Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste


My family has finally, fully switched over to homemade toothpaste. I have been using it for a while now, but my husband has been hanging onto his last, empty tube, somehow squeezing out a little more each time, for what seems to be a couple of months now. Once he had no other options (because I wouldn’t buy anymore), he decided to try my “hippie toothpaste”– I think he was pleasantly surprised. See ya later Colgate–we’re out!

It’s really simple to make homemade toothpaste, and you most likely have the ingredients for this recipe already. It actually reminds me of my Homemade Deodorant Recipe because it uses coconut oil and baking soda too. I need to start a new slogan: “Coconut Oil: You can put that s**t on everything!” Or, “Baking Soda: You can put that s**t on everything!” You get the point–there are so many uses for these two ingredients, which is why my pantry is constantly stocked up…incase of a zombie apocalypse of something. Side note: I secretly fantasize about a zombie apocalypse because I’d love a chance to test out my survival skills…I can’t be alone on this…???

Anyways, back on track. Toothpaste. So before I found this toothpaste recipe, I decided to give the Oil Pulling Method a try. I’d heard incredible things about it, including it’s ability to HEAL cavities! The Oil Pulling Method is performed instead of brushing, and in short, involves swishing oil, usually coconut oil, around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. I’m sure this method is fantastic for some people, and I love the concept, but without going into detail, I’ll just say that it isn’t for me. Nonetheless, check it out, you may love it!

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

On my search to find a flouride-free, glycerin-free toothpaste alternative, I stumbled across the recipe that I now use, which was created by a Holistic Dentist, Dr. Vinograd. He has named his toothpaste “the best toothpaste,” and in my opinion, it is! This toothpaste contains…

  1. Coconut oil, which naturally contains antibacterial/antimicrobial properties due to its high lauric acid content (1).
  2. Baking soda, which neutralizes acid-loving bacteria in your mouth, responsible for causing cavities. Baking soda also helps to whiten teeth, remove plaque, and maintains healthy gums.
  3. Xylitol, a natural sweetener, sweetens the toothpaste, and has cavity-fighting properties of its own! According to this article, “Xylitol not only rids the mouth of sticky harmful bacteria, it actually promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria. Xylitol also raises mouth pH and encourages mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. This can protect and remineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.” You can buy xylitol {here}.
  4. Essential oils, commonly peppermint, cinnamon or citrus essential oils, all have antibacterial properties of their own.

As with many homemade alternatives, this homemade toothpaste takes a little getting used too–as did homemade laundry soap, dish soap, and deodorant. Okay, so I do have to admit; this toothpaste a bit…salty (baking soda ain’t called SODIUM bicarbonate for nothing.)  But, once you stop comparing, and trust your new toothpaste, you’ll soon reap the reward of impressive oral health.

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Is it cheaper to make your own toothpaste?

The answer is definitely, yes! I’ve done the math, this Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste, 5.5oz = $1.81. Compare that to the toothpaste I was previously buying, Spry, 40z = $5. Ounce to ounce you’re saving about $0.89. It all adds up!

Big, white, smiles to everyone, and good luck with your toothpaste! Follow up and let me know which “flavor” you went with!

*I’ve changed the original recipe slightly to suit my preferences.

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste: An Oil-Pulling Alternative
  1. Melt the coconut oil on a low heat. I used a double-boiler method by putting the coconut oil in the glass jar that I use to store my toothpaste, and then placing the jar into a pan of lightly, simmering water.
  2. Remove from heat once melted, and stir in baking soda.
  3. In a coffee grinder or blender, blend the xylitol into a fine powder so that it easily dissolves.
  4. Add the xylitol--Feel free to add more if you'd like it sweeter.
  5. Add Essential oils.
  6. Once the mixture has solidified, give it another good stir (the baking soda may be settled on the bottom.)
To brush, wet your toothbrush, and dip it in the paste, or scoop a small amount on with a spoon if you want to avoid "double-dipping."

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168 comments on “Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

  1. I love the way my teeth and gums feel aftert brushing with this tooth paste. Thanks for posting this Carly! I’m adding a little stevia to mask the baking soda a bit!

    1. I love coconut oil and this toothpaste is absolutely amazing. I gave some to my sister (who is a dentist) she loves it as well. She mentioned to try and find a way to add fluoride to the mixture. She is going to get me some fluoride rinse to use once a week.

      I know some people don’t like fluoride, so I was was wondering if you have come across a good natural mouthwash you can make at home.

      1. I realize that most dentists are pro-fluoride…mine is too, which is why I have a disagreement with him every time I’m in for a check-up–I am strongly anti-fluoride! I suggest you do some research on the topic too, before incorporating it into your toothpaste.

        I do have a great homemade mouth wash recipe that I’ve been meaning to post! You may have just given me the push to get it done.

        Thank you for your comments, Lauren!

        1. Thank you Carly,

          I naively thought floride was a good. Now realizing the negitive effects it has I feel having a floride free life is much more green and natural way of living. Reading and the positive effects xylitol as it is a much more natural way of preventing tooth decay.

          I look forward you natural mouthwash recipe.


        2. After a few scuffles with a my hygienist over making my own tooth powder at home and refusing her fluoride rinse…I now have a new hygienist & plus my periodontist offers fluoride free rinse and polish to all of her clients.

      2. Just to say that there are differences in Sodium Fluoride (toxic chemical waste) and Calcium Fluoride (naturally occuring in Nature).
        I’m against Sodium Fluoride. Calcium Fluoride should be taked with moderation, like with all things in this life 😉

  2. Trying this tonight! How long does it last, and does it need to be refrigerated? Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Hi Stephanie. No, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, nor does it go bad because none of the ingredients have a shelf-life. Well, I’m sure they do at some point, but not for a long, long time. I’m sure you’ll use up the toothpaste long before it ever “expires.” There’s no water added to the recipe, which means there is no breeding ground for bacteria to grow either.

      You’re welcome, and thank you for your comment!


      1. hi. i made this toothpaste and after a few days it started smelling weird. like it went bad. i changed my coconut oil and made another one and the same thing happened. is it normal? help please 🙂

        1. I haven’t heard of this happening before. I shouldn’t be going rancid in room temperature of have a weird smell. Did you add any essential oils?

        2. Coconut oil will go rancid if water gets into it. So if you’re dipping your wet toothbrush into your toothpaste jar, it can happen that way. Keep water out of it! I use a little spoon and spoon onto my toothbrush.

  3. I look forward to trying your toothpaste recipe, and I love your articles and IG account! Keep up the great work 🙂
    About oil pulling – I use it in conjunction with brushing and flossing, I don’t take them as mutually exclusive.
    I floss and brush at night (sometimes after meals too depending how my mouth is feeling haha), then I do the oil pull FIRST thing upon waking up followed up with tongue scraping. Oil pull and tongue scrape are detox, floss and brush are manual removal of food debris.
    The oil pull and tongue scrape are done before I even drink water in the morning!
    Sorry that this is long, just thought I’d share 😉

    1. Hi Lea, thanks for your comment! Are you saying that I should give oil pulling a second chance? haha. Perhaps I will, thank you for your explanation. In the past, I’ve found it hard to find the time in the morning because I have a very needy 2 year old who wakes me up at 5:30, and and has immediate needs met lol. But, I realize the benefits are impressive incredible, perhaps I’ll try doing it in conjunction too 🙂
      Thanks again!

      1. the coconut oil on its own really made me gag the first couple of times but PROBLEM SOLVED …. put 2 drops of peppermint oil on your tongue first! BTW … I am an aromatherapist 🙂

        1. I started making this toothpaste for a number of reasons, one being that my toddler would swallow his toothpaste and I couldn’t stand that. Then the checkout girl at the organic store I buy my Peppermint essential oil in said it shouldn’t be swallowed. Is it really safe for my 2 and 4 year old boys to swallow when brushing?

          1. There is such a small amount used in this toothpaste that you don’t need to be worried about ingesting a small amount of toothpaste.

          2. Lauren, you may want to consider changing brands of essential oil. The peppermint oil that I use has a nutritional label and is 100% pure peppermint oil. I feel a lot more at ease in case my daughter swallows any.

    2. Thanks, Carly. I was looking how to make homemade toothpaste and I founded in your blog. Will try and you did find a new friend. Thanks again

  4. Would it work the same if it was just coconut oil and baking soda? I have always used a store bought baking soda toothpaste. I know it’s not as strong tasting homemade.

    1. Hi Tania, thank you for you comment! Yes, I suppose you could omit the xylitol, however, it as some pretty awesome cavity-fighting abilities, and cuts the salty-ness of the baking soda a bit….so I’d recommend that you didn’t omit it. Also, for flavour, and additional anitbacterial properties, cinnamon and peppermint essential oils are pretty nice to have. So, basically, you should just follow the recipe! lol

  5. I made it and it’s VERY salty! Did I do something wrong? I flavored it with cinnamon instead of essential oils. Could this be why?

    1. Yes, it is salty…I tried to warn you in the post. This is because baking soda, aka SODIUM bicarbonate, is salty. You do get used to it, though. I like that you flavored it with cinnamon, that’s a good idea.

  6. Hi Carly,

    With the oil pulling I read that we should discard it in a trash can. Since the coconut hardens at lower temperatures, it can clog your pipes. Do you know if this is also true for the coconut toothpaste?

    Do you spit the toothpaste to the trash can after you’ve brushed your teeth?


    1. Hi Mirian,

      That’s a really good point, but no, I haven’t been spitting it in the trash. I use a lot smaller amount of coconut oil to brush compared to the oil pulling method, but I’m sure it all adds up. I’m sure a good flush with hot water could solve the clogged pipes problem (even emptying the the bath water because it all drains into the same pipes.) But you’re right, I’m sure it would be wise to spit the toothpaste in the garbage.

      Thanks for you comment.


      1. WHAT WORKS FOR ME ….. spit the used oil into an old jam jar (clearly label it and perhaps leave it under the bathroom washbasin) – rinse mouth out well with warm water before you clean with your coconut toothpaste. BTW …. thinking about it it’s easier to just put a drop of peppermint oil onto your toothbrush if you just make up a coconut/bicarb paste in a small jar. Putting 2 drops of peppermint oil onto your tongue BEFORE doing oil pulling seems to stop the gag reflex as well. THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL INFO ON THIS SITE 🙂

  7. I live in tropical Queensland Aust my coconut oil turns into a clear liquid but if I put it in the fridge it turns very hard any suggestions

  8. Hi Carly!

    What is the consistency of this toothpaste at room temperature? In other words, do you have to dip your brush or is this soft enough to be in a ‘squeezable’ container?

    Chloe from HMB 🙂

    1. Hey Chloe! Because that state of coconut oil fluctuates to much with temperature, I wouldn’t put it in a squeezable container. I keep mine in a small, mason jar, and just dip it in.

      Hope that helps! You still want the soap recipe? If so, message me on my MHH Facebook page.


  9. How would you pack this for air travel? I’m on homeopathy right now so I can;t have minty things, which means I don’t have the option of using those travel size toothpastes

  10. hey i live in wisconsin and my toothpaste was fine when i first made it but now after setting its back to the consistentacy of the coconut oil at its original state

    1. The consistency of this toothpaste will depend on the state of the coconut oil. The “original state” of coconut oil in my house, is hard-med. If you live in a hot climate, it may even be liquid at all times. This doesn’t determine the effectiveness off the toothpaste, though. It will always change states with climate change.

  11. I was wondering about the xylitol, if used when still granulated, and not made into a powder, will it be too harsh? I did this accidentally and i don’t know if it’s just the change of toothpaste that made my mouth feel the way it did or the grittiness of the sugar alcohol. My gums were slightly idk..raw feeling afterwards. I didn’t know the xylitol wouldn’t melt when granulated and i was very frustrated with all the double boiling i did trying to get it to melt. So basically..can i still use what i made? I can’t really afford to throw it away.

    1. I’d imagine the granules would be very sharp! you can try melting it all down again until the xylitol has melted, or even try mashing it with a mortor and pestle or something similar… I wouldn’t throw it out, though.

  12. I always find the best recipes on your site! 🙂 one question though, is baking soda really safe for tooth enamel? Can you leave out the baking soda?

  13. It’s interesting that you mention oil pulling as alternative for brushing your teeth. In my research oil pulling is an alternative to mouthwash ie: Listerine, scope, etcetera… I highly recommend oil pulling and if its not for you, to make it easier melt the oil and add essential oil. My routine now consists of flossing, oil pulling, and then brushing. I’ve heard of using baking soda and coconut oil. I’ve been buying organic base toothpaste but looking for a way to cut back on costs and ingredients. I was really disappointed when I got a sample toothpaste and it contained carrageenan.

  14. Just a caution regarding xylitol in homemade toothpaste. I went to the link you provided and immediately suspected that the dentist promoting the miraculous benefits of xylitol was most likely selling something. Yes, indeed she is. On her website is a link to her xylitol products. Surprise, surprise. Along with the EWG website, I would suggest that people looking for medical and scientific information go to PubMed for peer-reviewed articles. This is a free search engine and database maintained by the NIH. I do enjoy your ideas and enthusiasm.

    1. Hi Claire,

      Thank you for your concern. I’ve definitely done far more research on the topic of oral health and xylitol than just the links above and feel quite confident putting it in my toothpaste 🙂

  15. I do love the way my teeth feel after brushing with this, however I miss the foaming action of regular toothpaste. Is there any way to get that?

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Yes, this does take a little getting used to, but you DO get used to it. The foaming agent, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), is not good for oral health. Don’t give up!


    2. Found this website during a google search for homemade coconut oil toothpaste. In the past I have dabbled with homemade recipes that were bentonite clay based. Some friends told me about their coconut oil toothpaste and I’m looking for a recipe 🙂
      One idea to get some “foam” might be to use a homemade bar of soap grated down and dissolved in your favorite toothpaste recipe. I have used that in past in recipes. It only takes a little bit of soap otherwise well, the taste is not pleasant. Think about it, back in the old days, they didn’t have a ton of cleaning products. They basically had a bar of soap they made themselves and used it to clean EVERYTHING.

  16. Hello! I live in a hot climate – Mozambique – and my coconut oil is liquid at room temperature. I am wondering if I still need to melt it on the stove? Meaning, is there some value in heating it or was the only purpose to melt it so I can skip the step? Thanks a bunch! Laura

    1. Hey Laura, good question. The main point of heating it is to dissolve it, but you’ll still probably want to heat it all on the stove because this will dissolve the xylitol too!

    1. Coconut oil is only solid in a cool-warm environment. If you live in a hot climate, then it will probably remain in liquid state.

    1. Yes, unfortunately if the oil doesn’t remain in solid start at room temperature, it will remain too runny.

  17. Hi,

    I had a question, does the toothpaste need to be refrigerted for longer shell life or to avoid any molds?


  18. I have been oil pulling for over a year now. I love it but I had to get used to it. It is not, however, a substitute for flossing and brushing! I oil pull first for 20 minutes and then floss and brush. My dentist cannot get over how clean my teeth are.,I also had a cavity that disappeared after I started oil pulling.

    1. I use coconut oil for many things and am excited to try this tooth paste. I want to make a pina colada flavor but I cant find any pineapple extract that doesn’t have alcohol in it. Also im wondering if the pineapple would be bad for my teeth, the same way you don’t want lemon juice hanging out on your teeth and ruining the enamel. One of my favorite coconut oil uses is mixing equal part coconut oil, cacao powder and pure maple syrup and letting it set in the fridge to make yummy healthy chocolate. I mix in hemp , chia and ground flax seed too. enjoy!

  19. Keep in mind that xylitol is toxic to dogs. It’s often used as a sugar substitute ingums/candies and we’ve seen many a sick pup
    Come into our vet practice due to xylitol ingestion.

  20. I have IBS and follow a FODMAP diet. I cannot tolerate Xylitol and was wondering if stevia would be an alternative I could use.

    1. Hi Julie-Ann,

      I’m not familiar with stevia and it’s oral health benefits, or even if there is any, but you could use it as a sweetener substitute. Keep in mind, though, that you’re not ingesting any of the xylitol – It’s all spit into the sink 🙂 Not sure if that makes a difference.

  21. Hello,

    Can the soda be omitted and can this be used for a toddler?
    I will be using this for my 17 month old and myself to brush our teeth.
    I have found fluoride-free toothpaste but a lot of other ingredients in the toothpaste. So I decided to make my own. Can the jar stay in an air-conditioned room?
    Thank you for your recipe.

    1. Hi Eve, for my toddler I just half the baking soda and she likes it just fine 🙂 The jar can stay in an air-conditioned room.

  22. How long does it usually take for the toothpaste to go back to being firm after it’s cooled? The room isn’t particularly warm (somewhere around 20C which is definitely low enough to keep my tub of coconut oil firm)…. :p

  23. I tried it before, but I didn’t melt the oil, I just added the soda to it. It felt a bit scratchy and my gums were a little bit red… I quite like the oil pulling method, I try doing it every day (when I remember!) 🙂 I’ll give the toothpaste another go though, will try melting the oil this time.

  24. I want to make this for myself and my young son. Do the same quantities of ingredients within the recipe work for both adults and children? I hope to make one batch for both of us if possible. Is it safe to swallow the toothpaste as my son hasn’t perfected the art of spitting out yet?

    1. Hi Sarah! This same recipe works for toddlers, too. Mine is totally accustomed to it now. For him, you just need the tiniest amount. Yes, it’s ok if some gets swallowed.

  25. Where do you store it can you link the one you use? I was thinking because of the picture you used stainless steel th aks

  26. i have just started using coconut oil and and bicarb soda toothpaste and my teeth have never felt so clean, however I have noticed my gums bleeding more than usual and they sting after, I’m guessing this is normal to start with where I’m not used to it? x

    1. Hi Rachael. I haven’t encountered that but it could be because baking soda is slightly abrasive. I imagine your gums will adjust.

  27. Hello there!
    I definetely want to try it out!
    I was wondering if instead of the xylitol I could use Stevia instead?
    What do you think?

    1. Hi Anne, no, I wouldn’t recommend substituting. Xylitol isn’t just used to sweeten the toothpaste, it has oral benefits that, from my research, stevia just doesn’t have.

  28. Hello, I was wondering what kind of essential oils you used? I was thinking of adding cinnamon oil. I found only %100 pure essential oils and they are for external use only, it is not advised to use even on the skin. Maybe a few drops in the mixture won’t be harmful but I just want to make sure.

    1. I use pure essential oils, too! I few drops mixed with the other ingredients is safe to use. All essential oils have that warning on the bottle.

  29. This Toothpaste is awesome and delicious! i put from *primavera* the essential oil Grapefruit and Orange in Love in. Smells and taste njamm! Grapefruit is also anti fungal and orange in love Ingredients are: Orange, Vanille, Kakao and Rose. Also i put some Clay in it… looks of course grey, but…. 😉
    So much Thanks to you Carly! Greetings from Germany

  30. Does the sink get plugged after a while of brushing teeth since coconut oil solidify? I was just wondering since am thinking of making this.

  31. Can I do it with just the coconut oil and baking soda? It would be much easier to me. I don’t mind getting the oil thought may not be easy but do I need xylitol? Please someone get back to me asap.

    1. Hi Brian, did you read about the benefits of xylitol in the post? Up to you whether you want to add it or not, but I recommend it. It’s easy enough to find in the grocery store. Hope that helps 🙂

  32. My question is about the essential oils, do you use therapeutic grade? I understand that one is spitting the toothpaste out so it isn’t getting ingested but it can still be absorbed thru the mouth so I just wonder about that. Thank you for this recipe!!!

    1. Yes, I use therapeutic grade, organic essential oils from mountain rose herbs (there a link in the pictures on the right side on the screen). It’s quite diluted in the toothpaste, as I only use a few drops, so there’s no harm 🙂

  33. Hi there!
    I really enjoy your toothepaste, I just started into my second batch. Although my teeth feel squeaky clean, my breath is nothing to be desired. I have good dental hygiene and floss everyday. Did you run into the same problem?

  34. After I brush my teen with this paste , do I have to rinse my mouth with something? Besides using a floss. ..I have a ACT wash mouth is that OK?

  35. Is coconut oil sustainable xc? I’m looking around and some people say it’s leading to deforestation in the Philippines. I don’t want to use a product that is hurting the earth.

    1. Hi Hannah. Great question! Not all coconut oil is sustainable, so you need to be careful, but there are many companies that source environmentally sustainable coconut oil and work with small, communities in the Philippines whose livelihood depends on coconut exportation. For example, Kapuluan Coconut Oil Company plants a coconut palm tree with every purchase and works closely with Philippine communities, and Nutiva Coconut Oil is certified organic and Fair Trade. Those are just a couple examples 🙂


  36. I make my own re-mineralization toothpaste too. Just sharing in case anyone wants to try another version.

    5 Parts Powdered Calcium Carbonate
    1 Part Diotoemacious Earth (optional)
    2 Parts Baking Soda
    3 Parts Xylitol (I’ve only found this in a crystal form, so I powder it in a small electric coffee grinder that I only use for that purpose…you can use about two parts then measure the 3 after grinding)
    Add a few drops of your favorite mint oil.
    3-5 Parts coconut oil (I use the kind that stays in liquid form)


  37. I made the toothpaste and I really like it. But is it supposed to be a paste? Mine is solid and hard, which makes it difficult to put on the brush. Is there amything I could to nakenit pasty? Ot so I nyst store in a warmer spot than my bathroom ( which isn’t really cold). Thank you.

    1. Hi Margaret. No, it’s not really supposed to be a paste – because it’s primarily coconut oil it will change consistency in different temperatures. Just something to get used to 🙂

  38. Is It normal for the teeth to become black when we use the above combination? I am not having a problem with it but my sister’s teeth are not becoming whiter but rather the opposite.

  39. I made this today without the xylitol( because I didn’t have it). How long does it take to kind of harden? Mine is still really liquidy

  40. I tried this recipe of toothpaste but unfortunately my thing is always melted. Could be because we live in Mumbai, India and the temperatures here are somewhere between 35-38 degree celcius plus humidity. Is there a way to solidify except putting in the fridge coz every morning going to the kitchen and taking it out, brush teeth, Put it back seems like a long thing to do. Can you help?

    1. Hi Samina, this is a pretty common question and unfortunately I don’t really have an answer for you! It will always be in liquid for in that temperature and the fridge is the only other option I can think of…unless you want to try putting it in a cooler with an ice pack or something like that.

  41. I’ve been using this for a few months (except I add salt rather than a sweetener), only thing is – my teeth have turned…..completely…..black…..!! Help?!?

      1. Do you have any other suggestions as to what else I can use? (I have been unable to find a bought toothpaste which does not include ingredients I cannot have…)

        1. I really don’t know what to tell you because I don’t know what’s causing your teeth to turn black!

  42. Wanted to point out that you state Spry is a 40oz container for 5$ 😀 That being said, i just used this toothpaste for the first time and my teeth already feel immensely better than they do with my commercial paste. I found a small cavity starting in one of my teeth (no pain as it’s not broken through yet) so I’m curious to see how the oil and soda affect it. Apparently they are both very good healers.

  43. I have just started making this as well and love it….i also experimented as at the time i could not get the xylitol so i put tumric in instead and that worked as well 🙂

    1. Hi Zack, no, I don’t. It doesn’t get hot enough in the summer where I live to turn liquid, but yes, you’re experiencing a common problem, as coconut oil is very heat sensitive.

  44. Hi Carly,

    Thank you for this (and other) recipes! I just made my first batch of toothpaste and after combining all ingredients it is still in liquid form. Any suggestions? Should I refrigerate? I followed the recipe to a t.



    1. I wouldn’t leave out the baking soda, but if that’s what you want to do, go for it! DIY is all about trial and error and finding what works for you!

  45. I want to make this for baby. Can Ieave out the baking soda? Thought the bitterness/salty might make to unpleasant for my little one…

  46. Thank you so much for the recipie – I will be trying it very soon. However, I have one question regarding the essential oils – Are these the same essential oils that can be used in making body butters or face creams or massage therapy and candles etc ..? If so, can we use Peppermint mint essential oil that is used for baking instead? Wouldnt it be more safer?

    1. Hi Ann, the amount of essential oil used in this toothpaste is not unsafe. Also, the peppermint extract used in baking and peppermint essential oil are NOT the same thing. If you’re just adding the peppermint just for flavour, then I suppose you could use the extract.

  47. Be careful when purchasing xylitol! Some of it comes from China and is made from corn. I don’t put anything from China into my mouth or the mouths of my animals. Look for US made xylitol made from birch trees.

  48. I found that the baking soda would not dissolve no matter how long I boiled it or how much I stirred it…… is that normal?

  49. Can I use Spearmint oil? This is an oil I have on hand that is to put in hard candy or for baking. It is not sold as an essential oil. It doesn’t have alcohol listed in the ingredients list, only Spearmint oil is listed. Sorry I really don’t know anything about essential oils.

    1. Hi Kathy, I suppose you can if you’re just adding it for flavour, however essential oils are quite different from food flavourings.

  50. What is the xylitol for? I’ve made my own toothpaste using coconut oil, baking soda , turmeric & peppermint e.o. I like it very much.

  51. HI Carla,
    My son is 4 years old and has two stainless steel caps on his molars.is it k for him to use the toothpaste?

  52. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.

  53. stoked to have finally gotten my hands on some xylitol and finally brewed this toothpaste!! its cooling now, so i can’t say that i love it yet. definitely don’t skip on the coffee grinder step, that stuff becomes similar to the flour/water/salt clay you made as a kid in the bottom of your hot coconut oil.

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