Here is my family’s go-to homemade toothpaste recipe! It takes simple ingredients, and only minutes to make. My whole family, including the kids, love it and use it daily. It works so well, leaving your teeth smooth, clean, and refreshed all day. I have tried many toothpaste recipes and brands, and honestly, this recipe is the only one that keeps my teeth clean all day, whereas with other brands, by the end of the day, I feel my teeth screaming for their second brushing. Of course, regardless of the toothpaste you use, including this one, you should always brush twice a day even if your teeth still feel clean by the end of the day 😉.

Another bonus of making your own toothpaste is the less waste that it produces. I buy one jar of bentonite clay, one big bag of xylitol, and reuse the same jar for the toothpaste. Every single toothpaste tube comes in its own box and tube, which is thrown away after its gone. Then we go to the store and buy another. By making your own, you buy everything once, and it makes tons of toothpaste! I love to use mason jars, Weck tulip jars, and even empty jars from other products that I’ve finished up.

I always like to stick with glass as it holds up longer with reuse, as well as with the essential oils. And remember, when working with any type of clay, make sure that no metal touches the clay as it can deactivate the minerals in it.
Let’s make some toothpaste!

Peppermint Clay Toothpaste

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup bentonite clay (you can find this online or in Whole Foods)
  • ½ cup filtered, cool water
  • 3 teaspoons xylitol (feel free to add more if you want a sweeter toothpaste)
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil (add more or take away depending on your preference, or take out completely and use citrus essential oils for extra sensitive kid mouths)
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Add your clay, xylitol, and salt into a glass bowl (remember, no metal, even when measuring your clay!), and stir together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Slowly add in your water, mixing between additions, until it is all used up and combined well. It’s tempting to use a whisk, but unless you have a rubber whisk, don’t! Just keep mixing until it comes together and looks like loose mud.
  • Add your peppermint essential oil and mix again until combined.
  • Add to your jar, and your done!

This jar will last my husband and I a good 2 months or so. Less for the kids because they glob it on big time. If your toothpaste seems too watery, rest assured, if it’s mixed well, it will thicken up more as it sits in the jar. This recipe uses xylitol which is a natural sweetener that is very beneficial for gum health.

Our family goes to the dentist every 6 months for check-ups, and we have had absolutely no issues with cavities or plaque. I specifically had a talk with our dentist about my toothpaste, and we got the thumbs up!

ps. hi from Drea! I asked Katie to create this recipe for you guys 🙂 Personally, I started using natural, homemade toothpaste this past year and I love it so much. There are a lot of different recipes you can try to make toothpaste at home, and this is def. a great one. Like she said, it’s so easy! And I really have seen the benefit of it 🙂 Cheers friends!

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  1. This looks just brilliant! Toothpaste is one thing I would still like to “do better” when it comes to reducing waste. Could I sub stevia (easier to find for me) for the xylitol?

    • Hi Cynthia!

      You could substitute stevia for its sweetness, but as far as gum health, stevia wouldn’t do the trick. Have you searched on Amazon for xylitol? I’m pretty sure they sell it on there.

  2. Love this! I’ll have to try it out. I have a big ole jar of bentonite clay I need to use up.