Homemade Clay Toothpaste


homemade clay toothpasteHomemade clay toothpaste is something I started attempting after I became a fan of Earthpaste, an all-natural toothpaste without chemicals and additives. I hate that conventional toothpaste contain hormone disruptors like triclosan and fluoride, unnecessary artificial sweeteners, and foaming agents like DEA which is linked with various cancers. No thank you. While Earthpaste worked for me for a while, I didn’t like that it had a sweet flavor and I thought it would be fun to make my own.

As a side note, my dental health has improved dramatically through the past several years as I changed my diet and started using natural toothpastes. Remember: your dental health reflects your overall health in general, so if you find that you are prone to cavities and inflammation in your gums, it’s worth looking into your diet and finding out what imbalances are happening in your body.

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Why Use Clay?

Clay, specifically bentonite clay, is known to contain an abundance of beneficial trace minerals and vitamins and has traditionally been used to boost immunity and to treat mineral deficiencies. It also has an amazing quality of binding to heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, and harmful substances so they can be removed from body. When used in toothpaste, it helps remineralize our teeth with calcium and magnesium, and its binding component also cleans out the mouth of any bacteria that may be forming.

Coupled with stain-reducing baking soda, the antibacterial component of coconut oil, and essentials oils that optimize their effectiveness, this recipe makes an awesome toothpaste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Remember, When Using Bentonite Clay…

Bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with any metals. When this happens, it loses its effectiveness because it absorbs the metals that it comes in contact with. When using bentonite clay, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers.

Also, I recommend you purchase bamboo toothbrushes to reduce your exposure to plastic (something like this). Making small changes to our daily routine can ensure that we reduce the amount of toxins that enter our body and the environment, while saving money at the same time if you go the DIY route!

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1/4 cup filtered water + more, if needed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like the combo of peppermint and thieves)

Instructions

  • In a glass, plastic, ceramic container (do NOT use metal), mix together bentonite clay, melted coconut oil, and water with a non-metal spoon until well mixed.
  • Add baking soda and essential oils and mix again.
  • If the toothpaste is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Put in a glass or plastic container, where you can dip your toothbrush to use the toothpaste. Alternatively, if you have other people using the toothpaste as well, you can store in a bpa-free plastic squeeze tube.
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DIY Homemade Clay Toothpaste


27 thoughts on “Homemade Clay Toothpaste

  1. Laurie Vassalli


    I just made this toothpaste yesterday, and I love it! My teeth feel like I’m fresh from a professional cleaning! The taste definitely won’t be up everyone’s alley- it’s a little bitter because of the baking soda, but I love the fresh feeling and flavor that’s left in my mouth after I use it. I love even more the fact that all of the ingredients are things that are beneficial to my body, and I actually know what they are! This is totally my new toothpaste! And it really didn’t take but a few minutes to make. I wish I had done it sooner! Thanks, Jean!

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      So glad you like it, Laurie! Yes, it does taste slightly bitter, but once you get used to it, you don’t really taste it anymore. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  2. Debbie

    I have old fillings in my mouth. Can I still use this? They’re the old metal fillings ( I forget what they’re called).

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Yes! Bentonite clay is actually prescribed by holistic dentists to help detox your body from these fillings. It works by attracting, then binding them so they can be safely eliminated by the body.

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  3. Heather

    I would love to try this for my family! I just had a couple questions. Does it need to be refrigerated after making it? How long does it last? Does it go bad if you don’t use it within a certain length of time?

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      I didn’t keep it in the refrigerator and it kept for about a month, but I used most of it anyway. It will definitely keep longer in the refrigerator if you aren’t going to use it up that fast.

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Hmm, I’ve never experienced that and I’ve used it for over 6 months. If you are nervous though, maybe you can spit it out in the garbage can.

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  4. Bob B

    Hi, I just made a batch of this and put it in a small glass jar. It was pretty full to the top. When I came to brush my teeth about two hours later, the jar had exploded and the contents was still fizzing out of it! Was quite funny because it was so unexpected. You don’t mention this in your recipe – has this happened to you? I used the quantities you suggested.

    (it still tasted and felt amazing though!)

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Oh man, I’m so sorry that happened! That’s never happened to me before. Was your coconut oil hot by any chance? Maybe that could have expanded the jar? If not, then it could be the baking soda reacting with the liquids. Maybe next time, you can air it out without a lid for 10 minutes after making it or so before closing it so the carbonation reaction is finished before you store it away.

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  5. Glenn Donnelly

    Hi, I made this toothpaste and think it’s great. A question I have; is there any way to leave my breath smelling fresh as my partner says she can still detect an odour or is that the purpose of the essentail oils

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  6. Vadim

    Hi! tried using it for several days but unfortunately it hurt my gums(some bruising and bleeding).
    at first i thought that maybe it’s the brush itself so I let my girlfriend use the paste and she experienced the same problem.
    maybe I should use more water or coconut oil?
    this is the product I used:
    https://www.amazon.com/Viva-Doria-Indian-Healing-grams/dp/B01MG8ECO9/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1541499437&sr=1-2&keywords=bentonite%2Bclay&th=1#customerReviews

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      I think it might be be because you used sodium bentonite clay, which is harsher and more powerful that calcium bentonite clay that I suggest. I recommend switching it to the latter. Sodium bentonite clay is also not safe for consumption in high amounts because it has a very high sodium content so make sure to spit it out really well!

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  7. Amanda Hassler

    Hey there! I really want to try this toothpaste. Where do you find your bentonite clay? I’ve only seen things that say they are for facial masks.

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  8. Krista

    Hi there. I was wondering if fractionated coconut oil would work, since there are some concerns about clogging up plumbing. Have you tried that? Or do you need the solidifying of the regular coconut oil?

    Thanks!

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    1. Jean Choi Post author

      I never had issues with my plumbing and I’ve used this for months. Fractionated coconut oil may make the consistency a bit thinner than a regular toothpaste but you can definitely try it out and it’ll still be effective!

      Reply
    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Was the coconut oil melted when you mixed it in? I never had issues with it separating. What kind of coconut oil are you using?

      Reply
  9. Loz

    Hi, I used calcium bentonite clay from a health food store and it was all working well for about a month. Now though straight after I brush I get a burning sensation on the sides of my tongue that lasts for about a day 🙁

    Reply
    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Hi there, I’m not sure why this would happen. I’ve use this toothpaste continuously for a year and never had this reaction. It could be burning mouth syndrome which can be caused by various factors and not necessarily the toothpaste. If you found relief from switching to another toothpaste, then this toothpaste probably isn’t right for you. Sorry, and I hope it goes away!

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  10. Marina

    Thank you so much for this post! I just made this toothpaste! I had all the ingredients on hand. I used 10 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops spearmint essential oil. Taste amazing and my teeth are super clean! Thank you!!!

    Reply

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