kid-friendly, homemade toothpaste, DIY, natural care, dental care, dental health

Gather your ingredients.

  • 1 Tbsp bentonite clay
  • 2-3 Tbsp distilled water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (soft but not completely liquefied)
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp xylitol powder
  • 20 drops of tangerine essential oil

Gather your supplies.

  • small non-metal bowl
  • non-metal spoon or spatula
  • 3 oz squeeze tube

It’s important to use non-reactive tools for this recipe to prevent chemical reactions from impacting the efficacy of your final product (i.e. your delicious toothpaste).

kid-friendly, homemade toothpaste, DIY, natural care, dental care, dental health

Start with a paste.

In a non-metal bowl, mix water and clay into a thick paste until no dry spots or lumps are remaining.

kid-friendly, homemade toothpaste, DIY, natural care, dental care, dental health

Finish it off.

Add all other ingredients to the bowl and stir. The coconut oil may leave some tiny lumps, but you can smooth them out by mashing them against the side of the bowl with the back of your (non-metal!) spoon. It’s going to look a little like mud. Don’t worry!

kid-friendly, homemade toothpaste, DIY, natural care, dental care, dental health

Load up the squeeze bottle.

Pour the mixture into your waiting squeeze bottle. I love these silicone squeeze bottles found in the travel toiletries section of the drugstore, but any flip-top squeeze bottle will work. You may be able to use a small funnel to fill your bottle, but I like to use a plastic bag with the corner cut off for my toothpaste delivery system. This recipe should fill one 3 oz squeeze bottle.

kid-friendly, homemade toothpaste, DIY, natural care, dental care, dental health

Brush ‘em, brush ‘em, brush ‘em.

Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal. This homemade toothpaste doesn’t contain any foaming agents, so it will feel a little different than what you may be used to. Your little ones may take some time to adapt, but chances are, it won’t take very long!

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