Homemade Toothpaste

2011-09-02 12:14
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I worry about additives and metals and sulfates and how it affects my children's health.  When I make it myself then I don't have to worry about what is in it.

Homemade Orange Kids Toothpaste Recipe
1 tablespoon baking soda
⅛ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon glycerin or 1 1/2 tablespoon of **peroxide
1 teaspoon orange extract or ½ teaspoon dried orange peel*

Homemade Vanilla Kids Toothpaste Recipe
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons water, or **peroxide to be added if desired

* New Recipe Kids Mint Toothpaste
2 tablespoons of baking soda
4 tablespoons of solid coconut oil
1-4 drops of mint extract

Coconut oil is great in toothpaste because, it cleans your teeth (with its antibacterial and antiviral properties) and leaves your gums healthy, as well.

I make mine in the small container of my magic bullet.  It stores well in empty baby food jars.  I use a soft wash cloth to rub it on their teeth and gums then rinse with a clean cloth and water.

*Place some grated orange rind in a blender and grind until it is fine and powdery.
or you could even use mint leaves if you like it minty.  Pretty much any kind of good tasting essential oils can be used as flavoring, just a couple drops though.  Easy does it.

**Depending on the age of your child, if they are a baby leave out the peroxide just as a safety precaution.


  1. I have been looking for a good way to keep my baby's teeth clean. This recipe looks super easy.
    I am going to give it a try tomorrow.

  2. loving this! sharing on FB and in SUnday Surf!

  3. For what it's worth, my dentist was upset I was using baking soda on my teeth. He said it is too abrasive and will remove/thin enamel.

  4. @Parsimony, thank you for wanting to help.
    You are right,that one should never use plain baking soda on your teeth. My dentist said a small amount of baking soda "diluted" on your teeth, is one of the best ways to clean and whiten your smile. He said "Don't just dunk your brush into the box of soda". My recipe diluted the way it is and that it is mixed in a blender till it is smooth removes most of the grit that would have worn away your enamel.
    None of my children have any dental problems at all and have clean white teeth.

  5. This is from the back of the Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste tube. I got it from ADA (American Dental Association website) here's a link: http://www.ada.org/5275.aspx?productid=5142&company=Church+%26+Dwight+Co.%2C+Inc.

    Active Ingredients:
    Sodium fluoride (0.24%) for anticavity

    Inactive Ingredients:
    Sodium bicarbonate, water, glycerin, sodium saccharin, PEG 8, flavor, cellulose gum, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

    You see the only thing my toothpaste does not have is fluoride (which is bad for our bones, lauryl sulfate (google it, it is causing cancer and alzheimer's disease, it is not good for us in any form, and saccharine (which is sugar), rubbing sugar on your teeth?
    I will go with homemade and avoid all the other garbage. I use the amount of baking soda our dentist says is appropriate. I don't take our health, including our dental health lightly. And will continue to make the toothpaste for my family. If you make another choice that is great for you.

  6. Send me some! I want to try it.

  7. This blog post gets a 2 thumbs way up from me.

  8. I don't get why you can't use the coconut oil in the children's paste?

  9. Maya you can use the coconut oil in the children's tooth paste.

  10. My son would definitely love to taste that vanilla-flavored toothpaste. He loves that flavor, especially in ice cream. That would help me encourage him to brush his teeth every more often.

  11. Thanks, Sterling. I came up with the vanilla one for my daughter, the minty ones (especially the store bought kind) are always "too spicy" for her. The vanilla one has made it a lot easier to get her to go in and brush.

  12. Thanks my husband and I were just talking about this.

  13. I'm your newest follower, and I can't wait to try this - I was warning my boyfriend that when we run out of toothpaste, we will never buy another tube again!

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  14. Do you think that this would work well and taste good?
    2 tablespoons of baking soda
    4 tablespoons of solid coconut oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 2 drops of lemon essential oil

    I don't have faith in my children's toothpaste. I have read on a government research website about baking soda's (and Arm & Hammer toothpaste's) ability to kill Streptococcus bacteria to fight against cariogenic plaque [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8695008] [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12017929]. I don't know of any store bought toothpaste for kids that has baking soda in it. If I actually found one, I'd probably have to worry about what was in it.

  15. Thank you possum hill farms for following my blog.

    Anonymous....yes I think it is a good mix. I mixed up your recipe today and so far I like it. Thank you for posting it.

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  17. Very nice thing to create a homemade toothpaste.

  18. However, even the best whitening toothpaste by itself may not be enough to get your ideal level of whitening. While brushing with good toothpaste does help, it is only part of the best solution. Transition slowly, and they won't notice the difference.

  19. Home made tooth paste huh? I have made many things myself but never tooth paste. I always figured tooth paste was alright because we don't or I should say shouldn't swallow it. I might try these recipes though.
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  20. Looks good, but I wouldn't overuse baking soda. It can be harsh on enamel - especially on long term. Many whitening toothpastes include baking soda, but they aren't appropriate for long term usage.

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