How to Make Toothpaste- Easy Toothpaste Recipe!

Posted by Mrs Money on February 3rd, 2010

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In a quest to green our lives and save more money, I have decided that when we run out of many of our personal hygiene products, I’m going to try my hardest to make the replacements myself. Here are the recipes I’ve concocted so far. When we ran out of toothpaste last week, I knew that I would be creating some of my own toothpaste. I have a couple recipes that I’ve been using, but Mr. Money wanted something more like commercial toothpaste, so the search was on. Enter this super simple toothpaste recipe.

Ingredients

-4 T. Baking Soda

-4 T. Vegetable Glycerin (I got mine at the grocery store in the pharmacy area, but you can get it from Amazon if you can’t find it locally.

-2/3 t. Salt (I used pink Himalayan sea salt)

-30 drops of Peppermint Essential oil (I got mine locally, but it’s on Amazon too)

-Container (I use an old toothpaste tube that I cut the end off)

-Toothpaste Tube Squeezer (Optional- keeps the toothpaste in the tube!)

Instructions


Mix baking soda, glycerin, and salt in a bowl. Add in 30 drops of peppermint essential oils and stir. It should be the consistency of real toothpaste. You can add more or less glycerin if preferred.

Put it in a container or reuse a toothpaste tube, and use it to brush brush brush your teeth!

Do you use all natural toothpaste? Would you make your own?

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37 Responses to “How to Make Toothpaste- Easy Toothpaste Recipe!”


  1. My husband remembers his grandmother making them brush their teeth with baking soda and salt. It works, but it’s not for those with a hair-trigger gag reflex, as the taste is not, um, pleasant.

    Also, you can apparently make a mouthwash with diluted hydrogen peroxide. The instructions are right on the bottle of h.p., though I haven’t tried it yet.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    kristin- I tried plain baking soda and salt but it was gross for me too. I’ll have to look into the hydrogen peroxide mouthwash! Thanks!

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  2. Jenny says:

    Cool! I didn’t even know it was possible to reuse a toothpaste tube. I like xylitol in my toothpaste. You can buy it at Earth Fare, but I wonder how much would be good to add. We’ll have to try this!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- I cut the end off of it, washed it out, and then bought one of those toothpaste tube squeezer things for like $1. It really tastes very good. The glycerin is pretty sweet naturally, so this is the closest recipe I’ve come up with that is like real toothpaste!

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  3. Laura says:

    I’m really curious how you’re liking your toothpaste, and how you got it back in the tube, as this is a very cool idea that I would love to try.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Laura- It is awesome! The glycerin is naturally sweet, so that is good. I took the spoon and scooped some toothpaste on it and then held it above the open end. I cut the end off. :) It was a little tricky but would have been better with three hands!

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  4. Matt Jabs says:

    I’ve been using my homemade toothpaste for months now and love it.

    Here is my recipe:

    – 2/3 cup baking soda
    – 1 tsp peppermint extract
    – water (add until desired consistency)

    Also, I have been gargling w/HP for months too, super cheap – super effective.

    My toothpaste saves me about 75% in costs.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Matt- That’s awesome! Is it sweet?

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    Matt Jabs Reply:

    No, not sweet. Peppermint extract is basically like essential oil.

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  5. Cate says:

    Okay, I have to try this! I’m tired of spending what seems like a fortune on toothpaste, only to be dismayed at the weird ingredients…now my only issue will be getting my husband on board. :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Cate- The glycerin isn’t too expensive. I figured it was worth it because I’ve made toothpaste before and it wasn’t nearly as good as this. My husband was like “uhh I’m going to go buy some real toothpaste.” He’s giving it a try. :)

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  6. how do you re-use an old toothpaste tube? are there any other good ways to store it? I’m intrigued.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- I should have clarified. I cut the end off! That little purple clippy thing you see in the first picture is one of those toothpaste tube squeezers that helps you move the toothpaste down. I clip that on the end and it keeps the toothpaste from coming out!

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  7. Marsh says:

    I also would like to know how you get it into the toothpaste tube. I’ve been using bar soap for years. It only took a couple of days to get used to it. It keeps your teeth from getting fuzzy all day. I will try your recipe though–men and boys especially like toothpaste.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Marsh- My hubby likes it! I have heard of people using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap as toothpaste. I HATE fuzzy teeth!

    I cut the end off the tube and then put the toothpaste in that way. There’s a little purple clip in the first picture that I got for like $1 that helps clamp it down. It’s meant to take the toothpaste towards the opening. Works well!

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  8. Never tried it but my father used the HP and baking soda for years. His dentist instructed him to.

    We cut our TP costs by over 60% by simply learning how much you really need. I’d always though you had to load up a toothbrush like in the commercials. My dentist shared you only need a pea sized amount.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LeanLifeCoach- That’s awesome!

    I use a pea sized amount but it’s been falling off every morning, which is making me use twice as much! Talk about aggravating. ;)

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  9. Becky R says:

    Hi! You can just use baking soda. I also do the peroxide mouth wash. Super cheap. And works great!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- I’ll have to try the peroxide mouth wash. The baking soda alone was too salty for me. :) I am weird.

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  10. Sarah says:

    Hi I like the sound of that recipe. But a word of caution to others re the Hydrogen Peroxide it is dangerous to use as a mouth wash and is to be used very carefully, it can damage the lining of your bowels. Dentist recommend making a salt/warm water gargle to swish aroun the mouth or an apple cider/warm water gargle. Use about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of each salt or the a/c to a glass warm water.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sarah- I hadn’t heard about that! Thanks so much for mentioning it to everyone. :)

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  11. T says:

    I have been making my own toothpaste for months now. Are you worried about getting cavities now that you aren’t using fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth? My dental hygienist kind’ve scared me into using fluoride toothpaste once a day and using homemade once a day. I’ve researched fluoride and there’s so much contradicting information, I’m not sure who to believe, but I don’t want cavities either. After using homemade for months, I had a small cavity starting to form which they are going to cap for me. Maybe it would have been there even if I was using fluoride toothpaste. If I knew for sure I didn’t need fluoride, I’d stick with only homemade!

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    T Reply:

    Also, I use a bit of baking soda mixed with water as a mouth wash. I have a container of baking soda in my bathroom, so I mix it in a cup with water each time I use it.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    T- I’m not really worried about getting cavities because of a lack of fluoride. If I drink tap water, there’s fluoride in that. I hear you on the controversy about fluoride. I’m not sure it’s good for you either. That’s a good idea to make a mouth wash like that!

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  12. Interesting idea. I’ll have to try this at some point, as it seems pretty simple (and the cost of toothpaste can add up over time).

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Roger- It is really simple! I can’t believe it tastes good ;) Let me know if you make it!

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  13. MomOfMusa says:

    Has anyone used tea tree oil in this recipe?

    Bless your heart, I am on a budget and and looking for a frugal/greener way of living..

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    MomOfMusa- I would say tea tree oil is fine as long as it is food grade.

    Thanks so much for your compliments! Please let me know if I can help you in any way! :)

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  14. kmillecam says:

    I will start making my own toothpaste now, but I am not going to add the vegetable glycerin to it. I have read that it coats your teeth and blocks their absorption of calcium and other good things from your diet. I have been using plain grey sea salt for about 3-4 weeks now, and I’m ready to make a real paste to use. My teeth are looking a little dingy, probably from the greyness of the salt. So I need some baking soda in there!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    kmillecam- I have heard that too since I posted this recipe!

    Here’s a recipe that doesn’t use glycerin: http://ultimatemoneyblog.com/make-your-own-toothpaste
    xoxo,
    Mrs. Money

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  15. Nicole says:

    Wintergreen essential oil tastes way better than peppermint. I prefer it. :)

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