3 Natural Toothpastes for the Eco-Friendly

Making Frugal Toothpaste Allows Personalizing Flavor

Copyright © Lyndsi Decker; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission. Posted February 11, 2013

Environmentally-friendly toothpaste; photo courtesy Lyndsi Decker


There are fantastic reasons to make your own toothpaste. Individuals who are eco-friendly like avoiding adding empty toothpaste tubes to landfills. The average person uses about one tube of toothpaste every two months.

That creates a lot of trash. In addition, there are often remnants of toothpaste that leach into the soil and water. Chemicals and metals in ready-made toothpaste include aluminum, zinc, fluoride and others.

Individuals also may be allergic or sensitive to particular ingredients in commercial toothpastes. Ready-made toothpastes often contain sugar, flavorings, and preservatives that many individuals want to avoid.

Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Natural homemade toothpaste can be made with salt or baking soda mixed with mineral powder as a base. Mineral powder is available in magnesium or calcium formats.

This dry mixture is kept in a lidded glass jar until an individual is ready to brush their teeth. After brushing the teeth, a hydrogen peroxide rinse is used to assist in cleansing the mouth.

A variation of this recipe is adding coconut oil to the dry mixture. This creates liquid toothpaste that many individuals prefer. Natural flavorings such as peppermint essential oils can be added to make this concoction have a better flavor.

Clay Toothpaste

Toothpaste that is more abrasive can be made with bentonite clay. This form of clay is available in food grade quality at brick-and-mortar and online stores.

Stir in a small amount of honey, boiling water, and sea salt. Then add drops of spearmint and tea tree essential oils. Use an electric mixer to whip the ingredients together.

Individuals can add more honey or oils for additional flavor. Store this homemade toothpaste in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid to keep it fresh. It is also possible to use other flavorings such as clove or cinnamon essential oils.

Castile Soap Toothpaste

A natural soap such as Castile can be used to make homemade toothpaste too. Use a small amount of the soap, coconut oil and baking soda as a base. For a nice flavor, add orange essential oil and honey.

Other essential oils such as peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon or clove are great alternative flavors. A small amount of water can be added if the homemade toothpaste is too dry.

This toothpaste develops lather in the mouth due to the soap ingredient. The soap coats the teeth with a thin glycerin layer. This homemade toothpaste can be kept in a tightly lidded jar for a few days.

According to a specialist with dentist postcards natural toothpastes are a great alternative for those that are sensitive to the chemicals in other toothpastes.

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