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Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

Updated on November 6, 2012

Toothpaste Without All of the Chemicals

Brushing your teeth is one of those mundane tasks that you complete on auto pilot every day, twice a day (hopefully). But have you ever stopped to think about what you are putting in your mouth? You should. Most commercially made toothpastes contain many chemicals that are hazardous to our health.

Some common toothpaste ingredients:

Fluoride: hardens teeth, making them brittle. Accumulates in bones over time and may cause cancer. But it's in our water, you say? It shouldn't be! See why: http://www.mbschachter.com/dangers_of_fluoride_and_fluorida.htm

Triclosan: antibacterial agent found in many health/body products. Stores in body fat and is suspected of causing cancer.

Surfactants: foaming agents that cause swelling in the gums and recurrence of canker sores. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is an extremely common surfactant in body products.

Artificial Sugars: lowers pH of the dental plaque, causing more damage to teeth. Particularly avoid Aspartame, which has been linked to many diseases.

Glycerin: covers teeth with a sticky substance, preventing them from remineralizing naturally.

For sources, see bottom of article

Healthy, Homemade Toothpaste

Ingredients: Xylitol, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Ingredients: Xylitol, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil

Ingredients and their Benefits

Organic Coconut Oil: antibacterial, helps stop tooth decay

Baking Soda: removes plaque, freshens breath, whitens teeth

Xylitol: sweetens taste, prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth, and keeps a neutral pH in the mouth. Find it in health food stores or online

(*You can also use stevia to sweeten, but you won't get the benefits of xylitol)

Before commercially made toothpastes were available, people would use baking soda and salt to brush their teeth. Some would simply dry brush, which involves brushing teeth without toothpaste using a dry toothbrush. It is the act of brushing, rather than the chemicals in the toothpaste, that does most of the cleaning anyway. That is why we should brush for two minutes!

Recipe: Adapted from CrunchyBetty.com Recipe

1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

1-2 teaspoons Xylitol

Steps

1. Mix 1 T Baking Soda and 3 T Coconut Oil in a bowl.

2. Mix in Xylitol 1/2 teaspoon at a time until it is sweet enough for your taste.


Mix Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
Mix Baking Soda and Coconut Oil

3. Add a little water, or Hydrogen Peroxide as I did, to get a more toothpaste-like consistency.

4. You can also add 10-20 drops of a 100% pure essential oil to give your toothpaste some flavor. Make sure it is safe to use (some are meant for aromatherapy only)

Some Tips

  • Since baking soda can be a bit abrasive on teeth, use this toothpaste for every other brushing or a few times a week.
  • This toothpaste will not foam up like commercially made ones do. It does not have the harmful surfactant (such as sodium lauryl sulfate) that creates the foam.
  • You do not need to brush harder.
  • It will not leave you with minty fresh breath, but it will clean your teeth. Consider a tongue scraper to remove excess bacteria, which will help freshen your breath.

Happy Brushing!

Voila! Homemade toothpaste!
Voila! Homemade toothpaste!

What do you think of the toothpaste?

3.7 stars from 11 ratings of Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

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      HellGato 5 years ago from El Paso, Texas

      smart

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Thanks! Just got a clean bill of health from the dentist today! He even asked me what whitening products I was using :)

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      Jen 5 years ago

      very cool! now is there any easy way to store it?

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      A small jar is probably the easiest. I am currently using a shot glass! I have heard you can feed it back into an old tube, but I'm not sure how well that would work.

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      Ann 5 years ago

      How long have you been using this? Our dentist told me to make sure to find a toothpaste with fluoride for Alexis. What the heck???

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      I just started using it. You'll want to do some research on fluoride. Not only is it not good for your teeth, it was never meant for consumption.

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      Patrick 5 years ago

      Genius! I love this writer :)

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      John Harper 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      ....another winner!

      Thanks

      John

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      Elderyoungman 5 years ago from Worldwide

      Nice. I use a baking soda, peroxide and mint combo. That way I get the benefits of the soda, while killing bacteria and getting the minty kick to boot.

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi:)

      Great!

      I'll definitely try that.

      I hate commercial toothpastes.

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      heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

      Thanks so much for sharing a natural toothpaste:) Love the display of the pictures...I was wondering how that would mix up! Never heard about the specific things you mentioned, in the ingredients of ordinary toothpaste? Great Hub! Many BLESSINGS To You, with your whiter smile:)

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Thank you so much! It is scary what we don't know is in our health and beauty products! Hope you try it and enjoy it!

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      I've thrown in some peroxide too. I like the idea of the mint. Bet it would taste great! Do you use a mint essential oil?

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Thanks so much, John!

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Haha, thank you Patrick!

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Most of the things we need are right under our noses. Great! I like the added peroxide, too.

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      Elderyoungman 5 years ago from Worldwide

      I've used the spearmint essential oil, but found a natural mint breath spray that is very strong, but meant for oral use. It's a market brand. Do you have a Sprouts Farmers Market in your area?

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      No, unfortunately. Haven't heard of it. Can you get it at Whole Foods?

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      Lan 5 years ago

      I'd like to try this recipe and I've got all the ingredients on hand. I was just wondering if this would be good to use with a young child (2.5YO) - I'm just not sure whether the baking soda would be too abrasive for milk teeth. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      I wouldn't recommend this toothpaste for such a young child, but I would be curious to hear a dentist's opinion on it. Please let me know if you find out anything!

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      Hally Z. 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I'd recommend two additional ingredients here which are critical for tooth remineralization: calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. Thanks again!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I was hoping to find a home made toothpaste recipe, thanks. The all natural ones that can be purchased are very expensive. It's amazing what's in today's major brand toothpaste, very scary. Great job.

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Thanks so much! Hope you like it!

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      JeffRB 4 years ago

      There is no need to be afraid 0f using baking soda anymore than commercial toothpaste. Here is a table that compares abrasiveness of baking soda and commercial products: http://dukeslc.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/toothpaste...

      Flossing on a daily basis is also very important. I also use a rubber pick originally provided by my dentist. My dental hygienist always comments how clean my teeth are with virtually nothing for her to remove.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks interesting. I'm looking to try more natural products, so I am going to try this out. Do you still use it? Does it still work well for you?

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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