Did you know that regular toothpaste contains a mouthful of harmful chemicals? These chemicals include carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and inflammatory ingredients. Yikes! How this happens is that due to regulatory “loopholes” (ahem) in the FDA, conventional toothpaste manufacturers (and even some natural) use harmful chemicals that are absorbed into our bloodstream.
This startling fact is one reason that led me down the path of making non-toxic, homemade toothpowder. Plus, it’s SUPER easy to make with just six natural ingredients from your pantry!
Ditch Toxins with Homemade Toothpowder
Buying a “natural” toothpaste is a safe bet, Right? Sadly, it’s not.
You still don’t know what you are getting because the word “natural” is not regulated. It can mean anything or nothing at all! Manufacturers can sneak in cheap, harmful ingredients, and a product can be listed as “pure” and “natural.”
“The most concerning commonly found ingredients,” per the Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, “are synthetic preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, surfactants including sodium Laureth sulfate and artificial flavors and colors known to cause behavioral problems in some kids.” And that’s just the tip of the ice-berg.
It’s important to be our own health advocates, and sometimes, that means calling up companies to ask questions about their ingredients. Or, in this case, use a homemade recipe with simple, natural ingredients that are safe for you and your family.
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Natural Toothpaste Options
Before I made my own DIY toothpowder, we tried several natural and holistic brands, but they still have too many ingredients for my preference. Also, my daughter has a corn allergy, so we really have to watch ingredients (corn is in everything!). After a little research online, I found that a common ingredient in most homemade toothpaste is activated charcoal, which piqued my interest.
However, I wasn’t quite ready to take the plunge and make my own. Instead, I did a little research and found this natural toothpaste, which is a great option if you don’t want to make your own.
Want more natural beauty product recipes? Check out my DIY Foundation Powder.
Beneficial Ingredients = Happy Mouths
After researching and testing, I created a homemade toothpowder recipe that…
- contains just SIX NATURAL INGREDIENTS
- costs much less than store-bought tooth powder and lasts for months at a time
- is simple and effective with zero toxins
- is better for the planet, beneficial to your mouth, and quick to make!
My inspiration came from natural health blogger www.mommypotamus.com and her recipe here.
Let’s take a peek at some of the ingredients…
Clove and Cinnamon
Straight from your spice cabinet, these dried powders act as natural antibacterials that help prevent tooth decay. Plus, they taste great. 😉
I just love bentonite clay! It has many excellent health properties. For starters, it binds and draws out heavy metals and toxins. It also contains beneficial minerals for teeth, such as calcium, magnesium, and silica.
For more ways to use bentonite clay, check out Wellness Mama’s awesome post here.
This inexpensive, natural ingredient has been around for centuries and was even used by Hippocrates for natural health remedies. It’s great in natural homemade toothpaste and functions as an excellent stain remover and whitener for teeth. Perfect for those with stubborn coffee stains!
Bonus TIP: Years before I started making my DIY toothpaste, I used these activated charcoal pills to successfully help with digestive issues, including stomach upsets, food poisoning, and stomach flu.
Note: I’ll admit that this powder can be a little messy in your sink. But only if it’s not rinsed out quickly. So just train everyone to give the sink a good rinse after spitting, and you’re golden. 😉
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is a powerhouse and gets lots of use in my home, from food recipes to diffusing. My homemade toothpowder recipe helps disinfect and kill bacteria that can cause gum disease. Score!
Here is my quick soapbox on oils… SOURCE YOUR OILS WITH CAUTION; especially since you are putting this particular oil in your mouth. Sadly, the essential oil industry is no different from our food industry.
Essential oils sold to consumers are often adulterated even though the label says “pure” or “natural.” Yep, you guessed it; these words are NOT regulated. Any company can call their oil “pure,” “natural,” and “therapeutic,” even when they add other ingredients to it.
Generally, I stay away from the mass-produced oils, but occasionally use them for diffusing. However, when using them on the body, my recommendation is to look for oils that come directly from their source in India. Key words to look for are biodynamic, small-batch, unadulterated, and organic.
One such option is Stillpoint Aromatics. And just a heads-up, I receive zero compensation for this recommendation. I’m just passionate about being an educated consumer and finding ingredients as close to their source as possible.
Watch a Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Demo
Warning: This video is a bit long. It was made waaaay back in 2017 when people still watched long videos :). If you want a shorter video for my homemade toothpaste, comment below, and I’ll make this a priority!
I hope you enjoy this simple, effective, and HEALTHY homemade toothpaste. It’s easy to make with single ingredients, so you can feel good about what you put on your toothbrush. I can’t wait for you to try it!
Love and Peace,