DIY All-Natural Whitening + Remineralizing Toothpaste

I want to immediately address the elephant in the room before we go any further…

YES, this toothpaste is brown. And NO, it is not the loveliest looking.

But hey, we all know not to judge a book by its cover!

And those perfectly white toothpastes that you are comparing it to may look pretty, but they’re chock-full-o’-nasties.

This DIY toothpaste on the other hand contains ingredients that help both naturally whiten and remineralize teeth while not contributing to your body burden. What more could we really ask for?


DIY All-Natural Whitening + Remineralizing Toothpaste

Ingredients:

Makes roughly 4 oz of toothpaste

You’ll also need a small jar or squeezable silicone tube to store your toothpaste.

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the 4 tbs of coconut oil. Or… if you are like me and don’t have a double boiler, you can simply stick a jar in a pot filled with shallow water, set the burner on medium-low, and put the coconut oil in the jar for it to melt (be sure not to get water in the jar).
  2. After the coconut oil is melted, remove the jar from the pot, wipe the water off the bottom, and set it on the counter.
  3. Next, add all of the other ingredients using a plastic or wooden spoon since a metal spoon will negate the effects of the bentonite clay.
  4. Stir everything together. The consistency will be runny but uniform, but it will harden into a thicker paste once it cools.
  5. So pop the jar into the fridge to set, stirring every five minutes to keep everything uniform.
  6. After about 15 minutes, you should see it start to thicken.

And there you have it! Your very own all-natural whitening & remineralizing toothpaste!


Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients:

Coconut oil

Coconut oil acts as the base for the toothpaste, keeping everything together. More importantly, the lauric acid in coconut oil is a natural antibacterial.

Sesame oil

Sesame oil also acts as the base for the toothpaste, helping to soften the paste since coconut oil can get pretty hard. This was important to me since I wanted to be able to squeeze my toothpaste rather than keep it in a jar. (If you don’t care about squeezability, you can simply replace the sesame oil with more coconut oil). Sesame oil is traditionally used for oil pulling (a practice I will cover more soon!) and also has antibacterial properties.

Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is a staple in my house. This “healing clay” binds to and draws out impurities, helping to not only detox the mouth but also whiten teeth by removing stains. Bentonite clay is also high in calcium, magnesium, and silica which help remineralize teeth.

Calcium magnesium powder

Calcium and magnesium are critical for bone and teeth health. Calcium is obvious here, and magnesium is critical for calcium to be properly absorbed. This calcium magnesium powder contains the optimal balance of both.

Baking soda

Baking soda is alkaline, helps clean teeth and remove stains, and wards off bacteria.

Essential oils

After doing the research, I consider peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, clove, and myrrh essential oils to be the top five essential oils for healthy teeth and gums (though I’m sure there are certainly more!).

Trace minerals

Trace minerals help restore and remineralize tooth enamel.

[Side note: I know this seems like a TON of ingredients but most of us already have coconut oil, sesame oil, and baking soda in our kitchens. Most also likely have at least peppermint EO, which can be used alone in the recipe if you’d like. If you don’t have bentonite clay, I suggest you get some ASAP since it’s so multipurpose and amazing (check out how I use it every day, week, and month). Trace minerals and calcium magnesium powder are both fantastic supplements so a great investment as well.]


When you use it for the first time…

The consistency and taste are certainly not what you are used to. I use more of this toothpaste than I would with a “normal” store-bought paste since it does not foam, probably about double. The coconut oil will melt rather quickly in your mouth since it has a melting point of 76º turning the paste into a thick liquid. Also it is definitely salty! I don’t mind, but you can add liquid stevia or xylitol if it does bother you (or if you are trying to get your kids to use it!).


P.S. Like my toothbrush?

It’s bamboo! As you know, I kinda sorta HATE plastic. And we sure do use a lot of toothbrushes, which (along with their plastic packaging) just end up in landfills.

These toothbrushes have bamboo handles and the packaging is completely biodegradable. In other words, they’re awesome.

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  1. We use a similar recipe, just without trace minerals, cal-mag powder, and sesame oil. I whip it up until it’s the consistency of a thick frosting and then store it in a 4 oz. Ball jam jar. I chose to do it this way b/c I wonder about the safety of silicon. I just wash my hands, take a swipe of toothpaste and put it on my brush. Not as convenient as squeezing, but totally safe. Do you have any info as to the true safety of silicon? Also, I wonder why you suggest using a *plastic* spoon to stir it? From everything I’ve read about bentonite clay, it should never come in contact with metal or plastic b/c of what it can pull out of those materials.

  2. Bentonite absorbs heavy metals which is why you should not store it in a metal container or use a metal spoon to measure/stir it. But as far as I have heard, plastic is fine.

  3. I’ve started “healing my teeth” 2 weeks ago.I’ve been using your remineralizing toothpaste recipe,taking cod liver/butter oil blend,drinking raw milk,eating raw butter.I had one white spot on one tooth,and another tiny tiny brownish one on another tooth(never painful) when I started.2 weeks later,the brown spot started to hurt and now I can notice its bigger in size and sensitive.I limited my grain+sugar intake,so I don’t know what I’m doing wrong..anyone?:S

  4. Well it certainly takes much longer than 2 weeks to remineralize teeth, particularly with your diet. If it is getting worse, I would see a holistic dentist ASAP.

  5. I really don’t know. Even if you decide to work to remineralize your teeth, I suggest seeing a holistic dentist regularly. They are a great resource and help along the way.

  6. It’s possible that it could be the dairy. As your gut is healing, the effects of the dairy could be more noticeable. While raw dairy and butter is great for those who can tolerate dairy, it might just be that your body is intolerant to something in dairy.

  7. Hello 🙂 also how often should a new batch be prepared – about how long is this recipe’s ‘shelf-life’? Thanks again!

  8. I have a question… I may not be able to get any essential oils right now, so would I be able to use pure peppermint extract? If so, would I need to adjust the amount of drops to be put into the mixture?

  9. So I made this and after a couple days it separated with watery liquid on top. I’ve tried it twice. Same thing.

  10. So the trace minerals will not deactivate the clay??? because when I added them to the oil and clay, they foamed and bubbles and I suspected that I ruined the batch 🙁

  11. I just read that coconut oil contains 50% Lauric acid – will using it in toothpaste damage tooth enamel?

  12. I notice the magnesium calcium powder is a combination of magnesium citrate and calcium citrate, Maybe I’m just ignorant, but wouldn’t it be bad to put something citric on your teeth?? I’ve been advised to drink lemon juice with a straw to keep the citric acid off my teeth. Is citrate any different?

  13. The calcium magnesium from your link to amazon might be from a genetically modified product. I haven’t done any research but one of the comments suggest that.

  14. I can’t consume Sesame oil, but would like something more squeezable than coconut oil. What do you think about Almond oil?

  15. This had an eppervesant effect when I used it to brush, felt bubbly and a little hot?? Followed the directions added cinnamon and cinnamon essential oil, 5 drops and and 5 peppermint. Just checking, I’m twisted because if I just bought a toothpaste with these ingredients I wouldn’t question it, but since I made it I always feel like I’m going poison the water hole.

  16. It’s probably the calcium-magnesium powder. Did you make it and then use it immediately? Or did you make a batch, then use it later? If you do the later, the bubbling should all be gone.

  17. Hello! I have just found your site and loving it! I am learning the more natural way of things and was wondering if using the bentonite clay does anything to fillings? I have a couple amalgam fillings from when I was little and want to replace when I can but I didn’t know if they will ruin them?

  18. Is there another option (besides more coconut oil) to replace the sesame oil to make the toothpaste more squeezable? Or is sesame oil particularly beneficial? I have almond, grape seed and olive oil on hand.

  19. What are your thoughts on the amount of lead in the bentonite clay? I read that it has less than most produce, but I’m still terrified to use it especially since I’m still breastfeeding my 17 month old son.

  20. I made the tooth paste today … It set up when I put it in the refrigerator … However no it is no longer set up… I didn’t have a squeeze tube so I just have it in a mason jar… Any suggestions?

  21. What is the shelf life of the toothpaste? In other words, how long does the 4oz last? And I’m thinking of buying the ingredients that are listed on the recipe, 8oz of bentonite clay, 8oz of calcium/magnesium powder, and 8oz of trace minerals. On amazon the total is about $35 (I’m also going to get a four pack of bamboo toothbrushes but that is not included in the $35) How long do you think these ingredients will last? How many 4oz toothpastes can I make, roughly? Does anyone have a guesstimation? Thanks!

  22. Yes, coconut oil CAN clog your drains. It has a melting temp of 72? degrees F? (Or 73, 75? Something like that)

    IT IS BEST to spit into a paper towel.

  23. XYLATOL!!!its crazy antimicoboal eyrythratol may be even better tho?

    ARGANINE!!!! “Colgate pro argine” Dialates tube thingys in tooth walls (via nitrix oxide), increasing cal/mag delivery

    FRINGE SCIENCE/ need further studies:

    MSM: confirmed, increases tissue permeability slightly, anti inflammatory. Possible Ca/Mg delivery system. Ancedotal accounts of dental efficacy, especially gum health

    DIMETHYL SULPHOXIDE:similar to MSM,dubbed the needleless injection, due to efficacy as trans dermal delivery system.also dubbed as a universal solvent, as it can disolve a bunch of organic and inorganic chemicals. Insanely anti inflamitory
    dental info….ZERO
    Possible side effects: best guess….It may dump a bunch of insoluble calcium into your bloodstream, it may disolve /liberate mercuary in fillings?

    DONT OVERLOOK CAL MAG INGESTION:calcium magnesium AMINO ACID CHELATE(AAC) with: boron,vitiman k2 and D3(WITH FAT).

  24. I have a question about the bentonite clay. You said to not use a metal spoon since it negates the effects of the clay. What if you are someone with a mouth full of fillings? (I know, I know…but can’t afford to take out mercury and replace – and my naturally acidic saliva is why I have so many mouth problems and have been counter-balancing to a greater success with xylitol and baking soda) Won’t the bentonite clay not be good to use in a situation like that? I used a friends bentonite clay once and my mouth was in pain and burned for a couple of days and all my fillings hurt. I stopped using immediately and tried googling but metal and bentonite clay turns up a million hits on the positives of using this clay to extract toxins and I do not have time to sort through in order to find the answer to this specific question on how it reacts to fillings. Was hoping you might know.

  25. Amy!bentonite is generally considered inert, i would find it strange that it would cause gum, and nerve /pulp inflamation.It is very unlikely that bentonite is cleaving mercuary from your fillings, and re-depositing in your mouth off the top of my head two causes i can think of are… 1 the bentonite is leeching minerals away from places where cavities are begining to form, causing exposure of the pulp, or 2 morw likely, the bentonite you used, is contaminated. There is really no regulation on “natural” suppliments such as this, for all you know the bentonite you used,could contain trace elements such as arsenic, or a some radioisotope of iodine;). Besides mercuary is a large molecule, i doubt it would be able to penetrateflesh, and tooth that quickly,especially if it is bonded with bentonite!… Unless you ingested it.if i were to use bentonite, i would brush with it seperately, first, then use the re mineralising mix, as im sure the bentonite would otherwise ABsorb most of the cal/mag

  26. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER RECIPE FOR TOOTHPASTE THAT IS TOTALLY NONABRASIVE, AS I DON’T HAVE MUCH ENAMEL LEFT AFTER YEARS OF USING AN ELECTRIC ROATAING TOOTHBRUSH AND PRESSING TOO HARD. I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE MY OWN, BUT I SEE THAT EVERYONE WHO DOES SEEMS TO RELY ON CLAY OR MINERALS WHICH REALLY MAKES THE TEETH LOOK NICE NOW, BUT IN THE LONG RUN SLOWLY WEARS DOWN THE ENAMEL. I WONDER IF YOU CAN DEVISE A FORMULA FOR THOSE OF US WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE ANY MORE ENAMEL?
    jEANNE

  27. Like this recipe but not crazy about the sesame oil taste. I do like being able to use it in a tube. Would any other oil work and still keep the consistency to squeeze?

  28. Hey, Pam. Well if you wanted, you could just do without it and put the paste in a jar instead. So it wouldn’t be sqeezable but then you don’t have to deal with the taste!

  29. Question: Can I use this with the essential oils, or maybe just the peppermint while pregnant? I’ve researched extensively into this and have gotten quite a few different answers every time I dig. I know peppermint, at least, is likely safe externally, but not to be taken internally while pregnant. At the same time, I’m not swallowing it in toothpaste, but is it safe to use in my mouth while pregnant? Just interested in your opinion. Thanks in advance!

  30. Thank you so much for this recipe, I love it! Mine turned out to be a very different color than the toothpaste in the picture…it’s a very light greyish color…did i do something wrong?

  31. I thought you shouldn’t put the coconut oil down the drains such as with the pulling. It’s okay with the toothpaste?? Why is that?

  32. I’ve honestly never had a problem, but if you want to play it safe it may be good to spit it in the trash can! Thanks for mentioning this – I should make a note of it in the post.

  33. I don’t have any trace minerals in liquid form right now, only pill form. Can those, ground, be substituted? If so, how much should go into the recipe?

  34. Regarding the bentonite clay absorbing metal, would using an electronic (plastic) tooth brush deactivate it?

  35. Hi Nadia,
    I am wondering what the difference is in the Living Clay that you use and the Redmond Clay I find when searching bentonite clay on amazon? Only reason I ask is that one is significantly cheaper than the other.
    Another question, my 7yo has a couple cavities that we are trying to heal while scraping up the money to pay for fillings and caps. (Praise God, none of them hurt right now) I am hoping all the folks who swear by EO protocols and oil pulling and diet changes have it right. One tooth shows promise and one not so much – the hole must reach below the gum line, because each time she eats, she develops a swollen pocket there and only there. We brush, floss, water-pik and then use EO and the “bubble” goes away. ..all of that background to ask, do you think this toothpaste will make a substantial difference in her teeth?

  36. On March 30, 2014, a commenter wondered about the safety of silicone containers as there are oils and essential oils in the recipe. I had used the 3 oz. silicone squeeze bottles found at Target but have switched back to using a glass jar; I found the squeeze bottle not as convenient as I had hoped. Even with the addition of sesame oil, my mixture still solidified during the cold months; it’s expensive to heat the home above 76°F over winter. Alarmingly, I found my bottle always covered in a fine dusting of white powder that melted away on contact and smelled like the included essential oil. The essential oil, mixed with some presumably solidified coconut oil, had escaped through the silicone. This explains how the menthol and peppermint flavor in my mix would diminish over time during warmer months; the silicone sweated the oils out!

    Q: Has anyone else experienced something similar?

    Overall, the squeeze bottle was only mildly convenient when warm as I could quickly squish the bottle to reintegrate the solids that had separated from the oils and settled to the bottom of the bottle over time. In a glass jar, I have to stir with a hard plastic spoon before use to even things out.

  37. This calcium magnesium powder that you have listed has the magnesium ingredient in citrate form. Calcium in citrate form is know to erode tooth enamel, as do most forms of citrus. Wouldn’t this particular ingredient–the magnesium citrate–also erode tooth enamel?

  38. Hi
    I was wondering if you used the liquid benonite clay or the powdered form?
    Or can you use either or?
    Thanks

  39. I have heard that the citrate property in the calcium and magnesium powder can wear at the enamel. I thought that you were supposed to use the calcium carbonate version of calcium? Just curious if you did research on this so I will know if it’s OK to use the citrate version.

  40. on the bodyunburdened.com site, your pop up call-to-action box would not allow me to enter my email address. I can’t remember the exact message but it included “There are errors…”
    When I tried to enter my name and email address into the call to action just under the header I first got an error message telling me to enter my name (which I had already done.) I reentered it and the form accepted the info and registered me for your ebook.
    I am a web designer and know it’s important to know when a form malfunctions…particularly the call-to-action form since that’s your marketing vehicle.
    Good luck! You have a great site and you’re doing a great job with it!
    …Valli

  41. Thank you so much Nadia for the great job! I have mercury filling in my teeth and I have been look for a certified dentist in my area to remove them safely. Any thoughts?

  42. You could add a tiny bit of natural goat milk soap for forming purposes. I have been using it alone but I knew I needed some minerals as well. So I plan to use your recipe and add some goat milk as well. Probably a top. Check out bend soap company (google, also I’m not affiliated) the lotion is fantastic too.
    Thanks for your awesome site!

  43. Hello, thank you so much for all your recipes. I made my own toothpaste today using your ingredients with some variations. I had bamboo powder instead of calcium powder and used oregano oil, clove and lime oil… that’s what i had available… I love my new toothpaste!!!! and its brown too. Who says it has to be white!! thank you so much for your contributions…

    Aline Isabel
    Dominican Republic

  44. That sounds like an interesting variation, Aline! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you found this helpful 🙂

  45. I worry about lead in the clay. I have MTHFR so I don’t detoxify very well. I used Redmonds earthpaste and got sick. I think it might have been from the xylitol but not sure. I had severe abdominal pain, joint pain, intestinal swelling and retained fluid. I couldn’t close my hands. My teeth and gums were great. I have autoimmune diseases celiacs and hashimoto’s too.

  46. Before I make the Natural toothpaste and the herbal mouthwash I want to ask you a few questions please.
    I bought the OXYMIN CALM calcium magnesium powder which has aloe vera and trace minerlas in it. Is this ok to use in the mouthwash and toothpaste recipes…?
    Also for the toothpaste recipe I couldn’t find any liquid trace minerals so I was wondering if it is ok to make the toothpaste without it or can I use something else instead of it..?
    And instead of spearmint essential oil can use lavender oil?
    And which is the best essential oil for inflamed gums?
    Thank-you for answering my questions.
    Ester.

  47. I have been using the natural whitening + remineralizing toothpaste, however, the paste does not turn brown as you have indicated (I have followed your directions for the ingredients meticulously). Among the ingredients which one turns the toothpaste brown–is there a particular brand name I need to buy?

  48. Question: I need more details on the cal-mag please? The cal-mag hyperlinked in the directions as well as most of the cal-mag options in my local health store list Calcium Citrate and Magnesium Citrate as source of the Calcium and Magnesium. Isn’t the acidity of the citrates harmful to the teeth? I’ve read a lot about the harm that chewable vitamin C can cause to tooth enamel, so I am trying to understand how the acidity of Calcium and Magnesium are different than the acidity of the vitamin C… Sorry if the question is too basic – just trying to understand and educate myself. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated

  49. Can I use activated charcoal in place of the clay? I know it has similar properties, but I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate in similar amounts, etc. Thanks!

  50. I super love this toothpaste but When I make it, it always leaks everywhere by the next day- all oils! I don’t fill the jar all the way but in the a.m it is always to the top and oils are on my counter- what am I doing wrong?!

  51. Hi, Kelly! Hmm that’s really strange and I’m not sure! A bigger jar…? I’ve never had the problem so I’m sorry I can’t be of more help!

  52. Just a warning: I made this a few days ago, and I love it! BUT: be sure to refrigerate it! If you don’t and don’t KEEP it in the fridge, it WILL foam, grow and spill out of whatever container you have it in! It did this the first day I made it, so I put it in the fridge. Then I used it and, as it was pretty hard, I left it out. AGAIN, it foamed and multiplied and spilled out all over my counter!
    Just FYI, the temps here have been close to 100 every day, so maybe that is a factor, but I still will keep it in the fridge!

  53. I read that calcium carbonate does not help in remineralizing teeth but only in removing acid from the teeth. I’ve seen other recipes for reminerlizing teeth that include calcium carbonate but if what I read is true, it doesn’t seem to help. Although I know clay does. Just an fyi.