DIY All-Natural Toothpaste Recipes

| Modified on Sep 13, 2022
DIY Homemade Toothpaste Recipes

Why DIY toothpaste? Some people are looking for more natural solutions in their personal care products. Others wish to save money. Many are finding that simple home remedies actually work better than store bought products. Sometimes it is helpful to have a particular ingredient in your tooth care products that you cannot get unless you make it yourself.

Your teeth are very important. You need them to eat. You need them for your smile to look good. You need them to be healthy because tooth infections can nearly paralyze you with pain. Long term teeth problems are also connected to serious health problems. It makes sense to have healthy routines to maximize the health of your teeth.

If you make your own tooth care products you can avoid excessive fluoride, SLS products that can cause mouth and skin issues, artificial ingredients and chemicals you cannot spell or pronounce let alone explain their purpose for the health of your teeth.

Common and simple ingredients abound for use in DIY tooth products. Some popular and useful ingredients include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Essential Oils

Simple Baking Soda Tooth Powder

Baking soda was commonly used to clean teeth before the introduction of commercial toothpaste. Even today many people use baking soda to clean their teeth effectively and inexpensively. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto your toothbrush and gently brush your teeth. If you do this before bed it will help your mouth to remain alkaline at night which keeps bacteria from building up.

Until you get used to it baking soda will taste salty. You can vastly improve the flavor by adding peppermint essential oil to your baking soda.

Mama to Many, one of Earth Clinic's top contributors, will teach you how to make a DIY Alkaline Toothpaste in this video!

DIY Peppermint Baking Soda Tooth Powder

  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Glass jar to hold your tooth powder
  • Mix the baking soda and essential oil in a glass jar (do not use plastic with essential oils!) and stir with a wooden spoon.

Tooth Powder with Herbs

Black walnut is reputed to help remineralize teeth. Clove is antiseptic and helps with pain. Horsetail contains minerals, including silica, which are good for the teeth.

DIY Herbal Tooth Powder for Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth a combination of herbs used to brush your teeth can help. Mix together 1 tablespoon of the following:

  • Black Walnut Powder
  • Clove Powder
  • Horsetail Powder

Sprinkle this powder onto your teeth and brush gently! This may leave some herb powder in your teeth, which is not ideal if you are about to go out. Use this powder before bed or make sure to completely rinse your mouth and check your mirror after you use this powder.

Activate Charcoal Tooth Powder

Activated charcoal can be used straight or in a recipe as a tooth powder or home made paste. While it is black as night, with regular use, it has helped many to whiten teeth. Along the way it also helps to deodorize the mouth as it adsorbs toxins and bacterial. As with the herbal tooth powder, be careful using this remedy before leaving the house as it will leave temporary black residue in the mouth. The advantage is that if you do this before bed, the residue will be working to clean your mouth all night long!

Everyone’s health is different. It would be wise to discuss alternative tooth care options with your dentist to ensure that your own particular situation and the natural ingredients you wish to use are compatible.

Do you have a DIY toothpaste remedy to share? We would love to hear from you!

Additional Pages of Interest:

Dental Health and Children

Ten Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

Black Walnut

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Posted by Amy (Ga) on 11/07/2016

Try grinding up some dried black walnut hulls and brushing with the powder for tooth pain. I heard about the black walnut hull tincture healing teeth the day after I found out I needed another root canal. I was in a lot of pain. One site said that they brushed with the powder as well as used the tincture, and since it would be a few weeks until the tincture was ready, I decided to start brushing with the powder immediately. Within days the pain was significantly diminished; within a week I could brush in that spot with no pain; within 2 weeks I could eat hard food with no pain. It has been 4 weeks, and with regular use I still have little to no pain. No I'm ready to try the tincture and see if it heals my tooth! (Another website said that chewing on the bark of a black walnut tree would relieve a toothache, but if your tooth hurts, why would you chew bark?)

Child-Friendly Tooth Powder

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 09/04/2017

We have not used toothpaste with fluoride for decades but I have had a hard time finding palatable things for my children that I have been 100% satisfied with. I avoid toothpastes with SLS, but most natural toothpastes contain glycerin, which may leave a coating on teeth.

I am making a bit of progress. I have recently been studying the positive effects of xylitol, a natural sweetener on dental health. Supposedly it kills bacteria, like strep, in the mouth, which can cause decay.

I made a tooth powder with baking soda, xylitol and peppermint essential oil. I like it. My 6 year old doesn't care for it. But ah ha! My 9 year old loves it.

  • 1 Tablespooon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon xylitol
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix together. Sprinkle onto wet toothbrush and brush gently.

I think it is tasty, too.

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Grandmakat (Auburn, Wa ) on 06/21/2017

Hello everyone. I happened upon this site because I've been trying to get a little healthier?! I've had REALLY BAD teeth FOREVER and reading some of these remedies has really been amazing!! I've already done oregano oil as a supplement for a natural antibiotic & use a couple drops with my toothpaste (all natural!! ) and haven't noticed too much of a difference?? I am really intrigued with the coQ10 option I've just read? We have heart disease in my family (my father) & my oldest Sister passed BEFORE 50 & one of my younger Sisters has already had a heart attack at 38 & they put a stint in? So I'm gonna make sure I tell the other 5 Sisters about the coQ10?! My Father was only 67 when we lost him & it's scary to know I'm creeping up?! So THANKS for the info on this! I was looking for my TEETH...but got 2 birds!! I will be checkin in on this site more often😇


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Posted by Reina (Europe) on 07/19/2018

Unrefined SALT for brushing teeth. easier when it is fine and not too coarse. I have very good experience, teeth and mouth feel very clean afterwards.

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(Boise ID)

I agree with the unrefined “real” salt. I just became aware there is synthetic salt that does not dissolve in water and real salt that does dissolve in water. Amazing. When I use the synthetic salt, it hurts my teeth and makes them very sensitive. When I use the real salt, I don't feel the sensitivity at all. Great info. I put my real salt into my baking soda. I don't use essential oil and I've gotten used to the taste. I love how clean my mouth feels. I use a finger toothbrush as well. Even that is probably not ideal to my finger, but ….