Homemade Toothsoap

Homemade Toothpaste

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I am not a huge expert on flouride or dental health, but I do know that sulfates are not healthy.  So why would I put them in my mouth?  Or even worse, in my children’s mouths?

It’s such a shame that many personal care products contain sulfates, parabens and other nasty ingredients that can contribute to cancer and other health problems.  Slowly, but surely, I am learning to use products that are safe for the whole family, as well as for the environment.

Sometimes, those safe products are hard to track down.  And sometimes, as in this case, they turn out to be really easy to make.  I use my Vitamix!

My dear friend Heather began using this toothsoap recipe  from Jackie at Homestead Wannabes and passed it along to me.  We’ve been using it for several months now. 

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At first, it was a hard sell for the munchkins.  They were used to the super-sweet, fruity flavors of their flouride-free (but not sulfate-free) baby toothpaste.  It took a few weeks (maybe longer) for them to adjust, but now all is well at teeth-brushing-time.

And in related news, Mr. Native Texan wanted nothing to do with the toothsoap…at first. Eventually, he asked to try it.  Now he uses it just like the rest of us!  {Hooray!}

A word about essential oils:  Since the toothsoap will be going into your mouth, you’ll want to use a high quality, therapeutic grade essential oil.

For the kids, I generally use unscented Dr. Bronner’s and Wild Orange EO.  Other good choices would be Peppermint, or a Protective oil blend of clove, cinnamon and rosemary.

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Storage: I found these fantastic 3 oz pump bottles at The Container Store!  As of May 2013, they’re on sale for $.99.  Get ’em while you can!

Coconut Oil:  I buy mine from Tropical Traditions.  I HIGHLY recommend their products, including their coconut oil skincare products (and more).  Their coconut oil is the best quality I’ve found, at the best price around (when you take advantage of special offers, free shipping, bulk prices, etc).

What’s your favorite natural toothpaste?

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  1. Teresa on 12/19/2012 at 12:19 am

    So I think, I am going to take the plunge and make this toothsoap…How did you get yours into your spray bottles?

    • Yankee Homestead on 12/19/2012 at 1:17 am

      Teresa, I think you meant pump bottles, right? (Might be a little tricky to spray it out)! I used a funnel. You have to sort of push the soap down through the funnel spout, but it worked. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out…

      • Teresa on 12/20/2012 at 1:42 am

        Totally meant pump but was too lazy to Change the wording..I knew you would know what I meant 🙂

        • Yankee Homestead on 12/25/2012 at 4:02 pm


  2. Jackie on 06/03/2013 at 1:49 am

    Wow, I’m honored that you recommend my tooth soap recipe! I’m so glad you family has made it through the period of adjustment and that like us, you have many cavity free years ahead. God Bless, Jackie

    • Kathleen on 06/08/2013 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks again for the recipe; we love it!

  3. Erika Oaks on 09/17/2014 at 10:49 pm

    What about in the winter? How do you keep the coconut oil from hardening?

    • Kathleen on 09/19/2014 at 7:12 pm

      Erika–I’ve never had a problem with the toothsoap hardening during the winter. 🙂

  4. Kathy on 09/19/2014 at 2:56 am

    Please be caerful in recomending some esestial oils, some oils con bring on seizures if you are prone to them. I have been using essential olis for years and love them but I also have had some seizures and know the ones to stay away from. Thank You and Be Well !!!

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