Whitening Toothpaste Recipe

Looking for an all natural whitening toothpaste you can make yourself? Here is my whitening toothpaste recipe with an extra boost!! | areturntosimplicity.comWhat? Whitening? That toothpaste looks BLACK!

Yes, it’s black. Yes, it also WHITENS your teeth!

After a while, all the coffee/tea/kombucha, etc that we drink will start to slightly stain our teeth. Personally, I rather enjoy those beverages, and don’t feel like they have a negative enough effect on my health to cut them out of my diet. However, I prefer to not have to pay the price of a not-so-bright smile.

Unfortunately the majority of commercial toothpastes (especially the whitening variety) are filled with a plethora of undesirable ingredients.

So if the toothpaste at the store has all this yucky stuff in it, what are we supposed to do??

Enter- Homemade Whitening Toothpaste!

So, I have been using homemade clay based toothpaste for quite a while now, and I’m here to say- it’s awesome!

I found a nice recipe on the internet, and used it happily until I happened to get another toothpaste recipe from my friend Lauren. Her recipe had all the same ingredients as the one I had been using, but the proportions were significantly different, and resulted in a WAY better texture and taste.

Since then, I have added a couple of ingredients, and wanted to share my take on Lauren’s awesome whitening toothpaste recipe here.

You will need:

*I do not use essential oils internally, but I feel ok about using a bit in this whitening toothpaste since I don’t actually swallow it.

**To make this toothpaste toddler friendly, (they like to swallow the toothpaste) you can substitute the peppermint oil with dried ground mint, or just eliminate it totally. If you leave out the peppermint oil, the toothpaste will be predominantly clove tasting. Pretty yummy too!

Whitening Toothpaste Recipe | areturntosimplicity.com

Open charcoal capsules, and combine with all other ingredients in a glass container. PLEASE DO NOT USE PLASTIC OR METAL! This toothpaste will pull the toxins out of the metal or plastic, and will not be suitable to use anymore.

Whitening Toothpaste Recipe | areturntosimplicity.com

Mix together with a wood or rubber spoon, and store in a cool dark place.

Whitening Toothpaste Recipe | areturntosimplicity.com

Dab your toothbrush in the paste until you get your preferred amount of toothpaste on the brush.

If you have never used this type of toothpaste, it will take a few brushing sessions to get used to the taste. It has a lovely mint/clove taste, but it isn’t nearly as sweet as most store bought toothpastes. There is also a little salty element that is a bit different tasting at first.

After using this for a while, I unexpectedly stayed over at a relative’s house, and had to use regular toothpaste, and was quite disgusted by the sickeningly sweet quality of it. Ugh!

4.5 from 4 reviews
Whitening Toothpaste
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  • 2 Tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  • 2 capsules activated charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Open charcoal capsules.
  2. Combine with all other ingredients in a glass container.
  3. Mix with a rubber or wooden spoon.
  4. Store in a cool dark place.


 Looking for an all natural whitening toothpaste you can make yourself? Here is my whitening toothpaste recipe with an extra boost!! | areturntosimplicity.com

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56 responses to “Whitening Toothpaste Recipe”

  1. I am allergic to corn and soy, and can only find one toothpaste that I can buy that is “safe” for me. The ingredients in this recipe look great and are all fine for me. I will definitely have to try making this! 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    Ok, this is the second time in two days I’ve heard of activated charcoal for teeth whitening…VERY interesting! I have been wanting to try homemade toothpaste anyway, and the fact that this one helps whiten is a plus to me. I’ve been using turmeric a lot lately and it is one of the most staining things out there (but SO good for you). Great post!

  3. Davi says:

    I can’t stand regular toothpaste anymore either. WAY too sweet. It feels like I am brushing my teeth with candy. Blech!

  4. Stella Lee says:

    Bentonite is magic stuff. Where do you get yours from?

  5. Angi says:

    Stella Lee- there is a link in the post to amazon where I got my clay. Love my bentonite tons 🙂

  6. Andrea says:

    I have whitened my teeth with activated charcoal before (works great!), but didn’t think of making my own toothpaste. This recipe looks fantastic. I will for sure try it!

    Thanks for linking up to Natural Living Monday. We’ll be featuring your article this week!

  7. I really want to try this. I do have a question, though, does the charcoal stain the sink? Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

    • Angi says:

      Angi- No, the charcoal doesn’t stain the sink at all. It does however show up VERY OBVIOUSLY against the sink if you don’t rinse it down with some water. A quick rinse with warm water takes it all away though. It’s easier to rinse out than the clumps of commercial toothpaste that get in the sink. 🙂

  8. Aspen Jay says:

    I have seen more people talking about whitening this way… I need to try it! Thanks for the recipe! And thanks for linking up. 🙂

  9. MM says:

    Awesome! I have printed out this recipe, and need to get some bentonite clay, and charcoal – this recipe sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kristin says:

    Great post. Followed you from the Natural Living Monday link-up. Love for you to come by this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesday and share.

  11. Greg says:

    I am currently using a non-fluoridated branded tooth paste which is rather expensive. I am going to try your homemade whitening toothpaste. The only ingredient that surprised me was activated charcoal. What benefit does activated charcoal provide?

  12. Kemi says:

    I’ve just recently made some bentonite clay toothpaste but hadn’t heard of using the charcoal for whitening. Thank you for the tip!

    • Angi says:

      You are welcome Kemi! How are you liking your homemade toothpaste?

      • Kemi says:

        We’re actually really enjoying it. I decided to make it to see if it would make my teeth less sensitive (I put Xylitol in it). I’ve been using Sensodyne for years but I don’t see any results from it. We initially said a 30 day test but the whole family is enjoying it so we’ll see.

  13. Abbi says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I was needing to get busy and make toothpaste again and wanted to try activated charcoal in it and so this recipe will be good.

  14. Noura says:

    Angi! Thank you for your nice recipe! What about its shelf life? Does it need preservative?

  15. Marsha says:

    Hi. I was wondering how smooth this toothpaste ends up feeling. I work as a dental professional and one problem with whitening toothpastes is that they are too coarse and will actually remove a micro layer of your enamel. Also, I would like to point out how effective xylitol is known for being at reducing the bacteria amounts in your mouth if you can find some from a non gmo source.

    • Angi says:

      Hi Marsha! The toothpaste is super smooth, with the only slight coarseness coming from the cloves (depending upon how finely ground they are) but you can omit those if you want to. I have done a good bit of research on xylitol, and it definitely does have some good things going for it-especially the kind from birch bark that isn’t GMO, but it still has too many questionable links to cancer for me to feel comfortable with it. Plus, stevia is something I can grow myself! 🙂

  16. Charlie Von says:

    How long will this keep for? Should it be refrigerated to last longer?

    • Angi says:

      Hi Charlie! So, I make a batch this size for myself, and with me brushing twice a day, it keeps just fine at room temp until I finish it. Even in the summer. I have never needed to refrigerate it. 🙂

  17. DanaV says:

    I hadn’t thought of putting the charcoal in toothpaste. Great idea! I keep it around so when we eat bad…fast food or at the in laws(processed food). I put it on applesauce to eat. My kids eat it just fine. No taste it just looks weird. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Zandria says:

    Is there anything you would recommend as a substitute for the coconut oil, my husband is highly allergic.

  19. Alyssa says:

    I have a few metal fillings– will the bentonite clay affect that? Will it cause pain or something? Also, would this be safe for a 1 year old (minus the cloves and maybe switching out the peppermint essential oil for orange)?

    • Angi says:

      It is just fine for fillings, and it is completely safe for kids once you switch out the oil. I haven’t started using it with my one year old yet, but that is just because he only has 4 teeth so far. lol. He will start using it once he gets a few more teeth. 🙂 haha!
      Oh, and you can also switch the peppermint oil out, and just add finely ground peppermint leaves if you want a milder kid-safe mint flavor, but I like the orange EO idea the best I think!

  20. Jessica says:

    How much is in 2 capsules? I only have powdered stevia. How much should I use? Should I add water?

    • Angi says:

      I think the two capsules of charcoal equal about 1 teaspoon of charcoal once they are emptied. I would just add a pinch of the powdered stevia, and adjust to your taste.

  21. Heather says:

    Love the recipe! Can you substitute the sea salt with kelp instead?

    • Angi says:

      I have never tried it with kelp, so I am not sure. I know they have some similar minerals, but I’m not sure whether it would work the same… I am sorry I am not more helpful with this question.

      • Heather says:

        Thanks for trying! My husband got me tons of organic kelp and I am trying to test it out with everything I make. I will try it out and let you know. I might do half and half first so I can get some benefits of the sea salt! 😀

        • Annir says:

          My son has braces.. Is it going to be okay for him to use it because in the beginning of your article you mentioned to keep it at from

          • Angi says:

            If he has metal braces, I would just use a commercial non toxic and non flouride toothpaste until his braces are off.

  22. Drin says:

    So ready to do this! One question: is the liquid Stevia necessary? I’d rather not use artificial sweeteners, even if I’m not ingesting it. Or is it different than the Stevia crystals?


  23. Steven Carranco says:

    I am quite shocked about your recipe seems great to help the teeth. I will try it someday.

    I have never seen that bentonite clay before. I have a question for you. What benefit does bentonite clay provide? I have researched about that bentonite clay, and it said it remineralized the teeth well. Wow.

  24. Jomo says:

    Hi I have a question is activated charcoal safe for daily use?

  25. Great post, Angi. That black toothpaste does do some whitening but it does take a lot longer than most kits.

  26. Simona says:

    Great recipe. Do I have to use stevia at all? I prefer not to. Thank you.

  27. Sandy hogan says:

    I made this toothpaste and after a couple of days it molded. Did I do anything wrong?

    • Angi says:

      Hmmm. I have never had my toothpaste mold. Even after a couple months in the summer. Did you use the same products I recommended, or did you substitute anything different?

      • Kat says:

        You have to be careful when mixing coconut oil and water (yes even distilled/purified) together, it creates the perfect environment for mold and bacteria growth. I would remove the water from your recipe to prevent this from happening. It may also look mold free but that doesn’t mean that mold isn’t there!

  28. Pip says:

    I’m going to try this! Thx! Can I use metal measuring spoons on everything? What about the bentonite? I know the activated charcoal you can’t, so I’m glad it’s in capsules. If not, then what do you use? Also, can I use powdered stevia? If so, a recommendation of how much? Thx!

    • Angi says:

      Hi Pip! You can use metal to measure the clay, but you just can’t stir the toothpaste with metal. Once the clay (and charcoal) are wet, they will react with the metal. Yes! You can use powdered stevia. Just start with a tiny sprinkle, and add more to taste.

  29. Wendy says:

    I have made a few batches of this toothpaste and it always turns out well. I used Clove essential oil instead of cloves but I prefer Wintergreen and Orange essential oils which taste great and are also good for whitening.

  30. Rosemary says:

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Is the Stevia necessary?

  31. Rosemary says:

    I found where you said the Stevia isn’t necessary.

  32. Alison says:

    What is the purpose of the sea salt? My mother is allergic to sea salt. I would like to use a substitute or leave it out if possible. Thank you!

    • Angi says:

      That is so interesting! I have never heard of any one being allergic to salt! Basically, it’s a mineral and whitening agent, but it can be left out, or if she can tolerate other non iodized salt then you could substitute that.

  33. Amanda says:

    I tried making this and it came out a watery and globby and a dark brown but not black. Do I hear the coconut oil first so it’s liquidic or what am I doing wrong? Still tastes great and works fine but didn’t look right and do I add more charcoal?

    • Angi says:

      Hi Amanda,
      First of all, your toothpaste is going to still be effective, even if the texture isn’t great, so you can definitely keep using this batch. I don’t heat my coconut oil unless it’s the dead of winter and it’s too hard to do anything with. Generally, if you have blobs and liquid, then you need to keep mixing and stirring. You can add more charcoal if you want, but the end color isn’t super important. Does that make sense?

  34. Doris Ledet says:

    Looking forward to trying this. In regards to the EO, Young Living oils are fine for ingesting. I use their peppermint oil, orange, basil, etc. in cooking all the time. Great organic oil to use.

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