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Whitening DIY Toothpaste

DIY Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Whitening DIY Toothpaste

I was scouring the internet for recipes on how to whiten teeth naturally and tried quite a few different recipes.  Although this started out as simply a tooth paste recipe it has evolved into my oil pulling recipe by simply adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing for 10-15 minutes.  This recipe is not for the faint of heart, it packs some punch and takes a bit getting used to.  It also takes a few rinses to remove the coloring.  However the results are so worth it!  My mouth feels so clean and healthy!

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What you’ll need:
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda (Helps to remove stains and whiten teeth.  Fights bad breath.)
  • 1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay (Draws out heavy metals and toxins. Remineralizing, including calcium and magnesium.  See this article about the benefits of magnesium.  )
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric Spice (may help reduce swelling, encourages healthy gums, whitening)
  • 3 tablespoons Solid Coconut Oil (supports healthy gums and freshens breath.)
  • 6 drops Orange Blood (may help reduce swelling, supports healthy gums, and freshen breath)
  • 10 drops Spearmint (supports a healthy mouth)
What you’ll do:
  1. Add together and sift dry ingredients.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (I used a hand mixer)
  3. Store in a small mason jar.
How to use:
  • Use a clean utensil to put a generous amount of paste on your toothbrush.
  • Brush for 2 minutes.
  • Spit out everything, do not swallow!
  • Allow residue to sit on teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse well and enjoy a stronger, brighter, and whiter smile!
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52 thoughts on “DIY Teeth Whitening Toothpaste”

  • Is there a substitute for coconut oil? Coconut oil tends to clogs the pipes and I’m trying to avoid this at all cost. Also, is this food grade clay?

    1. You should use food-grade clay if it’s available. As for the coconut oil replacement, since this isn’t something we’ve tried we cannot advise. We’d recommend researching further and deciding of a suitable substitution for your needs.

    1. No, the coconut oil acts as an emulsifier for the essential oils. Without it, you could end up with neat application of the oils in your mouth.

  • This is great! I’m always looking for natural toothpaste recipes, and this is one I hadn’t come across before. I’ll have to try it!

    1. Hi Jess
      My gums tend to bleed bad when I skip flossing – but if I do it every day (had to give up floss picks) with actual floss. They stopped. Maybe that would help then you can use this?

  • I’ve been looking for recipes for natural toothpaste but I have SUPER sensitive teeth and gums at the moment. Like, my gums sometimes bleed when brushing my teeth.
    Does anyone at PT know if this would this be suitable for me?

  • I made this for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I can already see the difference in my teeth!

  • Okay Kristin shared this in the SOER group last night replying to someones question… and i’m so glad it has resurfaced and i found it! i have all of these ingredients and can’t wait to make it.
    Do you think it would be fine to add activated charcoal?

  • I don’t have Blood Orange. Would just orange work? Or what could I substitute the Blood Orange with?

      1. Do you just use regular toothpaste the rest of the week? Would it be a sensitization risk for me to use this toothpaste everyday?

    1. Suzanne, Tea tree is actually a great choice. I would probably replace some of the Spearmint with Tea Tree 🙂

  • Can you sub peppermint for spearmint? I don’t have spearmint 🙁 if so, would it be the same number of drops?

    1. Hi Cristina! You can substitute Peppermint, but it is not recommended for use with children. I would start with about 1/2 as many drops.

  • I have been looking to whiten my teeth. I wanted to research to see what things I can do at home in order to whiten them. This blog was exactly what I was looking for. It had some great tips that I am excited to give a try. I hope that it works as good as it has worked for you.

    1. So glad that you found it helpful! Please come back and share your success after you’ve tried some of the tips and tricks!

    1. Please clarify if I’m wrong, but I believe you’re asking if it’s safe to use essential oils in your toothpaste, the answer is yes! However if you are prone to cavities I would talk to your dentist as they may recommend a more traditional toothpaste to help protect your teeth. This toothpaste, or oil pulling would certainly be wonderful additions do your dentists recommendations.

  • My sister saw a recipe to get rid of cavities using turmeric powder, clove oil, and coconut oil. What do you think? And would it be safe for kids?

    1. I’m not aware of studies showing repair of cavities (I just called my brother that’s a dentist and he doesn’t know any either). Additionally I would avoid using Clove in your little one as it is a hot oil and even with adults we have a maximum recommended dilution of 0.5%. That being said, bother tumeric powder and solid coconut oil are incredible for reducing the appearance of inflammation and improving overall teeth and gum health.

  • I have a question about cinnamon bark eo. I read on an eo website that cinnamon bark eo causes cancer. Is this true? It’s organic and steam distilled. I would really like to use cinnamon bark eo in my toothpaste for flavoring but I want to make sure that it’s safe. How safe is cinnamon bark eo for toothpowder or toothpaste?

    1. I haven’t heard about any issues associated with cinnamon bark and cancer. I wouldn’t recommend using it in a powder as it wouldn’t be properly diluted, however you can use it in a toothpaste. Keep in mind that we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.1% for topical applications. Your mouth is even more sensitive so I would recommend diluting it to .05% or choosing an essential oil with a higher dilution recommendation.

  • I am wary of using Tumeric (wimp coming out in me!)…I have Tumeric EO do you think that would work? if so how many drops would you use? Thanks

  • When I looked up the clay you recommend, the reviewers said NOT to use this for toothpaste, and the label states, “for external use only”. Do you think it is still safe?

    1. You would not be using this internally as you’ll be spitting it out. I’m not sure the reasoning behind some reviews advising not to use it in a toothpaste, however I have not had any issues with it.

  • Thank you for this! So are you saying you use this recipe as your oil-pulling regimen instead of just coconut oil every day? For how long, 20 minutes?

    1. Yes exactly, I simple add a little extra coconut oil and pull for 10 minutes once a day. Honestly my gums have never been so healthy and my teeth are so bright!

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