Make your own Natural Homemade Tooth Powder: 3 recipes

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Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

A couple of years ago I started getting really interested in making my own body products so as to avoid chemicals, reduce packaging and save money. I stopped posting on my experiments because I honestly got a little stuck on a deodorant and shampoo that worked for me in the long run. But I have had nothing but success with various toothpaste recipes and far prefer my homemade versions over industrial toothpaste. I first wrote about a lime zest tooth powder and a minty toothpaste, then a few months later wrote about an orange toothpaste that I created for my daughter.

I continued to love these recipes for quite a while, but then I started to worry about the abrasiveness of the baking soda in the powder recipe. And really the two toothpaste recipes were not so cheap (I have yet to find cheap food grade coconut oil and zylitol where I live). In addition, the fact that coconut oil changes consistency according to temperature and would get rock hard in the winter and sloshy liquidy in the summer was getting a bit irritating. Bringing the toothpastes while travelling got to be a big mess because of this. So I did a little research and came up with new recipes for natural homemade tooth powder. I absolutely adore these new recipes and find that they are easier to prepare and much cheaper than my previous toothpastes. Are you interested? Then read on!

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

First, let’s talk ingredients.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Baking soda is miraculous. I use it for cleaning pretty much everything in my home. It’s also a classic for toothpaste and tooth powder. Some people brush their teeth with just baking soda however, as I mentioned before, it could be a bit too abrasive to use straight on your teeth, so it’s best to mix it with something else. As you know, you can buy this in any old supermarket.

Kaolin is a clay mineral and is also known as white clay. It’s not really white, but more of a light beige, although I suppose it does look white compared to green clay (which I mix with a little bit of water to apply on my face in the evening). This powder cleans and supposedly whitens teeth, however it is incredibly soft and gentle and also has a relatively neutral flavor. If you want a mixture for more sensitive teeth, raise the percentage of kaolin, as I did for my daughter and husband’s tooth powder (more about that below). You can find kaolin in health food stores.

Arrowroot is less common in toothpastes, however I saw it mentioned in other recipes often enough for me to want to try it out. Like kaolin, this starch is more gentle on teeth than pure baking soda, however I prefer the taste of kaolin. You can buy little jars of arrowroot in the supermarket, but that can get expensive quickly so you might want to look for larger bags of it in health food stores.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Recipe #1: Tea Tree Tooth Powder

This is my hands-down favorite tooth cleaning recipe that I’ve tried yet. It takes just a minute to prepare, is inexpensive and leaves my teeth and mouth feeling incredibly clean. It uses tea tree oil, which is my absolute favorite essential oil. It is antiseptic and has a very strong, clean scent and taste. It can be used in gazillions of ways externally. Experts are not totally sure if it is toxic if taken internally, so you don’t want to swallow this tooth powder (which you probably weren’t considering anyway) and you might not want to use it if you are pregnant, just to be on the safe side. For this recipe you will need:

2 tablespoons baking soda

4 tablespoons kaolin

10 drops mint essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

If any of your ingredients are clumpy, as my baking soda was, you might want to sift it first. I used a tea strainer directly over my jar and stirred the baking soda around inside it with a spoon until it was all sifted into the jar. (See picture above.)

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Then add the kaolin.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

If you want, use arrowroot instead of kaolin.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Now for the essential oils. You can choose whatever flavors you like most but I suggest always adding some mint essential oil to make the tooth powder feel more fresh in your mouth.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Measure out your drops directly into the jar with the dry ingredients. Try to get them to fall into the powder without touching the sides of the jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake it up well. And that’s it!

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Recipe #2: Sweet Orange Tooth Powder

This version of tooth powder is for more sensitive teeth and/or gums, having a higher percentage of kaolin. I originally created it for my daughter so it has sweet orange essential oil instead of tea tree oil. Then my husband started using it, too.

1 tablespoon baking soda

6 tablespoons kaolin

10 drops mint essential oil

15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix the ingredients and shake as indicated for the first recipe.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Recipe #3: Super Sage Tooth Powder

Sage is a fantastic herb. Besides tasting delicious, it is also antibiotic, antifungal and astringent (source). Native Americans and other ancient cultures cleaned their teeth by rubbing them with sage leaves. You will sometimes see sage toothpastes in the supermarket, though I doubt there is really much of the natural herb in them. We, on the other hand, will be using ONLY the natural herb mixed with other natural ingredients. Before I give you the recipe, let me walk you through the preparation of the sage. First of all pick a bunch of it, rinse it and dry it well. You can read more about my winter method of drying herbs and citrus peels, among other things, in this post about lemon rosemary flavored salt. What I do is put the ingredient to be dried in a heat-resistant container and place it on top of the radiator. The heat dries most things out within a few days or up to a week. It took longer for the batch of sage above because there was so much of it and the heat didn’t reach the top leaves as well, so I had to move them around every so often.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

After a while your leaves will be nice and dry and crispy. If you don’t have a big enough radiator or don’t have your heat on, you can use a dehydrator, put the container in the oven after you’ve removed whatever you were baking and turned it off, or just hang the branches up with an opened paper bag over them to protect them from dust.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Snap the leaves off of the branches and pulverize them in a food processor, mortar and pestle or other grinding apparatus. I used my Magic Bullet.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

And there you have your sage powder!

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

For the Super Sage Tooth Powder you will need:

1 tablespoon baking soda

3 tablespoons kaolin

3 tablespoons dried and pulverized sage leaves

10 drops mint essential oil

As it’s not easy to make a perfectly ground sage powder, I recommend blending the dry ingredients in the food processor, pouring them into a jar, adding essential oil and shaking.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

If you have any extra pure sage powder, put it in a little jar to use later on for cooking or other uses. I had dried so much sage that I left some leaves intact so as to better preserve the flavor. Being dry, it’s easy to just crumble them as needed when cooking or directly into your plate.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

Put a label on your tooth powders to keep them straight and get brushing! (Did you notice that the Super Sage Tooth Powder in the picture above is lighter than in the picture above that? The lighter one was a version with less sage and with the lighter-colored arrowroot instead of kaolin.)

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

The powder sticks nicely to damp toothbrush bristles. The official way to use tooth powder is to take some out with a little spoon or something and dump it onto the bristles so as not to contaminate the rest of the powder or accidentally get water in it. But you know what? Doing that is kind of a pain in the butt and you end up inevitably dumping tooth powder all over your sink. So my compromise is that I get my toothbrush wet, shake it out well and then quickly dip it into the powder without shaking off the excess. And brush away! I will warn you that the sage version might leave teeny tiny bits of sage stuck between your teeth (because, like I said, it’s pretty hard to get it perfectly pulverized), so I only use that one when I’m sure I’ll be flossing immediately afterwards (which you should be doing all the time, anyway). You could also just use less sage powder when making the mixture, but I like it nice and sage-y.

Make your own cheap and easy natural homemade tooth powder: three recipes

There’s no reason to be the only one in your home using these natural tooth powders! You can customize these powders as much as you want by adding different essential oils that have the properties that you’re looking for or that you simply like the taste of. Just add them to the regular dry base of recipe #1 or to the more sensitive dry base of recipe #2, or even fiddle around with the dry bases until you get the mixture that you prefer. We always have more than one version of tooth powder going at any given time in our household and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to provide a natural, healthy teeth-cleaning alternative without any weird synthetic or toxic ingredients. It can travel along with us without any issues and, as if that weren’t enough, it’s super cheap and lightning quick to make!

Question of the day: Do you have a great homemade deodorant or shampoo recipe (or any other homemade body product recipe) that you want to share?

The first homemade body recipe that I tried about 2 1/2 years ago was the baking soda and apple cider vinegar no-poo method. At first it didn’t work, then it did, then it stopped working again. After that I tried all sorts of flours and clays, but I never managed to find anything that really worked for my hair. Soon afterwards I started making homemade deodorants. At first they worked great, but then the baking soda content of them started burning the skin of my armpits like crazy and I had to stop using them. Every so often I would try to use one again, but the burning would start right up again. Every body is different and can have different reactions to these recipes, so I am not trying to discourage anyone from trying these recipes. However I’d love suggestions for other deodorant and shampoo recipes!

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10 Responses

  1. Fantastiche ricette, Lisa! E’ tanto che voglio provare a farmi il dentifricio, ora devo solo trovare l’arrowroot (da naturasì non ce l’hanno)…
    Io per i capelli mi trovo bene col sapone fatto in casa + risciacquo all’aceto: ormai sono 3 anni che non uso shampo e balsamo industriali!!!
    Invece, il deodorante è ancora quello dello scaffale: ho le ascelle così delicate che, se passo vicino al bicarbonato già si arrossano o.O

    • Non hai bisogno di arrowroot se hai il caolino, e onestamente preferisco quest’ultimo. Ne ho comprato una busta da un sito italiano (cerchi anche con il nome “argilla bianca” se non trovi “caolino”) e dura un bel po’ di tempo.
      Beata te che ti funziona il sistema con i capelli! Ci ho provato anche così, ma mi lasciava sempre troppi residui sui capelli. Per quanto riguarda il deodorante, mi ha contattato per pura coincidenza un’italiana che produce prodotti per il corpo naturali (coincidenza, perché mi ha scritto dopo che ho scritto questo post ma prima che fosse pubblicato) e mi manderà, fra altre cose, un deodorante senza bicarbonato! Non vedo l’ora di provarlo!

  2. Grazie per queste ricette! Mi sembrano più a “portata di mano”. E’ tanto che vorrei provare ad autoprodurre i detergenti, ma per me (sempre tragicamente a corto di tempo) è cruciale che le ricette siano veloci, semplici e con ingredienti facilmente reperibili.
    E’ dai tempi del tuo post sul sapone fatto in casa che voglio provare anch’io, ma ci ho messo veramente un sacco di tempo a trovare la soda… e ora che ce l’ho non riesco a liberarmi un pomeriggio per mettermi all’opera. Che disastro!!!
    Ma non dispero, prima o poi ce la farò 🙂

    • Non farti sentire male… neanch’io ho ancora provato a fare il sapone! Alla fine mi sono resa conto che non posso fare tutto da sola, quindi faccio solo quello che posso. E questo dentifricio è davvero semplice e veloce! Se non ti metti a fare la versione salvia (che è comunque il mio meno preferito fra le tre ricette) ci metterai un paio di minuti. E una volta reperito una busta di caolino e gli olii essenziali che vuoi usare (non ci vuole molto per reperire il bicarbonato!), ti durano un bel po’ di tempo! Fammi sapere che ne pensi!

  3. Bellissimo post e bellissimo tutorial Lisa, assolutamente da provare!!!
    Quasi quasi creo una sezione dedicata a Salute e Bellezza naturali, ovviamente il tuo
    tutorial inaugurerà questo nuovo angolo.
    Buonissima giornata Lisa.
    Un abbraccio.

    • Fantastico, Stefy! In effetti, anche la produzione di prodotti per il corpo si tratta di attività manuale e creativa! Questo angolo sarà una bella aggiunta al tuo sito fantastico! (che voglio segnalare ai eventuali lettori dei commenti in quanto avrai sbagliato a scrivere quando hai riempito il modulo dei commenti:

  4. Oh grazie Lisa!!!! per la correzione del link e per il “sito fantastico”.
    Un abbraccione.

  5. This is really helpful and a great idea. It definitely is cheaper than getting the expensive organic/natural variants of toothpaste. I just have to hunt for arrow root and kaolin over here. I hope I can find it!

    • I guess I wasn’t very clear because you’re not the only one saying she needs to find arrowroot. In the recipes you can use either arrowroot or kaolin, but I honestly prefer kaolin. Here you can find kaolin with the name “white clay” so that might help you!


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