DIY Toothpaste & Oil Pulling

You know those moments in your life where you try something new and think “why haven’t I been doing this for years?” Well that’s going to happen after you try making your own toothpaste and oil pulling. There are lots of homemade toothpaste recipes on the Internet but recently I saw a post from Homestead Wannabes and the frothy finished result encouraged me to whip up a batch! It’s been slightly modified which you need to do in the essential oil world…it’s very difficult to source food grade essential oils which kept me back from making my own toothpaste for quite a while. I didn’t want to order expensive oils online when I didn’t know what the result would be.  But when I purchased organic vanilla for baking recently,  I noticed a peppermint flavor in the baking section with only two ingredients: organic sunflower oil and organic peppermint oil so I purchased a bottle to flavor my toothpaste. This recipe combined with oil pulling made my teeth feel very slippery and clean – much more than using traditional toothpaste or store bought organic brands.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe modified from Homestead Wannabes:


4 tsp Bronners liquid peppermint
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp xylitol
1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavor


Boil water and add 2 tablespoons into a blender. Add Bronners, coconut oil, xylitol, and peppermint flavour and blend until frothy (few minutes). Store in air tight container.

So there you have a very easy homemade toothpaste recipe. Kids will not mind the taste of this recipe and the cost savings is monster. I can’t tell you how happy I am to not purchase $6-7 organic toothpaste brands on a regular basis anymore. Why do I insist on organic toothpaste for the kids? Two years ago I pulled all fluoride from their dental routine. You can read why here.  And since it’s been two years I can address the issue parents and grandparents worry about the most with not giving kids fluoride – do we experience more cavities? We have seen a decrease in cavities so for our family – there is not a link with tooth wellness and fluoride for us. And if we got into a routine of flossing I think we could have near perfect success at our routine appointments.

Now I can talk about my own dental health. It’s not great because I didn’t have a cavity before starting to have kids in my late 20s. So for the past 10 years I really had a false sense that not going to the dentist I would be okay. Well that’s not the case..I have cavities and a root canal that need to be looked at. But before I re-book my appointment to talk to a dentist – I’m going to spend a few months trying restorative measures with my own teeth and oil pulling is something that really interests me. ** And I’d like to thank my friend Susan for posting oil pulling information to the Mommy Footprint Fan Page – it has been very encouraging!! **  Here are some benefits of oil pulling in my own words and I’ve also linked to a Dr. Mercola video that goes into more depth.

Oil pulling with sunflower or coconut oil changes the PH balance in your mouth and bacteria prefers an acid environment, therefore minimizing tooth decay..
Oil pulling with coconut oil seems to have the most health benefits and helps fight cavities and gingivitis – sunflower or sesame oil is also used for oil pulling but it increases your Omega-6 oils which isn’t needed.
Coconut oil also helps heart health, skin, and gut health.
Oil pulling limits germs that cause plaque accumulation and tooth decay before they spread through your bloodstream to the rest of your body.

How do you oil pull?  It makes me wish it was called oil swishing or something less mysterious than ‘pulling’ because it’s SO EASY!  And it’s not gross tasting either…a very easy process. You take a tablespoon (or less to start) of compressed, unrefined coconut oil and put it inside your mouth. I keep mine stored in my cheek until it melts. Then you start ‘pulling’ or swishing the liquid (combined with your saliva) through your mouth. I loaded the dishwasher and cleaned the floor while oil pulling (do anything that doesn’t require talking) for approx. 20 mins. I was worried about gagging on the oil but it was not an issue. It’s important not to swallow the oil  just keep swishing it around until you are ready to spit. When it’s sufficiently ‘pulled’ the oil will appear a milky white and should be spat into the toilet or garbage. I’m finding with using so many personal care recipes that contain coconut oil, my bathroom sink is getting plugged quite often so better not to cause further blockage by spitting in the sink.

Making your own toothpaste and oil pulling are two personal care products that really live up to the hype of DIY!  I will make another homemade toothpaste recipe that contains baking soda now that I have the main ingredients on hand and will post back. But the frothy recipe within this article is a fantastic introduction to DIY toothpaste because of the great taste! And that’s important when introducing to kids.  And I’m excited to see how long the frothy texture lasts so I can take a batch to my dentist. He totally supports all my requests to only x-ray if needed (not routinely), not to give the kids fluoride treatments, discussions on dental sealant and cavities. And when I mentioned that I’d be trying to make my own recipe he thought it was very cool!  Nothing like finding holistic support in the middle of a traditional pediatric dentist office that give me the support to feel like I’m making the right decisions with dental care for my kids.

To read all the articles on my journey to more holistic dental care for my family – check out:

Holistic Dentistry & Mercury

Holistic Dentistry & Greener Toothbrushes

Xylitol and Natural Dental Care



13 Responses to DIY Toothpaste & Oil Pulling

  1. SDR March 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Unfortunately, not all of us are this lucky. We decided to not use fluoride toothpaste. Our daughter does not eat candy, raisins, granola bars or juice, never went to bed with milk. Eight stainless steel crowns and $5000 later, we now are back to using fluoride.

  2. Mintgreenapron March 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    What do you use to store the toothpaste? How do you dispense it?
    Our kids have never used fluroide and the kids have not yet had a cavity. I grew up on floride and have terrible teeth. Very curious if it will continue!

  3. Annie March 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Can you let me know the shelf life of homemade toothpaste? Also what kind of bottle do you use to package it for easy use/dispensing? Thanks a lot.

  4. suzanne March 14, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I’ll be posting another toothpaste recipe that contains a preservative – this foaming recipe does not contain one so the shelf life is not long. I’ve got mine stored in an air tight stainless steel container on my counter top. When the kids or I need toothpaste we help ourselves. ~Suzanne

  5. suzanne March 14, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    This was a concern of mine when we pulled fluoride but we’ve been stable and not had an increase in cavities. Sorry your experience hasn’t been the same. =(

  6. crunchy mama March 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Good for you! Literally! I haven’t tried this recipe yet. I sure will though. I have tried the Dr Bronner’s alone, but wasn’t a fan. Do you find that the peppermint flavour dissipates? Thanks.

  7. Samantha October 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    When you say Bronners liquid peppermint do you mean dr Bronners liquid peppermint soap??

  8. Arlene Mullen December 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Can you pull while nursing. I have had more teeth and gum issues since having my boys (4 boys in 5 years) and have been wanting to try but am not sure if it will affect my baby


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