DIY Clay Toothpaste Recipe

DIY Clay Toothpaste :: Vintage Kids | Modern World

I brush my teeth with dirt.

Clay to be exact.

My kids think I’m the coolest mom ever because they have their own containers of “dirt toothpaste” and I let them actually brush with CLAY.

I’m cool like that.

And I’m also elcheapo when it comes to finding great products that I want to make at home!  I’ve used Redmond’s Clay Toothpaste before and loved it, but I knew I could also make it myself, so I set out to crack the code.

Let me back up….

I have terrible teeth.  Always have – and I have a mouth full of fillings to prove it.  Poor dental health is symptomatic of both poor diets and genetics.  Although we’ve gone to great lengths to change our diets, I will forever have to go the extra mile to make sure I have healthy teeth and gums.

A few months ago, I started seeing information on the health benefits of clay, and once I took the plunge, I was hooked!  We’ve been taking and using clay to treat several health issues and after falling in love with it’s simplicity and efficacy, I decided to try my hand at making my own clay toothpaste.

Clay is known to balance your body’s pH levels, and by brushing with it, I am slowly cleansing my teeth with the trace minerals that are lacking in my dental health.  I was able to find several great recipes on line, but decided to concoct my own, in order to include the healing and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil.

 

 Clay Toothpaste

1/4 c. Redmond Trading Redmond Clay
1 Tb. Coconut oil
3 Tb. boiling water (purified is best)
1/4 tsp. Redmond Sea Salt
15-20 drops liquid Stevia or 1/16th tsp if in powdered form (you can adjust this to personal preference)
10-13 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (or to taste)
4-5 drops tea tree oil

Mix everything well and have extra boiling water on hand, to adjust the thickness. I start with 3 Tb but then add a little more to smooth it out. You want to error on the side of being too soft, because it will slowly dry out overtime as you take the lid off and on. Make sure to store it in an air tight container (small ziploc containers or glass Mason jars are great for this)

*I definitely recommend having separate containers of this for each member of your family, because you’ll be dipping your tooth brush in to scoop it out.
*Also, if you have sensitive gums, don’t be worried if they bleed a bit when you start using this. I have ALWAYS had tender gums and they would bleed quite a bit when I first started using this. However, after about 2-3 weeks, they have toughened up and this is the first time where I know they are at least a little stronger.

Give it a try – and if you experiment with other flavors, leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!

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    • Stacy – I felt the same way! I wasn’t *quite* sure how I felt about it – until I tried it! It doesn’t foam – which takes some getting used to – but my teeth feel amazing after I brush! If you give it a try, let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by! all the best! – kelsi

  1. Hi Kelsi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-friday-cost-of-sustainability.html), and I’m visiting from the Barn Hop.

    OK, this looks crazy. Crazy enough that I couldn’t pass after I read the opening, I had to read on! And now it no longer seems so crazy.
    Does that make ME crazy?

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

    • Hey Anne! Thanks for stopping by! I totally felt the same way when I started looking into clay!! It’s SO weird but makes SO much sense! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!!! -kelsi

  2. That’s funny. I made some similar toothpaste and my gums bled too. I wasn’t sure what the problem was. But, it is good to know it wasn’t just me. My version has clove and cinnamon in it. Unfortunately, being pregnant, it doesn’t go well with my sensitive gag reflex. (not that any toothpaste does). I enjoy your blog.

    • Rachel – thanks for stopping by! Yeah…my gums bled alot when I first tried this, but they’ve always been extra sensitive. They’ll still bleed a little now and then, but it’s MUCH better than when I first started. However, it took me a good 3 weeks or more to build up strength. I will definitely have to give the clove and cinnamon a try!! thanks!! – kelsi

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  4. We have been using a coconut oil, baking soda mixture for our toothpaste, but I recently got a container of clay that I wanted to try and use. So after looking up a few recipes for clay toothpaste I kept thinking, “how can I add coconut oil to these recipes?”. Thanks for taking care of that question for me. :)

    • Same here except I wanted to know how to add the clay to our coconut toothpaste. Ha! Your recipe uses a lot less coconut oil than I do, but I’m gonna give it a try.
      Kelsi, do you notice any marked improvement in whiter teeth?
      Also, FYI – people who also use any homeopathic products will want to avoid peppermint as it counteracts the affects of these products. I flavor my toothpaste with a vanilla stevia concentrate. The smell and taste is heavenly. I know others who use anise, lemon and coconut. When you divvy up the batch into personal containers, you can customize the flavors. Makes the kiddos happy to brush with what they love to smell.
      – Melisa

      • Mpbusyb, thanks for your comment. Yes, I do go heavy on the coconut oil! There are so many benefits to it, plus it makes it a lot smoother in texture, which goes over better with my kids! :) We also divvy up the portions, unflavored, and then flavor to preference. I have clove and lemon right now and it’s wonderful :) also, I’d never heard that about the peppermint oil…I’ll have to look into that – thanks! – kelsi

      • Also, I forgot to mention that I’ll be doing a follow-up on this post regarding teeth whitening. I’ve heard varying results and personally I haven’t noticed anything one way or the other, but I think there are a lot of variables.

  5. I have been searching for a homemade toothpaste and am eager to try yours. How did you pick this particular clay? Is it cheapest? Best?

    • Hey Channing, that’s a great question. To be honest, I was looking for some clay toothpaste options and I read glowing reports about the quality of Redmond’s bentonite clay, and it was the most popular brand I ran across when it came to looking for food-grade clay. You can find a lot of bentonite clay brands that are good for external use (clay masks, baths, etc) but Redmond’s clay can be used for anything and it was comparable in price (via Amazon) to what I was finding in my local health food store that did NOT specify being food grade. Since it had gotten such great reviews, I opted to go on recommendation and have admittedly not tried any other brands because I’ve really liked how smooth Redmond’s clay is when mixed with liquids. hope that helps! – kelsi

  6. This looks great and I’m going to try it. I do, however, wonder if it is a good idea to dip your toothbrush into the container each time, thus introducing bacteria. I think I’d use a clean knife or similar instrument to remove it from the jar and then put on my brush.

    • Pris, yes, there is most definitely the risk of harboring bacteria in the toothpaste container. Here are a few things that I do to help minimize that – 1. I make this in small batches – this actually makes a large amount considering how little you’ll use at each brushing. I typically make one batch and split it into separate containers for each member of the family. 2. We each have our own container – no spit sharing :) 3. When someone is sick, we dispose of the toothpaste once they’re on the mend. 4. You can use a toothpick or small popsicle stick to scoop it out each time. 5. Add a little extra tea tree oil. There is always the risk that bacteria can grow, but it would have to be pretty hardy germs to withstand the tea tree oil in this recipe. tea tree is a natural anti-bacterial and I also add in clove oil, which has anti-viral properties. Hope that helps and hope you like it!!! – kelsi

  7. You mentioned in the post that you’ve had you’re share of fillings. Do you have any amalgams? I just realized I have a couple left and wondered if clay toothpaste would be an issue. As I understand it attracts mercury due to the charge. Have you found any info on this?

    • Jeanette, I do have mostly amalgams (bluh.) I will eventually have them replaced, and many of them are older, so will need to be re-done in the next few years anyways. I have heard about the dangers of amalgams, but I’m not sure about it’s reaction with clay…I’ll have to look into it. I know the clay/coconut oil helps balance your mouth’s pH, but I will take a look at the mercury issue. thanks!! – kelsi

  8. I can’t wait to try this! I have recently discovered Earthpaste toothpaste and love the product but not the price. My favorite part? The lack of mouth-filling foam! I have never liked it and would always use tons of extra water to get that feeling out of my mouth. I also love that my kids and I can swallow the toothpaste with no ill effects. Now I can make my own! Yippee!
    By the way, our favorite flavor is by far the Lemon Twist: lemon, tangerine, and lime oils!

    • great!!! I was in the same boat as you – I LOVE the store bought version but it was too pricey to keep up with, so…voila – homemade!! I love being able to swallow as well – it was so handy while camping this summer, and it made teaching my little one to brush his own teeth SO much easier! :) enjoy it! and thanks for stopping by! – kelsi

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  12. hi, do you have to worry about mold or bacteria growing in this paste?
    how long does it keep before you throw out?

    • This recipe makes a decent amount, but I’ve never had an issue with bacteria. The coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial, and the tea tree oil insures that it will be mold-free!