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DIY Minty Fresh Toothpaste Recipe

Updated on July 28, 2013
DIY Minty Fresh Toothpaste
DIY Minty Fresh Toothpaste | Source

Why Homemade? ~

Substituting your favourite brand of toothpaste may not initially sound appealing but at the prices charged these days, what’s not to lose by whipping up your own minty version in a few minutes to try out?

Toothpaste is a standard oral hygiene product we all use several times a day or more.

Unfortunately toothpaste like many hygiene, beauty and household products comes with chemicals whether it is an expensive or cheap brand.

When it comes to cutting costs, even if you choose the discount store cheap brand option it may be cheap but is still probably loaded with unknown or dangerous ingredients.

Cheap and Cheerful ~

I always favoured two brands and as it turned out one was by far the more expensive choice in the leading industry favorites.

Turning to a more natural option that would be equally effective led me to looking for the right balance in my own DIY minty toothpaste as I love a fresh and minty taste.

Using beneficial ingredients that really work was my mission and it had to taste good to satisfy my sweet tooth without any harmful sugar.

This toothpaste recipe is one that should satisfy any member of the household, including children with its minty freshness.

Minimizing the amount of ingredients makes it an incredibly cheap alternative.The ingredients are versatile having many uses in the kitchen including homemade beauty products.

I have included a tooth powder recipe too for those who prefer this option or as a secondary recipe to try in conjunction with a paste.

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Tooth Powder Recipe ~

1 tbsp baking soda

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 small jar with lid

Method:

  • Mix the baking soda and sea salt together.
  • Add in the ground cloves and mix.
  • Store your toothpowder in your jar and use twice a day in place of toothpaste.
  • If you find you love this then make up a larger batch by doubling up ingredient quantities or even make it as a gift for someone.
  • This recipe has a shelf life of at least 6 months.

Minty Toothpaste Recipe ~

3 tbsp baking soda

3 tbsp softened coconut oil

2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

1 packet stevia

20 drops peppermint essential oil

4 oz jar with secure lid

small bowl

fork

Method:

  • Add the baking soda and coconut oil to your bowl and mix well together with a fork.
  • Add in the stevia and glycerine and blend well together.
  • When they are mixed together evenly, add in the essential oil and mix again to blend together to a creamy toothpaste texture.
  • Fill your sterilized jar with your minty fresh toothpaste.
  • Use as regular toothpaste.
  • To apply it I recommend you use a clean spatula or popsicle stick to remove the paste from the jar and NOT sticking your toothbrush in the jar for obvious hygiene reasons.

Tips & Suggestions ~

Keep the quantities small and you will not have to worry about expiry dates as it has a shelf life of at least a month.

If you want a different flavor essential oil you can use tea tree, spearmint or clove.

Xylitol may be use instead of stevia if preferred.

You may choose to omit the vegetable glycerine but it does help give you that typical toothpaste look and feel.

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In Conclusion . . .

With so much controversy about fluoride and chemicals in toothpaste, going the more natural route makes sense for our oral hygiene and health.

When you consider this minty toothpaste is actually a HEALTHY OPTION that benefits the entire family it is definitely worthwhile for me, how about you?

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I love this..and natural after all it is like food and we use it many times during the day.. Going to try this..What a super idea as always..I want everyday for a hub on beauty from Suzie..Up and pinning.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I recently had a go at making my own toothpaste. I don't think the measures were correct as all I could taste was the baking soda. I'm going to give your recipe a try. Thanks for posting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne!

      This is amazing! I never thought of making 'toothpaste' at home! You are great and your ideas are great. Now I am definitely going to make it.

      Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      So appreciate your thoughts and support, thought it was doable so voila! Hope you find it works a treat and just as good as other branded alternatives. Cheers for the thumbs up and pin!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phoenix,

      As with all recipes sometimes a bit of "tweaking" is needed, I am always tweaking (a word I use frequently now!!) as different measurements, cooling times or just an extra minute whipping something can make a difference. Hence the trusty pen and paper to jot down all changes and the final recipe that you are happy with. Do give this one a go and maybe tweak your original one just to see the difference. it depends on the ingredients used too. Cheers for your thoughts!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Lovely to see you! Hope you get to try it out sometime and find it as good as I do. Appreciate your visit and comments, for votes too!

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I have to say that I'm trying to keep up with your hubs, Suzie, but my goodness! You are much too quick! LOL. I really like this article as I currently order my toothpaste for a natural resource. It's expensive at almost $9. When I run out, I'm going to make my own with your recipe here. :-)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love this idea and it seems easy enough to make! Being the dog lover that I am, however, I just wanted to say that if you use Xylitol, make sure your dogs don't get into it at all. It's toxic for them. (Not that your dog should be poking around in your toothpaste container, but dogs will be dogs)! Great hub and going to try it soon!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub Suzie. I switched to Tom's of Maine and Baking Soda toothpaste a while back to try to get a toothpaste without all of the chemicals. I may give this a try, looks simple enough and cheap to make. Great job. I'm willing to bet this one strikes a cord with many, many people. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc..

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      This is great, Suzie. I have used plain baking soda before, but this sounds better. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for yet another great non-toxic recipe! Voted up, pinned and shared on my webpage.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I will definitely try this out. With all your hubs we may live a healthier life. That's awesome.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      Delighted you checked this out and found it interesting. It is quite amazing how costly toothpaste can get and the more organic or natural the higher price tags too. What i find fascinating a tad annoying is the fact that many cosmetic brands going the so called natural route think it is okay to charge a small fortune when we all deserve healthy ingredients in our personal care products at a reasonable cost. Thanks for your interest and support, look forward to hearing how you go!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi epbooks,

      Wow, so glad you popped in, great tip on the Xylitol as we have our black Labrador now and I am always trying to be careful with ingredient spillages and where stuff is kept, just in case! Always good to know the harmful and toxic foods for our animals which are sometimes forgotten about when people feed dogs in particular all types of inappropriate foods. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and are keen to give it a whirl!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks for your visit and comment, great to hear you may give this a try! It is easy to make and really does work and leaves a nice fresh taste. Appreciate as always your great support and constant loyalty regardless the topic! Thanks for all your votes, share and pin, you are a gem!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gail,

      Great to see you here and for your lovely comment! have fun making this and love to know how you find it when you have it made and tested! Cheers so much for votes, sharing and pinning, truly delighted!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet, This is a great one to try as we all use toothpaste and the cost adds up monthly. Appreciate your comment as always!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the recipes, Suzie. You have some great ideas for natural beauty products! I love the sound of the toothpaste.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful Suzie. Voted up and shared as always.

      Eddy.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is very interesting Suzie. Didn't know that toothpastes could be made at home. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for dropping in and appreciate your comments. Toothpaste is a great one to try so hope you give it a go sometime!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      So pleased you swung by and enjoyed! Cheers for the votes and share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi livingsta,

      Delighted you found something new in this one! Hope you give a go sometime, thanks for your comment, always a pleasure to see you!

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      Laura Writes 3 years ago

      I've got all the ingredients on hand actually! I'm going to go make a small sample size right now and see how it turns out! Good hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Londonlady,

      Great stuff, so good to hear you are ready to give it a try, be interested to see how you go! Have fun and thanks so much for taking time to visit and comment!

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      Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I'm all in favour of home recipes, Suzanne and this is one I would love to have had a few years ago. Unfortunately - as a heavy smoker and coffee guzzler - I was using smokers' toothpastes for a few years in conjunction with ultra hard bristled toothbrushes, not realising the permanent damage they individually (never mind collectively!) did to teeth enamel. On the other hand, I may not be beyond the point of some reparation so will look at giving your idea try :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gordon,

      Thank you for dropping in to my wee corner! I know the effects of different things on the teeth and did not realise smoker's toothpaste would be harmful on enamel as such? I know many toothpaste brands will have chemicals so hope it wasn't too damaging on your own teeth. I am sure this recipe is worth trying even if the reason is to be more chemical free! Thanks Gordon, great to see you and receive your comments.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I really like the two teeth treatments! Just yesterday I used baking soda on my teeth, because it's supposed to help whiten them. I was surprised at how fresh my teeth felt after I used it. I have never heard of using ground cloves in it, but that sounds great. I love the taste and smell of it.

      I want to try both versions of this sometime. Thanks for sharing this with us!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Nice to hear you are looking to alternatives for toothpaste and have tried baking soda, it is surprisingly "fresh" so hope these work well for you too. Our teeth are too important to ignore by using the unknown ingredients on the packaging. Cheers for your interest and commenting, always brings a smile to my face!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Wanted to share that I made the toothpaste and it came out so good and so easy to make...Thanks so much

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Appreciate you taking the time to make this toothpaste! Absolutely delighted to hear it was a success for you and thanks so much for letting me know how it went!

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Good stuff. I'm gonna post this one on my face book. The Health Nutt. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Scott,

      Appreciate you sharing on and glad you enjoyed it so much! Hope you get to give it a go sometime! Thanks for taking time to comment :-)

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      Earl Noah Bernsby 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      This was interesting Suzie HQ. It's fascinating to learn alternate methods of procurement for the things we take for granted — like toothpaste for example.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Earl Noah Bernsby,

      Many thanks for checking this out! There are so many great DIY remedies to things and so much healthier for us. Glad you found useful!

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      sbiancamentodenti 23 months ago

      I'm going to have to try some of these recipes. I've made my own toothpaste with coconut oil, baking soda and mint oil. It was okay but not great

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