How to Make Your Own Healthy Toothpaste (Recipe included)

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Looking for a safe, non-toxic way to promote whiter, healthier teeth without the use of harsh chemicals? With just a few ingredients, you can bid farewell to drugstore brands of toothpaste which often contain harmful fluoride, synthetic foaming agents, and antibacterial chemicals like triclosan.

It’s simple to make your own toothpaste at home using natural substances like food-grade diatomaceous earth (a type of magnetic clay), bentonite clay, and/or activated charcoal along with a healthy fat like coconut oil. Add one or more essential oils for the finishing touch.

Store your toothpaste in a sealed container. A small glass mason jar works well. To use, scoop a small amount out of the jar using a clean spoon or popsicle stick, spread on wet toothbrush bristles, and brush teeth as usual.

Here’s an easy DIY toothpaste recipe for you to try. Feel free to experiment with different essential oils to come up with a signature toothpaste “taste” that you love.

DIY Toothpaste with Essential Oils
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DIY Toothpaste with Essential Oils

Recipe used with permission from "Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine For The Modern World"


  • 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons food-grade bentonite clay
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of clove
  • 1 tablespoon xylitol or 1⁄2 teaspoon stevia for sweetness (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Put into a rubber tube or sealed glass container.
  3. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, two to three times daily.

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  1. I have made the recipe but my whole family finds that our gums get very sore and sometimes bleed. This does not seem healthy. What are we doing wrong?

    • I use basically the same recipe but without the bentonite which I am not able to purchase. I also use much less clove as I do peppermint because it is very hot and the inside of my mouth becomes uncomfortable. I do bleed occasionally and that is only when I am not diligent in my daily routine. You might want to try a softer bristle brush and see if that helps.

    • I used calcium carbonate powder and it worked great! This is actually a supplement, but works great in the toothpaste. I don’t use clove EO, so not sure if that creates an issue.

    • too much peppermint and clove oil Those are very potent. Just use one or two drops. That could very well be why the gums are bleeding.

    • Your capillaries are weak. You are not eating enough greens. You need more Bioflavanoids and Rutins. Also, Buckwheat is great for strengthening the walls of the capillaries ( and therefore helping to prevent strokes).

    • Two things cause gum bleeding for me:
      Sudden drops in vitamin C intake, which can make mucous membranes bleed more easily
      And nutritional deficiencies, like CoQ10
      (It is also possible to have gum inflammation from nit getting regular dental cleanings and the beginnings of gingivitis and periodontal disease)

    • As a retired dental hygienist, I urge you to find a (credentialed) dental professional to instruct your family on proper toothbrushing. If you’re sawing back and forth, you could be injuring your gums and causing the bleeding. Congratulations and best wishes for being a family wanting improved oral health!

    • Diatomaceous earth is 8 on the hardness scale, diamonds are 10. Ive read it should not be used daily, just once in a while for stains.

  2. PLEASE be aware that you should NOT allow this mixture to go down your drains. Coconut oil solidifies at about 76 degrees F. and will clog your pipes!

    • I totally agree – so you are going to spit this into your trash can everyday? There must be a better recipe – or just use baking soda.

  3. In the dialogue it mentions diatomaceous earth but doesn’t show it in the recipe. How much diatomaceous earth?

    • The Calcium Bentonite clay is the diatomaceous earth mentioned wanting it to be(white) fresh water food grade 100% pure diatomaceous earth Amorphous non-crystalline silica…I’ve bought it for $17.00 @ 24 oz, food stores (brushing teeth with)…feed & seed stores …uses with pets and farm animals….etc…etc…has calcium bentonite in it being useful pest control in house, pets…yards

  4. I have been making my own toothpaste in this way for a long time. Is it safe to spot this down the drain? Over time, doesn’t the coconut oil build up in the pipes since it becomes solid in cooler temperatures?

  5. If you chose to use diatomaceous earth make sure you get the Food Grade type. Non-food grade is poisonous to humans as well as pets.

  6. Being diatomaceous earth is a magnetic type of clay, should people with amalgram fillings avoid using this as part of cleaning their teeth? I have heard people should avoid oil pulling if they have amalgrams so I wondered if this would be along the same reasoning?

  7. Be careful using Benonite clay if you have fillings or bridges. In time it can loosen the adhesives and cause fillings to come out and bridges to loosen. It’s awesome stuff but can mess up your dental work. You can make the recipe without it.?

  8. Why not add Shilajitt for extra mineral boost? I also have added magnesium and calcium powder to mine, before seeing this recipe… not going to add 10 drops each of the essential oils, because this amount is extreme (and possibly just to make you use it up faster and have to buy more of it more quickly!)….. their Epigenics brand is very expensive! Also, I would not use stevia… too sweet & I am allergic to it (as many others are I have heard), but xylitol does have some ability to repair your teeth!

  9. Both E.O.s are very strong, don’t think you need so much compared to the amount of other ingredients. 3-5 drops, gadge from there. Yes, epig. Sells them so maybe are freer with the amount. But all EOs are expensive, more is not better.

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