How To Make Your Own Toothpaste (Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe)

September 03, 2018

As a family, we’re into taking care of ourselves and we take every opportunity to do the same for the environment. We’re mindful of what we put into our bodies, and the toll our modern lives take on the planet.

For some time we’ve been replacing plastic with glass, steel or bamboo, carrier bags with cotton totes, and swapping out kitchen products like clingfilm and cleansers for waxed papers, and homemade concoctions of bicarb and vinegar.

Today, my fellow zero wasters, I’d like to share with you one of our favourite recipes, that is our homemade toothpaste. Our toothpaste is free of the common ingredients found in commercial toothpaste such as aspartame, parabens and detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, and of course the inevitable plastic tubing.

Did we mention the recipe is super simple, easy to make and only uses 3 ingredients!


To make the toothpaste you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
  • Water
  • A couple of drops of peppermint, spearmint, or other essential oil of your choice for flavour
  • One small sterilised glass jar (sterilise by placing your clean, still wet jar in the microwave on full power for about 45 seconds)
  • Stevia (not required but helpful if you can't adjust to the taste)

Place the baking soda in the jar and slowly add water until it forms a paste, thin enough to coat your toothbrush, thick enough to stick. Add a few drops of the essential oil to taste and mix thoroughly. If you think you might not be able to adjust to the taste you can add a small amount of stevia (1/4 tsp) to make it more palatable.

You’ll need to stir the paste each time before you use it.

That’s it! You’ve made your own toothpaste!

A word of warning, as great as this recipe is (We've been using it for years) there are a few downsides to brushing with baking soda:

  • The abrasiveness of the baking soda can damage enamel overtime, so check with your dentist first to see if it's safe for you you to use
  • Don't use if you are a brace wearer as the material can react with the baking soda and cause discolouration.


With all that said, this recipe is simple and effective. Give it a try, and your teeth will feel clean and your mouth, fresh.

Check out the rest of our blog for more zero-waste recipes and that fabulous bamboo toothbrush featured is our own!

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