Make your own (kid's) toothpaste

**Read toothpaste troubleshooting!**

Wow!  I didn't mean to take that long of a blogging break...

I hope you all had a joyous holiday.  Ours was mellow and sweet.  Looking forward to what 2012 will bring.  This will definitely be a year full of change...

On to the toothpaste!  

I got into a FB discussion on toothpaste and a few friends asked for the recipe for our homemade toothpaste.

It's really quite simple.  Only 3 ingredients.  

I used to use an herbal tooth powder that I concocted, but it was messy and kind of detailed to make.  When I had kids I just switched back to an aryuvedic neem toothpaste that I get at the local Indian Market and I used Weleda's Ratanhia toothpaste for the kids.

I kept seeing posts about homemade toothpaste and figured I'd give it a go.  I was inspired by both Wellness Mama and Crunchy Betty's posts...and came up with my own using simple and easy ingredients that I was comfortable with.  

I liked the idea of using coconut oil since oil pulling is a well known technique to remove plaque.  The baking soda is an obvious ingredient for the cleansing and abrasive qualities.  The liquid stevia is to sweeten the deal and get the kids to use it.  My girls like it and brush their teeth quite eagerly.  

F's favorite is the grape flavor (I wanted to use only essential oils, but when I saw the flavored stevia I figured it would be fun to let the girls pick their flavors).  E loves cinnamon (for this one I just use plain liquid stevia and 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil).  The cinnamon one is good because it heats up the gums and gets the blood flowing.  C doesn't seem to have a preference, but she has to have the pink toothbrush.  I prefer a pure peppermint oil one and I also add 2 drops of tea tree oil for it's antibacterial properties.  That's only for me though since I am a grown up (mostly) and I don't swallow my toothpaste.

Crooked Kids Toothpaste
4 Tbs Coconut Oil (let it sit in the sun a bit to warm it up, but don't melt it or it will be harder to incorporate the baking soda)
3 Tbs Baking Soda 
60 Drops of Liquid Stevia
5 drops of essential oil (if not using flavored stevia)
  • lemon
  • orange
  • peppermint
  • cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated.  Then transfer it to a jar and use it.  

This makes a small enough batch that I don't worry about just letting the kids dip their toothbrushes in and scoop some out.  I split the batch into two small jars.  I used to put it into one glass 1/2 pint mason jar...but I learned my lesson when it shattered into a thousand pieces as the kids were fighting over it. The older girls each get their own little jar with their name on it and that's that.  Baby C gets to pick which one she uses.

Fair warning:  This is NOT going to taste like your kids' commercial toothpaste.  It's just not.  They may not like it at first.  I gave some to a friends child and she spit in my face (on accident...I think).  Let them help you make it.  Let them pick a "fun" flavor, and they'll come around.  Luckily my kids never had the other stuff, so they just think it's dandy.  It's way better for them and doesn't have any of the CRAP in it (like SLS, flouride, name a few).  I thought about going into all the reasons why those ingredients are harmful for you and our world we live in, but that's another post entirely!  If you're reading my blog you're probably hip to the jive of nasty chemical ingredients anyways...

Enjoy your pearly whites!


  1. Very cool mama! thanks for sharing. Seems easy will the kids go for it? ;)

  2. do you think you could use xylitol to sweeten it? looks really neat.

  3. First, happy New Year!

    Second, YAY for the toothpaste recipe. I've been wanting to do this for awhile, and it's always a helpful nudge when a trusted bloggy-friend has tested and recommended it :-)

    BTW, did I ever tell you that I knit one of the gnome/pixie hats from the pattern on your blog. LOVE it!

  4. Andrea - Give it a try! If it's too "salty" for them, use 2 Tbs calcium carbonate and 1 Tbs baking soda.

    Momto5 - Yes, a lot of recipes use xylitol to sweeten. You might have to fiddle with the amounts then to get a good consistency.

    Wabi - Oh! I'm so glad you got the hat made! It's a lovely pattern for sure....

  5. Hmmmm think I'll try this on Mady. I was getting her the Spry toothpaste and she loved it but at our hfs it's 12./2oz so... I got her another one with similar ingred. but flavored {strawberry} -- she's using it but doesn't like it.
    I did find some cheaper on Amazon so could use that as a backup. Think I'll make some for us for sure! Thanks!

  6. first before I read this let me say...I was SO GLAD to see your name in my inbox just now. I have missed you:)) Okay, Now I will read:)))

  7. Thank you for the Recipes. I have all of that stuff here so I'm going to try it tomorrow. You rock!

  8. Barefoot - Aw!! Thanks mama! I always wonder if anyone would care if I quit blogging, ha ha! Thanks for the love, it made me smile.

  9. Ummm...yes, we would definitely care:)))))

  10. I am very interested in doing this. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  11. I wanted to make a concoction too but I agree with you that it's a little messy especially that ingredients are more on powder. Making a homemade toothpaste is a fun process. Using natural products is a great way to make a very effective antibacterial toothpaste. Aside from the ingredients above, you can also add a drop of grape seed extract which is known for its antioxidant properties. This will surely make your mouth, teeth and gums healthier.

  12. Toothpaste makes the tooth brushing experience possible and enjoyable for adults but may not be enjoyable for children. This is because of the toothpaste's flavor However, there are certain flavors that make children brush their teeth enjoyably. The introduction of flavored toothpaste allows the children to relish tooth brushing. On the other hand, making a home made toothpaste can also be an enjoyable thing especially if done along with your children. Try making homemade toothpaste now and don't forget to add flavors that most children love. Cinnamon will surely be loved by children.

  13. This practice will surely encourage your children to maintain a healthier dental system. It will also give them the insights about the importance of making the mouth, teeth, and gums healthy.

  14. I also use Baking soda to make my own homemade toothpaste. I also add mint to make it tastier and refreshing.

  15. Now i'm loving this website a very informative one, making your own toothpaste for your kids is awesome and eco friendly too, i heard that dentist Bondi Junction teeth filling does some teeth filling for those who have problems with their lovely teeth.

  16. Making your own toothpaste is a fun thing to do. You just have to make sure that you use ingredients that are safe for children.

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  17. I've read on one of your posts that we can actually use calcium carbonate instead of baking soda, right? I can use either of them but what really is the difference? dentist beverly hills


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