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Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste: A Natural Alternative

Updated on July 23, 2015
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The Amazing Uses of Coconut Oil

I have recently become obsessed with coconut oil. It's absolutely amazing! There are literally over a hundred uses for coconut oil. It can be used as a natural moisturizer, a cooking ingredient, a conditioner for wooden cutting boards, a remedy for frizzy hair, and so much more. To read more about the great uses of coconut oil, check out this informative article from Health Impact News Daily about some of the most popular methods of using coconut oil.

After doing some research I realized that coconut oil could be used to make a simple all-natural toothpaste. I'm a big fan of natural health and remedies, so when I found out that I could make my own toothpaste using coconut oil, I was thrilled!

Regular store bought toothpaste vs. coconut oil toothpaste

Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of your store bought tube of toothpaste? If you haven't, go ahead and grab your toothpaste and take a look at the ingredients list. Scary, isn't it? Why do we need things like sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, or carrageenan in our toothpaste? Not to mention the fact that putting these harmful ingredients in your mouth cannot be good for your overall health.

I wanted to start using a natural toothpaste that wasn't harmful for my body. I went to the organic section of our local grocery store and found just a few options for all-natural toothpastes. There was Burt's Bees toothpaste or Tom's of Maine. Both looked like good options, but they definitely were not cheap. I was in the store just yesterday and saw a tube of Tom's going for almost five dollars. I know that I for one cannot afford nearly five dollars on a tube of toothpaste. That's why I'm so glad to have found an affordable all-natural recipe for toothpaste that doesn't cost a fortune!

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Three Simple Ingredients

After doing some research I realized that there are a lot of variations of coconut oil toothpaste recipes. Rather than sticking to any of the recipes I came across while researching, I decided to wing it and come up with my very own coconut oil toothpaste. I've always been a fan of cinnamon toothpaste over minty toothpastes, so I thought I'd give cinnamon coconut oil toothpaste a shot. All I needed to make my toothpaste was three simple ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. I use Spectrum virgin coconut oil that is organic and unrefined. I also use this coconut oil on my acne-prone skin, which you can read about here. The coconut oil comes in a solid form, but liquefies once it is slightly warm. I buy ground cinnamon in bulk from my local health food store. I just use regular baking soda, which I purchased at the dollar store. Here's how I made my cinnamon flavored coconut oil toothpaste...

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  • Get a small bowl to mix the ingredients in, you will also need a spoon.
  • Put 4 tablespoons of the coconut oil into the bowl.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Mix well with spoon until it is well blended. It should be nice and smooth once well-mixed, there shouldn't be lumps. If it is lumpy you may need to add more coconut oil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix well. If you don't prefer a strong cinnamon taste add 1/2 of a teaspoon instead.
  • Mix all ingredients until they are nice and smooth and form a consistency similar to regular store bought toothpaste.
  • Store your mixture in an air tight container in the cupboard or medicine cabinet.

The end result...

I really love the light flavor of my cinnamon coconut oil toothpaste. Keep in mind that since there is no sodium lauryl sulfate in this recipe (that's what gives regular store bought stuff that foamy sensation) it will not foam up like some toothpastes that you might be accustomed to. That does not at all mean that it is not doing it's job. It works amazingly! My teeth always feel clean and refreshed after brushing with this simple homemade toothpaste. In fact, I had a dentist visit yesterday and my dentist mentioned how healthy my teeth were. When I told him about my homemade toothpaste that I have been using, he was surprised but told me that it's working great so I might as well keep using it. I definitely don't plan on going back to the old store bought stuff with all those harmful nasty ingredients. One of the other main benefits is the baking soda helps to whiten teeth while the coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties that help keep your gums and teeth healthy.

A few recipe variations and additions...

While doing research I did come across some neat ideas for coconut oil toothpaste, but they take a little more effort and my goal was to keep it cheap and simple. Here's some of my other favorite takes on coconut oil toothpaste...

  • Try adding in a little sea salt to your mixture, it helps keep gums healthy.
  • Not a fan of cinnamon? No problem, just add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil to the above mentioned recipe to give it that minty fresh flavor.
  • Want that foamy feeling like store bought toothpaste but don't want all the added harmful ingredients? Well, just add a teaspoon or two of natural castile soap to get that foamy sensation that you get with store bought toothpastes.
  • Add some Stevia natural sweetener to your coconut oil toothpaste to help balance out the salty taste that it may have. Just one packet should work.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Sounds wonderful--I used to brush my teeth just with baking soda. You do have to be careful because hard brushing and the soda can be tough on your enamel. You would also want to make sure you are getting some sort of fluoride in a rinse to help keep the teeth protected. I definitely will try this!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      VirginiaLynn- Thanks for the advice! I actually still use my Tom's of Maine rinse, which I believe has flouride in it (not positive). I will definitely be double checking to see if it does.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very intersting! I try also to use natural toothpaste but they are more expensive. I love the taste of coconut usually but the funny thing is I can't stand the smell of the coconut in a sunscreen :-)

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      kidscrafts- I also love the taste of coconut. When I first tasted the coconut oil I realized that it has a nice and light coconut flavor, but it's not overpowering. I really love using it in cooking!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Another very useful natural recipe for toothpaste. This is wonderful and so simple to make. Bookmarking and voted up and awesome. Will make it.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Incredible idea. I just so happen to have all three ingredients in my house.

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      Sharice 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      Great recipe and simple ingredients. I will give it a try and compare. Thanks for the great hub!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Glad that all of you like the toothpaste recipe idea! Keep in mind that it will be different from regular toothpaste because it doesn't have that foamy feeling, but it gets your teeth just as clean! Enjoy!

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I'll definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Where do you get your coconut oil and is it very expensive?

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      @Mommy Needs a Nap- I buy my coconut oil from my local grocery store (Wegmans) in the organic/health food section. It's about $10 or so for a jar and I've had my current jar for about 2 months now and have about another month before it will run out. A little goes a long way with coconut oil. Glad you liked the article, good luck with trying the recipe!

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      LP 20 months ago

      Floride hasn't been proven to help teeth in anyway. Its a by product of other processes that is tough to get rid of so they put in toothpaste and call it beneficial. Natural ingredients are way better and no poison. I will be making this toothpaste this afternoon. Thanks for the recipe!

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