Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Healthy Alternative to Toothpaste

Ever since reading the booklet called, "The Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth: Three Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth and Gums All the Days of Your Life", we've been using tooth soap.  At first I thought the lady who gave me the booklet was crazy. That was five years ago. We get our teeth checked and cleaned once a year and so far none of us have had cavities. In fact, my husband's gums are in way better shape now. Before we started using this, I was getting about one cavity every year. So far my kids haven't had any cavities. I believe eating unrefined sugar, good fats, whole grains, raw dairy and taking excellent vitamins have also contributed to the overall health of our teeth as well as our bodies. 
Dr. Weston Price, DDS, researched "disease-free" cultures and discovered that despite different diets, they all had excellent teeth. Whole, organic foods (when possible) are essential. Necessary nutrients must be present in the body to avoid cavities. You want to see an overall picture of someone's health? Look at their teeth! Good teeth are not a product of genetics but of the chemistry of the enamel and gums. 
See book for details. It is excellent and a quick read. If you live near me, I have a coveted copy that I'm willing to share as long as I get it back :) 
I've converted some of my family members and friends to using this when they've seen my how white my teeth are. My identical twin sis is using it after we compared teeth in the mirror. Mine were significantly whiter. I made her some tooth soap before she left that day, LOL! It takes a little while to adjust to the different taste, but it is doable. The secret is to not have an option. They will get used to it, I promise.

It is very simple to make and inexpensive, too. 

Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe:
Ingredients:
4 tsp Dr. Bronner's unscented or peppermint liquid castile soap
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 to 2 tsp Slim Sweet, xylitol (cavity preventing) or Stevia (all have no adverse effects on the teeth)
20 to 30 drops peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, clove (helps with gingivitis and sensitivity) or sweet orange essential oils

Instructions:
1.In a small pan, boil a small amount of water.
2. In a food processor or blender, add 2 Tbl of the boiled water, sweetener, coconut oil, soap and essential oil. Blend until frothy.
3. Pour into a clean lotion dispenser. Because it is so frothy, you'll have to work it into the dispenser using a small funnel. You can forgo this and just store it in an air tight container if you wish. I had a comment from Lisa, a cake decorator, who had the excellent suggestion of scooping it all into a quart-sized ziploc bag, snip one of the bottom corners off, and just "pipe" the tooth soap into a pump bottle. I think that would work way better than a funnel. Thank you for the suggestion, Lisa!  

Use just a small amount on your tooth brush (as shown in picture). I think using a dispenser like this just makes it easier for the kids to use. It doesn't take much on the brush.

If you're teeth feel a little greasy or you have a bad aftertaste, make sure to swish your mouth out with some water. You'll love the way the tooth soap makes your teeth feel. Super clean! 

So much for threatening to wash my kid's mouth out with soap, LOL!

Happy Teeth are Clean Teeth!

God Bless,
Jackie

147 comments:

His bondservant said...

Jackie,

This looks great. I was looking for a recipe for homemade toothpaste! Thanks so much for sharing! I will have to see if I can get my hands on that booklet too...I think you might be a little too far to borrow it. :)

Blessings,
jackie

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

After much hesitation, I tried this with an open mind and found myself LOVING it! I love the feel of my teeth after using it, although it isn't my favorite flavor. I noticed the first week after using it, my teeth where whiter. Of course, I have my twin to compare it too! Her teeth are much whiter than mine now, but I am catching up.

I'm so glad you posted this!

I forget to tell you Jack, I have four kids that run into my bathroom and use it every night! LOL! The same kids that previously said they hated it! LOL!

Catherine said...

Okay, I'm ON this! Thanks. I guess I don't understand how your teeth get whiter, but I'm willing to try it.

Lori said...

This tooth soap intrigues me. While I often look for homemade versions of things I use every day, I've never thought about making toothpaste. When I was a child my we would alternate between baking soda mixed with a little salt and toothpaste. It took a day or two to get used to the change either way.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Jackie,
I wish you did live closer, I know we'd be great real-life friends!

Stacie,
LOL, I can't believe your kids are using it after the way they said they couldn't stand it it at first. That is great!!! Maybe Aunt Jackie isn't as crazy as they all think ;)

Catherine,
It is the soap that makes you're teeth whiter. It is great! You'll love the way your teeth feel after using it.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Lori,
Many people use baking soda as an alternative to toothpaste, but according "The Perfect Prescription" booklet, it can be abrasive on your teeth and wear out the enamel, so it should be used only once a month or so. I never use it and my teeth seem to be staying strong, healthy and white!

His Special Kids' Families said...

You are one of my angels sent from heaven;) Now, any ideas on how to make soap? I love Dr. Bronner's, but it is so expensive!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I don't know how to make a soap like Dr. Bronners, but if you bought a 4 oz bottle (less than $5) it would last you a VERY long time.

Jill said...

This is so interesting. Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Jill

Mary R. said...

I may try this. Where do you buy the stuff to make it with?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Mary,
You should be able to buy it at any health food store or healthy food co-op. Glad you want to try it!

Camille said...

This is great! I think it's do-able too. I have seen a few recipes, but this one sounds the best to me. Thanks for sharing...and with photos too! :)

Keep a lookout for a post soon on that amazing hot cocoa and marshmallows of yours...I link back to you...of course! AND I have a mug of them both upstairs waiting for me...must go and drink it before it cools off too much. LOL!

Have a great evening!
Love,
Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Camille,
So glad you want to try it and yes, I've tried several recipes, but this one was by far the best. I did some tweaking of another recipe and made it the way I liked it and to what my kids like.

Enjoy your cocoa! I ran out of gelatin, can't wait to make more marshmallows. Thanks for posting about it and linking back to me :)

Camille said...

Hi again Jackie ~ I'll likely post about the hot cocoa in the next day or two. And...I discovered that it is not a good idea for me to drink it too late in the evening...I was wide awake until after 1:00 AM!! Powerful stuff! LOL!

Have a great day!
Camille

Regina @VestPocketFamilyFarm said...

I take my home made soap, about a 2oz bar with about 3 cups of water, bring to a boil and it turns into a liquid soap. I'm going to try the tooth soap recipe with it. AND cinnamon essential oil, really don't like peppermint in toothpaste.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Let me know what you think of the taste, Regina, because as you know, I've use the same soap recipe. I'd love to use that soap if it tasted decently.

Lori said...

Thanks for the information Jackie. I haven't used baking soda for years. My teeth are better now than when I was young. I thought it was because I took better care of them. Do you have an idea for what to add for sensitive teeth?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Lori,
My husband and son have very sensitive teeth. This seems to work just fine for them. I don't think you have to add anything. Have a good diet and taking excellent supplements also help in this area.

Lori said...

Love your blog, great ideas. I went to an older post about your homemade dishwasher soap and I have used the borax and washing soda mixed. Got the recipe out of Mary Janes Magazine. I didn't know about the citric acid but will try it now.

Marie said...

I have enjoyed my visit at your blog. The recipes look good and your children are adorable.
Love,
Marie

Bobbi said...

Jackie,
Thank you so much for this "recipe". I made it a few days ago and I like it much better than toothpaste. I did put it in a pump bottle but after a day, it deflated. So I transferred it to a travel size shampoo bottle and I just shake it really well before I use it so it will be foamy. Thanks again, I appreciate your blog!

Bobbi

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Bobbi,
That works, too! So glad you tried it and liked it!!! I'm also glad that you find my blog useful. I love sharing the stuff I'm learning. It is so fun!

Debbie said...

What about using xylitol instead of stevia? It's supposed to promote healthy teeth as well, right? Just wondered...

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Debby,
Yes, xylitol is fine to use too. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll add that to the post.

MN_Mom said...

I make my own liquid castile (peppermint is the family favorite), and I think I will try this. I have brushed with just a little of the liquid castile before and it works just fine but the taste is and adjustment when you are used to toothpaste.

Camille said...

One question I have is this....does the liquid castile soap have glycerine in it?? Just thinking of trying your recipe out my friend. :)

Love,
Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes, Camille. It does have glycerine in it, but it is such a tiny amount compared to regular tooth paste that it won't prevent your teeth from re-enamelizing.

Camille said...

Thank you for taking the time to answer Jackie! I really do appreciate it. :) Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Camille

Anonymous said...

Jackie,

Thank you so much for your recipe. I didn't have any of the sweetener you listed, and I saw somewhere that you can use honey, so I substituted the sweetener with 1 tsp of Honey. The only problem is I didn't dissolve it first so it didn't dissolve well in the blender. Next time I will dissolve the honey in the hot water first before adding the other stuff. BTW, nature honey is supposed to fight cavities too. Thanks again for the wonderful recipe.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I did not know that about honey. Very interesting! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you're next batch turns out better :)

Helen Hoke said...

Question, is this tooth soap safe to swallow? My son just turned 3, and we have been using Orajel's toddler toothpaste. The problem is that everything we brush his teeth, he ates the toothpaste. That's the problem with toothpaste that tastes like fruit. Can I use this homemade tooth soap on him? Thanks

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

My three year old won't swallow this, but if she does, it is such a tiny amount that it wouldn't hurt her. It might just make her a little more regular than normal ;)

Camille said...

Okay...I have all the ingredients for this Jackie...I'm on board! Thanks again for sharing. :) Have a great day!
Love,
Camille

Marvin Will said...

Oh, that's an invention for a lifetime! LOL! How's the taste of your homemade toothpaste? At first glance, it looks like a glue used on your daughter's art assignment. LOL! And you presented it nicely through the container. I must admit, I'm curious with your future 'business' product. It's worth giving a try.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Marvin,
I think it tastes great. You are mistaken in thinking it is a business product. I make it as gifts for those I love and share the recipe so others can make it for themselves.

Rebecca said...

I think if you'll recheck Weston Price's book you'll find that there were NO vegetarian cultures he found in his quest for learning why his patients were so unhealthy. He really wanted to find healthy vegetarians because he leaned in that direction himself, but he never did. We can now supplement nutrients vegetarians, and especially vegans, of his day couldn't have, such as B12. And we know where to find proteins, to make sure we get all the essential amino acids. But, in the 29 healthy cultures he studied, all ate some animal protein, and all ate some of it raw.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Rebecca,
Thanks for pointing that out. I just changed it on the blog post.

Blessings,
Jackie

Stagnes said...

I wonder if milk of magnesia is good for receding gums? Thanks.

Jenna Schrock said...

Homemade tooth soaps are more effective in teeth whitening compared to regular toothpaste? I didn't know that. But now that you've mentioned it, your teeth are whiter than your twin sister's who uses regular toothpaste. That can prove your statement. =)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yep, it really does work, Jenna! AND our family is still cavity free after 4 years of use.

Steph said...

thank you ... I have been looking for this recipe and found yours through Pinterest.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found this. I did not feel like shelling out money for the equivalent online! I am off to go stalk your blog for more ideas! :)
Meg

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm glad you found this post helpful, Meg, and feel free to stalk away, LOL ;)

The gypsy traveler said...

I love you blog. I am just getting started and looking for like minded folk.

Chelsey said...

Hi, I'm new to the homemade tooth soap. When I blended mine with my processor it didn't look nearly as thick as yours did in the picture. Am I doing something wrong or does it thicken up as the coconut oil cools and begins to harden again?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Mine comes out a different consistency every time it seems and it changes as it looses its fluffiness from being blended in my food processor. The consistency really doesn't matter, what matters is if your teeth feel clean. If they feel greasy, then add just a tiny bit more soap. If it is too soapy tasting that you can't stand it, back off on the soap just a bit. You just kind of figure out what works for your family as everyone has different taste tolerances :)

barcak flock said...

after using regular toothpaste and still having thousands of dollars in dental work being done, we will def. check this out. thanks!

Jenny J said...

I'm so excited to try this.

Do you find that the tooth soap looses it's consistency by the time you reach the bottom of the soap container or not? You said that it makes a lot, how long does it stay good for?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes, it seems to get thicker by the end of the bottom of the container. I've actually stopped putting it in a lotion pump and instead just keep it in a small mason jar and dip my brush in. It doesn't take very much at all to do the job. A little bit goes a long way :)

A Daughter of the King said...

It is always delightful to be led to a blog of a kindred spirit. Thank you for your recipe. I will try it! I love all things coconut oil!

Blessings on your home -school. I am on the other side calling out to say it is worth every effort!

Melinda said...

I came across your blog on pinterest, and I'm so glad I did! You have so many wonderful ideas here! I can't wait to try to make the toothpaste! =)

Emily said...

I don't have any of the sweetners you mentioned, but do you think honey would be ok to add or would that change it too much?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Emily,
I'm not sure about that. I don't think I would use honey since it is a concentrated form of sugar and can still rot your teeth. I haven't seen anybody ever use honey in their tooth soap. I would stick with something I know to be safe for the teeth. Slim sweet (sugar from the Lo Ho fruit), stevia or xylitol are known to be safe. Hope that helps!

Emily said...

Thanks! I'll check out one of those sweeteners!

"Jane" said...

Just recently started my 'detoxing' of household cleaners and toiletries & am thrilled to have found your blog! I just bought some all natural all purpose castille soap- will this work? The brand is: Kiss my Face Peace Soap.
Thanks!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I use castille soap, to. If you don't like it, try a different brand. Hope you enjoy the tooth soap and have great results, Jane.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say, the dispenser IS necessary. You don't want tooth soap to be anti bacterial, because we need bacteria, but you also don't want the wrong kind of bacteria festering. To keep it clean, a dropper or dispenser are needed.

Amy said...

Just found your blog and think this recipe sounds awesome. Also, the whitening may come from the coconut oil as it is often used in 'oil pulling' and users find that it helps their oral health and whitens teeth in the process. Search the internet for more info on oil pulling. Maybe it's a combination of the soap and coconut oil. Thanks and bless you for your recipes!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I was just introduced to oil pulling by a friend of mine. I'm personally not doing it, but I think it is a great idea :) I think the coconut oil in this recipe is definitely responsible for the whitening of the teeth :)

lovenatural said...

Thank you for this recipe. I have been using coconut oil to brush my teeth. They feel cleaner and my teeth are becoming whiter. My gums look really great. I also use the coconut oil on a tongue brush for my tongue.

Blissblessed said...

Thanks--I wasn't expecting to find a homemade recipe when I searched for "tooth soap," but all the better--one less thing for me to order! :) Incidentally, I'd heard about the tooth soap concept from another great natural dental health book, "Cure Tooth Decay: Remineralize Cavities and Repair Your Teeth Naturally with Good Food" by Ramiel Nagel. The book is also based heavily on Price's work and is a very encyclopedic yet friendly read on all dental health topics. (Also check out curetoothdecay.com, which has a very lively, helpful community forum on which the author will be happy to personally address anything you bring up.)

By the way, in his book, Nagel says that contrary to the marketing hype of recent years, xylitol is actually not safe, and that some forms of stevia aren't, either. I hope he's wrong! But if you aren't addicted to the sweet taste in toothpaste, I would think that the sweetener could easily be left out of the recipe. I have been using a mix of baking soda, finely ground unprocessed sea salt, and peppermint oil, unsweetened, and I like it just fine that way. (However, it's time for me to cut down on baking soda's risk of abrasion, hence my quest for soap. One distinct advantage of the salt/soda formula over the tooth soap, though, is that the sea salt helps mineralize the teeth, especially if you hold it in your mouth for several minutes before spitting. Still, it seems like you could add some sea salt to the soap to add this advantage to it.)

About the herbal oils, I know that mint oil, especially peppermint oil, offers the benefit of being a great antimicrobial, but does the alternative ingredient in the recipe, sweet orange oil, also have some properties that enhance dental health--or would it be used just for flavor?

Finally, I thought I'd mention that if you put this soap in a dispenser, the best kind to use would be a glass one, since plastics, metals, and ceramics can sometimes leach harmful chemicals into moist substances that are held in them over time. Of course, this dynamic would also be a factor in pressing the soap into the container with a plastic ziploc bag, as ingeniously convenient as the idea otherwise is. Granted, leaching in this case probably wouldn't be a huge issue, since the soap would only be in the bag for a minute or two. And as far as the dispenser, hard plastics don't leach as much as soft ones, so that might not be a major problem, either. But I just thought I'd throw this out there--for the purists in the house!

Blissblessed said...
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Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I also prefer to use a glass dispenser since I worry about leaching as well. Thanks for your comments, BlissBLessed!

Benjamin Herenow said...

Looks and sounds great! One question though; Dr Bronner's mentions "saponifying oils into soap and glycerin." (just beneath the ingredients). So is glycerin from saponified oil not the same as plain (added) glyerin? I would think they act the same in coating the teeth and preventing remineralizing...

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Hi Benjamin! Great question :) Dr. Bronner's castille soap does have glycerine in it, but it is such a tiny amount compared to regular tooth paste that it won't prevent your teeth from re-enamelizing. Hope that helps!

Jessica said...

May I make a suggestion? I'm a hygienist, and the idea of "tooth soap" intrigues me, but after looking at your recipe I must make a few small suggestions:

1) use xylitol. aside from not affecting teeth in a negative way, it actually prevents cavities.

2) instead of peppermint, use oil of cloves. I know, it's not everybody's favorite flavor, but studies have shown it may help treat inflammation, gingivitis, and sensitivity.

that's it! if you try these changes, please let me know. I'd love to hear what you think.

(I keep a blog on dental hygiene research and news. feel free to check it out: http://stippledpink.blogspot.com)

kendra30752 said...

You are so wonderful for sharing this! I want to ask you something though. I'll just make my super long story short...

Since last Nov. I have had 3 temp. fillings, a half done root canal & a wisdom pulled + the tooth beside my wisdom was cracked/chipped when dentist pulled the wisdom! So, I paid for my Root Canal Therapy in full (insurance plus my out of pocket portion, IN FULL) And well, he pretty much "milked" my insurance til' I was left with one last visit in which he decided to not fill the 3 teeth (which I was told was going to be ONE tooth!) permanantly, but only with temporary solution! Then he told me my ins. ran out right then and I really needed to come back in 5 weeks to finish the fillings! He blew me off each time I asked what he planned on doing about my un-finished RCT. So that little problem(s) is what landed me in a somewhat desperate situation.

I have done literally months worth of research and you've helped me decide that soap is absolutely worth it if it means repairing or even helping my teeth. By the way, I've actually never had real teeth problems in the past. ONly this year. I've always really liked my teeth & am desperate to keep them nice.

I have one question though. My coconut oil molded and unfortunately for me, I did not know it had a mold speck until AFTER I had my mouth full doing an oil pull! It didn't hurt me, but I still never bought more. I was looking into the different soaps to use for your teeth and read soap (100% saponified, non-glycerin of course) that contained olive oil was best for remineralizing. I wondered if the Olivella soap would be OK to use? Would you know? Also, I've read castille soap is good for this, but what do you think? Like I said, I'm new to the soap thing and am shopping around for some, but for my first try, I really, really prefer an very inexpensive one. :)

Any suggestions? I would so appreciate them. I really enjoyed your post here. It's inspirational and really took away some of my panic. :(

Warm wishes,
Kendra

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Kendra,
I'm so glad this post has been helpful to you :) I'm sorry you've been having so many dental problems. No fun! I've always used Dr. Bronner's castile soap. A small bottle isn't too expensive and lasts a long time. The Olivella soap sounds wonderful. I've never heard of it before. I'll have to check that out.

God Bless, Jackie

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Jessica,
Thank you for your comment. I didn't know that about clove oil. I'm going to give that a try! I've been using Slim Sweet, but as soon as I'm done with my container, I have some xylitol that I will switch too. I'm so glad you left this info! God Bless, Jackie

kendra30752 said...

Aw, thank you for taking the time to answer me. That's awesome of you to reply to all your comments. :) I know it's not always easy to do that too. I appreciate it very much.

The more I thought about it today, the more I think I'll just go with Bronners since isn't it like $5? I can make a tube of toothpaste last for 6 months, so I'm sure the Bronners wouldn't be that much different, probably last even longer than toothpaste.

Well, today was my first day NOT using toothpaste! I was a little grouchy at first because I wasn't liking changing things. I used a chunk of my aloe plant (chewed it first) to brush, then rinsed and used peroxide really thoroughly for about 4 minutes. Not much different. It felt just as clean as using toothpaste only my teeth stayed clean longer and I haven't had coffee breath or that funny taste from coffee/coke lingering on my tongue. I definitely like this better than toothpaste, but am really only using it until I get some soap. :) I think I may even continue it like this, just switching between soap and the aloe/peroxide.

Well, I'll definitely stay updated on your blog. I hope you post more/update about the changes you happen to notice.

Oh, and how neat! You have an identical twin. I have a twin, only we're fraternal. :)

Kim's Custom Cards and Gifts said...

Hi, just tried making this the other day and blended until foamy, but mine is pretty runny still. Should I have blended it longer, or is it supposed to be runny?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Runny is fine. Mine usually starts out foamy, then it settles to runny. Runny is actually better because it come out of the dispenser easier. If you feel it is too runny, then add a little less water next time. Hope that helps!

Long said...

Jackie, This looks great. I was looking for a recipe for homemade toothpaste! Thanks so much for sharing! I will have to see if I can get my hands on that booklet too...I think you might be a little too far to borrow it. :) Blessings, jackie

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I hope you have great results, Jackie L!

B-Fab said...

Thanks for the recipe! It's blending up right now, but staying pretty liquidy. The only change I made was that I added a tsp of calcium carbonate powder to add some bone health for my teeth.

An At Home Daughter said...

Hi,
I just found your blog through Aspiring Homemaker, and so glad I did. I also just became your newest follower.
My mom has gotten real involved in the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is raising up a cow for milk and I am planning on getting a milk goat.
I wrote down your recipe for tooth soap. A lot of toothpastes cause me to get tooth sensitivity. Does this tooth soap help with that?
Kimberly

Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am always looking for better alternate options to common household items.

KID A said...

I had made this same recipe before only I made it a little differently, I melted the coconut oil and hand mixed all the ingredients, the problem I had was that it was to thick. I liked the way it made my teth feel though. I tried to microwave it to remelt it and add more water and it ended up geling! SO i threw it out but I still all the stuff to make it so I'm gonna go give it another try right now.

KID A said...

I had made this same recipe before only I made it a little differently, I melted the coconut oil and hand mixed all the ingredients, the problem I had was that it was to thick. I liked the way it made my teth feel though. I tried to microwave it to remelt it and add more water and it ended up geling! SO i threw it out but I still all the stuff to make it so I'm gonna go give it another try right now.

Jeannine said...

My two daughters and I have been talking about switching to something else other than commercial toothpaste!! We may just give this a try! I have a garden blog you may enjoy!

Recruiting Cleaners said...

Wow, it's really so great....i never use a recipe for homemade toothpaste....but it's so easy & cheap. I will make that toothpaste recipe.

Kirsten said...

Thanks for this recipe, I've been looking at all the different ones out there, but I particularly want one with Xylitol in it.

I'm going to give it a go today :)

ann said...

Very interesting. I don't think my husband will go for it, but it intriguing nonetheless! Thanks for posting. BTW, I saw the flag picture at the top of your blog and was like, "I think I took that picture!", but then I remembered I think I found it online and posted it as my profile pic for a while. :)

Amy Urbanek said...

What a great recipe using things I already have at home! I will definitely try this. Thank you!!

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Kathryn said...

I just checked out Slim-Sweet. Apparently it is a very, very expensive proprietary blend of a low-glycemic tropical fruit and "levulose" (which I read is another word for fructose). Sugar from fruit that is low-glycemic is mainly fructose, usually with a lower percentage of other complex or simple sugars. Also, it's made in China where any kind of industrial, agricultural, or human waste can legally be dumped anywhere including directly on crops. So, not "safe" on two counts.

Xylitol...hmmm, chewing gum manufacturers market this as beneficial for dental health. I'll pass, thank you anyway.

I've been using baking soda to brush my teeth for over a year and all of a sudden I have serious tooth pain/sensitivity. Looking for a natural solution brought me to this blog, as I am desperate to avoid further dental problems! I think I will immediately begin oil pulling with the sesame oil I have and go purchase the ingredients to make this tooth soap (minus sweeteners, I'll just deal with a few moments of yuk daily, if necessary).

Looking forward to perusing your other diy recipes. I know facebook is a frustrating royal pain, but are you on there or pinterest?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Kathyrn,
I haven't delved into Pinterest yet. It is all I can do to keep up with this blog and FB. Baking soda is abrasive and you should never use anything abrasive on your teeth because it removes enamel. You do not need to use any sweetener in this tooth soap recipe. The reason I do is because it is the only way my kids will use it. While no recipe is perfect, I've had great results with this :)

Kathryn said...

Well, yikes! I had my doubts about putting Dr. Bonners in my mouth, but you all are fully in favor of it and I've learned the lesson that good stuff doesn't taste as bad as I thought it would (kale, anyone?). Further, I'm told my superfood-charged green smoothies would gag a maggot but I've trained myself to disregard taste in favor of results. That said, I tasted a bar of soap once when I was a kid, just to see what the big deal was about getting your mouthed washed out with soap...and this is a close second! :p I rinse after brushing by using the repeatedly wetted toothbrush. I'm just going to hope that it's sufficient to eliminate any detrimental sugar effect from the honey I hustled to add to my first effort with this recipe. :) Guess I'm not as tough as I thought I was. :D btw, Pinterest is dead easy and, unlike FB, the links remain right where you can easily lay your pattypaws on one easily any time you want it, nice and categorized. Also unlike FB anyone can find one of your posts with a simple search no matter how long ago you pinned it and (at this time) there's no algorithm (or fee) restricting how many of your followers see your posts. It's my "save-this-link" of choice since realizing FB was useless for that purpose.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Kathyrn,
It is such a tiny amount of sweetener that you are spitting out, not swallowing, that I really don't think it is detrimental to your health. Our family has had wonderful results with this recipe :) My sis has been working on me to get on Pinterest, too. The next time I visit her she said she would set me up. God Bless, Jackie

Anonymous said...

Thank you, for your generosity. May you be reworded with the same kindness

Kathryn said...

Back again...I had to re-make it because it hardened a bit too much to squeeze out of the tube I'm using. Added a bit of olive oil and some extra cinnamon oil. I'm getting used to it.

Jessica Godin said...

thank you soo much for posting! Ive been looking at alot of differebnt recipes for homemade toothpaste and yours is the one I made. I love How i now have another use for Bronners soap. I added about 1/8 tsp baking soda in mine but wont add it everytimes since it can be abrasive. I added a bit of clove powder for the gums benefits and voila! I love it!

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Anonymous said...

Good morning Jackie,
Thanks for the recipe. I made it the other day but have had to quit using it because of having a soap taste in my mouth all day. I thought I followed it step by step but I must have not. I tried rinsing after and even brushing again with just water but I can't get the taste of soap to go away. Do you have any idea on how I could fix this batch (I ended up with a large batch so I'd rather not be wasteful)?
Thank you
Christi

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Christi,
That is odd. I've never had that problem before. I'm wondering if you have an extra sensitive mouth. Maybe add more water and coconut oil? That would thin it out and not make it so strong. The think I like about this recipe and you can adjust it to your tastes very easily.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I added more coconut and just kinda familiarized myself with each ingredient separately. I was mistaken it was not the soap, it was the clove. I am usually a little extra sensitive to things and must be extra sensitive to the clove. I'll now know which ingredient to put a little less of next time. Thank you for the recipe and the help!
Christi

Kathryn said...

Enjoying this, but it's certainly an adventure. We're not overly climate controlled here, so the temperature fluctuates in a natural sort of way... as does my tooth soap! One day it's separated into layers, the next it's watery, the day after that an interesting ooze, and every now and then it's just a perfect consistency. Works in all its many personalities, regardless of consistency. :)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Christi,
So glad you figured it the right combo for you!

Kathyrn,
I have the same issue since our climate changes as well :) That is the nature of coconut oil.

Monica said...

Thank you for sharing!!!! I just made it!! It taste kind of funny at first but then my teeth felt really nice. Just like with anything new it takes a bit to get use to it! I am glad I made it and won't be putting bad chemicals in my body! Have you tried to add GSE grapefruit seed extract? It is highly disinfectant and helps with cavity prevention I think. THanks again!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Monica,
I'm so glad you tried and you were happy with the results! I've never heard of using grape seed before, but I will have to do some research. Thanks for the tip!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Oops, I mean grapefruit seed extract!

jasminedawnx said...

i just tried this! i have only brushed my teeth once with it, but they feel really nice and i look forward to good results. i have pretty terrible enamel and so my dentist has me use some heavy duty chemicals… that cost a TON. i noticed last week that my teeth are turning kind of gray and clear in some spots and i decided that i've had enough. thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Can you give any kind of best-before date to this toothpaste..? Or does it need one, maybe it stays good for quite a long time? Thank you for a great recipe, I am very happy with this stuff! :)

Annukka said...

This is a great recipe, only negative thing about it is that I can use only small amounts of it at a time.. If I use more of it, the inside of my mouth will feel little irritated. I wonder what ingredient causes that, maybe my mouth is very sensitive to the peppermint oil that I use?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

this recipe will last for a really long time (6 months or so). I always make a lot so I can have some on had for refills. I've never had it go bad or mold.

A.,
I can only use a small amount as well. But that is OK. It doesn't take much. I would cut back on the peppermint oil or even a little on the soap and see if you like the results better. Remember though, it doesn't take much!

Kathleen said...

We're still loving this recipe. Thanks so much! Just wanted to share that we found PERFECT little dispensers at The Container Store: http://www.yankeehomestead.com/2013/06/01/my-favorite-toothpaste-updated/

Kathryn said...

Compared to the $7 per small tube for the toothpaste I'd want to buy if I wasn't making my own this is cheap!

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Brenda Aguirre said...

Can I use Eucalyptus liquid castile soap, or does it have to be peppermint?
Secondly what about the sugar supplement truivia in place of stevia or xylitol?
And lastly does tooth soap help whiten teeth also?
I would really like to improve the health of my teeth and am at a loss as to how or what to do?

Jo Lynn said...

Just made some, but without the Stevia (or any) sweetener. Is the sweetener necessary or is it just for taste, in other words is there any tooth benefits to the sweetener. I just want to make sure its still effective without it. I love it so far though!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Brenda,
I don't see why you couldn't use Eucalyptus castile soap. You could certainly use truvia or just leave it out. Using tooth soap twice a day whitens the teeth. I hope that helps!

Jolyn,
You don't have to have the sweetener. I put it in because my kids won't touch it without it.

Ginny said...

How much does this make? I see your soap dispenser that you're using. Does this recipe fill it up completely?

My friends and I are getting together to make this and try and I wanted to have an idea for the quantity it makes.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Ginny,
It fills at least a quart jar, but it does settle out over time. Hope that helps! Hope you have a great tooth soap making party! Sounds like lots of fun :)

dds austin said...

This helps a lot. Most especially to those people who are skeptical about the toothpastes that they are using right now. Thank you for sharing this!

Cathy said...

So since I saw this recipe, I'm been trying to get a hold of peppermint oil, but if it's already in the soap do I have to get it.

P.S. I got CONCENTRATED clove oil but I read online that it very toxic and you should only use 2-3 drops. Does the coconut oil make the clove oil weaker?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Cathy,
The coconut oil spreads out the flavor for sure. You don't have to use more peppermint oil, I just do because I like it stronger than what is in the castile soap. Hope that helps!

Mariacamb said...

I'm looking forward to making this, I tried using Dr.Bronners peppermint Castille soap but didn't like the soap taste. Just to check its 20-30drops of essential oil in total?
Thanks for sharing.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

That is what I use, but you can adjust the essential oil to your tastes :)

Laurie Paul said...

Just made it and will try it tonight. Does the coconut oil not harden too much to put in a pump bottle? Just curious. I will stick to something I can spoon out of for now until I see the texture. Thanks for posting!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Laurie,
I usually don't have a problem with it not coming out of the dispenser unless it gets really cold.

Anonymous said...

does the coconut oil in this toothpaste eventually block your sink up? I oil pull and you are not supposed to spit the coconut oil down the sink.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes it does! We have to unblock our bathroom sinks about every six months. Glad you brought that up!

Kathryn said...

Okaaay...any natural ways to keep the sink from clogging??

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I use a tablespoon of granulated lye with a cup of cold water. Although it is harsh, lye is considered natural (you can make it yourself using ashes of hardwoods like oak and hickory). The next time this happens I'm going to try some borax (natural but not as harsh) with hot water and see if that works. I'll try to remember to post my results :)

Lyndsay Withey said...

I just wanted to stop by and leave a message that after 3 years from you first posting this, I just found your page thanks to Pinterest. I just got a huge 32oz bottle of Dr. Bronners castile soap to make some dishwasher soap and after making 2 batches I realized how much I still had left over I wanted new ways of using it. I have had some problems with my teeth and thought about oil pulling but didn't know if it would be worth buying the coconut oil. This seems great I can't wait to try!

reni said...

Hi, thanks for all the alternatives to nasty fluoride. I've just started oil-pulling. I love the feeling. This is my favorite organic and beneficial way to brush naturally.
www.miswakstick.com
check it out!!!!

Thanks again for a great blog spot!!
Peace~ Reni

Anonymous said...

dr. bronner's has glycerin in it which I've heard can prevent your teeth from remineralizing...maybe it's not the best choice to brush your teeth with....

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

It does have glycerine in it, but it is such a tiny amount compared to regular tooth paste that it won't prevent your teeth from re-enamelizing. My entire family has been cavity free for 5 years now due to the use of this tooth soap recipe, so I would say the proof is in the pudding ;)

colleen baker said...

Hello I have a question. I made this, and my daughter and I both get the most awful aftertaste, like bile. did I do something wrong, was my coconut oil bad?
it is because we have sinus issues? Please help-we are about to buy toothpaste

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Colleen,
I've never hear anyone complain of tooth soap tasting like bile. I would make sure you are using fresh ingredients and if you are still getting that taste, I don't know what to tell you. Maybe use a little more sweetener? Hope you are able to get it figured out as to what is making it taste bad. Good luck!
Jackie

Maria G said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have used it many times over the past year. I am about to make it again and was planning on using pure peppermint extract instead of peppermint essential oil which I had been using this whole time. The reason is that I find the essential oil really doesn't do much for flavor. I tried increasing the quantity of the oil, but that didn't make a big difference either.

I am just wondering what your take on using pure extracts vs. essential oils is? I tried doing some research to see if extracts could possibly be harmful to teeth, but I haven't found anything.

Another question I had was regarding glycerin. I got this right off the Dr. Bronner's website:
"Unlike most commercial soap-makers who distill the glycerin out of their soaps to sell separately, Dr. Bronner's retains it in their soaps for its superb moisturizing qualities". (link - http://www.drbronner.com/soapmaking_overview.html)

I was surprised as the Castille soap label doesn't mention glycerin. Now I am hesitant to use it, as the whole purpose was to avoid glycerin which coats the teeth and doesn't allow them to re-mineralize!

Do you have suggestions for an alternative soap which doesn't contain glycerin?

I may attempt making this recipe without the soap and let you know how it turns out.

Maria

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

It does have glycerine in it, but it is such a tiny amount compared to regular tooth paste that it won't prevent your teeth from re-enamelizing.

Amy said...

When you say 'a small amount of water', about how much is that exactly?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Amy,
I would say about a cup, just so you don't ruin your pan. You are only going to need 2 TBL out of it though.

Jennifer Frank said...

Interesting. I would like to try this out but I still have to consult with my dentist in Austin. You see, I have sensitive teeth; my gums tend to bleed easily even if I brush my teeth softly. But I would really, really love to give this natural tooth paste a try, as I'm a strong supporter of alternative medicine.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of using a pump bottle!! We've been using a different homemade recipe but I think we should try this one...when I get some extra funds I'll try to get supplies @ a natural foods store :)

Laura said...

I don't have a blender or food processor so I first tried to use electric beaters but it didn't froth or thicken. Then I tried to use a type of Bullet blender and still no luck. Should I have waited for the coconut oil to cool? - Laura -

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

No, that shouldn't have mattered. Did you put a little hot water in it? The water is what really makes it froth when you add the soap. As long as it is well blended, it should work fine. When it cools it will be thicker.

naturalhomeremedies said...

To tell the truth, I am not a fan of any sweetners. I have being using honey for a natural sweetner and when I have to use sugar, it tastes almost like a metallic aftertaste.
What about using unheated natural raw honey instead of xylitol?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm not sure on using honey. It is such a small amount, it might be fine. You aren't ingesting it, so I would think it would be OK (that also being said for other sweeteners as well) . I wish I could stand it without any sweeteners, but I my tastes buds just can't hack it with out a little.

Kathryn said...

I've been making this with honey. I change up the recipe a bit each time I make it, including adding olive oil for the cold winter months make a mix that doesn't harden as much at lower temperatures. I have two issues with tooth soap... 1) I find I have to brush with something more abrasive once a week or so, else I find more plaque on my teeth, and 2) unless you like the taste of soap, avoid drinking a hot beverage shortly after brushing with this. :P

Anonymous said...

I'm trying it again with the hot water added right before blending. I do love the tooth cream - - :)

Laura

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Carla @ Our Journey to Self Reliance said...

Thanks for the recipe! I have been using coconut oil and oil of oregano and it has worked pretty well, but my kids are not fans of the oregano oil (they use orange oil). I also use tooth soap on occasion, but it is a bit on the pricey side, so this will be good to have as an alternative!

BTW, one of the commenters on my blog shared a link to http://www.xylitol.org - xylitol can help with cavities even AFTER you QUIT USING it. I thought that was pretty awesome!

Thanks for sharing! I'm excited to check out the rest of your blog :0)

Blessings,
Carla

Ron Roberts said...

I did try your homemade tooth soap last week and I love it! I found my teeth whiter and felt refreshing after using it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Is it normal that the toothpaste melts into liquid pretty quickly once it's in your mouth? Because that's what I'm experiencing. did i add too much water?

Kathee Flamini said...

I've made this 3 times and I love it. BUT the first time it turned out really thick and the last 2x's turned out like water. The last 2 x's I followed your recipe. And the first one I modified it but I can't remember what i did LOL So how can I make it thicker. I added more coconut oil and that didn't do it. Maybe not enough??
Thank You
Kathee

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes, it is normal to have it melt quickly in your mouth. As far as making it thicker, maybe add a little less water? I've never had this problem, so not sure how to answer. Sorry :)

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