Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Today, I’m stepping out of the kitchen and inviting you into my bathroom.

I’m still going to share a recipe with you. It’s one you’ll use every morning, but you won’t eat it.

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Stay with me here….

Transitioning to eating a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet has been a long journey for me. One, that is my no means over. It never will be.

I am always learning, just like you.

I’ve been on this clean-eating path for about 5 years now, and it’s definitely been a journey with LOTS trial and error.

But, now that I have the clean food thing down MOST of the time (“most” being the operative word here), I’m taking it to the next level by cleaning up the products that I’m using in the shower and at the bathroom sink.

For the last 6 months I’ve been making my own toothpaste. Yep, toothpaste.

It’s so ridiculously easy I can’t believe I haven’t started doing it sooner!

No matter where you on your health journey, this is something that is as easy to incorporate as eating raw nuts or drinking more water.

I know what you’re thinking….

“What’s so bad about toothpaste that I should make it myself?”

First, do you remember the big microbead debacle in late 2014? We were being told there was plastic in toothpaste that was embedding itself in our teeth and gums. Ewww!

First, have you ever read the ingredients in your toothpaste? When I did I realized that I didn’t really know what any of the ingredients really were.

Sodium laurel sulfate, titanium dioxide, sodium hexametaphosphate, triclosan are some that I’ve seen. What are these things? And, should we really put them in our mouths?

Here are three ingredients to know about in your toothpaste. There are many more and I encourage you to do some of your own reading. These are common ingredients that I think are important to know and understand.

1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): SLS has been linked to fueling canker sores. The Environmental Working Group SLS has been linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, neurotoxicity, hormone disruption and others. The only purpose for SLS is experience….it provides the foaming we like to correlate to cleanliness. The scraping from your toothbrush and flossing cleans better than the foam from SLS.

2) Triclosan: Tricolsan was first used about 15 years ago because it is known to fight bacteria for up to 12 hours. The Mayo Clinic states that triclosan has been shown to disrupt hormone balance, may contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria and be harmful to the immune system. Not only is this a concern every time we put this ingredient in our mouth, but it going down the drain and having a negative effect on beneficial algae.

3) Flavoring: Just like we want out toothpaste to foam, we also want it to taste minty fresh. The problem is that many toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, a known neurotoxin. If you decide to not make your own toothpaste but rather buy a more natural version at the store, look for a toothpaste that uses stevia or xylitol as a sweetener.

Ok, so now you’re ready to make your own toothpaste, right? If you have 5 minutes (which I know you do) homemade toothpaste can be yours!

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Here’s what to do:

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Ingredients
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions
1) In a small bowl combine all ingredients with a fork. Add more essential oils to make it as minty as you want.
2) Scoop into a glass jar and store in the bathroom. Simply dip your toothbrush into the toothpaste and brush away!
3) Smile! You have clean, chemical-free teeth!

Recipe adapted from CrunchyBetty.com

Where do you get the ingredients?

Vegetable glycerin, or glycerol, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. You can find vegetable glycerin at most natural food stores or online.

For essential oils I recommend pure, food safe oils. There are many companies out there and I recommend you do your own research to find the company you most comfortable with. Check your local natural food store as they may carry a local essential oil producer. This article goes into more depth about essential oils and how to choose them. Here is another one that is also very helpful.

What are the benefits?

Coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Kills any icky germs that are floating around in there. The baking soda creates a mild abrasive that gets cleans all the nooks and crannies. The vegetable glycerin adds a natural sweetness and the peppermint oil of course gives you that sparkly clean taste.

That’s it!

Now get out of my bathroom! I have to….ummm….brush my teeth 🙂

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12 Responses to Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

  1. Emily February 24, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Hello Tanya! I think I will give this a try!!
    How do you feel about “Oil Pulling” – I just recently tried it…and actually don’t mind doing it. If you are brushing your teeth with the Coconut Oil – would you still use Coconut Oil for the “oil pulling”. Please let me know your thoughts!
    Thank you!

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      Great question Emily! I experimented with oil pulling for a while as well. I would still recommend brushing your teeth in addition to oil pulling since the purpose of each is a bit different. Oil pulling is to extract toxins from the body, while brushing more directly removes icky bits from your teeth. Hope that helps! 🙂

      T.

  2. Brooke February 24, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    LOVE this! thanks Tanya.

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland February 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      You’re so welcome! 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment.

  3. Jeanine February 24, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    Tanya,
    Great improvement!! we’ve been making our own toothpaste as well…
    you may want to check however about the glycerin; that ingredient is not recommended as it stops re-mineralization of the tooth.
    just fyi
    Jeanine

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland February 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      Jeanine,

      In writing up this post I stumbled across some information that suggested this might be the case. But, have found some conflicting information that suggests it does remineralize. I’ll definitely look into it further.

      Thanks for the info!
      Tanya

  4. Kristen Wolf February 24, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    So excited that you are going down this path, Tanya! Looking forward to more posts like this as you develop more recipes. Thanks so much!!!

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland February 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Thanks Kristen! Gotta keep learning and experimenting 🙂

      Be well,
      Tanya

  5. Elaine Leiter February 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you, Tanya, for updating my childhood version of toothpaste! My parents could not afford toothpaste when there were 5 kids at home, so we used baking soda. It was not so bad, but the ingredients you added would certainly make it much more pleasant. Perhaps when my carefully selected–among what’s at the grocery store–Tom’s of Maine, runs out, I will try your recipe, as I have definitely been a victim of endicrine disruptors, and have eliminated many of them in cleaning and personal care products over the years, just by observing my negative sensitivities to them, and by looking up their ingredients!
    It’s so helpful when these important issues are shared; it may take negative effects for others besides me to realize that you have your finger on the pulse of an important quality of life factor where LESS (chemical exposure) IS MORE (beneficial)!! People need to try the simple things in life in order to experience a better life! Thank you for pointing that our so eloquently.

    beneficial!

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland February 25, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      Elaine,

      Sounds like you have taken many important steps in taking back your health. Bravo! You touch on an important point that I didn’t address in the blog post….this toothpaste is CHEAP. Making healthy choices is not always expensive 🙂

      Good luck on your continued health journey and thank you for sharing some of it with us here.

      Be well,
      Tanya

  6. Janelle French February 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing, Tanya! Like you, now that I’m eating clean “most” of the time, I’m looking for ways to clean up my skin care and household products. Just ordered a beginner’s essential oil kit that includes peppermint oil, so this recipe will be made in our bathroom soon!

    • Tanya McCausland
      Tanya McCausland March 30, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      That’s great Janelle! I’m finding that upgrading home stuff is not as hard as I had anticipated. Maybe even easier than some of the food changes I’ve made over the years 🙂

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