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Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

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I have been on a coconut oil kick for awhile now and am constantly trying out new recipes. Recently, I have come across a lot of info about toothpaste ingredients and the issues they can actually cause rather than prevent— and it startled me.

Two ingredients that have some pretty bad wrap are:

1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, but at the same time it also stops re-enamalization (so cavities can’t self-heal.)

2. Sodium flouride: A by-product of aluminum manufacturing that can also be found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides).

Scary stuff, huh? Well, rather than freak out about it every time I brush my teeth, I decided to make my own. And yes— I threw in some wonderful coconut oil.

I am thrilled to have found a replacement that I actually enjoy using and have fun making. I like that I can tweak the recipe depending on my personal preference at the time  (sweeter, minty, fruity, etc— it’s all about what essential oils I put in it). I’ve made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing for the summer. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.

 

homemade toothpaste

 

Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

Clean those pearly whites with this yummy and healthy coconut oil toothpaste. Recipe originally from the fabulous Crunchy Betty.

ingredients

6 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp baking soda
25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer— I’ve used eucalyptus and grapefruit)
1 tsp stevia (or more if you like it sweeter)

 

directions

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my SmartStick to whip it really well and give it a light creamy texture.

2. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.


Getting it out of the mason jar can be an adjustment. Some days I get a little sophisticated and use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and spread nicely onto the toothbrush. But truth be told, most days I just dunk the toothbrush right into the jar and call it good. I have also used a hair dye bottle (with the pointed tip) and that works pretty good. 

 

More uses for Coconut Oil:

I use coconut oil on my face, for baking muffins, deep conditioning treatments, and so much more. Not sure where to buy it? I have a few places I recommend based on budget, level of interest and my own personal experience.  You can read all about it here.

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212 Responses to Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

  1. Alicia Perello September 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE coconut oil. I use it for baking, cooking, in my hair and on my skin but I have not once considered using it for toothpaste. Why the heck not!?!? Wow, I will definitely have to give this a try once I run out of my current stuff!

    • Family Sponge September 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Hello fellow coconut oil lover! You should def give this toothpaste a shot. I also make deodorant with coconut oil and it’s incredible. I can’t say enough good things about it (and coconut oil in general, haha!). Here’s the link if you want to give that a shot (and I think you are gonna love it): http://familysponge.com/green-living/homemade-deodorant-with-coconut-oil/

      PS: That coconut rice pudding on your blog sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a healthy and yummy dessert idea!

      • Fairy September 2, 2013 at 8:40 am #

        Awesome information. Thanks for sharing. As for the dipping into the jar, don’t forget how many gross pathogens hang out on your toothbrush. Re-dipping will contaminate your clean toothpaste. The hair dye bottle is a super idea. Or a clean popsicle stick. I suppose one could try re-using an empty toothpaste tube?

        Keep up the good advice. :)

        • Tanya December 23, 2013 at 8:47 am #

          You just have to be careful, essential oils can break down plastic.

          • kwads June 4, 2014 at 10:27 am #

            Is coconut oil a Mineral or an Essential oil?

        • Judy April 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

          You can actually buy reusable toothpaste tubes on Amazon.com, as well as other specialty containers, for loo balm, mascara, deodorant, etc. If I remember correctly, they might be a little pricey, but they probably last forever.

        • James Major October 5, 2014 at 11:28 am #

          dip your toothbrush in 3% hydrogen peroxide. also use food grade 29% diluted to 3% and mix into your toothpaste recipe. I would consider though haven’t tried yet is sweetening with pure raw unpasteurized honey and apple cider vinegar.

      • Michael September 25, 2013 at 3:24 am #

        Just bought 500gms of Virgin Coconut Oil,which is a solid lump in a jar.

        How do I follow the recipe and obtain a tablespoon from this lump?

        Do I need to melt the oil or chop it in a food blender?

        • Cher January 4, 2014 at 6:37 am #

          Coconut Oil becomes a liquid if warmed. Just put the jar in a warm place and it will become clear. If it is in a cold place, it will become a solid again. This is a natural property of the oil. It can go from cold to warm and back again until it is gone. Good luck with your project!

        • Karin December 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

          I just take some out of the jar and put it into a bowl and put it close to the stove or somewhere warm and it will soften. I get a gallon at a time.

      • Heidi February 21, 2014 at 10:47 am #

        I want to add a little beeswax and water to emulsify this recipe so it is creamy goodness for the kids. Can I DO THIS? It sounds fabulous, but cannot find any recipes that do, do this. What are your thoughts?

      • BARBARA June 25, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

        your use of soda and citrus are both very bad for the enamel on your teeth, so don’t trade one bad for another, everybody knows that bicarb of soda (baking soda) is abrasive on your enamel

        • Ronnie September 16, 2014 at 9:24 am #

          There are no abrasives in baking soda – that’s why they put it in toothpaste. The citrus oil is from the rind of the fruit and does not contain acid. Google it!

        • lesa October 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

          My dentist was always complaining about my gums..

          well for the past year I have used nothing but baking soda..

          he didn’t ask why.. but complemented me on how healthy my gums & entire mouth are now..

      • Annette Sonnenberg June 28, 2014 at 8:38 am #

        OMG I’m flipping out. You are so concerned about chemicals you are making your own toothpaste and then advise people they can use empty hair dye bottles to apply it!!!! The hair dye chemicals soak into the plastic then when you put your tooth paste in it those chemicals will go into your tooth paste. Hair dye chemicals are MUCH more dangerous than tooth past chemicals. Are you crazy!!!

        • Mel July 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

          You can buy unused new hair dye bottles. I’m sure she is not using an old used one.

        • Sharon October 16, 2014 at 10:45 am #

          Im sorry, but u can buy the hair dye bottles new at any beauty supply store, so no hair dye has been in them. Secondly, if u want to continue to see why IQ levels in America are declining, continue using your FLOURIDATED toothpaste as this is ONLY one of the side effects! After doing some homework on this subject and u choose to use your toothpaste which btw, what that tube is made from will also do some serious damage, Id be compelled to ask YOU then, ARE YOU CRAZY??!

          • ugh November 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

            I just hate how pretentious and stuck up you “alt-medicine” type people are.
            Instead of just throwing a fit and insulting those who don’t understand, can’t you explain calmly with sources and information? You insult people for not understanding and then get hostile and act like you’re so much better than those who do not understand the dangers of such things.

      • meredith December 10, 2014 at 8:48 am #

        Will this toothpaste help remineralization with cavaties like other toothpaste recipes ive read

    • Cathy February 21, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Don’t we need Fluoride for fighting cavities?

      • Alexandra March 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

        Hi Cathy, actually Fluoride is the stuff that kills you.
        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=504823502908133&set=a.434569209933563.103142.432632306793920&type=1&ref=nf
        For more info and google it If you want to know more

        • Karen January 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

          Xylitol is used in a lot of countries that have outlawed the use of fluoride as cavity preventive.

          • jill January 18, 2014 at 8:43 am #

            Xylitol is an ingredient in many items. I avoid it like the plague. It makes me very sick. I also avoid fluoride.

      • Mallory June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

        Cathy,

        I am a Dental Hygiene student and we studied this particular subject a few months ago. Fluoride is very important in the remineraliation process of our teeth with out it your enamel can break down and that can cause other issues like cavities. So YES flouride helps fight cavities and is one of the most important additives in tooth paste that this recipe is missing. I wouldn’t believe just anything that is put on the internet about tooth paste additives unless it is ADA(American Dental Association) approved. Take care of your teeth it is directly related to your overall health!! :)

        • Josh August 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

          Mallory, Sorry but flouride is extremely nasty stuff. A spillage of the chemical has even been noted as causing a deep cavity in Concrete. It is confirmed also as one of the most cancer causing substances due to it being added into the water supply in some US states. Sorry but I never respect what a student, doctor or professor says about their field as Universities are merely the beginning point and one of the most important steps for certain industries to recruit and train a workforce who need not know the truth since they will be the ones promoting the ignorant masses to use said products and services for the overall benefit of the elites who see things such as Cancer as an Industry.

          • Tina August 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

            Josh,

            You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Flouride is very nasty for anybody to use. And just because some people have a diploma saying they know what they’ve been taught, doesn’t mean they know the FACTS.

          • Chris September 6, 2013 at 11:20 am #

            Josh, absolutely spot on, my friend.

          • Tricia November 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

            Josh,
            You are absolutely right about this. It is such a sad state of affairs when some value the almighty dollar over health. Too many sheeple who don’t choose to do their own research or simply aren’t aware that they shouldn’t trust the powers that be. I was one of those until a dear friend had breast cancer several years ago. Thankful for sites like these where we can help one another live more healthy, aware lives!

          • Sarah December 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

            Actually there are different forms and strengths of fluoride, but any basic research will tell you that. It is unfortunate when people like you not only dismiss scientificially proven information (regarding the INDEPENDANTLY PROVEN benefits of having fluoride in the water supply and in toothpaste) but also spread distrust of the establishments and people that actually know what they are talking about and have studied it for years (and not just a “google search”). The misinterpretation of scientific facts by the public is rife and damaging, not only to the advancement of society as a whole but also to individual health and wellbeing. If you are so distrustful of universities and scientific information, stop using your computer, stop driving your car, stop using your mobile phone, and electricity; stay away from internet usage, don’t use a GPS, don’t use an air conditioner in the heat, or a heater in the winter. Oh, and certainly don’t go to a hospital if you’re in an accident, become sick, or need assistance of any kind from a professional. ALL OF THAT is due to scientific advancement and teaching. If you’re going to be so anti-establishment, I hope at least you’re consistent.

          • Judy April 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

            Well said…..RIGHT ON!

          • Kelly June 27, 2014 at 9:38 am #

            I TOTALLY agree. Sad to hear they are still peddling this industrial by-product off on dental students.

          • Kelly June 27, 2014 at 10:30 am #

            Oh but I did not see poor poor Sarah’s misguided comments. If you are going to fall into the category of saying that just because people don’t buy your “scientific” evidence of the benefits of fluoride (of which, you provide none) that they must revoke all science, well you are simple-minded at best. There are plenty of scientific papers that argue against fluoride. for example here is one: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf (wow that was easy) Furthermore, those who floss regularly and brush their teeth are going to be at less risk for cavities (barring any genetic predisposition for bad teeth) period, fluoride toothpaste or not. The problem is that the risks of problems with fluoride do not away the minimal benefits. I have removed it from my house…fluoride water filters and homemade/fluoride free tooth pastes. A note on the recipe, a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil to baking soda is WAY too much baking soda. I used 6 TBSP Oil to 2 TSP of baking soda. :-)

          • Whitney October 1, 2014 at 3:18 am #

            Well said Josh! I feel kinda bad for kids like Mallory & Sarah who full heartedly believe what they are being taught in school, and spoon fed through the media, corporations, govt etc… i guess we cant all evolve at the same speed though or the world would be kinda boring *sigh* Thankfully more and more people are listening to what they feel and educating themselves on the truth so things can start to fall back into natural balance again, this shit is getting old…so over it!

            And SARAH, there is no need to be so extreme. Life is not black and white (in most instances) there are very large grey areas and being able to wade through the bullshit unfortunately is part of life at the moment. Not everything is is corrupt, there are so many great advances in science, technology, medicine! But at the same time all of these industries are based on making money, and not at all about health, free survival, human evolution, etc… and its ignorant thought processes like your own that keep these corrupt corporations in place. Take a minute and think/feel it out first before posting such rash and ridiculous comments.

          • Cat Brown November 11, 2014 at 10:14 am #

            I use fluoride in my toothpaste twice a week. We do need it, but nowhere as much as most people have to ingest.

        • Goose August 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

          Please stop spreading this misinformation – try to use your “knowledge” on the real TRUTH http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=42652e035a1b1baaae1f340b54694975

        • Fairy September 2, 2013 at 8:37 am #

          Wow. How sad that the truth is no longer part of education. Fluoride is toxic, and we are over-fluoridated in the extreme. Anyone who cares to do real research and dig into the real truth will see it plainly. It’s there for anyone who wants to know. Fluoride is put into so many things now days…we are inundated with it. Of course the ADA is going to push for it, duh! It’s only going to benefit them, and for those that believe it’s about HEALTH? Think again. There’s NO $MONEY$ in keeping anyone healthy. If you want healthy teeth, blasting them with the crap you buy off the shelves full of fluoride and other harmful garbage is hardly the way to go about it. Cavities are guaranteed that way. Do the real research…anyone who wants the truth…outside of school and what the ADA teaches!! Of course no one has to agree, and it isn’t my issue if you don’t believe. Just a head’s up. Glad to see several people here actually “get it” though.

          • Mendi September 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

            I too am a dental hygienist who at one point in my life was buying into all the medical/dental propaganda as well. However, one day I was introduced to a website called Fluoride Action Network and boy were my eyes opened! Because I am a hygienist and I had been routinely dosing out fluoride trays to young children and recommending topical fluoride to my adult patients, I really dug into this subject. Bottom line: fluoride does very little to benefit the teeth. (Coconut oil is actually very beneficial to the teeth and gums, look up “oil pulling therapy”). The fluoride added to our municipal water supplies is a poison by-product of the phosphate mining industry and aluminum production. We actually pay China to ship in their industrial waste to dump into our water supplies! No other country is dumb enough to do this to their people, just good ole America! Communities that fluoridate their water have no better caries rates than communities that don’t, BUT what they do have is more bone cancer and osteoporosis! Fluoride was added to the water supply in the Nazi death camps and in the Russian Goulags to control the population! Look it up, I dare you!

        • William J Corbett January 25, 2014 at 7:34 am #

          Mallory,
          Thank you for this information and for finding and using true education to help inform us. I read so many things that say how awful everything is that I have used since birth,but I am super healthy and have no issues. I have parents and grandparents that lived out perfectly healthy lives into their late eighties and mid-nineties. The mis-information that some supposed “health conscious” people spread can make our head spin and make us wonder.
          I do enjoy that people try other things and try to live healthier lives when they are not healthy,but I can’t follow someones advice after they attack another person. I always feel that if you need to attack,you are probably trying to overcompensate for your lack of knowledge and force your opinion on others. In this,Mallory,you have only afforded us with information and I do hope that you continue to share your knowledge and don’t be off-put by those lesser knowledge just because they have their forks out.
          Thank you and I mean that!
          Just to add another note for fluoride…My Dad passed in his 80′s…all teeth he was given by God. I am in my mid 50′s…never had a cavity and still have every tooth I was given.
          Take care and find peace!!
          ~b

          • Day October 12, 2014 at 4:14 am #

            This is a great documentary with testimonies of scientists and other people who actually used to work at the Public Water Supply plants but, quit when he discovered the truth about Fluoride. You can also look up online or at your library into the newspaper articles about Fluoride overdose of the entire town of Napa, CA when a value that controlled the fluoride output broke. Killed a few people and made A LOT of people extremely ill. Some people are more tolerant than others genetically more durable but, your children are 10 times more sensitive to chemicals then adults. And infants don’t even have teeth yet but, I’m sure they are given tap water. READ THE WARNING ON THE TOOTHPASTE LABEL. That pretty much is the facts on the back of the product itself.

          • Day October 12, 2014 at 4:15 am #

            http://youtu.be/sh-oeu2L8yM
            This is a great documentary with testimonies of scientists and other people who actually used to work at the Public Water Supply plants but, quit when he discovered the truth about Fluoride. You can also look up online or at your library into the newspaper articles about Fluoride overdose of the entire town of Napa, CA when a value that controlled the fluoride output broke. Killed a few people and made A LOT of people extremely ill. Some people are more tolerant than others genetically more durable but, your children are 10 times more sensitive to chemicals then adults. And infants don’t even have teeth yet but, I’m sure they are given tap water. READ THE WARNING ON THE TOOTHPASTE LABEL. That pretty much is the facts on the back of the product itself.

        • LDP February 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

          Actually, everyone…. let’s let her put her money where her mouth is. If you would, since your are a Dental Hygiene student, please provide us with the independant study that floride is not only safe to injest orally (i.e. you know, like in the water) but beneficial to your teeth when injested orally.

          Correct me if I am wrong… but aren’t toothpaste tubes labeled “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

          Bouts of acute fluoride poisoning are not rare, which occurs at doses as low as 0.1 to 0.3 mg per kg of bodyweight, generally presents in the form of gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms. (Akiniwa 1997; Gessner 1994). A child weighing 10 kg would only need to ingest 1 to 3 grams of paste (less than 3% of a tube of XXXXX-for-Kids toothpaste) to experience one or more of these symptoms.

          (Relax everyone… I know this is a trick question and no study actually exists.)

          If you want to be really good at your job, and not just collect a paycheck…. do some independent reseach on your own and stop swallowing the kool-aid you are being spoon-fed.

          • Kate July 13, 2014 at 3:47 am #

            Hi,
            I don’t really care about this argument, I just wanna add I used to eat toothpaste when I was young as preschool… Like eat as in squeeze in my mouth, chew it and swallow it… The only thing it ever gave me was a lifelong addiction to minty flavoured anything. Mwaha.. :p I did this every time I was supposed to “brush” my teeth.

        • Karen Sullivan March 14, 2014 at 8:44 am #

          Sorry to say it like this but, you’re brainwashed into believing that if its been approved by these agencies like the AMA, FDA, ADA, and etc that it must be safe or anything they claim is the truth. I mean you said it yourself. You said you’re studying to become a dental hygienist and what you’re being taught is fact. You even said unless approved by the ADA you wouldn’t trust it. You’ve got it all backwards. You can’t trust these agencies ever because THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN KEEPING YOU HEALTHY. It all comes down to money money money. Just because you are in school does not mean what you are being taught is all true. In fact I’m positive a lot of what they teach is not safe for long term health. Don’t be fooled into believing everything they say. These are not conspiracies in case that is what you are thinking. You really should broaden your research before speaking on this or anything for that matter. It makes you sound ignorant (and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way at all. Hopefully you don’t take it that way).

          • Day October 12, 2014 at 4:31 am #

            And here’s an awesome documentary about it, with scientists and real studies, and testimonies and an explanation of how they decided to add Fluoride in the first place.
            http://youtu.be/sh-oeu2L8yM

            Besides…Why does my whole entire body need fluoride if I can just brush it on my teeth with the toothpaste and/or use a fluoride rinse? Why do my plants, my fish, and my pets and my infant child need it all inside their body too? My plants don’t have teeth or my fish. I especially don’t want my child to ingest it.
            Fluoride could even be the cause of SIDS.
            And it’s probably reason for the increase in Alzheimer’s.

            My philosophy is “If nature didn’t put it in there, then it doesn’t belong” and I certainly don’t need my government making those health decisions for me. What next? They gonna start dumping multivitamins in there?
            No thanks, I can take care of myself, make decisions for myself, I’ll decide what to put inside my body and my brain. By the way, MOST if not all States add fluoride to the water system. Only at county and city levels can choose to eliminate it.

        • Lynn August 24, 2014 at 6:18 am #

          Mallory,
          While you say don’t believe everything that is put out there, isn’t that what you did because you “learned it” from the book published by the people who push the deadly toxin?

        • Ronnie September 16, 2014 at 9:35 am #

          Mallory, MERCURY is ADA approved! Please think about this. Mercury is outlawed in many countries as a filling material. Many dentists won’t even use it anymore.

          Furthermore, fluoride is a toxin and also depletes iodine. It should not be ingested. Josh is right -

        • S S R Ayyangar November 4, 2014 at 8:08 am #

          Addition of chemicals like fluoride etc is absolutely wrong for smooth portions particularly through mouth .In India old people 60 years back no dental problem . Now a days all over the world
          every street has one dental hospital WHY ? .Let the Dignified Doctors and Environmentalist clarify.

        • steve December 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

          You have a lot to learn. Start studying, you may benefit from it.

      • Gurru September 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

        No we do not

      • Paula October 28, 2013 at 9:26 am #

        Yes, we need it.

    • wayne June 26, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      you can make your own oil

    • Lori December 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      just made a batch – Used tea tree / calendula oil / grapefruit . Thank you for the share – I’m excited !

  2. Britney September 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    i love that you have so many ideas of what to do with coconut. I plan to try each and every one of them!!! Thanks!

    • Family Sponge September 24, 2012 at 5:39 am #

      Thanks Britney! I hope you enjoy the coconut oil journey as much as I have. I am a little in shock at how much fun it has been and how awesome coconut oil is on everything. I’ve used it twice now on creaking doors, haha! I really don’t think you can lose with coconut oil.

      • angela gant September 23, 2014 at 6:17 am #

        can children aged 3 and 8 use coconut oil to brush their teeth?

  3. Corrin P September 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Love this idea, but I would not dip the brush in. Mouths are really, really disgusting and full of bacteria…squeeze bottles all the way!

    • Family Sponge September 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      You are probably right Corrin— a squeeze bottle would be the best. I should take pics of the one I have used .. and I guess should start using again. :)

      • farmideas December 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

        I’ve been on this for 3 weeks – cut the bottom off a plastic toothpaste tube and loaded it with the home made. Teeth never felt better, and dentist says gums and teeth better than before by v sceptical about the coconut+baking soda paste. But I have done nothing else. Only wish I had bothered to find out 15 – 20 years ago, as gums were better then. Thanks to all who have helped, for the first time in my life I feel in charge of my teeth.

        • Melanie October 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

          So do you just use a binder clip to close up the end of it so you can squeeze it out the other end? I am liking this idea!

      • Micheline June 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

        Antibacterial properties of coconut would likely kill off anything you introduce into the jar. I think you’d be ok IMO.

        • Tricia November 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

          Yes, Micheline, you are absolutely right about coconut oil’s antibacterial properties and the essential oils help, too. We’ve always just dipped our dry brushes into the jar and it works really well! Love this recipe, but we leave the stevia out – just personal preference!

      • Christine Plaisted March 3, 2014 at 11:09 am #

        Or you could buy empty toothpaste containers that are made to put your own toothpaste or other lotions/creams in them!

        http://www.etsy.com/listing/156052364/10x-empty-tubes-clear-cosmetic-cream?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&utm_campaign=supplies_low&gclid=CPP9ufuH97wCFcyTfgodsYUARQ

        Google toothpaste containers and you’ll find a lot more of these! And very inexpensive!

  4. Shelley November 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Is the essential oil and stevia necessary? I only ask because I have everything but. :)

    • Kerrianne June 11, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      The essential oil and Stevia are only for taste

  5. Laura November 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    THANK YOU!!! I am doing this for my family!!! oh, definitely using squeeze bottles! :)

    P.S. what is stevia??

    • Family Sponge November 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from the sweet leaves of certain herbs and shrubs. It’s a great substitue for refined sugar— I use it in my plain yogurt with some blueberries and in oatmeal to add some sweetness without the calories. It’s WAY better for you than Splenda and those artificial sweeteners because there are no chemicals in it– it’s natural.

      Squeeze bottle are the winner :)

      • Laura November 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

        So I should be able to find this in the natural food store? Thanks.

      • Natalie June 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

        Google ‘Food Babe’ and check out her take on Stevia. If you want it truly unprocessed, you should use pure ground stevia leaf (powder).
        Truvia and other stevia leaf extracts use tons of chemicals in the extraction process and some even have additives in the ingredients.
        Hope this helps!

    • bobtater February 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      stevia is a plant whose extract is used as a sweetener. You can google the word and find out more.

  6. Family Sponge November 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Hi Shelley— they aren’t necessary. It just helps with the flavor. Yet I’ve made toothpaste without them and it is just as effective. I would totally go for it and see what you think. If it’s too salty, pick up some stevia at the store. Good luck!

  7. Donna November 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    I just finished using my first batch of coconut toothpaste using this recipe, I made one cupful so its been a few months. This is the only toothpaste I will ever use, period. Remember a toothpaste called “Pearl Drops”? It’s like that, leaves the teeth super smooth and knowing how the anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties are working in the mouth is very reassuring.

  8. Bryany December 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    This recipe looks great!!! One idea that might add even more benefits to this is using xylitol in place of the stevia. Xylitol has a lot of dental benefits. Can’t wait to try it!!! Thank you for so many great coconut oil ideas!!!

    • Tracy January 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Ditto to the xylitol! It is amazing for restoring the health of our teeth! I added 1 tsp to this recipe and love it!

  9. Amberly January 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Do you think this would work well with really sensitive teeth? If anyone has any input to share it would be greatly appreciated! I would love to try this, but scared it may be just a waste. Thanks :)

  10. pizt January 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Baking soda, make sure its aluminum-free food grade stuff. Coconut and tea tree oil would be a good combo too

  11. Jen January 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    I have been using regular baking soda & coconut oil for a natural toothpaste in our home, I tried it on my toddler (who really didn’t appreciate it) and I tried it for myself the other day, which I can see why she opposed it. It had a weird bitter taste to it. So I decided to tweak it up a bit, I have Xylitol and I have grapefruit essential oil but I’m wondering if it will be safe for my toddler if I add the rest of the ingredients?

    • Benners March 28, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      I just made my first batch. I think I goofed. I used baking soda, stevia, coconut oil, and peppermint extract. It left a very weird aftertaste that I’m still having trouble getting out of my mouth. It should be peppermint essential oil not extract I’m guessing, right?

      • tiffany May 4, 2014 at 4:04 am #

        It’s the xylitol. Personally I leave it out of mine.

        • Tricia May 4, 2014 at 5:47 am #

          Yes, you should use essential oil, not extract. We don’t use any sweetner, but if you do, I think stevia is your best choice.
          Tricia

          • Ronnie September 16, 2014 at 11:59 am #

            Just taste the stevia, rinse your mouth, then taste the xylitol, or do it the other way around. The aftertaste is from stevia, not xylitol. Xylitol tastes like sugar and remineralizes teeth according to studies you can find by search. I have used xylitol, but it is crystallized and feels gritty. The next time I made it, I put the xylitol in a coffee grinder I use for herbs, and ground it to the consistency of powdered sugar. It’s sweet without gritty texture, my family loves it.

            PIZT, aluminum is in poor brands of baking powder, NOT in baking soda. Yes, JEN, it’s safe even for a toddler, and test the taste so you don’t overdue the essential oil.

  12. Anthony January 6, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    After mixing it and sealing it, how long until you can use it?

  13. Elizabeth January 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Can u use food flavoring (ie. Cinnamon, vanilla) instead of essential oil? I don’t have the oils??

    • Family Sponge January 19, 2013 at 6:03 am #

      I wouldn’t use food flavoring for this, Elizabeth. It would dilute the consistency and probably taste bad. Essential oils are concentrated oils and they work really well for toothpaste. I would wait and get the oils :) I like the idea of cinnamon flavor— I think that might just be my next batch of toothpaste (Peppermint Cinnamon). Thanks!

      • Benners March 28, 2013 at 7:37 am #

        I just made my first batch. I think I goofed. I used baking soda, stevia, coconut oil, and peppermint extract. It left a very weird aftertaste that I’m still having trouble getting out of my mouth. It should be peppermint essential oil not extract I’m guessing, right?

        • Family Sponge March 28, 2013 at 10:39 am #

          Peppermint essential oil would be the ticket— what a bummer. :?

  14. Jen January 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Just wondering if anyone has noticed any drain-clogging issues using the coconut oil? I use a baking soda/salt combo, but have been hesitant to add the oil due to the drain issue.

    • Family Sponge January 19, 2013 at 6:00 am #

      I haven’t had this issue Jen. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that I brush my teeth first and then wash my face— maybe the hot water from washing my face helps flush the coconut oil from the pipes?

    • DaVinci March 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      I have noticed the clogging issue. Here is what I found… My 4 kids, wife and myself have been using the a coconut oil toothpaste that we make every 2-3 weeks. Since the kids have not been brushing long enough during each time they brush their teeth it has started to clog our drains. We realized that like in oil pulling you have to brush for at least 2 minutes so that the oil mixes well in your mouth. This way when it’s time to wash out it is not oily. Unfortunately, we have not found any eco-friendly drain treatment liquids so we have had to result to Drano. Every 2-3 days we treat the drains with this to keep the oil from building up in the drains. It has been hard to keep the children from not spitting out while it is still oily in their mouths. :) If anyone knows of a better or equally as good drain treatment, please let us know.

      • orianna March 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

        drain cleaner: 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. let sit for 5mins then pour some hot water down the drain. repeat if necessary. works for me!!!

      • Ronnie September 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

        Keep a stack of those very little paper cups to spit into, and put in the garbage, not down the drain. There is some that still gets into the drain when you rinse your toothbrush, but we haven’t had problems with it after six months.

  15. Meg January 25, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    What about a little honey instead of powdered sweetener?

    • Lorrie June 11, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      I use raw, organic, local honey in mine. I love the way just a little honey offsets the baking soda…Honey does have antibacterial and healing qualities, which is why I chose to use it….so far, so good…

    • Melanie October 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      I used raw manuka honey in mine for its sweetness and added anti microbial qualities.

      • stockingstuffer January 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

        Honey isn’t antimicrobial in the amounts that you’re using.

        Also, think for a second how stupid it is that you’re using sugar (one thing responsible for tooth decay) in something that is supposed to clean your teeth.

  16. Katelin January 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I have been wanting to make some homemade toothpaste for a while now but the thing that always keeps me from doing it is the essential oil. I don’t know much about them but I have heard that you’re not really supposed to use them on younger children? I have a 3 year old boy that would be using the toothpaste with me. Would it be bad for him to have the essential oil like that? Would it still work properly if I left it out?

    Also where would I look for stevia and/or xylitol?

    • Family Sponge January 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

      Hi Katelin. The essential oil and stevia are to give the toothpaste some yummy flavor. Without them, it will be very salty. Yet it won’t mess up the effectiveness of it— the powerhouse ingredients are baking soda and coconut oil. So go for it! If you can get your 3 year old to use this without essential oils and stevia— you are amazing!

      PS: you can get these natural sweetners at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and some grocery stores (look in the all-natural section of the baking aisle).

  17. Rosie January 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Thank you! I think I will try this ~

    Can you just do it without the essential oils and stevia?

    • Family Sponge January 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Yes Rosie— you can do it without these ingredients. It just won’t be as tasty in your mouth.

  18. Nani February 1, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Hi :) Can I substitute the coconut oil with olive oil or sunflower oil?
    Btw, thanks a lot for sharing as the ingredients are the easiest things to find in my regions! Keep up the good work :D

    • Family Sponge February 1, 2013 at 6:07 am #

      Hi Nani. I wouldn’t recommend using any other oil than coconut oil— sorry. The texture, antibacterial properties and the fact that it can turn into a solid state easily are all part of the reasons why coconut oil works so well in toothpaste. Hope you can find some!

      • Karise Lewin August 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

        Nani, you will find that Vitacost.com has good coconut oil for a nice price. If you order more than $50.00 from their site, they give you free shipping. You might want to
        check them out. Karise in CO.

  19. Nani February 1, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    *region

  20. Halley February 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Hello! What type of coconut oil are you buying?

    • Family Sponge February 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I buy the unrefined organic coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs— you can get it by the gallon and it’s really nice quality. I use it for baking, facial moisturizer, toothpaste, etc. It works for it all! —Jen

  21. Julian February 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I tried a version of this w/ xylitol but it turns yellow after a few days–any tips?

    • Family Sponge February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Julian. I didn’t have the problem, so I’m not sure. Did you use essential oils? Maybe that was tinting it yellow? Did you keep the lid on the toothpaste in between uses? Wish I could tell you the solution, but I really don’t know.

      • Jason July 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

        Mine turns yellow as well. We don’t use the essential oils and the lid is on it whenever it is not being used. We keep it in a glass jar that screws tight. I am curious if maybe the xylitol is what turns it yellow? The xylitol crystals seem to be what turns yellow first. Could it possibly be mixing it with a metal spoon instead of a plastic one?

  22. Cyndi February 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Thank you for recipe. My so called natural fluoride free toothpaste also contains: 1) Sodium lauryl sulfate which is a surfactant detergent and emulsifier and 2) carrageenan which is an inflammatory agent tied to serious intestinal disease and is even categorized as a “possible carcinogen.” See http://www.mercola.com/.

  23. Wendy February 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi!
    Thank you for the recipe! I just made it and I added in a little bit of clove essential oil and it turned out great. I didn’t even need to use the hand blender for it-it stirred up just fine with a fork. I also left out the sweetener.
    I got a squeeze bottle for shampoo (3oz size) and poured it in there for easy dispensing. Then I put the leftovers in a canning jar.
    Thank you again!

  24. Dina February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Hi! I am super interested in trying out this recipe!! I just had some dental work and look forward to improving my oral health naturally :)

    I have a question regarding the essential oil. I cannot find any (organic or otherwise) grapefruit (or grapefruit seed) essential oil that says anything other than “not for internal use”. Is that normal for an EO to say on the label? Please enlighten me!

    • Family Sponge February 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Hey Dina. Most essential oils have this warning on them— mine from Mountain Rose Herbs do as well. So yes, completely normal. There is one reputable company I know about that makes essentials oils that are okay for dietary use— it’s called DoTerra and I have been meaning to try them out.

      If you have a good quality essnetial oil that says “not for internal use,” you should honestly still be okay. You are not actually ingesting them when using it as toothpaste. It’s actually quite similar to toothpastes that have flouride in them— they warn you not to swallow or ingest them. Yet I would much rather be brushing with grapefruit oils rather than flouride.

      • Tabitha August 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

        I use DoTERRA oils and they work great. You only need a few drops and most of them you can ingest! I am going to try this recipe with an oil called onguard. It has wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucayptus, and rosemary in it. You can get doTERRA oils from mydoterra.com/tabithaapodaca

  25. my February 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    What is the expiration of this?

    • Family Sponge February 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      I honestly don’t know My. My batch lasts about 3 months and keeps the same flavor and consistency throughout so I would think it’s good. If you are concerned— maybe keep in fridge?

  26. Rachel February 28, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    If there is no fluoride ion, i would recommend using xylitol. Nonsugar sweetener derived from birtch bark. Natural antimicrobial, kills S. Mutans (the cavity maker.) Im a dental hygienist, love baking soda, its very healing for the mouth. H2O2 (peroxide) mixed with baking soda cures mouth sores and bacterial over growth. Im learning more about coconut oil and its uses.

    • Family Sponge March 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

      Thanks Rachel for sharing about xylitol! I rinse with hydrogen peroxide and definitely can feel the difference if I skip a day.

  27. yetti March 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Thanks for this tip, i’m def trying it cos coconut oil has given a some health benefit and i don’t see why it will stop. My question: i can only get baking powder here, is it the same as baking soda? can i use baking powder instead of baking soda?

    • Family Sponge March 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Hey Yetti— Unfortunately it isn’t the same thing. Sorry— I would google this and find a way to get it. I use baking soda for SO much stuff— might be worth hunting down.

  28. cathy March 13, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    hey.. awesome receipe.. just tried it..

    however, i really have issues with caries.. sadly have been so since childhood.. so i was wondering whether you’ve come across some chewing gum option as well.. i mean there’s no way i can brush my teeth after each meal and this way i’d be out of danger.. also, i use oil pulling for the time being instead of mouthwash.. any thoughts on that?

    cheers and keep up the inspiration harvesting :)

  29. Estrella March 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I was looking for a toothpaste without sugar. My teeth are so sensitive to sugar, this recipe sounds good. Oh I use coconut oil to condition my hair it is amazing. You can get a good deal for it on vitacost.com this website has a lot of great deals on hard to find ingredients and vitamins etc

  30. ChemStudent March 18, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I cannot comment as to whether or not the part 1 about glycerine is fictions or not, I can however state that the 2nd “scary thing” is not so scary at all. The sodium fluoride is completely safe and is most certainly not a piisonous substance, unless consumed in excessive quanities, more than the 0.05% found in your average toothpaste. Further, the fluoride promotes healthy teeth, protecting the enamel, and protecting against cavities, as for sodium, it’s salt! Your body even requires sodium to function as it acts as an electrolyte in your body.

    To close, I am not putting down homemade toothpaste I think it is a great idea and plan on trying it, but I’d also like to educate the people reading this that sodium fluoride is not rat poison and cOmmercually available toothpaste is completely safe to use.

    • Natasha June 11, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Fluoride is also added into our water – so brushing your teeth twice a day and drinking 8 glasses/2 litres of water per day every day of your life is still giving you a LOT of fluoride in your system.

    • Matt June 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi ChemStudent! I just want to argue with you a little and see what kinds of rebuttals you have- first, I think added flouride in the diet could be a problem for people who may have trouble clearing it out (as it could accumulate over time), not everybody but there are such conditions. Secondly, doesnt a complete diet furnish all the flouride and minerals so that our teeth could heal and stay protected, mister science man?! Our bones regenerate, and our teeth don’t??? And in the rat poison; is the NaFl the active ingredient or what role does it play?? Pause… I dont even think flouride is needful in our diet, i could be wrong… ima go look it up. Peace!!!

      • stockingstuffer January 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

        The active ingredient in most rat poisons is warfarin (or something similar), which is a compound that prevents coagulation of blood. This makes rats essentially haemorrhage to death.

        Sodium fluoride is not used in rat poisons. It is too expensive to be given in quantities that large simply to kill pests.

        And fluorine occurs EXTREMELY rarely in nature, rarely enough that one could say with reasonable certainty that you never ingest it from dietary sources. And even the places it is found in nature are not “fluorides”, they are organofluorines, a very different type of compound.

        The reason fluoride is used in drinking water is that a) it is easily and quickly eliminated from the body, and b) it changes the chemical structure of your teeth to make them harder and more resistant to dental caries.

      • Nichole April 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

        You’re right; a complete diet would give us all the health benefits we need to heal caries and bones and sickness and etc. The problem is, we live in the Country where not many people are getting a completely healthy diet. THAT is why Americans, and even the British, have some of the worst teeth in the world. I’ve always marveled at how tribes in Africa manage to have whiter, cleaner, and straighter teeth than many Americans; and they’re definitely not brushing or flossing daily, nor seeing dentists! The answer is in their diet. They don’t consume processed foods, they likely don’t eat sugar, and they generally just avoid the things that decay our teeth and bones.
        Some people think genetics matter too; but granted, I’ve never seen anyone genetically predisposed from developing cavities after eating junk and not brushing/flossing. Rather, I’ve just seen people predisposed to faster decaying teeth than normal.

    • michael February 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      please ck out the Harvard study on fluoride http://intellihub.com/harvard-study-fluoride-lowers-childrens-intelligence-7-iq-points/

  31. Sara April 2, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Love this recipe! But I made my first batch, and it’s solid. I know coconut oil has a melting point just above room temperature, could that be why? It seems like everyone is getting a more paste-like result.

    • Jen Hansard April 25, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Def could be why Sara. Maybe try leaving it somewhere warmer (by the shower… or the oven?!) and see if it melts it and thins it out for you.

  32. Katie April 25, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Hi, I have the opposite problem of Sara….Mine is very runny and I followed the recipe. How do you get it to be more like paste?

    • Jen Hansard April 25, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Hey Katie— are you in a warmer climate? That makes such a diff with coconut oil. I would add more baking soda to thicken it up.

      • Katie April 30, 2013 at 10:49 am #

        I am in the south, but I think I figured it out. One other question, I can tolerate the strong baking soda, salty taste but my husband is struggling with it and I haven’t even attempted to try it on my kids yet. If I lessen the amount of baking soda, how much? I don’t want to take away any benefits that the baking soda offers.

        Thanks so much for your reply.

        • Family Sponge May 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

          Hey Katie. Have you added the stevia to it? That helped us a lot with the strong salt taste.

  33. Kate April 30, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Do you think that the lime from doTERRA http://www.mynaturalmarket.com/doTERRA.html would be good in this toothpaste?

    • Family Sponge May 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      That all depends on your personal taste preference Kate, since the essential oil is mainly to give it some flavor.

  34. Nora May 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I LOVE coconut oil for my face and body or to cook and bake with. But lately I’ve been using my son’s Baby Orajel toothpaste, as it’s supposed to be as natural as breast milk. Any thoughts?

  35. Annie B May 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    I want to try this but am having a hard time wrapping my brain around putting OIL of any kind in my mouth and thinking it will rinse clean. ?

    • Matt June 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      i just tried it, and it is a little oily, but i just rinsed good with water and it was fine

  36. Claudett May 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I live in a tropical country and make body butter, hair dress etc with coconut oil. To prevent the cream from melting I bought small earthenware containers. 100% whipped coconut butter stays creamy, it doesn’t melt. So I guess it will work for the toothpaste as well. I will definitely try this, since I have a lot of coconut trees in my yard,

  37. Zach May 20, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    xylitol is probably a better substitute to stevia. I believe I’ve read that it’s bacteriocidal. the bacteria in your mouth mistake it for sugar,eat it, and die from starvation because they cannot process it.

  38. Susan May 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    have coconut oil (from Trader Joes, am almost done with my 3rd jar)) and baking soda…the only essential oil I have is patchouli………nearest health food store is 45 minutes away. Do I half the recipe and use a few drops of patchouli oil? How adventurous do I feel?? lol

  39. Barb May 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I’ve always heard that you should not use baking soda on your teeth, that it scratches the enamel and not good for your teeth? I hope that isn’t true because I am loving coconut oil and would like to make a natural toothpaste.
    Can you please address this concern. Thanks!

    Sorry I’m posting this again, but I forgot to click the notify me of follow-up comments by email.

  40. Sandie June 5, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    I already make my own deodorant with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Arrowroot and ess oil. I make it for a lot of my family. However, I have noticed that the coconut oil is fairly hard in the jar, which isn’t a problem really. My problem is how can I put the toothpaste in a squeeze tube if it gets as hard as the deodorant? Having to warm it every time I use it would be a nuisance. Is there something that can mix with coconut oil to make it softer?

  41. Sandie June 5, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    *repeat* I already make my own deodorant with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Arrowroot and ess oil. I make it for a lot of my family. However, I have noticed that the coconut oil is fairly hard in the jar, which isn’t a problem really. My problem is how can I put the toothpaste in a squeeze tube if it gets as hard as the deodorant? Having to warm it every time I use it would be a nuisance. Is there something that can mix with coconut oil to make it softer?

  42. Jodi Grubbs June 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    This sounds wonderful. I’ve heard of baking soda for whitening teeth. Has anyone noticed this who uses this recipe? We grow our own stevia in the garden so this is another exciting use for it. I am a doTerra distributor if you want a source to order from and yes it can be taken internally. I might try my Lemon or the Wild Orange or Clove essential oil for this!!
    Not sure if my website can be mentioned on your blog or not? You can contact me privately.
    Thanks for great recipe,
    Jodi

    • Barb June 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Can you use an electric toothbrush with the coconut oil toothpaste?

      • susan June 26, 2014 at 11:26 am #

        I use my electric Sonicare when I brush.y teeth with homemade toothpaste .also put doTerra ongaurd in my toothpaste

  43. Zombyfrogg June 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Could it be possible to infuse herb into the coconut oil and then strain before mixing with baking soda to get flavor that way? Using and essential oil that’s says do not ingest makes me nervous.

    • Jennifer June 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      if you use doTerra essential oils they are ingestable, they are the only ones I know of that are.

  44. DZWARD July 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey Barb, baking soda is very abrasive and can strip the enamel off of your teeth if it isn’t diluted; it should be fine if you mix it in with the coconut oil.

  45. Robin Bates July 5, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Im wondering about using some tea tree oil in the paste as well. I’ve heard It can be helpful on getting rid of gingivitis

  46. Maria July 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi everyone!

    A possibly stupid question….

    Do I rince with water after I brush or not?

    • Paris September 25, 2013 at 1:48 am #

      Yes. Because even home made toothpastes are not meant to be swallowed. It could also cause dry mouth and rinsing can help to reduce it. No question is ever stupid :) glad you asked.

  47. Barb July 15, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    What’s the advantage of doing it in the morning first thing?
    Is it just as good to do it anytime?

  48. Ariella July 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi Mallory,
    I just thought I’d let you know that I have avoided flouride for my entire life. My mother made me use flouride-free toothpaste from the very beginning and also didn’t allow me to get the flouride treatment when I went to the dentist. There has also never been any flouride in the water where I live. I am now in my 30′s and have never had any cavities. I can assure you that this is not genetic either because both my parents and grandparents have all had tons of cavities.

  49. Colleenie September 16, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    With the warmer temperatures where i live, my coconut oil is NOT solid! Can I still make the toothpaste with melted coconut oil?

    • Paris September 25, 2013 at 1:51 am #

      I don’t mean to intrude in someone else’s blog. Sorry about that. But I use glycerin for the same reason.

  50. Paris September 25, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Here is a simple recipe made and used by a dentist.
    http://thegreenminimalist.blogspot.com/2013/09/home-made-plastic-free-toothpaste.html

  51. PHILIP October 19, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    what are the materials to use??

    • Paris February 9, 2014 at 3:53 am #

      Glycerine, Baking Soda, hydrogen peroxide, Mint extract, Castill sop, … It might be easier to just check the link Philip. There are other materials that are optional.
      Paris

  52. Jana November 15, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    I made this last night, and will be going to the store to buy a small travel shampoo bottle to store it in so that I will not get germs in my toothpaste. Love this stuff, but I did leave out the sweeter just because I don’t need it. :) Thanks for the recipe.

  53. Julie Lamb November 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I love that after six months of using this toothpaste, our family check ups are perfect. Our dentist asked us what we are using and we told him. He stopped. Looked at me very hard. And said, “that’s actually quite smart. Keep doing that.”

  54. damien December 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Hi there, I have a few questions:

    1. Do all coconut oils actually smell like coconut? I bought Biona raw coconut and it smells/tastes like coconut a lot.
    2. When I prepare the mixture for toothpaste the way it is described here – I cannot make a coherent mixture – when I leave the paste for a night, on top of the jar there floats a transparent liquid, in the bottom there’s the white mixture…
    Overall, despite the xylitol added and the mint essential oil, I can’t really like the taste…

    What advices can you give me, please?

  55. Nikki December 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    We’ve tried one recipe with coconut oil and liked it okay, but my husband has been having trouble with excess mucus from his sinuses due to the toxins being pulled. Will this stop eventually, or will he just have to put up with this if trying to avoid all the harmful stuff?

  56. Amanda December 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    How much does this recipe make? If putting it into a mason jar how far will the mason jar be filled?

  57. Robin December 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Baking soda is abrasive in nature and chronic use of it can cause damage to the enamel coating on the teeth. Teeth enamel will wear off, making the teeth sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. Thus, chronic use of baking soda can cause permanent damage to the teeth.

    Moreover, those who have braces or wear permanent retainers should not use baking soda, as the brackets can fall off, leaving darker spots.

    • Tricia December 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      This is COMPLETELY untrue. Let’s not make random statements without posting something to support these kind of fear-provoking comments. Baking soda does not remove tooth enamel or cause any of this nonsense for brace-wearing people.

  58. Lori December 28, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I made it last night and this morning it’s solid hard?? What did I do wrong?

  59. Karen December 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi!

    This may be a silly question. I just wanted to ask if this would be okay to use on already damaged teeth? I am currently saving up money to get some fillings on my teeth and was just wondering if this would be okay to use on them before I go to the dentist to get fillings.

    Thank you

    • Tricia December 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      I started using this toothpaste a year ago, and after 6 months, my dentist couldn’t believe how much healthier my teeth and gums were. I also do a coconut oil pull several mornings each week and I believe this has helped my overall dental health.
      In general people seem to believe that baking soda is too abrasive for our teeth and that simply isn’t true. It is excellent for cleaning and polishing our teeth without any harm to enamel.

  60. Gina January 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    I got a great consistency, and followed the recipe exactly. I used peppermint essential oil. Mine is extremely salty even with a little extra stevia. I used Nutiva coconut and just plain arm and hammer baking soda. Is the cheap baking soda the problem or is the saltiness normal?

    Gina

  61. gina January 9, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    It would be easier to read the threads if the most current date were on the top.

  62. Laura January 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    The first couple of days my toothpaste remained the way it was, gel- solidify texture, but after that it just melt overnight even after I store it back in the fridge, I think someone said use glycerin in order to maintain the toothpaste solidified texture? This might be obvious but would it work the same by tipping the toothbrush in the pool of oil and just brush instead of trying to get it to the solidified again? But in that case I don’t think the mixture of baking soda and coconut oil would be even in the solution I’ll be dipping in. Also is anyone having gum bleeding issue with using that? Maybe it’s something I have to adjust to, brush softer, but it’s normal right?

  63. gina January 15, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Most coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees. So if you live in a warm climate or if you keep the house warm, your toothpaste will not be in solid form

  64. Paula January 16, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    I absolutely love Coconut Oil so much that I buy it in a gallon bucket. One way I use Coconut Oil is for my Oil Pulling every morning. It is a great oral care routine also. I will definitely be making this toothpaste. It will be a great addition to my other Coconut Oil care recipes.

  65. Kristin February 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi. Is there any way to thicken it up? Mine came out kind of soupy…..Thanks!

  66. GJ February 3, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    I just purchased my first jar of coconut oil so I’m excited to use it for this – I have cavity prone teeth. However, I’m not so sure I can rely on this soley while I have work that has to be done on my teeth. We want to get pregnant but also want my dental work taken care of beforehand so I dont have to worry about any emergency work needing to be done during pregnancy. Would it be okay to use this as well as an anti-cavity mouthwash or do you think the two would react negatively together?

  67. KATHYP February 13, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    What is the shelf life on this???

  68. KATHYP February 13, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    According to this site, http://wellnessmama.com/2500/homemade-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/ , the only thing you would need to add to help with the remineralization of teeth would be calcium powder!

  69. nilezua February 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE this! I’m trying to go natural with everything hygienic, and paleo in my diet. After the first use (and each subsequent use!) my mouth felt so much cleaner than using any other toothpaste. I really enjoy how my tongue doesn’t feel all slimy like with store-bought toothpastes. My only issue is how liquidy it gets in our bathroom since it’s usually very warm in there, but I’ll be trying putting it in a bottle. My husband finally tried it and about threw up! But he’s so texture-sensitive, and he couldn’t stand the taste during but loved the spearmint aftertaste.

  70. Sandy February 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    I was wondering if I could use honey to sweeten this? Thanks!

  71. Beth A February 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi!!!!! I was wondering if it would be okay to add activated charcoal to this for whitening purposes? Would I have to change the amounts of the more liquid-y ingredients if I did? P.S. Seriously can’t wait to try this!!!!!

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  73. Nancy March 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Have any of you tried “oil pulling”? You use straight unrefined, virgin coconut oil. A tsp in your mouth for 20 minutes. Set a timer and do other things. You swish it and pull & push it through your teeth the entire time. It detoxifies everything. There is tons of info if you google it. It’s safe and far superior to toothpaste. Most say their teeth and gums were healed and whiter than ever. I’m beginning mine today. The detox factor alone has me hooked. Oh, don’t swallow! Spit it out after 20 minutes. You don’t want to swallow all those toxins and bacteria it just cleaned out of your body!

  74. Leah March 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    I made this toothpaste and its just too salty for me. Would it work to heat up the oil and mix the xylitol in for it to dissolve? Then let it solidify and add the rest of the ingredients? Mixing in the granules to the room temp oil just doesn’t work well for incorporating sweetener.

    • Leah April 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Just an update on my last post. I’ve been messing around with the recipe to better incorporate the xylitol. The recipe was so salty I was practically gagging and the xylitol in granual form was not cutting it. I suppose I could have used liquid stevia, but I wanted the xylitol for the fact that it doesn’t promote cavities. Anyways, I simply made a syrup with the xylitol and boiling water. It combines well in this recipe. I’m very happy with it.

  75. John March 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi all,

    Firstly, I wanted to express my concern for the use of the grapefruit essential oil due to the fact that it sometimes contains triclosan(a dangerous chemical in commercial toothpastes).

    http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/1/27/the-truth-about-grapefruit-seed-extract.html

    However, I also have a question. I was thinking about using Swanson Vitamins USDA Organic lemon essential oil. It’s completely organic and the only ingredient is lemon. But their website says it is not for internal uses, and while talking to a product specialist, the woman highly discouraged the used in toothpaste, even with a coconut carrier oil (because of potency). She even seemed disgusted when I told her that I would be needing as much as 25 drops. My guess is this is largely to steer clear of any legal troubles. So should I just go for it? Or does anyone recommend another organic lemon essential oil I could use? I appreciate any help

  76. LAVERGNE March 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi anyone keep track of their colesterol with coconut
    Oil use. I did in 2 years it went down from 202
    To 124 that equal out with the HDLS. Had the Dr convinced to
    Use c oil herself. Use also for teeth and oil pulling & salads Hemp oil
    Oh I’m 75 & feel great. Imagine how great you
    Beautiful young people will feel. So proud of you’s.

  77. Torito May 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I use coconut oil for my teeth, my hair, my skin. I’ve been doing this for 3 months. In the last month and a half we’ve had terribly slow drains in the sink and tub, especially in the tub. First my husband used a snake to pull out hairs and junk but he didn’t really find too much. Then he used baking soda vinegar and hot water. And it resolved a little bit of the problem. Then my husband used 2.bottles of drano in the shower drain and it got a little better. Not even a week or two later we have slow drains again. I don’t want to give up the coconut oil, it’s been great for my skin and hair. How do you fix your drains? What do you do to avoid these problems?

  78. Barb May 14, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Can you use an electric toothbrush with this toothpaste?
    Or is it too abrasive?

  79. Kathleen June 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I wanted to add lemon eucalyptus essential oil to my homemade toothpaste when I read your recipe, but the company I bought the oil from (Now foods) said that eucalyptus is obviously toxic and shouldn’t be used in food application. I’m not eating my toothpaste but I wonder if it’s still a good idea to use… hum…

    • Jodi Grubbs June 26, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      Kathleen, you’d want to go with an essential oil company that only uses pure oils without fillers. Many companies are only required to have 2% of pure essential oil in the bottle to say natural. On the back of the bottle, it would say for internal use, for example. I use doTERRA and others use Young Living. Either one. Hope this helps!! If you are interested in doTERRA please send me a msg.

    • Cheryl November 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

      Young Living essential oil is ingestible. There are very few essential oils out on the market that can be ingested. They cost a little more (actually a lot more) than the other brands but if something is going in your body you want the highest grade and safest product out there. Young Living is a good one.

  80. Emmarie July 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    hi! Thanks for the post….would this recipe be ok to use on my children, ages 2 & 5? ? I saw a comment saying a better ratio of oil to soda is 6 Tblspns to 2 tspns which is what i would probably do but i wanted to be sure they could use it too…

  81. Denae August 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi, I was very excited to try this and ditch commercial awful toothpastes. I was looking forward to having a lovely peppermint taste, I followed the recipe to a T and all it tastes like it SALT. I feel like I’m brushing with a salt lick!! Is there a way to ditch the salt taste?? Its disgusting!!
    Thank you!

    • Oya December 8, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Use natural sweetener inside. It helps for the taste. Xylitol etc.

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  83. Heather September 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I have a real quick question. I live in Hawaii, so my Coconut Oil is always liquid. Can I add more baking soda to make it less runny, or what should I do? Also, I prefer cinnamon toothpaste ( I do not like mint), and I am not familiar with essential oils. Is there something I can use to make cinnamon toothpaste? Thank you.

    • Tricia September 28, 2014 at 4:06 am #

      I live in Texas, so my toothpaste is a bit more liquidy, but we just use it that way. It’s already very salty, so I wouldn’t want to add more baking soda. We use cinnamon essential oil for ours. You can order it from Amazon, if you can’t find it locally. Check your grocery store. We have several eo’s at our small town grocery store. Good luck!
      Tricia

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  85. Sandy October 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    I just read that coconut oil contains 50% Lauric acid – will using it in toothpaste damage tooth enamel?

  86. Cheryl November 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m trying to get rid of toxins in my house and out of my body like a lot of other people. I found the coconut oil recipe and tried it for about 4-5 days. My teeth started hurting like it was root canal problems. First I had one tooth that became sensitive to heat/cold. Then a day later another tooth became very sore up in the root and all up the side of my face. Then a few days later, after I started applying Thieves essential oil to help heal the tooth, another tooth started hurting. Is this related at all to the coconut oil toothpaste? I haven’t read any negative comments anywhere about using and wondered if it was coincidental. They all stopped hurting after I stopped using the coconut oil.

    • Kate November 15, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      Hi Cheryl – not to take away from the original thread, for a great detox of heavy metals and toxins from your system, have a look at orally taken ACTIVATED CHARCOAL…
      This is the safest way I have found to detox on a regular basis, as detoxing the wrong way or too fast can be quite sickening and dangerous.

      As with everything… Do some research for yourself to understand what its all about first, link below is just one of many sites to start you off learning.

      http://www.247wereport.com/health-news/minerals/item/415-activated-charcoal-a-universal-antidote,-remedy-health-aid.html

      I have found this to be very revitalizing after 2 days at 1 teaspoon every day, make sure you keep liquids and your fibre nutrition up as it does thicken the stool a little bit but it does not constipate…
      As per my post below I also use it in my toothpaste… Hope this helps you

    • Oya December 8, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      I had the same problem until I got used to it. I think we all get used to use chemical toothpastes that it is kind of shock for the teeth. But trust me, give it a try a few more days and sensitivity will be gone. At least for me, I got used to it and I have the most sensitive teeth in the whole universe. Now even to the vacations I bring my own homemade coconut toothpaste.

  87. Aurora November 7, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    I have always wanted to try making my own toothpaste but I have horrible sensitive teeth. It’s the only thing I don’t make of my own out of fear of the pain. Is this ok to use? And will it stop the sensitivity? Or at least help.

    • Oya December 8, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      I was very very very sensitive teeth as well, in the beginning, my teeth was in shock but I got used to it. And I feel really stronger and almost no sensitivity. I also make coconut oil or sesame oil pulling. That also helps.

  88. Cat Brown November 11, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda? I have some without aluminum.

  89. Kate November 15, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Thanks for the tip… result of my experimentation :)

    I use a mix of 6 x tbsp Coconut oil
    2 x tbsp Bicarb Soda
    1 x tbsp Activated Charcoal powder

    Looks absolutely disgusting but works a treat, doesn’t taste like toothpaste so have an open mind.
    Activated Charcoal acts as a whitener as well as refreshing the mouth…
    The charcoal does not stain the teeth in any way but you will need to rinse thoroughly as the coconut oil tends to make it sticky, my family finds it quite amusing that I have a completely black mouth when brushing.
    I have had terribly crooked and sensitive teeth and this is wonderful for relieving these issues.

  90. Oya December 8, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    I make my own toothpaste and I am in love with coconut oil as well. I make the same recipe for a while but with a bit different essential oils. Like clove or mint oil and so on. And somehow, I know my grandmother`s method, she was putting baking soda and adding lemon drops in it, I have this habit somehow. But the rest, exactly the same. And the result is unbelievable, I used to go to dental hygiene every second month, now I am completely without discoloration on my teeth. And I always felt the chemicals in toothpaste, good to find a good solution for that. Recommending to everyone.

  91. lisa December 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi I’m wondering what is a good natural brand of essential oils to use. And also considering that this is a toothpaste just in case is it safe to swallow (by accident of course)

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