It’s no longer a secret – I’m sharing my favorite toothpaste recipe with you.
This particular “natural living” thing has been somewhat of a tricky one for me. When something is going in your mouth, you want to make sure it’s good, and I couldn’t exactly figure out how to do that for a while. The first toothpaste recipe I tried was coconut oil and baking soda. This was absolutely disgusting to me. As soon as the coconut oil gets in your mouth, it melts, so you end up brushing your teeth with what feels like saliva.. And it tastes nasty. However, some people can deal with that and enjoy the simplicity of just using coconut oil & baking soda. Not me.
Then I messed around with a few other recipes, and had a little more luck each time. Now I’ve perfected my recipe!
What You’ll Need:
- 3 TBS Bentonite Clay
- 1 TBS Baking Soda
- 1 TBS 100% Pure Xylitol
- 20 drops of 100% Pure Essential Oils (I recommend Young Living – one of the best on the market. Message me for a special discount on essential oils!)
- 1 TBS Coconut Oil
- A dollop of Purified Water (just enough to blend the mixture)
- A wooden stirring utensil (Do NOT use metal – the metal reacts with the bentonite clay)
A little disclaimer, I never actually measure anything. I typically do approximately 1 part baking soda, 1 part xylitol and 1 part coconut oil, to 3 parts of bentonite clay, and give or take about 20 drops of EO, because I really enjoy the peppermint flavor! The goal is a good consistency that is thick enough for you to brush with, but smooth enough that you aren’t crunching on powder.
Benefits of This Recipe
I love this recipe because I have carefully selected each ingredient (through trial and error) which has been shown to benefit teeth! Coconut oil and baking soda provide necessary nutrients for strong, healthy teeth, and xylitol is proven to have whitening effects on your teeth – and it helps the toothpaste taste much better, so load it up! The Bentonite clay has many other uses as well because of its toxin pulling properties. Bentonite clay is a great way to detox, and being in your mouth means pulling toxins out of your mouth…just don’t swallow all those toxins!
I also have very sensitive teeth, and this recipe works very well for me.
Tips & Hints
- The toothpaste will turn out to be a green color if your clay is green like mine. Don’t worry, you’ll still live.
- Invest in a good bamboo toothbrush. They are completely eco-friendly, recyclable, and affordable (and make sure to recycle your plastic toothbrush when you get rid of it!).
- The only negative thing I’ve noticed about this toothpaste is it can cause your mouth to be dry. I’ve had better luck since I started incorporating more coconut oil, but I’m still cautious not to leave the clay on my gums and tongue for too long. Feel free to brush your normal 2 minutes, but be cautious to not leave it in your mouth too long. If you do find that your gums or tongue feel irritated or dry, try gargling with warm salt water. If the problem persists, discontinue use. I haven’t had any problems after using coconut oil, but I’m sharing my experience with you so you don’t get as scared as I did, and call your mother in a panic when your gums feel irritated – true story.
Do you have a favorite toothpaste blend you like? Share in the comments below!