Do you love the “foamy factor” of toothpaste…
But not the chemicals used to achieve it? This recipe is for you!
Just make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing. It’s soap, so the aftertaste will remind you a lot of . . . soap. (And if that doesn’t sound good to you, try tooth powder. My kids think it so delicious they sometimes refuse to spit after brushing. It’s all food grade, so I’m okay with that.)
Homemade Tooth Suds Recipe
- 6 tablespoons castile soap
- 3 droppers full stevia extract
- 15-20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil
- Add everything to a 4 ounce dropper bottle and shake thoroughly to mix. Apply a few drops to your toothbrush and brush as normal.
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Hi Heather! Does it have to be manuka honey, or would any raw organic honey do the job? Thanks for all you do!
Manuka honey is what was used in the mouthwash studies, but I have used local raw honey as well.
Was this recipe updated? I’m not seeing honey in the ingredients at all. …. is this a sub for the stevia extract?
how much do you use when brushing?
2-3 drops 🙂
I have made this, but I add tinctures to benefit oral health. It works quite well and I think this will be a great alternative to the “natural” kids toothpaste we use with our 2.4yr old.
Ohhhhh! Why kind of tinctures do you use?
Hello Heather! I can only find solid bar of castile soap, would that work? About the essential oils, is it necessary?
Look for Dr Bronner’s, I find it online and at discount stores like TJMaxx.
Also sold at American Apparel and health food stores!
Also, if you have a GNC store in your area, they also carry Dr. Bronners as well as Trader Joe’s and almost any organic style food store.
Doesn’t this taste soapy?
So do you put the drops on the brush or in your mouth? I have never heard of tooth soap before so not sure how to use it 🙂
I was just wondering if you could use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Or there is a specific reason for the olive oil (properties and such). Thank you for your awesome recipes.
Since coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees it can sometimes clump in this recipe, so I usually use an oil that stays liquid in lower temps. 🙂
I’M GLAD YOU ANSWERED THIS, BEC. SOMETIMES I DO OIL PULLING WHICH IS W/ COCO OIL DUE TO THE GREATEST BENEFITS.
AND LUCKILY SINCE I’M CARIBBEAN, I CAN USE THE COCO OIL, SINCE DOESN’T SOLIDIFY UNLESS IT’S IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED RM, OR OF COURSE IN THE FRIDGE, OR IN THE TOWNS UP IN THE MOUNTAINS IN THE COOLER SEASON.
Thanks for the recipe! I dove into cleaning my teeth more naturally a couple of months ago. I currently brush my teeth with clay, salt, and some peppermint oil. I have heard that using soap to brush teeth is less than ideal because of the way it coats your teeth with glycerin. Can you speak to that at all? I’m not sure how reliable that claim is. The clay has been okay so far, but I would be interested in trying soap if it is also a good option. Thanks!
To my understanding when the soap used on teeth would be from certain brands that keep the glycerin that naturally forms during the soap making process. As opposed to adding in glycerin in higher amounts as would be found in most commercial soaps and bodywashes, lotions etc. I brush my teeth with soap using “kiss my face pure olive oil soap” or Dr Bronners in bar or liquid form the glycerin amounts in these wouldn’t be in the high amounts that prevent the remineralization of teeth. I have been brushing my teeth this way about 2 years now and no longer get that plaque buildup that came when I would try diff soaps with more glycerin. However using just soap alone is not enough to prevent stains so I alternate between powder and soap, I hope that answers it.
Thank you for this recipe!! I am really garteful for all the wonderful research you do for everyone’s benefit.
I was wondering about your thoughts on using essential oils in a toothpaste for children just in case they swallow it.
Some oils are edible like peppermint, lemon, orange, etc.
in that case (because some essential oils aren’t safe for all ages) I’ve seen it recommended to use peppermint oil “flavoring” (like you would find with cake supplies) in lieu of Peppermint essential oil
Do you know if there is anything that can help with sensitive teeth? I want to switch to a natural toothpaste but have terribly sensitive teeth that I have only just got on top of with a conventional toothpaste. Thanks.
If you do not put glycerine in your mouth , it is my understanding after a month of no glycerine your teeth will start to remineralize and that would help with sensitivity. Keeping alkaline, no sugar, eating healthy whole foods.
Diatomaceous earth added to the mixture can re-mineralise teeth.
I was having to use sensitive toothpaste for years before I switched to natural toothpaste a couple of years ago. I haven’t had any problems with sensitivity at all since I switched. I believe it’s the toothpaste that cause the sensitivity. I use coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint EO and I just added activated charcoal (use it sparingly, a little goes a long way). Now I’m thinking of adding turmeric to it also. I was wondering though, if the activated charcoal and the turmeric would have any adverse interactions with each other if I mixed them together in the same jar. Anyone with any information on this? Thank you.
Hi there! I’m in the midst of following The Cure Teeth Decay protocol for my four year old daughter who first showed signs of decay at 18 months. After being told she needs surgery last August and after getting another opinion…we have done a 3 month regular visit that just resulted in the dentist giving up so to speak referring me to the first dentist who initially wanted the surgery. So…something in my gut was saying no…my daughter is a very picky eater so she may be lacking essential nutrients. All this led me to buy the book and my question to you is were you ever concerned with your daughter getting too much vitamin A to vitamin D from the fermented cod liver oil? I’ve researched conflicting evidence that it may not be safe…but was wondering if this concerned you and did you give your little girl a vitamin supplement during her teeth healing? Thank you for sharing your experience as you are giving me hope for my daughter.
Are the essential oils necessary or are they simply for “taste”?
I recently decided not to buy essential oils any longer due to the environmental impact of the harvesting and producing of so many of them. I stopped using clays as well because of the environmental impact of mining.
There’s so much more to consider than just picking a bottle up off a store shelf and buying it because we “need” it 🙂
Thanks for this comment! Alternatives are not always sustainable or conscientious, are they …
I made this with Dr. Bonners peppermint soap, and spearmint essential oils. No sweetner. I love it. I named it “Tooth Cleaner” as no one here would use it if it has the word soap in it. I love the clean minty feel!! Thanks!!
Is the soap part important, or would it be sufficient to use the olive oil and essential oils?
I live overseas and I am pretty sure I cannot get castile soap or anything equivalent to it, but I will be scouring the little Chinese shops to see what I can find, you just never know with the third world!
I will be using coconut oil because its cheap and won’t solidify in the constant 90 degree weather.
Any suggestions to make this as simple as possible?
I have often just used Castile soap on my toothbrush. Always makes my teeth feel exceptionally clean. But would you consider your recipe a remineralizer???
Will this tooth soap work on someone with sensitive teeth?
I’m going to try the tumeric to whiten my teeth, but l’m also a diabetic, would it be harmful for me to try this? What is the manuka honey n is it really sweet? I do like this recipen want to try this, thank you.
Have never tried natural fixes for things…interested, but in buying ingredients I can afford, ant that’s not much.
I have been thinking of creating something like a combination of tooth soap recipe and tooth powder and put this actual paste into a silicone tube and make my husband use it (he keeps saying he wants to use “normal” toothpaste =.= ) So I was looking into making that “normal” toothpaste by creating a paste with bentonite clay and make it foam. I’m going to try this…
Be careful of bentonite clay if either of you have metal filled cavities. Bentonite is great for you but part of that is because it pulls metal out of your body. If your teeth have matal then that gets scary, you don’t want any more of that metal leaching into your system than needed. I have metal fillings and before I learned this I did notice a metallic taste in my mouth after using the clay to brush.
This one is a bit different (simpler, fewer ingredients) than the recipe you have listed here: https://mommypotamus.com/homemade-toothsoap-tooth-powder-recipes/
Which is better? Why the difference?
This is the updated recipe 🙂
Hi Katie, I updated the recipe to the more simple one after experimenting for quite awhile. The original recipe separated and had to be shaken well before use, which my kids didn’t always do, so I tweaked it until I found something that didn’t require shaking.
Why did you switch from the honey recipe? I have been using it for a while, and it seems to have better ingredients. Have you learned something that cause you to move on from that recipe?
Hi Janey, I updated the recipe because the original one sometimes separated. Even when shaken I couldn’t always get it to mix back together thoroughly, so I decided to tweak it. However, if you prefer the old recipe here it is!
1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon water
20-40 drops essential oil peppermint, spearmint, fennel, sweet orange. Number of drops varies based on the strength of the essential oil)
1 -1½ tablespoons raw honey or a few drops stevia extract
No wonder I was confused! The blog post mentions honey and olive oil, but there is neither in the changed recipe.
I alternate my powder recipe with plain peppermint castile or black soap.
I like your idea of putting some in a dropper bottle.
How much is 3 full droppers of stevia? I have liquid stevia, but it doesn’t have a dropper to it.
Thanks for posting the old recipe! I was so confused by the comments… I think maybe a little xanthum gum might keep it from separating – I have no idea what xanthum does or doesn’t do for your teeth. I just know it’s what keeps salad dressing from separating!
I am looking for information about when a natural homemade toothpaste should be introduced to a toddler. My daughter just turned 2.
My daughter is 27 months old and has been using natural homemade toothpastes with great remineralizing results on her thin, fine enamel. I don’t add any clay to her pastes though. Diatomaceous earth or fine sea salt works great!
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For some reason my my tooth suds solidified. I added a teaspoon of fractioned coconut oil. Used peppermint and spearmint doterra oils. Used peppermint Castile. And a non alcoholic liquid Stevia. I have no idea the science here but it is complete solid. Any ideas anyone?
Is it safe for my toddlers to swallow the toothpaste? Thank you
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