Friday, January 11, 2013

Homemade Toothpaste

Paul's been nagging asking me to make some more homemade toothpaste for like five months now.  And I just got around to it.  Part lazy, part lack of ingredients.  But I finally did it.  Not only because I was at the health food store in town and was able to obtain the vegetable glycerin, but because I really felt sorry for him.  He's been using plain baking soda (dumped into a plastic NyQuil dose cup, btw, making it look even more pathetic) to brush his teeth.  I know there are people who swear by just using baking soda or baking soda & peroxide, but man does it taste salty.  So much that my lips pucker just thinking about someone else using it.  Rhiannon uses a kid's non-fluoride toothpaste and I'm a whatever's on sale commercial toothpaste kind'a gal even though I prefer the homemade kind.

So, if you're ready to get off the commercially made toothpaste train, here's a easy-peasy recipe for you.  And in my usual style, I don't have an exact recipe.
Container, vegetable glycerin, baking soda, peppermint oil.  That's it!
First of all, find a container to put your toothpaste in.  Then fill the container about 2/3's full of baking soda, then dump it out into a larger bowl for mixing.  Gradually pour in the vegetable glycerin until it's the consistency of cake icing.  You could stop there, but I like mine minty flavored, so I add a few drops of peppermint extract.  I've also used cinnamon or spearmint, just make sure to add it a few drops at a time as extracts are very potent.

Happy & healthy brushing!


  1. That's so funny...we are making some too. I just got my organic peppermint oil.

  2. Glad to hear you've got Rhiannon on a non-fluoride toothpaste. (Now you need to do that, too!) I've been buying toothpaste without all the bad stuff in it through our organic co-op but this is just the boot in the butt I've needed to start making our own.

    Big, big thanks for this posting.

  3. I love homemade toothpaste! I got scared of the store bought stuff after I saw an article about some of it coming from China. Mine is made the same way except I use coconut oil instead of glycerin.

  4. Thanks for the recipe Carolyn!
    Now what do you have up your sleeve for deodorant? :-)

  5. Didn't know there was such a thing. Sounds tasty.

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe, this is one I will be storing for making in the near future :-)