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Many years ago I made the switch from commercial toothpaste to an all natural toothpaste. I bought it online for several years, but then the seller’s prices went up far too high,and I had to find an alternative. I decided to try my hand at making my own. I’ve been using my own blend for over a year now, and I have to say, I like it even better than what I used to buy.
I know that making your own toothpaste may sound like a big thing to some of you, but trust me, it’s pretty easy. It’s also great because all of the ingredients are safe and natural, and it works far better than the store bought stuff. It’s also quite affordable. I bought all the ingredients for under $50 back in October of 2015, and 10 months later I still haven’t run out. I’d guess I have enough for at least 6 more months.
So here’s the recipe, and I hope you enjoy it.
- 3 tbsp kaolin clay
- 3 tbsp calcium powder
- 5 packets xylitol (more if you want it sweeter)
- 50 drops clove oil
- 2.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 20 drops minerals
- flavoring drops to taste (optional)
This makes enough for about a month and a half.
Melt the oil until it is liquid and put it in a mixing bowl. (Use ceramic or glass, not plastic!) Add all the other ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until a paste is formed. If it seems too thick, add a touch more oil until you get a texture you like. If you want, you can stir in some flavoring drops. Store in glass jars (these ones are good) or dedicated plastic containers. Keep some out for daily use, keep the rest in the fridge and thaw for a few hours when you need it.
That’s it! It’s really simple and wonderful. Now I’m going to give you some details in case you’re wondering.
- You’ll probably want to give your mouth a quick rinse with warm water after spitting out what you can of the toothpaste, Sometimes it clings to your tongue a bit.
- For maximum effect, brush the toothpaste onto your teeth and leave it there while you shower or get dressed. It gives the ingredients more time to work on your teeth.
- Most toothpaste recipes call for bentonite clay. I used a bentonite toothpase, but it left my mouth feeling greasy. I much prefer the kaolin for texture and clean. As far as minerals go, there’s hardly any difference at all, so it’s a perfectly good substitute.
- Unlike bentonite-based toothpaste, this stuff has never clogged my drains. I’m not sure why it’s different, but that’s another bonus to using kaolin.
- I add clove oil to my toothpaste because I have tooth sensitivity. Just a few days of using this and your teeth won’t hurt anymore! If you don’t have sensitivity, that’s fine, but leave it in for it’s antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
- Clove oil will permeate plastic containers, which is why I recommend using glass. If you do use plastic, make sure they’re dedicated to just your toothpaste and don’t get used for other food. (Unless you’re okay with clove-flavored food.
- Clove oil will tingle a little, but that’s normal. Don’t freak out! If it feels like it’s burning, add more of all the other ingredients to reduce the concentration and put fewer drops in your next batch.
- You can use any good coconut oil, but I love Nutiva for my toothpaste because it has a great texture and actually has some coconut flavor, which makes for tasty toothpaste. More refined coconut oil has less flavor and tends to separate when it gets really hot.
- Don’t use artificial sweetener or sugar in your toothpaste, they’re bad for you. Xylitol is natural and actually has anti-cavity properties. (which is why it’s often used in sugar free gum)
- If you don’t like the crunchy texture of the Xylitol, crush it in a mortar and pestle (or a bowl with a spoon) and use the finer powder instead.
- I don’t use any flavoring in my toothpaste, but feel free to do that if you want. Add it just a few drops at a time so you don’t overpower the toothpaste. You can check the flavor by rubbing a little on your teeth and licking it.
- The toothpaste may get softer or harder depending on room temperature. You may want to keep a butter spreader or baby spoon near the container to make putting it on your toothbrush easier.
- Do NOT add charcoal to your toothpaste! I know there are lots of recipes out there that have it, but if used more than once a month, it will strip the minerals out of your teeth and cause severe sensitivity. Don’t do it!
- Don’t add salt or baking soda to your toothpaste. Again, lots of recipes do, but you really don’t need harsh abrasives to get clean teeth. Over time these can do more harm than good, plus they taste awful.