How To Make A Natural Whitening Toothpaste

 Learn how easy it is to make safe, all-natural, whitening toothpaste!

how to make a natural whitening toothpaste

Why make the switch from commercial toothpaste?

Let me begin by just stating that I am in no way a medical doctor or dentist.
Good. Now that I have that out of the way, we can get to talking. I have been crafting toothpaste for 
my family for at least six years! I began making toothpaste because I had growing concerns about a little thing called fluoride.

If you're reading this, chances are that you too have similar concerns. For those of you that may not know, fluoride happens to be a
Now, if you simply go by what the American Dental Association reports, then fluoride is entirely healthy and beneficial to teeth and the individual—end of story. These guys push this stuff hard. Many people trust this 150-year-old organization, and that's fine. They've been around a long time, why not? Me, however, not so much. I'm troubled by the controversy that surrounds this inorganic, monatomic, anion of fluorine.

What is fluorine? Glad you asked! Wikipedia puts it simply as "It is the lightest halogen and exists as a highly toxic pale yellow diatomic gas." Hmmm and mmmm. There is plenty of information on the internet, so I encourage you to do your own research and not just take my word for it.

Like many, I may have stopped there and said, "Yeah, well, the ADA says it's great for me. Not only should I brush with it, but I should also drink it," and left it at that.


Then I come across an organization called Fluoride Alert, as well as articles like Global Research's piece titled "fluoride, killing us softly," written by Dr. Gary Null. Now these are just two sites that are calling into question the connection of fluoride and certain known cancers. All you have to do is Google the word fluoride, and you'll find yourself consumed by the endless discussion and studies, with evidence and arguments on both sides. It's enough for me to just avoid the whole thing entirely. I do my best to drink and cook with clean water and make my own toothpaste to avoid overexposure.
Another reason I began making toothpaste for my family is that commercially produced all-natural toothpaste is usually ridiculously expensive—and between you and me, it doesn't leave my mouth feeling very fresh, either. By making your own, you can control the consistency, level of mint flavor, and ingredients. Plus, it's so cheap to make!

Win, win!

Some folks will say that you have to be cautious with using baking soda daily on your teeth. I've had sensitive teeth in the past, and I can say from my experience (remember, I've been using this recipe below for at least six years), I have not had increased sensitivity. In fact, I can attest that I have experienced a significant decrease in sensitivity, to the point of having none. If you have sensitive teeth, I would humbly advise that you try this recipe for at least a good solid month. If you find you are having issues with sensitivity, then of course you may want to cease use and seek professional help. Switching to all-natural toothpaste helped me, and I sincerely hope it will help you, as well.

The Greeks, and then the Romans, improved the recipes for toothpaste by adding abrasives such as crushed bones and oyster shells.  In the 9th century, the Iraqi musician and fashion designer Ziryab invented a type of toothpaste, which he popularized throughout Islamic Spain. The exact ingredients of this toothpaste are unknown, but it was reported to have been both "functional and pleasant to taste".  —

 Why Seattle Should End Fluoridation - Dr. Paul Connett, PhD (cc license)

Here are the basics of what you'll need (some are optional)

  • Coconut Oil (can help to whiten teeth naturally, over time)
  • Baking Soda (known for whitening ability)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Hydrogen Peroxide (also known to have whitening ability)
  • Peppermint Oil (I purchase ours from Amazon, 4 ounces at a time, which is enough to make a ton of batches Read the reviews.)

Tooth powders for use with toothbrushes came into general use in the 19th century in Britain. Most were homemade, with chalk, pulverized brick, or salt as ingredients. An 1866 Home Encyclopedia recommended pulverized charcoal, and cautioned that many patented tooth powders that were commercially marketed did more harm than good.  —

There are no set rules!

  1. Using a large serving/cooking spoon, scoop a heaping spoonful of coconut oil and add it to your blender or warm pot over the stove (see next step for more on this). There is no set 'right' way to do this. As you make it, you'll know what I mean. You basically are taking all of these ingredients and mixing them until you attain the proper consistency of toothpaste (which you may prefer a thicker or thinner paste). It is up to you to decide.
  2. Now, before we start actually putting things together, the easiest way to mix is to use a blender/food processor. If you do not have one, you can heat up your coconut oil (just enough to bring it to a soft, stirrable form *coconut oil is a solid at 75 degrees or lower*). If you are using a blender, no need to worry about it being solid, it will mash up quite nicely in the blender. If you are using the heating method, then once you gain that stirrable softness, remove the pot from the stove. It is now ready to mix. You can either mix up your toothpaste in the pot or transfer it to a mixing bowl.
  3. It's time for the baking soda. I've been doing this so long, that I usually pour a nice amount directly from the box. Since you are new to this, I would suggest just filling up that large cooking spoon you used earlier and adding it to the blender or bowl.
  4. Go ahead and gently mix the coconut oil and baking soda. This will give you an idea as to the thickness or thinness of your recipe. If it is too thin, carefully add more baking soda. Continue doing this until it becomes slightly thicker than your typical toothpaste. If it's thick already, leave it alone. We'll add our hydrogen peroxide and peppermint oil before we decide whether or not it is too thick (as the liquids will thin the recipe out a bit).
  5. Now that you have the consistency that you prefer, it's time for the liquids. Hydrogen peroxide is optional; you don't have to use it. It just adds cleansing and whitening capability. You can add 1 - 2 teaspoons of it now. Then, grab up your peppermint oil and add 1 - 5 capfuls to the mixture (peppermint oil is super good for your oral hygiene, so if you like a strong minty flavor, feel free to add as much as you want. BUT, be very careful, peppermint oil can be OVERPOWERING! And once you add it, it is extremely difficult to mellow the recipe. You may as well start over.).
  6. Blend or Mix! Here you will see if everything is at the thickness or thinness that you prefer in your toothpaste. Again, if it is too thin, carefully add baking soda until it is your desired texture. If it is too thick, you may add a little more hydrogen peroxide or even a touch more of coconut oil. *REMEMBER* If the mixture is slightly thin, that's ok. Do not add anything else. After mixing it, the coconut oil will tend to be more liquified. Over time, the recipe will *set* and the coconut oil will naturally thicken.
  7. Now, simply transfer your toothpaste to your desired container. I use a small glass bowl with a lid and keep it on the counter. None of us have any quams about scraping a little out each morning and putting it on our toothbrush. Another option is to find a small squeeze bottle (like an old mustard container or such), clean it thoroughly and spoon your toothpast in that. Now you can squeeze out your toothpaste.

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