All-Natural Toothpaste

It is funny how certain questions come in waves… I have had a lot of inquires lately about how I make my own toothpaste, or as some call it, “tooth soap.”.




Like most families, we have had our run with all the “name brand” toothpastes out there. Yes – all the ones that say:  “toxic if swallowed.”  We also have a 2-year old and a 3-year old who are still learning how to brush and work with toothpaste.  And as most parents of little ones know, this particular age likes to “play” with toothpaste, often times resulting in eating or swallowing it.

As we made changes to a more natural lifestyle, we switched to the more natural commercial toothpaste like Toms of Maine. After our time with Toms, we switched to Earthpaste. We actually love Earthpaste, but it was only a matter of time before we started making our own toothpaste, lotions, laundry soap, etc.




This recipe is based on Bentonite Clay, which we are huge fans of. Not only does it bind to (and draw out) heavy metals and toxins, but it is alkaline and full of minerals. Bentonite Clay can be taken internally to help remove toxins, so it is certainly safe for my family’s mouths..

Mountain Rose Herbs explains it this way:

“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”. Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository.”


All Natural Toothpaste
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This is a simple, all-natural toothpaste recipe. It is meant to be a guide or starting point. Feel free to adjust ingredient amounts, and change essential oils, to your preference. This recipe makes enough to provide our family of five with a month’s worth of toothpaste.
Recipe type: Body Care
  • ½ cup bentonite clay (I use Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • 5-6 oz. hot, purified water
  • ¾ tsp. unrefined sea salt
  • 40-50 drops liquid Stevia (powdered would work fine, too)
  • 20-25 drops Cinnamon essential oil (or other oil preference)
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • (optional: add a few tablespoons of coconut oil)
  1. Mix all ingredient in a ceramic bowl with a wooden spoon.
  2. Store in glass, ceramic or silicone container of choice.


I want to quickly note that when you are mixing and storing the toothpaste be sure to only use ceramic, glass, or silicone.  Plastic or metal is a big no-no. Wet bentonite clay carries a negative polarity that changes to positive when it comes in contact with metal. As a detoxifying agent, it can pull toxins out of plastics and absorb them into your toothpaste. So, yes, be sure to mix in a ceramic bowl and use a wooden spoon.


Please let me know if you give this a try. I would love to hear about the variations that you come up with!


Simply live. Simply Smiles.

Shannon Miles


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Shannon is a Christ-follower, wife to an amazing man and mom to three adorable kids. She is also a holistic health counselor, musician and worship leader. Her husband is a personal trainer, natural bodybuilder and is also a musician. Together they help others learn to take the "next step" in feeding whole, natural foods to their families. She loves flip flops and wears them year-round, always has dark chocolate in the pantry and never misses a rerun of Back to the Future.

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  1. says

    I’m intrigued by the idea! My husband teases that I brush too frequently and use up all the toothpaste. TeeHee! :) Maybe he wouldn’t mind if I made my own.

  2. says

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this on Wellness Wednesday. I’ve been looking into making our own toothpaste. Pinning this so I can come back to it :)

  3. Nicole says

    You make reference to a silicon container, do you have any recommedations? Everyone using one container to dip their brushes into, doesn’t apeal to me. I would love to find a squeeze container and found GoToob but I’m not sure if they are 100% silicon bottles and tops.

    • says

      Hi Nicole, I am one that uses an open container. Mine is a small glass ‘baby food” jar with a snap on lid. As far as GoToob, I can’t recommend from personal experience, but I have heard good things — so I would say it would be worth a try. Their FAQ’s say they are 100% BPA free. If you still have questions after reading through the FAQ you might want to give them a call. Let me know what you find out!

    • says

      Hi Angie, thanks for the question! This is what the FAQ’s at the Bulk Herb Store say on that: “It is OK to use on metal braces as it will capture any metals that may be floating around in the mouth from the braces, you just don’t want to store it in a metal container as it would start pulling out metals from the container and would then be contaminated before using.”

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