Bentonite Clay: What It Is & How I Use It Every Day, Week, & Month
Body Detoxification DIY DIY Skincare & Beauty Natural DIY Personal Care
Bentonite clay belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! But what is bentonite clay? And how exactly do you use it?
In my bathroom I have about 7 small paper bags filled with an identical substance.
They’re basically… everywhere. (Note to self: consolidate their contents into a single glass jar.)
Needless to say, I’m kind of, sort of, definitely obsessed with the stuff. It’s more than an obsession, really — it’s a dependence. I’ve grown to need it. No no, the stuff isn’t addictive, but it’s become a staple in both my health and beauty routines that I really can’t live without.
First things first, what makes bentonite clay so special?
Bentonite clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. The most active deposits of which are in Wyoming and Montana.
It’s a “healing clay,” a clay that absorbs impurities such as toxins and heavy metals either when ingested or applied topically. According to Mountain Rose Herbs,
Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an ‘electrical charge’… When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”
It is for this reason that bentonite clay should never be stored in a metal container or stirred with a metal spoon (hence the bamboo spoon in my photos) since the clay absorbs the metals and becomes less effective.
Bentonite clay is also rich in minerals like silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.
A good quality bentonite clay is grey or cream in color — steer clear of white “bentonite clay” (since it’s likely not actually bentonite clay). It is very fine, has a velvet feel, is odorless and non-staining. I get my bentonite clay from Mountain Rose Herbs — it’s my go-to for the highest quality herbal remedy and DIY natural skincare ingredients!
So how can you use this oh-so-special clay in your natural health and beauty routine?
There’s a seemingly endless number of ways to put bentonite clay to good use!
Here’s how I use bentonite clay every day, week, and month…
In my deodorant for some extra detoxification
Bentonite clay is the ingredient that puts the “detox” in my DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant. Not only does it absorb moisture, but it also helps pull toxins from the skin. This is so SUPER important since we have lymph nodes near our armpits. In essence, it is the anti-antiperspirant 🙂
As a pure-purging face mask
Because of its ability to absorb impurities, bentonite clay works wonders for clogged pores.
Pair it with activated charcoal — a medicinal charcoal that also works to absorb impurities — and a little water and you’ve got the Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask. I use it once a week to help maintain a clear complexion.
Sprinkled in the tub for a detox bath
I add just ¼ cup of bentonite clay to my baths to help draw out impurities while I relax and get nice and clean. See what else I add here: Relaxing Detox Bath Recipe
As a detox clay foot mask
Yes, a foot mask! I know, it sounds a little nutty. BUT detoxing through the feet is considered one of the safest ways to do so. Get all the details here: Detox Clay Foot Mask
But this is just the beginning… There are so many great ways to use bentonite clay!
Now I know that 7 bags is a little excessive (I have a habit of buying more before I actually need it!), but it is a great staple for every medicine cabinet.
Do you use bentonite clay for anything in particular? I’d love to hear how!
Ive recently started adding bentonite clay to a detox bath (along with a foot spa soaking tub) and the results are phenomenal!
I’m a newby with using this clay as a detox. I was careful to pour in a glass but stirred with a metal spoon! How concerned should I be?
I have just started using bentonite clay on my hair to detox from all the chemicals in shampoo as I am now going no poor I will be doing this once a month first time my hair was both soft and straw like have been told the more you nose ninth softer the hair. I did not know you could take internally will be trying this soon.
I truthfully am not 100% sure. Other bloggers likely have a DIT toothpaste for children – I’d do a little search!
I’ve been looking for a natural toothpaste for my daughter who is 15 months old right now and found one on amazon called the dirt which has bentonite clay coconut oil stevia extract and other ingredients in a tube of recycled metal. After reading your post and other articles I’m worried that the metal is being absorbed into the toothpaste and since she’s too small to spit out she may be ingesting it. Does the recycled material still react with the bentonite clay? What can I use that would be safe for her to brush her teeth with.
I buy mine on Amazon – I link to it in the post.
Where do you buy Calcium Benonite Clay? Lost my source-who sold company. New owner company does not have same quality of clay..it smells and tastes..
I’m wondering if the bentonite clay can be replaced with other clay type eg. kaolin or green clay? I was thinking also, can I modify my own clay mask to add in the charcoal? I’m using freeman beauty clay mask. Thanks for your advice
GREAT question! Here’s a really good response/explanation: http://www.redmondtrading.com/prop65/
I love to use a good clay mask on my hair, but I recently got an email from Amazon stating that the Aztec clay contained high level of lead.
I use bentonite clay for making toothpaste and I’ve also added it to my homemade soaps. I use kaolin clay in deodorant.
I need help! I’m brand new to using bentonite clay, and I used a metal spoon to scoop some powder clay out of my jar. Did I just ruin all of my clay? I’ve only used a metal spoon to scoop one time.
Safe to eat ?
Don’t know how safe it is but I’m a truck driver and have been delivering bentonite clay from Wyoming to Mcdonald s, Burger King, Wonder Bread bakeries and many other places for 20+ years. Trust me, everybody in Canada and the USA has eaten bentonite clay. Unless they only eat food they grew themselves in their backyard.
Ashley, what bentonite clay did you use?
I have a weekly bentonite/charcoal ritual. I make about a half cup of thick paste mixture by mixing with water.
I spread it over my face in a thick mask, and let it dry.
I scoop some onto my toothbrush and give my teeth a thorough scrub (you will not believe how clean your mouth is and how well it whitens teeth-better than any peroxide whitener I have ever used!!!)
The rest is blended into 16 oz warm purified water, and drink it!!!
This internal/external detox costs pennies, and is more effective than $100 worth of products!!!
BTW, if you do a harsh internal detox cleans tgat causes a herx healing crisis that includes skin eruptions, this protocol will make it all better really QUICK!!!
Thank you so much for responding… No its actually sea salt not baking soda in this one. I am thinking I am just going to wait for my clay to arrive and make my own. I have not heard anyone say that they GOT sensitive teeth from using the clay, and I have been researching and researching. So maybe they have added something that my teeth dont like. But they really have become super sensitive..
Is there baking soda in the toothpaste? If yes, I’d think that may be the cause of the sensitivity, not the clay.
I am new to bentonite clay, but have been doing a ton of research and am hooked. I ordered Redmond clay ( with all I have read it seems to be best) and I should have it soon. My question though is this..
I purchased a little sample of home made bentonite clay toothpaste ( from a good source) I have been using it now for a few weeks, and my teeth have become so sensitive I cant eat anything sweet at all, and nothing cold without being in a lot pain. Is this normal? Will this get better with time? And what is going on?
I would love to hear anyone’s advice or comments. Thank you
It’s great. It can also be used as a curl enhancing shampoo. Just put it into your hair, leave it in to dry then rinse it out and add some aloe Vera and coconut oil