DIY Toothpowder

We love making our own personal care. This DIY toothpowder is non-toxic, dentist-approved, and quick to make with simple ingredients.

Have you tried tooth powder yet?

I love using it – and my dentist approves of the results when I see him every six months! 

The best is that you quickly and easily make this DIY tooth powder at home with simple, non-toxic ingredients.

With many products, I wonder if there’s a way I can make it myself.  Usually, that saves me money and I know exactly what’s in it.  Such as this 2-ingredient body wash.

As an added bonus, we are not throwing empty toothpaste tubes into the trash and landfill.

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Since I originally posted this DIY toothpowder recipe, I have been experimenting a lot. Usually, it’s a variation of the same theme and ingredients. 

More recently though, I have been using a different recipe: 

  • 2 TBSP food-grade bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp baking soda (best to use aluminum-free baking soda)
  • 1 TBSP Xylitol
  •  ½ tsp cacao powder (the highest quality you can afford)
  •  10-20 drops Tooth & Gum Elixir (or essential oils of your choice)

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to cycle through various recipes to get the benefits of all these various ingredients. 

I also know that you know that you should discuss any changes in your dental care and hygiene with your dentist.

DIY toothpowder

Benefits of the ingredients for DIY toothpowder:

Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is actually a type of soil. For the longest time, we have been told to stay away from dirt – as it is dirty. However, bentonite clay is gently abrasive, mineral-rich, alkaline (reducing the acidity in the mouth), and remineralizing.

Baking soda

Baking soda also promotes alkalinity in the mouth.  Even though most of us have baking soda at home, I encourage you to find aluminum-free baking soda for your DIY toothpowder.


Xylitol is sugar extracted from birch. It decreases cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Since it is a sugar, we only add a little bit to the toothpowder.

Cacao powder

Interestingly enough, cacao also has a mineralizing effect. This is great news for all chocolate lovers!

Tooth & Gum Elixir

While you can add any essential oils or herbs that you like, we love this particular essential oil blend. It freshens the breath and balances the pH in the mouth. If you have small children, this Tooth & Gum Elixir might be a bit too strong.  In that case, you could add cinnamon and ginger. 

Homemade toothpowder

My original DIY toothpowder recipe:

Here is my recipe with the ingredients’ benefits:

  • 1/2 TBSP sea salt – is a mild abrasive and rich in trace minerals
  • 2 TBSP baking soda – acts as an ideal mild abrasive, which dissolves, leaving no grit behind;  it is alkaline, helping to neutralize excess acid in the mouth
  • 2 TBSP bentonite clay – mild abrasive, alkaline (helps neutralize excess acid in the mouth), full of trace minerals, and helps draw toxins out of the body
  • 1/2 TBSP myrrh powder – strengthens teeth and gums
  • a few drops of peppermint essential oil – for a fresh taste

Sea salt is easy to find in any grocery store.  I like to get aluminum-free baking soda, bentonite clay, and myrrh powder from my local food co-op but you can also get them at amazon (baking sodabentonite clay, and myrrh powder).  You can find peppermint essential at many grocery stores or buy it online either from amazon or another reputable source.

For the above recipe, I like to use about 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil but I like its strong taste.  If you are new to making this recipe, I suggest using less peppermint since you can always add more.  Of course, you can use spearmint instead of peppermint.  You could also use fennel essential oil, whatever your favorite flavor is.

This recipe gives you a very cheap alternative to regular toothpaste.  Feel free to play with the ratios – at this point, I only follow this recipe very loosely.  When done, fill your toothpowder in any small container of your choice.  I have used small jars from jams they serve in fancy hotels or clean empty face mask containers.

Let me know how you like it in the comments section below!

Happy mixing and brushing!


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  1. Making our own personal care products can be empowering, and this DIY toothpowder sounds fantastic! It’s reassuring to know that it’s non-toxic and dentist-approved. However, it’s important to remember that DIY solutions should be complemented with regular visits to the dentist. Professional check-ups and cleanings ensure comprehensive oral care and help detect any underlying issues. Let’s strike a balance between natural alternatives and expert dental care for a healthy, vibrant smile!

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  4. Wow, this is such a neat idea! I’ve seen many DIY toothpaste recipes, but nothing like this. I’m excited to try it out!

  5. I love this. I have been looking into tooth powder for a couple of years now. I may just have to try this recipe out! Thanks!

  6. You are so creative. I love this. Definitely will be making. Anything I can do to cut down on waste and help out our environment.

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