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  1. says

    Mmm, may have to try this. We like the lemon earthpaste. I have made home made with the clay, but did not like it. We have been using doTERRA toothpaste, but the littles think it is too spicy. So, I will make a batch of this for them. Do they gross out…or do you…by all dipping in the same jar?
    Would love you to share this at oil me up wednesday at my lamp is full!

    • Tiffany says

      LOL – no gross out factor here. Actually, I had the kids test the lemon as I was making it so it was lemon-y enough, but not too much. The key is to go light on the tea tree oil and salt as both are very prominent in lemon. One batch makes only 1.5oz, so it’s enough to know whether or not you’ll like it, but not too much where you’ll waste it.

    • says

      We make our own toothpaste as well, although this recipe sounds better. We solve the gross out issue by dividing the toothpaste between tiny jelly jars so each person has their own jar.

  2. shana trahan says

    With the clay, you say it can’t touch metals. What about fillings? Only one row of mine are tooth colored composite, most of my mouth is silver. Also, what other sweetening options do you think would work? I want to try growing some stevia, but we don’t have any right now.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Shana!

      Bentonite clay can absorb and bind toxins to metal, and I’ve read that for most people, fillings are not an issue because of the short contact with the toothpaste. However, I am not a dentist and you may want to contact one if you’re concerned. As for sweeteners, you can use stevia, xylitol or liquid erythritol.

  3. Melanie King says

    I just (literally the mailman knocked on the door with the package in the middle of) received my amazon order which had the Earthpaste I just ordered after agonizing over the price. I have all of this stuff, why didn’t I think of making my own?!?

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Tiffany says

      LOL – you’re welcome! Remember to cut the ends off when it’s nearing empty, then go for the gusto!!

      • Melanie King says

        Finally finished the Earthpaste and just made this recipe, we will find out what the family thinks tonight. I was thinking I might try cutting off the end of our last tube and put it in the tube instead of in a jar. At least that way we will not be double dipping, but the consistency is too tight, so I am not sure it will work in a tube.

        • Tiffany says

          Let us know what you think Melanie! I’ve found that the recipe really shines about 2 days after you make it – allowing the ingredients to meld together well rather than stand out. So, if you need to make any significant changes, wait until then. Although adding a bit more water should help with the consistency issue immediately, especially if you want to reuse the tube!

  4. says

    The xylitol in the toothpaste is not to make it sweet but because xylitol is good for teeth. Because the bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. I will have to try this!

  5. Max says

    What about the water as an ingredient. Isn’t there a chance this will go rancid and/or breed bacteria due to the water?

    • Tiffany says

      I don’t believe so Max, but I’m not a chemist. ;) Tea tree oil is antimacrobial, and I’ve purposely made small amounts just to be on the safe side.

        • M says

          It depends what you want to do. If it is to avoid fluoride, then use distilled, unless you are lucky enough to live in a place that doesn’t put it in the tap water. If it is to avoid germs then either, but be aware that boiling can concentrate contaminants like fluoride.

        • Chrystal S says

          Of course, then distilled water adds to the total price. Distilled water can get pricey too. I’d love to see a price breakdown with that factored in. Though people that steam clean their floors (like with a Shark) will already have distilled water around, as that is the water you need for those machines.

          • Tiffany says

            Hi Chrystal! I can’t speak for the cost of distilled water, but we get water locally that is filtered. It’s 35¢ per gallon, and there’s 256 Tbsp in each gallon, making each tablespoon $.001. :)

  6. Alexis says

    This sounds awesome…as we switched from Earthpaste due to the price. Are Tea Tree and Melaluca interchangeable? .I was thinking they were the same but thought I’d check.

      • says

        We made two batches – one with orange essential oil and one with cinnamon oil. My youngest loved making it with me and as soon as we were done, he was brushing away. LOL! The only thing I changed is the amount of tea tree oil. 4 drops of tea tree oil was a bit too over-drying to the mouth, so for those with dry mouth issues, I would recommend 2 drops instead. Also, I added a teaspoon of baking soda to my cinnamon oil version and since I don’t care much about sweet, it reminded me of the Tom’s baking soda toothpaste. All this to say, it was a smashing success and we’re all excited about brushing our teeth! :) Thanks again for a GREAT recipe and awesome opportunity to save $$$. xo, Kelly

  7. says

    Sounds very interesting. I might have to try this.

    I had to laugh out loud about the Mom gone crunchy comment. Sometimes I feel that way too. SInce I seem to be the only one among my friends that even thinks about such things.

  8. Helen says

    Tiff! Wow! I’m impressed. We just started buying Earthpaste at Azure. I can’t bring myself to taste it yet though, I’m finicky, though I DO want to get away from conventional toothpaste because OH the ingredients. Calvin LOVES the lemon, even though hubby and I think it smells like pledge ;) This would be fun for Calvin to get to make his own though! I might ponder that.

    Can you talk about EOs that are safe to ingest? I have some sweet orange for making my foaming hand soap but I know it says not to ingest. I think my TTO is NOW brand….will have to read it.

    • Tiffany says

      Don’t smell, just taste! :) I haven’t done TONS of research on EO’s, but the ones I’ve heard that should not be ingested are Rose and Frankincense.

    • Maiesha says

      It depends on where you get your oils. I don’t use Rose but I have doTERRA and their frankincense can be used internally. It is all based on the quality of the oil but there are some that still can’t be ingested. I have a sweet orange (cheap brand) that cannot be ingested but doTERRA’s wild orange CAN be ingested. Hope that helps!

  9. Jennifer says

    I actually enjoy my coconut oil based toothpaste but I love earthpaste as well. I have everything I need to make it so maybe the next batch I make I will give the peppermint a try. Or I may do cinnamon, that’s my favorite!

  10. Christy says

    With all the ick that has been going around our house, I’m not crazy about dipping even one toothbrush into the jar day after day. If I cut the end off an empty tube and refilled it with the homemade paste, do you think those toothpaste tube squeezer things would be strong enough to seal it shut again?

    • Tiffany says

      Hmm.. good question Christy! I’m not sure it would, but it’s worth a try! Another option is to make one batch and share among little 1-2oz containers like these: http://amzn.to/NAMxga, or the ones that are reusable like little lip gloss containers. We have a few of those too :)

    • Helen says

      If you cut open the tube, what are you going to do with what was left in it already? You’re making such a small amount with this recipe I’m not sure it would squeeze out.

  11. HJ says

    I have been thinking of doing this since I have been using $$$ doTERRA (as someone else said, is too spicy for the kiddos) and trying different brands (just ordered some from Azure) but the prices are killing me.

    I will have to make some adjustments according to my supplies. First, I have pascalite clay (which I usually just use with my other toothpaste). Secondly, I happen to have xylitol on hand, so I will have to experiment with amount as it is not as sweet as stevia (or did you list amt somewhere?). Also, I only have himilayan pink salt–it’ll have to do. Finally, I love my grapefruit oil so I will definitely give it a go!

    Thanks for posting! God Bless!

    • Tiffany says

      I haven’t heard of pascalite clay, but I imagine any earth-based clay with all the trace minerals would work just as well. I don’t know the sweetness of xylitol in comparison to stevia, so you’d definitely have to experiment. Grapefruit toothpaste sounds yummy too! Like a summer version of lemon! :) Good luck HJ!

  12. Laura says

    Two questions: Any reason to be concerned about trace amounts of lead in the clay? My jar of Redmond Bentonite clay says that it does contain trace amounts of lead. Also, I use essential oils extrenally, or for mouth-swishing at times, but any tips out there to help kids not to swallow the EO and other stuff in the toothpaste (from my understanding, it is not safe to use EO oils internally, though I would imagine some feel it is OK)? Maybe my real question is, would you consider having kids younger than 4 brush with this? I’m concerned that they don’t quite get the ‘spit it out’ idea, and might be swallowing more than a little bit. Thanks for any help on this – the recipe looks like something I’d like to try!

    • Helen says

      They don’t say anything on their site, but the tube says they are all ingredients you could eat so no need to spit. I use it on my three year old.

      • Laura says

        Thanks for the feedback, Helen, it is greatly appreciated! I’m pretty new to this natural-tooth-healing thing! ;-)

        • Tiffany says

          Thanks Helen!

          @Laura – basically the same thing that Helen said. All of their ingredients are safe to be ingested, so in theory, the combination of all of the above should be too. I’m not concerned about it, plus we use half of a pea sized amount so it’s really tiny. We’ve been using it since my daughter was 3 (son was 5) and haven’t had any health issues except healthier mouths. :)

  13. Julie says

    Sorry this may be a dumb question but you mentioned no metals can come in contact with the toothpaste. Is it ok to use the metal lids like the one in you picture? Thanks so much! May be off to the Container Store today! I miss my earthpaste!

    • Tiffany says

      No question is stupid! The toothpaste is a solid, so it doesn’t come in contact with the lid. Only the rubber lip touches the edge of the jar, and the toothpaste doesn’t even get that far up. I have been watching, and we haven’t had any issues so far. However, if you’re concerned, they do make plastic jars/lids that would solve it! :)

  14. Amanda says

    This looks like a great recipe! I’ve been looking for one that tastes nice but I wonder if it is very effective on sensitive teeth? My husband suffers with sensitivity but he’s the one family member who still uses conventional toothpaste.
    Thanks!

    • Tiffany says

      You’re welcome Amanda! None of us have sensitive teeth, so I can’t speak from experience, but I’ll have another member in the family try who does and see if he notices any difference. :)

  15. Jane says

    I bought some earthpaste a while ago, and while I loved the taste (wintergreen), i never felt that my teeth were really clean – still furry. Like they needed exfoliating with some baking soda or something. I seem to be the only one that doesn’t have glowing reports of earthpaste. Do you think some baking soda could be added to this recipe to provide some ‘grit’? I really want to love it, and want to keep trying to make it work for me, so your comments would be welcome. Thanks

    • Tiffany says

      I’m sure you could add baking soda Jane, just start with a little bit and likely omit the salt (for taste purposes).

  16. Christina says

    You say add water, but tap or spring water has all kinds of things in it, such as minerals, chlorine, etc, so you should specify “distilled water,” which is what is used when making anything to put on the body.

    • Tiffany says

      You’re correct Christina – water should be distilled or boiled and cooled. I forgot to mention that I had used cooled boiled water. I’ll update the recipe!

  17. Robbin R says

    I was wondering about baking soda as well… why it is not in the recipe. I made this last night and love it! 5 stars! Thank you. Also, I could never bring myself to buy earthpaste – was bentonite clay an ingredient? I am curious why you chose that.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Robbin! Yes, bentonite clay is the main ingredient in Earthpaste (besides water). Earthpaste doesn’t contain baking soda, so I didn’t include it in my replica recipe. I’m also not much of a fan of baking soda toothpaste either. It’s got that same “weird” feeling as coconut oil. :) So glad you loved the recipe!

    • Tiffany says

      You can, but the measurement will be different. You’ll need more extract for the same flavor, so start with half as much water. Then add extract to taste, water for consistency, then taste again to make sure it’s minty enough!

  18. Charlie says

    How about sensitive teeth.

    I have to use sensodyne, because my teeth are so sensitive.

    Is there an ingredient for that?

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

  19. KK says

    Thanks for the great recipe, Tiffany!! I am wondering about one thing…my dentist doesn’t want me using baking soda on my gums as they are receding. I’m thinking the salt would also not be good for them. I know you are not a dentist:) but can you tell me the benefit of the salt being added and do you think I could omit it without a problem?
    Thanks!!

  20. Cheyenne says

    I’m making up a batch right now and a little confused. What is the consistency of your paste? In the picture, it looks pretty smooth. Mine is a big glob that won’t even come off the plastic spoon. Just not sure what I might have done? Thanks.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Cheyenne – you might want to add a bit more water, 1/2 tsp at a time, and mix really well with each addition. Consistency will depend on how much liquid is there, but I prefer mine on the softer side since it will dry up a bit as time goes on.

  21. Maria says

    Hey there Tiffany, first of all, great idea of making your own toothpaste :) I have 14 month old girl, and I was making the checklist for the ingredients you have used. However, in amazon they refer that “IMPORTANT: Current FSA guidelines suggest that Bentonite Clay in general is not suitable for internal consumption”. Since your recipe says 2 tablespoons of Bentonite Clay, do you think that there could arise any problem from my baby brushing her teeth with this?

  22. Stephanie says

    Is the texture something that could be squeezed? I’ve made a different type of toothpaste and put it in refillable travel tubes, but I did mine with coconut oil which became too solidified to go through the tube hole. Do you think it would work with yours?

    • Tiffany says

      Oh yes, this can be squeezed. As written, the toothpaste is on the thicker side. Add 1 tsp of water at a time and mix well until it’s the consistency you want to squeeze. There shouldn’t be an issue with the clay drying out since it won’t have contact with the air, so how ever thick it goes in should be how thick it is coming out. :)

  23. says

    I’m new to your site and it’s great!!! I’m going to try your Earthpaste. I’ve experimented a little with the coconut oil paste (weird, I agree) and just using a powder of salt, soda, clay with a few drops of EO. It’s ok. My question is this: Will the bentonite clay eventually clog up the drain? It is clay after all. Would it be better to spit in the trash? Just thinking ahead.

    Jody

    • Tiffany says

      Nope, I don’t believe the clay will clog the drain. We use such a small amount (like, 1/3 of a pea? maybe 1/2 a pea?) when we brush, that surely the amount of water we use when we wash our hands, and as often as we do, counteracts the clay. Plus clay mixes easily with water, so it doesn’t stay thick – it gets runny. Glad I’m not alone with the weird coconut oil toothpaste, lol!

  24. says

    Not a fan of Stevia personally, any idea if the Erythritol would sub in equal amts? Am excited to try this after watching both the natural and the other toothpaste climbing in price over the last few years where we live

    • Tiffany says

      I’ve never tried erythritol Kimberly, so I’m not 100% sure, but I bet it would work fine. Add this at the very end, mixing well and tasting along the way to get it just right. If it’s a powder, you might have to add a bit of water to compensate. I have no doubt you’ll love this – I know we do!!

      • says

        Pretty sure I meant xylitol but whichever ;) if I’m just adding to “taste” and can get the consistency I’m hopeful it will work

        i think it will be an amazing improvement over what we’ve been using which while effective, reminds me of brushing with coconut oil, gross. My husband can eat coconut oil by the spoonful so he never bats an eyelash over it

        • Tiffany says

          I’m with you on the gross factor. Making the toothpaste is pretty easy, and I don’t think you’ll have any issues on the consistency. :)

  25. says

    I got the gross out factor a few years ago and switched to a homemade tooth powder (Redmond Clay, ground cloves, etc). I can add a bit of baking soda on some batches, too. I still make small batches and I never have to worry about something weird thinking about growing in there. Another bonus is that I no longer have sensitive teeth UNLESS I use peroxide along with my tooth powder.

    People don’t think about disinfecting their toothbrushes. I keep a bottle of peroxide handy to give my toothbrush a squirt after using.

    My neighbor makes a coconut oil and clay toothpaste. Periodically they have a clogged or slow draining sink due to the coconut oil. She has small children, but that was enough for me not to start spitting coconut oil into my sink.

  26. says

    I was just about to look for clay toothpaste for us since my daughter was recently told she has cavities so I wanted to try clay toothpaste. Besides, the clay and tea tree oil, are other ingredients just for the taste? I mean, they don’t have any other properties, right? Can I add xylitol to deter cavities instead of stevia?

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Karen! I’ve heard that xylitol does have some beneficial properties with teeth (namely that it helps to keep bacteria at bay), but I haven’t done extensive research enough to offer more info than that. The xylitol is mainly for taste. The essential oils do have beneficial properties besides taste, so it’s worthwhile (in my opinion) to include them. I also don’t think the toothpaste would taste very good without them, lol, but you’re welcome to try! Real salt contains trace minerals, but it’s impact on the entire recipe is minimal so you can omit if you don’t have it.

  27. ChimChims says

    I would like to try this, as we struggle with a long family history of bad teeth. I want my children to be able to avoid the issues of their parents. It might take me a while to get the ingredients, but seems worth it. Would you use the same amount of Xylitol as you do Stevia?

    Also, regarding tubes. When my tube of Creamy Desitin (for baby) ran out, I used an oral medicine syringe to refill it. Might the same principal work with toothpaste tubes, without having to cut/destroy the tube itself?

    • Tiffany says

      I’ve never tried xylitol, so I’m not sure how much more/less sweeter it is than stevia. I suggest adding it at the very end so you can adjust to taste. Remember that it might be a bit sweeter in a couple days after the flavors meld together better.

      If you were refilling an old Earthpaste tube with the homemade version, I’d say it’s worth a shot. But I would not recommend refilling a conventional brand w/the homemade toothpaste. You also might have to adjust the consistency a bit to make it thinner if you want it to easily go through a syringe. :)

  28. Vicki says

    I like your recipe and will probably incorporate it into the recipe I currently use.
    Just a note – tea tree oil is not to be ingested because it can be toxic. Perhaps clove oil instead – it is protective, antibacterial, pain relieving and works as a very good fixative to keep the toothpaste yuck free. My recipe uses clove, orange, peppermint and tastes good.

    • Tiffany says

      Interesting Vicki, I hadn’t heard that. It’s also listed as an ingredient on Earthpaste’s product, and they’re safe to ingest. Do you buy chance have a link for me to read a bit more?

  29. Tammy says

    Looking forward to making this. I would probably use Thieves oil (Young Living Essential Oils). It contains cloves, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus (e. radiata). :)

  30. Chris De La Ross says

    I was wondering since the clay is not supposed to touch any metals. What if I have fillings that are metal?

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Chris! From the research I’ve done, the issue with clay is that it absorbs toxins over a period of time from metal. The issue comes mainly with storage. According to those who wrote the many articles I’ve read, the small contact it will have with your fillings shouldn’t be a problem, and if anything, it’ll absorb the toxins from them and you’ll spit them out! That’s my take on it.
      (PS – I have metal fillings and use it anyway :) )

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