Make Your Own Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste

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Avoid the Chemicals and Make Your Own Coconut Oil Toothpaste

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Did you know that you can make your own coconut oil toothpaste with just a few simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen?

Not only is coconut oil toothpaste effective, with it you can avoid all of the chemicals and toxic ingredients in commercial toothpaste and save money!

I started making my own toothpaste a little over a year ago after discovering a few  ingredients in a “natural” toothpaste that I wasn’t comfortable using.  This toothpaste is a great alternative and is very easy to make!

Ingredients to Watch Out for In Toothpaste

All commercial toothpaste contain harmful and toxic ingredients, such as; titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium fluoride. These ingredients can also be found in toothpaste that is labeled “all natural”, particularly sodium fluoride. These chemicals are not only harmful to your delicate tooth enamel, they also affect your overall health! Glycerin is another ingredient to be cautious of as it can inhibit remineralization of teeth. It is often an ingredient in fluoride-free toothpaste as well.

How Coconut Oil Toothpaste Works

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal! Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The other primary ingredient in this toothpaste is baking soda. Baking soda is a very mild abrasive which aids in cleaning and whitening teeth, and restoring pH balance.

 

Homemade Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 10 drops of Peppermint oil (optional)

*You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you would like it to last and what size container you’re storing it in.

Instructions:

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a small container, until it forms a paste like consistency

2. Add several drops of peppermint oil and mix (*peppermint is optional)

 

Have you tried a baking soda and coconut oil toothpaste?

 

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Comments

  1. Darlene says

    Hey! I found your coconut oil & baking soda toothpaste. I was so excited! I made it, came home tonight after work…and the coconut nut oil with solid again??? Ever have that happen? Does it ever stay as a liquid? Sad thing is, I put it in a travel squeeze tube, solid as a rock in there. :)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hi Darlene, so glad you gave the toothpaste a try! Coconut oil changes from liquid to solid depending on the room temperature, I believe the melting point is around 76 degrees. To liquify it, just heat up a pot of water (doesn’t need to be boiling, just at a fairly warm temp) and place the jar/container inside the pot.

      • Darlene says

        Thank you, Lori! I guess my house is to cold right now. I didn’t know if I put to much coconut oil, oh well. I will figure it out. Maybe can get a smaller container to put in water while I am washing my face. (till it summer) It really is get, made my teeth feel so clean, and shiny! (I love coconut oil, I have just starting oil pulling with it) Thanks so much for all the great information!!

          • Amelie says

            I make my toothpaste in an old glass jar (small coconut oil jar works). I just dip out of it. During the winter, it was rock hard! But coconut oil melting point is 76 so you can put it in a container to warm it up. As long as the glass is warm, it works great :)

      • Anonymous says

        That happened to me the first time I made toothpaste. It was due to me using refined coconut oil. Use the unrefined Virgin oil instead and make sure that your oil to baking soda ratio is 1 to 1 (or slightly less oil than baking soda)

    • says

      If you just ran the tip of your tube under hot water for a minute or dipped the end in a cup of hot tap water you should get enough out each time, it’s quick to melt. I put mine in a jar. In the winter I rub a bit on my teeth and gums to get it going.
      It’s a great and simple recipe. I add cinnamon powder instead of mint. You can also add powdered egg shells for calcium magnesium and whitening.

    • Renee says

      Darlene – Whip the mixture with a hand mixer or kitchen aid mixer and it will stay smooth. A hand whip will also work but will be more work. Blenders & food processors will melt coconut oil which you don’t want. You want a whipped consistency to be more like toothpaste consistency. I would agree with the Sodium Fluoride comment being a good ingredient. I don’t make this toothpaste but have read many testimonials to it. I make a coconut oil skin moisturizer using this method and works wonderfully.

      • says

        One of my reasons for making my own toothpaste is to NOT have flouride in it. Flouride is toxic and is dangerous to your thyroid and your overall health. Do your own homework for the sake of your health..

        • Doug says

          I agree with Janine. Sodium Fluoride is poisonous and dangerous in any amount. We need to prevent the fluoridation of public water supplies and oral hygiene products without exception. Hexafluorosilicic acid also needs to be banned from supplements and public water systems. These two poisons among a host of other poisons are slowly poisoning the people.

    • Doug says

      I’ve been using coconut oil-baking soda toothpaste for several months. I’ve been through the hardening condition, tried using a squeeze bottle with the same problem. The way to do it is mix and store this wonderful toothpaste in a small bowl and cover it with a saucer etc., then I place a tea cup on top of the saucer and expel the used toothpaste into the tea cup so that it doesn’t enter my drain, harden, and clog the drain. The spent toothpaste in the tea cup is then soaked with dish washing detergent a few minutes and rinsed down the drain. This toothpaste is truly wonderful but a little different to handle than the toxic commercial stuff. I then use colloidal silver for mouthwash. After a minute of swishing or so I simply swallow the colloidal silver to strengthen my overall health. Great way!

        • says

          If you get a reputable brand like Soverign Silver, it will not turn your skin blue at all. I have used it for years, spraying it into my ears, eyes, and on cuts and take it internally.

        • Doug says

          It is true that consistent use of large quantities of colloidal silver may turn the skin grey or blue, but that is indication of overdose. Colloidal silver is quite harmless even if the skin discolors from high consumption. Two or three tablespoons of colloidal silver is extremely unlikely to cause skin discoloration. If one notices skin discoloration simply lower the consumption or stop it all together until skin tones return to normal. No problem.
          Skin discoloration is surely quite safe and much more mild than side effects from poisonous chemicals often times administered under the name of “medicine.”

            • Doug says

              If one is paying attention the minor discoloration of the skin most likely will NEVER become a problem. The question is do you want to be well through these times of man made diseases, or are you going to be more concerned about appearance, that is the question for you to choose? One may want to rely on over the counter meds or pharmaceuticals then compare the side effects but I don’t recommend it. OTC and pharmaceuticals are not for me not even used in moderation.

              • donna says

                If you search google the cause of skin turning blue is from taking too much. if its taken in the right amounts the skin doesn’t turn blue.

      • Doug says

        Yes it has a tendency to clog drains. Use hot water often, and pour boiling water down the drain weekly. Also expelling coconut oil into a solid waste container is a good idea, but also boiling water is necessary for long term drain clearing related to coconut oil.

    • Traci says

      Coconut oil melts at body temprature! Also, I would not use a microwave for ANYthing, EVER!
      I have been making this toothpaste for about 2months. I like it, but what I am finding is that my teeth need to be brushed MORE often.. do you find this is the case? I really like clean teeth. I am not sure that brushing more or longer is really the issue.. My teeth are simply just not as clean as with other toothpastes.. I sometimes brush my teeth with listerine. Just dip and away we go.. it keeps my gums healthy, and dont forget to floss!
      What I LOVE, is that i can brush my teeth in the morning before i drink coffee and the coffee still tastes great, and i feel safe drinking water after brushing my teeth, and citris too.. Very nice. I still dont like to just simply brush my teeth before bed. I like to brush about a half an hour before bed or hour.. seems better to me. ok thanks..gnite

      • Doug says

        Coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste is ultra mild non-abrasive so I add a half teaspoon of food grade diatomaceous earth/ silica into a batch. Then I only use that more abrasive paste as needed and primarily use the non-abrasive paste most of the time. It works well that way.

      • Nic says

        You could try alternating with Oregano Oil – neat. It sure puts a zing in your mouth but the clean is amazing.

    • Tom Hammer says

      Coconut oil melts in body temperature, you will only need to wash the tube/container in hot water for a few seconds to loosen it up. Have fun!

  2. Young natural mommy says

    I’m doing baking soda, coconut oil, Himalayan salt…lemon n honey too maybe…cut the bottom off the toothpaste tube in my bathroom, clean it, pour the liquified mixture in. Get one of those toothpaste tube squeezer outter doo-daads.. Freeze that up… Presto!

  3. Catherine says

    I live in Minnesota. My house is Cold in the winter! I whip the coconut oil in the KitchenAid, or a hand beater, until it’s creamy, about 8 minutes. Then I mix my baking soda in and it stays pliable as long as it doesn’t melt. I then syringe it into an old store-bought toothpaste tube. I am grossed out with putting a used toothbrush into a toothpaste jar each day. The thought of that bacteria hanging out all day is too much for me. But I LOVE this toothpaste!

    • Darlene says

      You know what, Catherine I don’t know why I didn’t think of that! I do the same with my KitchenAid stand mixer. I whip up my coconut oil too, I use it for make up remover and body lotion with I get out of the shower. It stays whipped, sometimes I have the little pearls. I am going to try this. I am grossed out about the jar too. I did buy a “GoToob” from EarthFare. (I know, it’s rubber/plastic, I didn’t want to do that) I never thought about reusing an oil toothpaste tube!!! What a great tip! Thank you so much!!! :)

      • Traci says

        Everyone in the house, (5 of us) have a sea shell from France that we individually chose to use as our toothpaste holder! I dont like to share my toothpaste with my kids.. and the kids like their own sea shell too.. noone likes germs.. eh.

        this is fun and it works, and its cool!

        • Doug says

          Soaking brushes in a container with 3% hydrogen peroxide all the time between brushing is a great way to be assured of a clean toothbrush, but remember to rinse the brush in cold water before applying toothpaste. Open air storage of toothbrushes lends to all sorts of contaminants.

    • Vanessa says

      You don’t have to dip the toothbrush into the jar. Get some kind of small spoon, a toothpick, or some other small object to scoop some toothpaste and put it in the toothbrush.

  4. says

    When I oil pull with coconut, all of the bacteria I pulled is still in the oily residue left on my teeth. I know about coconut oil’s antibacterial properties, but I still use a good mouth rinse to make sure it all gets out and off. I think it’d be good to follow up with a rinse after brushing with this – to double check or insure the bacteria is all gone. Very excited to try this!! I’ve been using a desert essence toothpaste, which is good but still contains vegetable glycerin and isn’t made with my own love for my health. ;) Still can’t get the hubby off Crest and blue Listerine. While he knows the fluoride in the water is waste material, and we do our best to drink clean water, he is still convinced daily toothpaste fluoride cleans teeth the best and does not damage the teeth – when I’m telling him this chemical should be reserved for dentist visits only. I’m going to get some further resources to back up your claims on the ingredients you listed in your post! Sorry to rant, lol, but thank you so much for getting this information out there!!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I have a few people in my family that take some convincing too! :) Even holistic dentists have stopped using fluoride completely due to the harmful affects.

    • Laura says

      If you are worried about the residue and want some healthy florudie, eat and apple or chew on one. Apple’s have natural Fluoridethat will get your teeth nice and clean.

      • says

        you can get the healthy calcium fluoride in tissue salts from health store. This is the form the body needs can use & helps tooth enamel. could grind up tablets & add to toothpaste or just chew separately :)

        • Kyro says

          There is no such thing as healthy flouride, it’s all dangerous, no matter what. If you meant Iodine, then yes, the body does need iodine. Apples don’t contain flouride, but they do contain low doses of iodine, which is great for the body. Iodine is also a big contributor to weight loss, and even lowers cholesterol. Don’t you just love mother nature’s medicine cabinet?

    • Traci says

      I dont know if it was the oil pull or not, but after i did the oil pulling, i got sick! really sick. I dont do that anymore, but i want to read more about it and maybe try again.. hummm

      • Cassie says

        Unless you have a coconut allergy, you getting sick was a result of the change. After oil pulling for a couple more days to a week, you will feel better. But check to see if you have a coconut allergy before trying again. Like a changing your diet will cause issues for a while because your body is adjusting to the change, oil pulling can have the same effect. You are keeping toxins from entering your body that it was previously used to having. In a week you will find that any normal chronic issues that you may have will be gone. I had allergies at night. Itchy eyes, runny nose, i even had a hard time catching my breath. I have been oil pulling for two months now and i have only had to take allergy pills twice in that whole time. But again make sure it’s not an allergy that’s making you sick. There are other healthy oils out there that you can use.

  5. Rebecca says

    I just wet my toothbrush, dip it in dry baking soda, and add a couple of drops of peppermint extract. It is simple and much more effective than store bought toothpaste.

  6. says

    Hi sounds like something i want to try 2 problems for me where to get coconut oil no longer on the island s what brand do you all buy ? and sorry for my ignorance but what is coconut pulling? would some one enlighten me Thanks

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      This recipe should last for about a week. You can double the recipe to last longer and store it in the fridge to extend it.

  7. Amy says

    Did anyone else find this recipe to be too salty tasting because of the amount of baking soda? I tried it and I could barely stand the taste. I have used tooth soap made out of coconut oil peppermint oil dr bronners soap and a little stevia. Much more palatable. Any suggestions?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      It does take some getting use to because of the baking soda. You could use less baking soda in the mixture or add several drops of essential oils.

  8. Adam says

    Hi i did make them and would like to know some information about it. when googling around some site, some says baking soda shouldn’t be use everyday and some said 3 ~ 4 times a week. but that is for baking soda with other mixture like hydro perox etc. is it okay to use it everyday? because i cant find any fact regarding mixture of coconut oil.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Many do use the baking soda and coconut oil mixture daily. I have been using it every day for about a year now. I haven’t read of any negative affects of using it daily.

      • Anonymous says

        Hi lori…I just want to ask if the magnesium oil is good to apply on my face because I have so many Whiteheads in my face since I started my PMS.thank you…From:Janet

        • Lori Klein says

          I’ve never tried applying it to my face. Let us know how it works for whiteheads if you give it a try.

    • Anonymous says

      I am not sure how I know this or if it is true,but I think it is the peroxide that is not good for daily use. I believe it can cause sensitivity, but only if it is used full strength out of the bottle. I think if you dilute it 50/50 with water and store it in a dark bottle like the one you buy it in, it is an effective mouth rinse for killing the bacteria that cause bad breath and can help with whitening. I don’t know much about essential oils but I wonder if you could add some for flavor and also extra health benefits?

    • ginger says

      for years i have been pouring a little peroxide on my toothbrush, then dipping it in a baking soda/salt mixture. i have had a clean bill of health every year at the dentist !

      • says

        hey guys, store bought peroxide is very bad for you. read all the bad ingredients that are in it, even if it does clean your teeth well. peroxide is great for a lot of things, but be sure to buy the food grade peroxide. you can get it from amazon.com and other places. BE SURE to dilute it 3 drops to 11 oz, I think, to get the right dilution. read up on it well.

  9. obituary mambo says

    I made a larger version of this recipe which called for 1 tsp stevia( and used equal parts eucalyptus and lemon essential oils) with magnificent results. The recipe called for 6 Tbsp of coconut oil and baking soda so I’ve been putting it in the fridge, but after reading this I’m not sure that’s necessary. Any thoughts? Thanks for sharing. :-)

  10. nckwbc says

    Unfortunately you are incorrect about saying sodium flouride is harmful to enamel. There is plenty of SCIENTIFIC literature proving the healthy benefits of Fl and it is the single best mineral that has changed the epidemic of tooth decay. Fluoride actually binds to demineralized enamel from the acidic byproducts from bacteria creating flurohydroxyappitite which is less permeable to the acid than your natural tooth. Similarly, research has shown that SLS (sodium lauyrl sulfate) has a high degree of efficacy in reducing the bacteria that lead to periodontal disease. The argument that Fl is toxic is similar to saying Sodium or Hydrogen is toxic. Yes at extreme levels they are can be harmful, but I’d say we all think the the benefits of H when combined with Oxygen making water far out weigh the risks. I’m not saying don’t use a natural toothpaste, but please don’t post misinformation.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Health benefits? ha where is the research showing health benefits? Of course if you ask any non holistic dentist their response is that fluoride is beneficial for teeth, which is based on flawed research. When you examine research studies, you have to look at what is the validity and reliability of the findings. What about the recent study from Harvard which showed that fluoride consumption leads to lowered intelligence?, those showing results that it causes thyroid dysfunction?, and those showing an increased risk of cancer? These results were found not from “extremely high levels of fluoride”, but from levels contained in tap water.

      • IMSOCU02 says

        What I would like to know is how has your dental check ups been since using this recipe? Has it improved plaque and tartar and lessened the need for long dental cleanings? And does it address “dry mouth” as that is a big reason why I use Biotene instead of the other brand names with all those additives? Thanks.

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          It has significantly reduced plaque and tartar. I don’t even get cleanings anymore (I do them myself) and just have the dentist check.

      • sluzen says

        I am so glad that many of you are taking on the disinfo about fluoride being beneficial in any way shape or form. This is not to be confused with the natural element. In the 40s and 50s there were many magazine articles decrying fluoride as a toxic substance coming from the waste water of aluminum and nuclear plants. Those corporations did not want to clean it up and decided a propaganda campaign would be more cost effective for them. Sad but true. If children swallow it, they must be rushed to a hospital. Says so right on the label.

        • sluzen says

          Forgot to mention, Teflon (such as from Du Pont) also contains toxic fluoride. When you heat up a Teflon pan, the toxic fluoride fills the surrounding area with toxic fluoride gas. Du Pont, has many subsidiaries, one of which is Monsanto, BTW. Du Pont manufactured the first Atomic and/or nuclear bombs, and has owned aluminum plants. So don’t give away your Teflon pans, find a ways to destroy them safely. Or send them back to the Du Pont family members’ homes with controlling interest in Teflon just to let them know that you know. They get scared when people wake-up, you know?

    • E. Tims says

      It is true that there are studies that support fluoride being healthy and helpful. It is also true that it has been proven that fluoride in toothpastes and other dental products are extremely hazardous. How can both be true, you might ask? CALCIUM fluoride is naturally occuring and SODIUM fluoride is created from toxic waste. Guess which has been studied and which has been promoted by big business.

    • Kyro says

      Explain how Flouride is good for teeth when I don’t eat a lick of junk food (candy, chips, sodas, fast food, etc.) And I am constantly, CONSTANTLY, battling cavities. I have flossed, brushed, and rinsed religiously since I was a kid. Let me tell you, my parents thought I was a wackado having access to oreos, and passing them up to steal out of the vegetable crisper. I was 4, demanding brussel sprouts, call me weird, and dont believe me, go ahead. But I’m happy with the way I’ve grown up, and lived, and upon flouride’s introduction,my teeth and health have never put me in more pain. Flouride IS an acid, it EATS away slowly at your teeth, and it makes them brittle. I even had a tooth break while eating a tomato… A TOMATO!

      • Doug says

        Medical/ dental promotion of fluoride commonly in toothpaste is “political spin” to protect and allow manufacturers who are dumping gross amounts of that toxic element into the environment with impunity.
        The best thing I’ve ever done for my health is wash my entire mouth, especially between the teeth immediately (or as soon as possible) after eating with a pressure washer like a Water Pick water flosser and use this body friendly

        coconut oil-baking soda
        blended with a very small portion of diatomaceous earth (food grade silica)
        then flavored with peppermint oil.

        Tea Tree oil has also been suggested as an even better additive. Consider this we have been led to swallow pharmaceuticals said to promote relief from ailments, but what about the high level of bacteria that accumulates if we accept the dentist’s advice and only brush morning and night while decaying food and acids accumulate for many hours.

        I think the medical-dental society has been acting in an parasitic manner for centuries. I have found great benefits of NOT taking pharmaceuticals, elimination of fluoride, refusing surgery, and researching the benefits of utilizing select foods, herbs, and spices for health care. The last person I seek for advice is a doctor that pushes pharmaceuticals.

      • ecm says

        You cant blame flouride for your bad teeth. Junk food isnt the only thing that causes decay, anything that has carbohydrates does. It seems sometimes problematic teeth can be genetic. Some people are born with more problematic teeth. I am not promoting fl in any way but I am saying if fl was the cause of decay we would have an epidemic of decay. I have used fl all my life like anyone else and dont have rempant decay. Perhaps you should look into other factors that may cause you weak teeth. Teeth are made up of minerals…are you perhaps consuming less of a necessary mineral. All in all I think its great to find alternative choices to mainstream junk, but such blatant accusations really should be better researched..

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The oil rinses off quite easily for me, but I also dip my toothbrush in vinegar for extra cleaning.

  11. says

    I use coconut oil, baking soda and mint e.o. and love it. Sometimes it’s more solid than others. I just keep it in a small canning jar and dish it out with a spoon or the back of my tooth brush. My family is about to run out of their Tom’s and Earthpaste and I don’t think I’m going to replace theirs either. This is just too good a deal! Coconut oil is supposed to be good for your teeth. I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment to see how my teeth look to her.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hmm..I’m not sure if that would have added ingredients. You should be able to find coconut oil at your local health food store (I use unrefined).

    • sluzen says

      You should not use any product that is cosmetic grade. That would be the grade that is statutorily (sp.?) legal (and not lawful) to use on skin. Cosmetic grade has only 70% of the stated product and 30% fillers. Those fillers could be god-knows-what toxic substances. You should only use U.S.P. (pharmaceutical) or food grades. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it in your mouth.

  12. Doug says

    I really like extra virgin coconut oil, especially in the place of shortening for frying etc., but when I blend equal parts of baking soda and evco together for toothpaste it cleans my oral issues amazingly well BUT, the awful salty taste is more than I can handle. It even parches my tongue and makes following meals taste too salty. How may I overcome this salty side effect?

  13. Kate says

    Is peppermint oil needs in that? I want to try that but we don’t have peppermint oil. :/ and I can’t find in our city. What will I do?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I don’t use peppermint oil, it is optional. You can just using baking soda and coconut oil.

  14. Kat says

    I just tried this recipe. While my teeth feel clean, I feel like I scrubbed too much, as this is non-lathering/foaming, and that’s what I’m used to.

    I think I will add some peppermint oil, for that fresh feeling.

    • sluzen says

      I just tried it. I used the whip-up-the-coconut-oil in Kitchenaid mixer using whisk attachment method for 15 minutes before adding the baking soda. Resulting in a very good consistency that reportably won’t get hard. I like the taste better than any baking soda toothpaste or any toothpaste I have ever had. I only had orange extract in my cupboard to make it tasty. It seems, although I have not had enough time to evaluate this, that it whitens my teeth. I can trust with confidence the formulations that I know the quality of ingredients of. And it’s good coffee table conversation to boot.

  15. sluzen says

    Someone here on this chat was concerned about sticking a germfilled toothbrush into a jar of toothpaste. While a tube of this toothpaste is surely better than a jar, I would like to add this. Bacteria are everywhere, on surfaces and in the air. There are many mechanisms that keep those little critters from making babies in your body. And that multiplication factor is what one should really be the issue. The baking soda makes the toothpaste highly alkaline, discouraging bacteria, both symbiotic and parasitic, from growing colonies in your jar of toothpaste. Oil is sometimes used as a natural preservative. This is a water-free formula, bacteria need water to make baby bacteria. There is no need to become bacteria-phobic. In fact, becoming bacteria-phobic can cause you to fall for ingesting some far greater toxic drugs that Big-Pharma puts out.

  16. carin says

    the studies that are linked to say that ‘digested’ coconut oil staves off the strep bacterial while the raw coconut oil has basically no effect. I really want to use this instead of toothpaste but I feel that is an important point. what are the mystery enzymes added to make the coconut oil go from just good to awesome?

    • sluzen says

      You didn’t mention the studies you refer to. Please post a link.

      The definition of all raw food, including coconut oil, is any food that has never been at temperatures above 98 F. according to the Biochemist and raw food health specialist, Aajonus Vonderplanitz. In the processing of coconut oil the temperatures reach well above 98 F and more like 180 F or more. This is true of all coconut oil. Therefore there is no such thing as raw coconut oil no matter what the label says, again according to Vonderplanitz. This is NOT true of olive oil, that is, if an olive oil says it is cold-processed, it is in fact raw by definition.

      He stated also at a conference with big corporation participation that all supplements, i.e. those powders that we put in capsules and pills are also effected by high heat. The big corporations threatened to take legal action for his statements. However he was not concerned because he had checked all these major manufacturer conditions before the conference.

      I am sure fermented foods are better, if and only if, those microorganisms doing the fermentation are not generically altered (GMO). I do know of Monsanto GMO fermentation of nutrients that result in toxic nutrients. However, these same GMO fermented nutrients have studies to back them up also. Regardless of the studies, these GMO-microorganism derived nutrients via fermentation are toxic. In this day and age of lie and fraud all around us, we must discern.

      This does not mean the studies you are going to provide us with are flawed. But, we need to see them first. Thank you in advance for posting the studies.

  17. Houa says

    I just saw this a few weeks ago and finally decided to try it out. Is it better for the coconut oil to be a solid or a liquid when you start making it? Will there be a difference? And is it alright to put it in a plastic container instead of a glass jar?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      You can make it when it is liquid or hardened, but may be be easier to stir when liquid. You can store it in any container, I use glass just to avoid the BPA and Phthalates.

      • Houa says

        I just tried it this morning and to be honest, I wanted to gag. As I read the above comments, I’ll just have to get used to it. Thank you for answering right away!

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I couldn’t handle the taste at first either, but after a few days I quickly got use to it. You can add a little peppermint or stevia to help with the taste.

  18. Elyssa says

    My 2 year old LOVES this toothpaste. Sad but true fact-he is BETTER about brushing his teeth than his parents and we only brush because we are copying him!

    My husband is worried about him swallowing the mixture rather than spitting it out as he still hasn’t figured that out yet, is it too dangerous?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Coconut oil and baking soda are both edible, for me, my biggest concern was with the fluoride and chemicals in commercial toothpaste.

  19. Yoko says

    I’ve been using Pro Namel toothpaste from Sensodyne, but I found Sodium Fluoride in one of the ingredients and I was thinking to switch to baking soda & coconut toothpaste, but does this protect sensitive teeth as well?

  20. Laura says

    I was really excited to make this, but it taste horrible any suggestions or i need to use better product?. Thanks

  21. Laurie says

    What a terrible idea! I used to brush my teeth with baking soda every day, but had to stop. Dentists warn against it because it’s abrasive and will wear away enamel, which, unfortunately, you can never get back. I have spots that are worn away, it can be REALLY painful.

    • Doug says

      Laurie,
      I must respectfully disagree with your dentist. Baking soda by itself is one of the most if not the most mild abrasive as compared to commercially marketed toothpastes. Then too the acid killing property of baking soda also enhances the fine qualities for tooth paste. When blended with the superior lubrication, superior anti-pathogen properties of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil even that low abrasive quality of baking soda is diminished to an even greater state of mildness. I am providing one of the several documentaries that show that baking soda is a prime ingredient for the BEST oral hygiene period and the price is incredibly low compared to fluoride laced toxic commercial toothpaste. The things that dentists don’t seem to know or understand is what keeps them in business. You can take that to the bank. I can provide you with safe information that will most likely end all dental repairs save the periodic cleanings and checkups at your dentist. Think of the pain you’ll miss out on both in the dental chair and at the bank. :-)

    • Doug says

      Laurie,
      Tooth and gum abrasion can also be caused by toothbrush damage also. Only a soft bristle brush should be selected for brushing teeth. The marketplace is jammed full of medium and hard bristle tooth brushes and that should not be. ALL toothbrushes should be soft bristle brushes. Too, electric toothbrushes utilizing soft bristle brushes are the very best selection because electric/ power toothbrushes are quite harmless to enamel and gums. That is due to the limited motion pattern that they have been designed to produce. The SPINBRUSH manufactured and marketed by Arm and Hammer Corp are very good, perhaps less expensive to use than hand powered toothbrushes. One drawback to the SPINBRUSH is that good battery charge condition is vital to cleaning efficiency. The batteries need to be changed on average once a week. Also actual brush condition is most important and I find the brush head needs to be changed at least once a month or more often because the tips of the bristles get worn and damaged. It is the very tip of the bristles that do the cleaning. When one washes out the entire mouth as with the use of a WaterPik water flosser especially the teeth at the gum line and between teeth before brushing is when things really get good. That biofilm filled with tiny bits of food left behind after brushing is what causes disease and decay.

    • Patty says

      Laurie and Doug,

      I just went to my dentist last April (2013) and told him I had been using baking soda and water for about 2 months. He said to STOP THAT RIGHT NOW. It’s the most horrid thing you can do to your teeth aside from drinking juices, drugs, etc…all day long.

      But when I was brushing with baking soda, my teeth were no longer sensitive. He gave me 3 or 4 different sensitive tooth toothpastes (of course all had Fluoride in them) to try. My teeth are very sensitive. As a matter of fact when I drink anything very hot, or very cold, I have to use a straw. Yes, even the hot beverages.

      He also sold me some paste to put on my teeth at night when I go to bed?

      I go back for my 6 month check up in two weeks. :(

      • Doug says

        FW:
        Doug says:
        October 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Does your dentist give misleading advice? Does a dentist have a conflict of interest in giving advice to a patient? I think so, after all if that advice reduces or eliminates future treatments it cuts off or reduces the dentist’s income.

        Finances are a powerful force and that force can become like a drug of choice for the dentist or other professional with the client relationship. Surely not all professionals are evil money grubbers, but that is determined by the individual professional, it seems like the majority of them are corrupt. The same principle applies to all professional fields including medicine.

        Stop and take a look around and you will find that pharmaceutical medicine has become a common addiction and the older a person is the more separate medicines they are usually enticed to purchase on a scheduled basis. Too, the more medicines a person allows into their body, the more negative side effects that occur, keeping a person more ill, and more strapped by the doctor whose care they are under. I urge everyone to conduct independent research and think outside of the box. The best ways to retain good health or recover from poor health will not be found at the allopathic, burn, poison, and butcher health society. Most do not want to be the sacrificial lamb being led to the alter of financial harvest.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfOUDL-Qck

  22. Angie says

    I started a process to fill a hole I had in one of my molars ( I´m not sure if that´s the way to say it in English),but I didn´t go back to the dentist after I found out about all the harmfull chemicals they use.
    What could I do? There arent holistic dentists in my country, and I have many cavities from years of eating unhealthy food.

    • Doug says

      I want to tell you that doing the right home cure will fill cavities…but I cannot from my perspective. Cavities are a real problem that seems to require professional dentist attention. Remember your problem started from your actions, eating the wrong foods and or beverages, then neglecting proper oral hygiene. Double whammy against you at your doings. Thankfully dentists exist to repair that type of damage. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic, and glass materials called composite resin fillings. SILVER AMALGAM is to be avoided if at all possible. Other filling materials seem to be otherwise O.K. What can happen if one continues to avoid fillings is that they may encounter root canal abcsess (painful jaw infection and body fever requiring serious and timely surgery). If the condition is beyond repair sadly it may require tooth extraction. This is why it is important to exercise effective oral hygiene at all times. Besides what dentist hygienist teach, it is necessary to wash the entire mouth out, particularly between the teeth with a small pressure washer like a “WaterPik, water flosser”: http://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/ after as soon as possible after each and every time food or beverages are consumed. Then followed with a thorough brushing, flush and mouthwash. I like colloidal silver for mouthwash myself. That way the mouth is always free of bacteria and the acids that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.

  23. says

    I use baking soda and coconut oil toothpaste and it makes my mouth feel clean. I also like that it is healthy for me rather than filled with toxic chemicals. So easy and so inexpensive.

  24. Doug says

    Does your dentist give misleading advice? Does a dentist have a conflict of interest in giving advice to a patient? I think so, after all if that advice reduces or eliminates future treatments it cuts off or reduces the dentist’s income.

    Finances are a powerful force and that force can become like a drug of choice for the dentist or other professional with the client relationship. Surely not all professionals are evil money grubbers, but that is determined by the individual professional, it seems like the majority of them are corrupt. The same principle applies to all professional fields including medicine.

    Stop and take a look around and you will find that pharmaceutical medicine has become a common addiction and the older a person is the more separate medicines they are usually enticed to purchase on a scheduled basis. Too, the more medicines a person allows into their body, the more negative side effects that occur, keeping a person more ill, and more strapped by the doctor whose care they are under. I urge everyone to conduct independent research and think outside of the box. The best ways to retain good health or recover from poor health will not be found at the allopathic, burn, poison, and butcher health society. Most do not want to be the sacrificial lamb being led to the alter of financial harvest.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfOUDL-Qck

  25. aimee says

    i don’t understand why this wouldn’t last indefinitely? all the ingredients are shelf stable, obviously……i make mine in huge batches and use throughout the year or give away.

    • Doug says

      Most oils go rancid within one year, extra virgin coconut oil is in that group. If one wants long term storage of this toothpaste perhaps they should freeze it until use.

      • aimee says

        i would love to see where you found that information, from what i see on mercola, nutiva and tropical traditions, etc. coconut oil should last at least 18 months and others suggest up to seven years with no sign of rancidity….

        • Doug says

          Well Aimee, if you’ve found contradicting information about extra virgin coconut oil more power to you. I keep on the safe side and like it fresh. :-)

  26. Dorsey says

    Been meaning to write here to tell you how much I enjoy this toothpaste. I did do one thing different though as I have been using a baking soda/sea salt mix moistened with aloe as I had tooth problems. This was a miracle formula. However, I really like the benefits of coconut oil and I do like having a tooth paste ready for action so you don’t have to mix it up when you want to use it. So….. what I did was added 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Pink salt to the formula. It works great and seems to be maintaining my good teeth. Thanks for a great recipe……. really do love having it “ready”. :-)

  27. Alex says

    I have been brushing my teeth with pure olive oil soap for about 3 or 4 months and once or twice a week I will brush with baking soda as it is a mild abrasive. What I am wondering is if it is ok to use baking soda with that coconut oil every day since I heard that using baking soda too frequently can wear out the enamel and be bad for your teeth. Any problems you’ve had? Does the mix with Coconut oil make the baking soda not so abrasive?

    • Doug says

      Alex,
      Some of the dentists have stated to avoid baking soda due to abrasiveness. Research shows that is patently false. Based on data collected at http://dukeslc.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/toothpaste-abrasion-ratings/ baking soda by itself blended with water is the very least abrasive solution of ANY commercially available toothpaste. When baking soda is blended with equal amounts of extra virgin coconut oil that low abrasive rating becomes even less abrasive. The “slippery” baking soda-coconut oil blend seems to require a little abrasive additive such as grains of particular types of salt. I am using a small amount of food grade diatomaceous earth (silica) in stead of granular salt to accomplish the desired results with no apparent enamel erosion. Xylitol “birch sugar” is also a great additive as well. I receive a clean bill of health from my dentist when I visit for periodic checkups and cleaning at every 6 month interval without the need for Xrays which is also a wonderful benefit. Actually my oral health improves continually much to my dentist’s amazement. Too I use colloidal silver solution for my only mouthwash and an intensified oral cleanse including effectively rinsing and pressure washing my whole mouth, gums, and teeth, especially washing residual saliva as soon as possible after each meal and or snack opting for a continually “clean” whole mouth. I am experiencing not only oral health victory, but overall health victory. Oral disease, tooth decay and the accompanying high level of oral bacteria is, in my humble opinion, the root of many other very serious diseases including cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer. Don’t we know that what’s in the mouth influences the body as a whole?

      • Alex says

        Thanks for the answer Doug. I made some of this toothpaste today and used it, it feels very different than I would have expected from what you guys described. It was pasty but kind of rough, and grainy. I’ll continue the experiment and see how it works out for me. After I finished brushing my teeth feel very nice.

      • Alex says

        My formula was 1/2 tbsp baking soda, 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, and 2 drops of tea tree oil. I made a very small amount to try it out first.

        • Doug says

          Alex, Tea Tree oil seems like a great addition as it has often times also shown to be a great healing agent. Baking soda-coconut oil based toothpaste, as you probably know, is very temperature sensitive. The ideal temperature is approximately 80 F degrees so that the oil is completely liquified but not too warm so that it softens the bristles of the brush. As the oil temperature drops to a more solidified state the value of this wonderful toothpaste becomes worthless. Also stirring is required to maintain proper distribution of the ingredients, as baking soda and additional abrasive selections over time will settled to the bottom, isolating the oil from the blend.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I’ve been using it daily for a few years now and have never had an issue with it being too abrasive. It is only mildly abrasive, my dentist said that some commercial toothpastes are actually more abrasive than just baking soda.

  28. Mary Trillich says

    hi my name is Mary…I just made this toothpaste and its great, except for one thing: i didnt add the peppermint bc the peppermint herbal supplement i had bought isnt looking very good…it is black and thick and does not have a nice bright peppermint taste!…What’s wrong with it?…doyou think it good or not…need to know asap, thanks! I’m gonna return it i got it one week ago and i do not like it….Thank you for the recipe…i will add a good peppermint oil when i find one!…Thanks!~

    • Doug says

      If you ask me, the peppermint herbal supplement you have should be returned for refund, then the Peppermint Oil I find very pleasant, and affordable comes from http://www.vitacost.com. Check out http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-100-pure-peppermint-oil-4-fl-oz-118-ml Then use just 1/8th teaspoon of the Vitacost product mixed with 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons baking soda. I find it needs a little abrasive additive like food grade diatomaceous earth (silica) or a particular type mineral salt to perfect it’s cleaning factors. Caution: Go easy with the abrasive additive so as not to damage the tooth enamel. I hope this helps you.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      If the color and odor changed, it sounds like you may need to return it and get another one.

  29. Elaine says

    When using coconut oil, does it matter if it the solid form or liquid? Also, I want a more thicker con do I add more of the baking soda? Lastly how long is the self life of I make enough to fill a 3oz tube?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      You can use it either in liquid or solid, but it may be easier to mix when liquid. For it to be thicker, I would put it in the fridge and it will solidify more. I keep it for a few weeks to a month.

  30. Judy Bacon says

    I use this recipe for the toothpaste. I add peppermint oil and some stevia. I scoop it out of my glass jar with the back of the toothbrush, and hold it in my hand for a few seconds until the oil melts and then brush. It tastes fine. I do this in the morning after oil pulling the coconut oil for twenty minutes. I then take a probiotic mint from Garden of Life and let it dissolve in my mouth. All of this is best done on an empty stomach in the mornings and then just brush my teeth at night without the oil pulling and dissolve another probiotic mint again. My teeth are getting whiter and they feel amazingly clean and fresh. Haven’t had a cavity in a long time and my gums are very healthy. I also use the coconut/baking soda/arrowroot powder and tea tree oil. Works great. I use Coconut Oil for almost everything. By the way they have discovered that fluoride converts to aluminum when digested. Aluminum has been linked with brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimers type problems. Pretty scary. Anyway, give this a try.

    • Judy Bacon says

      I use the second recipe for deodorant not toothpaste, sorry accidently missed saying that. By the way coconut oil at least the organic virgin kind lasts almost indefinitely. FYI there is actually no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut oil it is an advertising device.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      That’s great that your teeth are whiter and you haven’t had any cavities, I’ve noticed the same benefits. :)

  31. Danielle says

    My 2yr old has tooth decay. The dentist wants to pull the top using general anesthesia. I’ve changed his diet completely. Started him on cod liver oil and butter oil. Do you think this toothpaste will help

    • Lori Klein says

      That’s great that you started him with cod liver oil. Switching to fluoride free toothpaste can help prevent cavities, ever since I switched I haven’t had any cavities.

  32. Danny says

    Hi! I’m really glad I came across this recipe. I actually tried this on my own with coconut oil, baking soda, sea salt, and a little bit of stevia. I do have a small suggestion. I think it would be great if you put your recipe on pinterest! It would really spread the word. No fuss though..just a suggestion.

  33. says

    Use RED HIll Baking soda and you will have a tooth paste that’s not tested on animals:) Don’t use proctor and Gamble baking soda…they test on those poor little creatures always resulting in torture and death.

  34. cal says

    Thanks just what i needed!!

    i will also recommend adding some mint flavored chlorophyll if desired.

  35. patty olc says

    I am lalzy so I dip my brush in coconut oil then in baking soda. Works for me! I love the flavor, (no peppermint here)
    Works wonders on my stained teeth from berries, wine and what not? Thanks a million!

  36. Raymond Howard says

    I just thought of coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste at work today. Googled it when I got home and found your recipe. I just made some and I’m about to try it now. Thanks.

    Sincerely, Raymond

  37. Becca says

    Thank you for providing many great home remedies. However, as a licensed dentist, I believe that baking soda particles are highly abrasive. If used over time, especially with a hard bristled toothbrush and vigorous brushing, this could potentially be abrasive on the tooth enamel.

    Also, I had a patient who consumed large amounts of colloidal silver and his skin was clearly blue. He appeared so blue that I was concerned he was cyanotic and not able to intake enough oxygen!

  38. Peter says

    Thanks for the great recipe! I’ve researched around the internet and found some people like to add in 1 teaspoon of natural sea salt to the portions you mentioned as well (2 tbsp coconut oil & baking soda, 1 tspn sea salt). I made mine last night and found that it solidified as well and heard people adding in 10% olive oil will keep it liquid rather. Have you tried this before Lori?

    • Lori Klein says

      I’ve tried it with sea salt and that’s a great addition to the toothpaste! In colder temperatures the coconut oil can cause it to solidify, but usually when I scoop it out, put it on my toothbrush and start brushing, it melts in just seconds. I haven’t heard of adding olive oil, let us know how you like it with the olive oil. :)

  39. Amber says

    I have used a similar paste on my skin, but with less baking soda. It works great for itchy skin, and I have used it both on myself when I had hives and on my dog, who seems to always be itchy. I am considering adding in a little peppermint extract since it is supposed to have a soothing effect. I was thinking of making toothpaste out of it but wasn’t sure of the proportions.

  40. Trelle says

    I use coconut oil and baking soda as a toothpaste but the taste of the baking soda is too much for me so I’m planning on purchasing some peppermint essential oil. One thing I am confused about ,however, is that it has been said that essential oils are not safe to consume. I am confused about that because many DIY toothpaste recipes mention peppermint oil and I was planning on adding 8 drops to my toothpaste blend, but I don’t want to risk my health. Where can I buy peppermint oil that is safe for consumption?

    • Lori Klein says

      Hi Trelle, you can safely add it to your toothpaste, just make sure it is a good quality brand as some are adulterated. Many also use essential oils by adding them to teas or even putting a couple drops in empty capsules (depends which kind of essential oils). I use Young Living essential oils, to get them just click the essential oil image under my ‘about me picture’ on my side bar. Feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions at lori.healthextremist@yahoo.com :)

  41. Doug says

    I’ve been happy with coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste for a couple years now, BUT something very important has surfaced. This fabulous replacement for toxic commercial toothpaste is great when USED IN MODERATION. The problem is that baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate made up of sodium chloride, or table salt, and calcium carbonate. If used freely such as several times a day for oral hygiene purposes in toothpaste it has the side affect of causing cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure as I am now showing early symptoms of. I will reduce the use of extra virgin coconut oil and baking soda immediately by increasing the amount of coconut oil in the blend and reducing baking soda and only use it once a day particularly after a high acid meal. To fill the gap I will also exercise pressure washing with pure warm water to eliminate food debris and brush with water only as needed. Colloidal silver will also serve as a mouthwash as needed. Yes using too much of this great toothpaste is not good even though my dental hygiene is excellent because of it I’m experiencing prehypertension even though everything else in my daily life is made up of healthy choices. Please use Caution with sodium. Also another need with over use of salt is supplementation with potassium in the diet. Potassium dietary supplementation naturally reduces sodium retention and pomegranite juice is a known cardiovasular aid according to many in the natural health care field.

  42. Doug says

    Extra Virgin Coconut oil makes the greatest frying oil. It seems like the best thing since sliced bread. EVCO makes fried and baked goods taste super and is the ideal replacement for shortening etc., but I prefer a blend of quality dairy butter and macadamia oil for topping spread.

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