• DIY Clay Toothpaste

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    My husband and I have been very fortunate to never have experienced a cavity. We are both in our mid-thirties and have enjoyed excellent dental health. We don’t use fluoride toothpaste nor do we allow our children to get fluoride treatments at the dentist. Imagine my surprise a few years back when our oldest daughter had three cavities! I was doing everything right! Great diet, good dental health, really health conscious. I overlooked one major thing. There was glycerin in the natural toothpaste we were using. I love glycerin for making tinctures and other herbal products but there is a major problem with using it in toothpaste. It coats the teeth and it is sweet. It promotes tooth decay.

    In my search for a toothpaste without glycerin I came across Earthpaste. It is made with bentonite clay and it does not contain glycerin! We all liked it. I am always on a quest to do things myself and when I came across Keeper of the Home’s clay toothpaste recipe I couldn’t wait to try it. I tried it, loved it and wanted to share it with my readers with a few variations. I, like Stefanie did not use xylitol. While I appreciate that it has been shown to help protect teeth from decay and have used it quite a but in the past, I really like stevia. I can grow it myself and make my own liquid sweetener out of it. I use a store-bought version for this recipe but still like the fact that it could be DIY.

    The one thing I don’t like about Earthpaste is that it gets stuck in the tube and if squeezed to dislodge, it shoots out everywhere. Probably just user error on my part! I still love it though! I thought that the addition of coconut oil would not only add health benefits but would also help it be a little more slippery. Keeping it in a jar will help keep it from drying out and getting stuck as well.

    Following the recipe mentioned above, I gathered my ingredients.


    Redmond Clay (can buy here) is a wonderful, mineral-rich, bentonite clay that both cleanses and helps remineralize teeth. It is the key ingredient in this toothpaste. Pascalite clay can also be used.

    Fractionated Coconut Oil(FCO) (can buy here) adds the slipperiness that really makes this toothpaste awesome. FCO is always liquid because the medium chain fatty acids are separated making it a “fraction” of the whole oil. It’s not something you would use like regular coconut oil but for this purpose, as well as for blending essential oils, it works perfectly.

    Real Salt (can buy here) is completely unprocessed and is also full of minerals essential for healthy teeth.

    Stevia (can buy here or make your own) is an herb that is naturally sweet. Liquid stevia is like a tincture in that the essence of the herb is extracted with alcohol. Don’t use the glycerin-based stevia for this toothpaste. The whole idea is to keep the glycerin out. You can also use the powdered version or the herb itself, powdered.

    Essential Oils are what flavor the toothpaste. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is a natural antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial oil. It helps kill germs and bacteria in the mouth. Peppermint essential oil gives this toothpaste a fresh, minty taste. It’s a wonderful antiseptic, breath freshener, and healing to the gums. I get my essential oils here.

    This recipe is enough for about two 2oz jars of toothpaste. One for you and one for your kids.

     This toothpaste is also squeezable! You can put it into a squeeze bottle and it will work fine. This only issue you might have is it getting crusty in the lid as it dries. 

    DIY Clay Toothpaste
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    1. 1/2 cup Redmond Clay or Pascalite Clay
    2. 3/4 cup boiling water
    3. 1/2 tsp Real Salt
    4. 2 TBS Fractionated Coconut Oil
    5. 30-40 drops liquid stevia (I use vanilla stevia)
    6. 20-24 drops peppermint essential oil
    7. 8-12 drops melaleuca tea tree oil
    1. Scoop clay into bowl of choice.
    2. Add salt.
    3. Stir.
    4. Add boiling water.
    5. Mix thoroughly with stand or hand mixer.
    6. Add stevia.
    7. Mix again.
    8. Add coconut oil.
    9. Mix again...mixing is very important!
    10. Add minimum amount of essential oils, mix and taste test.
    11. Then add remaining drops as needed to your taste.
    12. Mix well and scoop into jars.
    13. Lid and label.
    Adapted from Keeper of the Home
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    My kids love this and so do I! We take a little out with a clean finger and put it onto our toothbrushes. Works great, tastes great, and it’s safe to swallow so no worries for the little ones. 

    Don’t want to make it yourself? It’s listed at 90210 Organics and my Poppy Swap Shop!


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    Sarah is a crunchy, Eco-chic wife, homeschooling mama to four lively children, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She's a Certified Health Coach, Natural Living Consultant and Essential Oil Connoisseur. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).


    23 Responses to DIY Clay Toothpaste

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    3. September 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Oh this is really great. I never tried making my own toothpaste but will give it a try. I will try anything to get my son okay with brushing his teeth by himself. lol.

    4. Kathi
      November 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I think it is important to mention when making and storing DO NOT let the paste, clay, etc.. touch metal. This clay is supposed to draw out the metal in your mouth so do not ADD metal by mixing or storing in metal containers. i found one of our re-purposed jars had a plastic lid so our paste is stored there. Also, another great recipe calls for boiled down clove/cinnamon water. Heavenly

      • November 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Kathi, Yes! That is a great point! I store in a glass jar. The clove/cinnamon water recipe does sound great!!

    5. Melinda
      December 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

      I only have kaolin clay at the moment. Could this be used instead? Love that this uses fractionated oil….have used regular coconut oil before and find it too hard! :)

    6. Marni
      December 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Can you melt regular coconut oil? I have a TON of coconut oil, and don’t really want to spend more money on a “fraction” of what I have :). Thanks.

      • December 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        It won’t stay melted in the cooler months. It will re-harden and the toothpaste will be much less “toothpaste-like”.

    7. Kelly
      January 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I see that it says ’3/4 boiling water’. What is the measurement for that?

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    9. Alyssa
      February 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

      It was mentioned below not to store with metal. I have some Ball glass containers but cannot find any plastic lids that will fit it. Can you tell me where you bought the can you used for this?

      • February 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Metal lids are ok because the toothpaste isn’t touching the lid. I get my glass jars from specialtybottle.com.

    10. Faizah Downing
      March 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Hi, why is baking soda not added to this recipe?

      • March 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        Because I prefer not to have it in there. The bentonite clay is a less abrasive choice and has most of the same properties. Baking soda can be too harsh for some people, especially kids.

    11. Dee
      April 17, 2014 at 4:33 am

      Is this safe to use if you have fillings already?

      • April 17, 2014 at 8:57 am


        • Dee
          April 20, 2014 at 2:37 am

          Great! I’m really excited to begin trying this toothpaste. I am really enjoying learing all about these new ideas, on how to care for yourself in a much healthier and natural way. Thank you for all of your hard work, and for sharing all of it with us.

    12. Ericka
      April 26, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Isn’t the clay touching metal when you mix it? I just use a wooden pop cycle stick and stir like crazy…lol then add a few drops of tea tree, clove, and cinnamon oil.

      • April 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        It’s fine to touch the metal for the 30 seconds it takes to mix it. It can’t leach anything out that fast.

    13. Jeri
      July 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Does this have a texture such that it could be used in a squeeze tube?

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