Easy Homemade Tooth Powder

One of the first major changes I made while switching to a more natural lifestyle was getting rid of the conventional toothpaste I was using and switching to a more natural variety. I found after so long that I began to really like the flavor and texture of those natural pastes over the strangely sweet, foamy, and brightly colored products I’d used for years.

Easy Homemade Tooth Powder

After some time, though, I heard about tooth powders being another option for natural dental care. I admit that I thought it sounded rather strange, but I was still intrigued.

Eventually I gave it a whirl, and after a few years I’ve come up with an easy homemade tooth powder recipe that our family really enjoys. Even better, our dentist is pleased with the results as well!

Why Not Toothpaste?

Conventional toothpaste is packed with ingredients that are highly questionable, especially since toothpaste is put into the mouth about twice a day!

Consider, for instance, sodium laurel sulphate (SLS). SLS is commonly used in toothpastes as a foaming agent and detergent, but it’s also “a common detergent known to cause irritation and inflammatory reactions in skin.” (source) Doesn’t sound like something I want in my mouth or in my children’s.

Fluoride is questionable, especially when swallowed, leaving many to look for fluoride-free versions of toothpaste.

Chemical dyes are also used in those familiar baby blue pastes or crimson gels. Even when I wasn’t into natural products, I noticed that I couldn’t use toothpastes with red gel because the corners of my mouth would break out into sores.

Oh, and don’t forget the microbeads recently in the news. Yikes!

Natural toothpastes can be great alternatives, though not all that are labeled as natural are that much of an improvement. They also tend to be pricey! For a larger family, that cost quickly adds up.

Homemade tooth powder

Tooth Powder Ingredients and Actions

Homemade tooth powder can be a great alternative to conventional and natural toothpastes. It’s inexpensive, concentrated, and quickly made with simple ingredients.

Baking soda, bentonite clay, and unrefined sea salt gently clean teeth and act as mild abrasives. There is some thought that the clay is able to remineralize the teeth because it is high in certain minerals, but I haven’t been able to find any research to verify that.

Activated charcoal, though black, helps whiten teeth.

Stevia leaf, dried herbs, and ground spices add flavor, mild sweetness, and can help promote a healthy mouth.

Essential oils also add flavor and can contribute to a healthy mouth due to their antimicrobial properties.

Easy Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

Homemade tooth powder isn’t an exact science, but this recipe goes over well in the Smith home and the results went over well with our dentist. One batch of this also lasts our family of six tooth-brushers quite a few months!

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay (I prefer Redmond brand)
  • 1 T. unrefined sea salt (I prefer Real Salt)
  • 1 T. activated charcoal powder
  • 2 T. dried, crushed stevia leaf (whole herb, not extract)
  • 2 T. dried, crushed herb leaves (sage, spearmint, or peppermint are nice options), optional
  • 1 t. ground spice (cloves, cinnamon, or ginger are nice options), optional
  • 50 drops essential oils (I like 20 peppermint, 10 lemon, 10 sweet orange, 10 clove), optional

Be sure to see the Where to Buy section at the bottom of this post for a special offer!

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender, food processor, or large spice grinder and process until a uniform powder forms.
  2. Place into a non-reactive container.
  3. To use, sprinkle the tooth powder onto a moistened toothbrush, or lightly tap a moistened toothbrush into the powder and gently brush as usual.

Homemade tooth powder

  • You can make a very basic tooth powder with just the baking soda, bentonite clay, salt, and activated charcoal. It really won’t taste that great, so I at least suggest adding the dry stevia.
  • The herbs, spices, and essential oils used can be altered to suit your family’s preferences. They can also be left out altogether if you prefer.
  • Always use caution with the essential oils that you use. The tissues in our mouth are sensitive, so too many drops, or too many “hot” oils, can cause irritation. I err on the side of caution with 50 drops as it gives a very mild flavor.
  • You can certainly adjust this to fit your family’s preferences. Maybe all citrus oils or less baking soda are preferred in your house?

Where to Buy (Plus a Coupon Code!)

I mentioned that I like to use Redmond Clay and Real Salt in this tooth powder recipe, and you can save 15% on all Redmond products by using the code “smith15” at checkout on Redmond Trading’s store until 12/22/2014! I use both of these products for much more than just this tooth powder.

And now we pause for a moment of disclaiming. The following links are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links, your cost is the same while our family and this blog can be blessed by a small commission. Thanks!

This post was sponsored by Redmond Trading, a company that I enthusiastically recommend. 

Have you ever used tooth powder? Does it seem like a strange concept to you?

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    1. Hi Kristen,
      Your measurements aren’t really clear – what is a T supposed to be? A tablespoon should be shortened to Tbsp, and a teaspoon should be shortened to tsp. I assume it’s tablespoon but I really hate to assume, and I’m sure there are others who wouldn’t be. Could you please clarify? Thanks.

      1. Hi Mony. I’m sorry my abbreviations were confusing to you. Yes, you are correct with assuming T. as tablespoon and t. as teaspoon. I’ll clarify when I update this post in the near future. Thanks.

    2. This recipe for DIY toothpaste looks great, I’ve just ordered all the ingredients and can’t wait to try it! Can you tell me how long the powder lasts before it is past its best?

      1. Hi Mia! Since there’s no moisture in the tooth powder, it’s really shelf-stable. It’ll be months to years before it would go bad. The only thing you really need to consider is the age of your essential oils since they will eventually start to oxidize. I make a big batch and keep it in a dark cupboard, then pull out 1 cup or so at a time, add essential oils, and then keep it in our bathroom to use.

    3. I just made a batch of this and WOWZERS!!!!! my teeth were noticeably whiter with one brushing. Don’t get me wrong they weren’t flashy white but in comparison to my toothpaste I’d been using its a big difference!

    4. Just wondering why the sea salt? I noticed you did not give a reason.. I really want to try this but would have to break this down more seeing as I will be the only one using it.

      1. Hi Tia! I have sea salt listed up there with baking soda and clay. The salt acts as a mild abrasive to help clean and polish teeth. I find that 1 T helps the powder effectively clean without being too salty. If you think you wouldn’t like it, you can definitely use less or leave it out altogether!

          1. Hi Tia!
            I have the finely ground salt, so it just kind of becomes a more unified powder when I process it all together. I honestly don’t know if a food process will grind it up for you, but my guess is that it would do so with the other ingredients in there. If you’re concerned that it may not, I think you’d be fine leaving it out.

    5. Hi, Kristen! I was just thinking about a homemade toothpaste the other day as my Toms of Maine is now owned by Colgate. I know this happened a while ago but it just occurred to me I should be looking for something else. I’ve heard some people use a coconut oil and baking soda combination but since I use it for my deodorant it seems a little weird to use it in my mouth.

      Your recipe sounds interesting but can you explain the benefits of clay and activated charcoal? Seems like they’d make the powder chalky.



      1. Hey Sarah!

        The clay mostly helps with cleaning. It’s a mild abrasive (very mild!). In fact, Redmond has a toothpaste that’s made just from hydrated clay and essential oils! I’ve used it and liked it.

        The activated charcoal really helps with whitening. I know it sounds weird, since it’s black, but I can tell when we go for a while without using it in the powder! It is supposed to help draw tannins and stains out of teeth.

        The texture isn’t really chalky, I don’t think. I actually don’t really notice any texture in my mouth at all while using it. I really prefer this to plain baking soda, which we use when I’m out of the powder and haven’t made more!

        Does this help?