Looking for a million dollar smile on a ten-cent budget? Toothpaste is big business these days, and the price goes up along with the long list of ingredients hard to pronounce and even harder to comprehend. In a homesteader’s paradise, everything old is new again and some old tricks for dental care turn out to be not just economical, but downright good for you, too. DIY toothpaste is cheap and easy to make, and it will leave your teeth white and your breath fresh while fighting those dreaded cavity creeps with the best of them.
My homemade toothpaste recipe uses a combination of baking soda and coconut oil to clean teeth and promote dental health, and peppermint oil and stevia so that it doesn’t taste like you’re brushing with baking soda and coconut oil. Stevia acts as a sweetener, but it also offers a potential brushing bonus we didn’t expect.
Here’s Why It Works
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has a long history as a teeth cleaner. It has developed a reputation as “too abrasive,” but as a soft, water-soluble mineral, it’s actually milder than many commercial toothpastes. Baking soda fights plaque, kills the bacteria that causes gingivitis and breaks down stains.
Coconut oil may seem an unlikely tool in the fight against cavities, but studies have found this natural antibacterial and antibiotic is great for keeping the bacteria that cause tooth decay at bay and for promoting oral health.
Peppermint oil doesn’t add any health benefits, but it does give toothpaste a cool, refreshing flavor and leaves breath minty fresh. Adjust the amount of this essential oil to taste.
Stevia was a bit of a surprise. While it improves the flavor without any detrimental sugars, it also acts as a plaque-fighting antibacterial. Who knew?
This simple recipe for dental health takes just a couple of minutes to make and will last for months. While this toothpaste is mildly abrasive and suitable for most, it’s not recommended for those with sensitive teeth.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 30-40 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 packet stevia powder
If coconut oil is solid, microwave for a few seconds until pourable. Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk vigorously to thoroughly combine. Transfer into an airtight lidded jar. Homemade toothpaste will store 6 months or longer without refrigeration.
Trying to make your morning routine a bit more natural and less expensive? You should also check out my how-to for making your own soap.