Hello, hello, one and all!

I am so very excited today to share my homemade toothpaste recipe with you. It took me some time researching the right recipes and experimenting before I realized:

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe

Homemade toothpaste does NOT have to be complicated!

  1. For one, you do not NEED fluoride.
  2. For two, you probably have everything you need for an awesome toothpaste in your pantry!

Here are some great ingredients for homemade toothpaste:

  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • bentonite clay
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • coconut oil
  • xylitol
  • powdered calcium (awesome for remineralizing; make your own from your eggshells!)
  • castile soap
  • activated charcoal
  • various herbs
  • various essential oils

Many of these you can use on their own, but you can also combine them to create a lovely toothpaste based on your wants and needs.

Here are a few reasons WHY you might want to make your own toothpaste from the lovely Mama Natural!

But, not everyone likes to experiment as much as I do. Therefore, I will provide you with the specific, measured out ingredients I used in my batch (Plus, a bonus TOOTH POWDER RECIPE at the end – perfect for travel!).

Oh yeah, and let’s remember that I am NOT a doctor nor any kind of medical professional. This post is not intended as medical advice. Please follow any natural recipes or remedies with caution. When in doubt, check with a medical professional before using.

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe


  • 1 Mason jar (pint sized or smaller)
  • 1 plastic or wooden spoon (avoid using metal as it does something to the clay, I guess)
  • A kettle or pot in which to boil water (optional)

Ingredients (be sure to scroll down to read important info about the ingredients):

  • 1/4 cup of high-quality bentonite clay like Redmond Clay (I used Aztec Secret because I’m a rebel and I like the green color)
  • 1 tbs high-quality coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions)
  • 3 tbs of boiling water (optional, but useful to hold everything together; just add it slowly until you reach desired thickness)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs xylitol (optional)
  • 10-15 drops of your preferred, therapeutic grade essential oils (I used sweet orange and peppermint from Aura Cacia.)

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Put the stuff in the jar.

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

Stir (if using clay, be sure to stir with plastic or wood).

Homemade Clay Toothpaste


I often pour a little hydrogen peroxide over my toothbrush before dipping into the jar to help clean the brush and whiten my teeth naturally. Totally optional!

If your toothpaste gets moldy, throw it away! Otherwise, mine has lasted for about a month with the lid partially on. Yours might not last as long, so be sure to keep an eye on it, or use a dry recipe like the tooth powder recipe below!

Sure, this toothpaste can get a little messy, but I feel way better about brushing with this than Crest or Colgate, and my teeth are wonderfully clean! I even broke a tooth recently, and haven’t had any pain. My teeth feel stronger, and I take better care of my teeth NOW than I did before I started making my own toothpaste!

(Insert cheesy picture of my dirt-covered teeth)

Notes about the ingredients:

COCONUT OIL: If you are on a septic system, maybe avoid using coconut oil (or spit out into the trash). It does harden below 76 degrees, which can cause clogs!

However, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, and helps keep my toothpaste fresh and my mouth even fresher. This is a wonderful ingredient to include! Consider oil pulling…it’s a little weird, but many people swear by it!

XYLITOL: Normally, I wouldn’t want to include a product like this, but xylitol has been shown to aid in dental care. Plus, this brand I purchased was GMO-free, which is a MUST with this product! It also helps sweeten the mix, but you could easily use a powdered, green stevia to do the same thing. Otherwise, the toothpaste is kind of bland and salty.

CLAY: Okay, so do use a clay you feel safe ingesting. I spent hours researching the right clays to use, and probably shouldn’t have used Aztec, but I like it. Plus, the price was right. Do be sure to get a calcium bentonite, or just get Redmond (a natural blend of sodium AND calcium bentonites).

SEA SALT: Try to use an unrefined sea salt, like Celtic Grey. I have a 5 lb bag of a pure white Hawaiian sea salt I got on eBay for a steal, so mine is white. Table salt is not a suitable substitute.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Many essential oils are not pure enough for consumption. PLEASE do research before consuming any essential oils. I feel safe about the companies I use, but I did my own research before. Be smart.

And as promised, here’s a quick travel-friendly tooth powder recipe!

I took a trip to visit family in Georgia recently, and didn’t feel like finding a 3 oz container to carry some of this on the plane (I try to avoid checking bags). So, I made a powder. Simply grab a container you’re comfortable traveling with (I used a super handy little container from my Dad’s leftover KFC…which I never eat).

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe

Simply add whatever ingredients you like to use. Shake a little this and a little of that.

I used:

  • 1 tbs clay
  • 1/4 tsp xylitol (on accident, I used more, but this would be PLENTY)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Shake, dip your wet toothbrush into the mix, and brush! Easy!

TSA will never know you brush your teeth with dirt.

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe

What sort of toothpaste do you use? Do you make your own? What do you add?

Shared at: Natural Living Monday, Made By You Monday, Natural Living Monday by Natural Living Mamma, In and Out of the Kitchen, Simple Lives Thursdays

Photo from MorgueFile

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  • Nancy

    THanks for this! Why do you think you shouldn’t be using the Aztec clay? I was going to use it since I have it already but am now hesitant.

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      I’m sorry to make you hesitant! My only reason for that statement is that it is specifically marked as not for internal use. There are so many out there that ARE safe for internal use, like Redmond Clay, but I use Aztec every single day and have experienced no known problems. Just be sure to use it with caution! :)

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