claire, while you don’t have to use it, it gives you the fresh breath feel/smell :)

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    Ashley February 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I have made this concoction before but I felt like the baking soda made it too salty. I’m going to try again and maybe add more mint. My other recipe is just coconut oil with a little dr. Bonners and I add xylitol and I prefer a cinnamon flavor instead of mint.

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    Kortney Campbell February 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    You could probably do do cinnamon oil! I like the cleansing properties of the peppermint though and it leaves my mouth feeling so fresh. My husband and I also realized that our breath has even improved! A couple of drops of liquid stevia works for sweetening too!

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    Nicole February 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi! I’m super excited to try this! My only concern is that I’ve heard baking soda takes the enamel off of your teeth when used frequently…do you find this to be true? Thanks!

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    Kortney Campbell February 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Nicole, I’m not a dentist, so don’t bank on my word alone, but it hasn’t given me any issues. I’m 27 and haven’t ever had a cavity :)

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    Daniel March 21, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Interesting, I never mad my own toothpaste but i am excited to try one. Thanks for the tips.

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    Sarah Jean March 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hi! Awesome and simple recipe! Do you know if you could add peroxide (only adults using it here) to get a little whitening kick? Or would that make it too liquid?
    Thanks!

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    Kortney Campbell March 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hey Sarah, thanks so much. I personally don’t add peroxide as the baking soda whitens really well on it’s own and I wouldn’t want mine any less solid than it is now :)

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    Manuel May 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Hello, I was wondering if this will get my sink pipes clogged or something?? Should I throw it to the trash can??

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    Kortney Campbell May 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    We usually just run the water really hot before and after and haven’t had issues with it. However, you could definitely spit in the toilet or trash to be safe! :)

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