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, silicone, or rubber spoon, and store in a cool dark place. I store mine in a bathroom drawer.

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.

Work With Me!

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!

3.8 from 9 reviews
Whitening Toothpaste
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  • 2 Tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoons softened or melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  • 2 capsules activated charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Optional mineral drops
  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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76 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.

  35. Marena says:

    I have made this recipe a few times and every time I add water it does not mix with the coconut and I have everything sitting on the bottom and the coconut oil floats to the top. Any suggestions?

    • Angi says:

      Hi Marena! I’m sorry you are having trouble with the toothpaste not mixing up correctly. Let’s see if I can help out at all. Are you melting your coconut oil completely before mixing it in, or is it just soft? Are you using cold water or hot? Also, you do need to mix for a good minute or so to really get everything incorporated. Maybe try mixing the oil and clay first, or the water and the clay first. Just switch things up to see? Honestly, I just throw everything in a little jar and mix it with a silicone spatula for a minute or two. In the cold months I have to melt my coconut oil, and it does seem to create a smoother paste, but even in the summer when I don’t melt the oil, it definitely all mixes together.

  36. So myself and another member of my facebook group tried this recipe about 3 weeks ago. I made two separate batches and she made one. We both loved it and thought it worked great. However, a couple days ago hers inexplicably molded. Yesterday so did both of the batches that I made. Did this ever happen to you? Any idea what could have caused this? It was really disappointing, we both really liked it. We followed the recipe exactly and directions. I didn’t think there was anything in the recipe that would have ‘spoiled’, so I’m really confused as to why it would mold. The glass containers it was put in were perfectly clean. Would very much appreciate hearing from you! 🙂

    • Angi says:

      Hi Marina! Ok, so first of all, I have to say that my toothpaste has never molded, so I have limited experience with this situation. 🙂 Our house stays fairly cold during the winter, but in summer we have the A/C around 76-74, so it’s not particularly cold then. I store my toothpaste in the cabinet under my sink. I share a container with my kids, but my husband has his own container, so he goes through his more slowly, but none has ever molded. The longest I have ever had the toothpaste is about 2 months before needing to make more. The only things I could think of that could possibly be causing mold would be if you were using refined coconut oil rather than unrefined? Or maybe your storage area is too damp? But everyone I know stores it in a damp bathroom, and has no mold, so I don’t know if that is a factor? It is really strange that that happened to you and I am sorry! 🙁

  37. Julie says:

    Question about your note:

    “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.”

    You say don’t use plastic…..but the charcoal in capsules aren’t they plastic???

  38. Edicta says:

    Hi there! Thanks for posting this. I was so excited to try your recipe, that I purchased all the ingredients right away, including the specifically suggested brands. I followed the recipe to the letter, but it came out to a watery consistency (more like bits of mud in a whole lot of dirty water). I started a fresh batch, just in case I missed something. I got the exact same thing. I ended up making the recipe two more times, but for these 3rd and 4th times I omitted the water and simply mixed it with the other two batches to dry it out some. So, bottom line, I have a lot of the paste because the water was too much in the recipe as written. Did you make a mistake with the measurements? I did notice that the first time the recipe appears here/in your blog, it calls for 2.5 TBS water, whereas the second time around it calls for 2 TBS. Also, I now wish I would have purchased charcoal directly in powder form (not in capsules). It was so hard to pull the capsules apart!! Maybe I am the only one who has not had luck with this recipe, but I hope after making the investments and having so much of the paste in the end, the results will really pay off. How should I store all the paste to prevent it goes bad?

    • Angi says:

      The recipe is fairly clumpy at first, but will smooth out with vigorous stirring. I would store the excess paste in the fridge until you need it!

  39. Eliseba says:

    Thanks for the toothpaste recipe.
    How can I store it to prevent it to go bad?
    And you said don’t store it in anything metal but in one of the pic it seems like the container has a metal cover. That means the only part that touches the clay shouldn’t be metal? Thanks

    • Angi says:

      That is correct. As long as no metal is touching the toothpaste, you should be fine. That being said, I found that my metal lids tend to rust, so I have switched to using a plastic lid instead. Again, it doesn’t actually touch the toothpaste, but it also doesn’t rust like the metal did for me. If you make one recipe of the toothpaste, and use it twice a day then it should be fine at room temperature. I store mine in the bathroom drawer.

  40. Heather says:

    Hi, I am new to this and would love to make this for the whole family including my children to benefit from. My only question is is it safe for filling and silver crowns on teeth?

  41. Amanda says:

    Does this (or any homemade toothpaste) provide that foaming – fresh/clean feeling that many of us like from our store-bought fluoride toothpastes?

  42. Donna says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I want to try it. I will not be adding water though. Anything that has water added needs a preservative to keep bacterial growth from occurring. Even if you don’t see it, it’s there. I’ll just use more coconut oil. Thanks again!

  43. Rebekah says:

    I tested your recipe out after deciding to get away from the store toothpastes that are full of nasty chemicals.

    I love this recipe, taste and texture were amazing! But I found that it began to mold after just a week. Have you had that happen before? Any ideas to prevent? I’d like to avoid having to refrigerate my toothpaste if possible….

    • Angi says:

      That is so interesting Rebekah. I have had several readers comment about theirs molding, and I have NEVER had that happen to me! I always ask a few questions- First, are you using unrefined or refined coconut oil? Is your water from a well or a municipal (city) water source? The best advice I have is to just eliminate the water completely and have a thicker paste that is less likely to mold. I am so sorry this happened to you. I am not sure why mine never does, because we keep our house in the mid 70-s during the summer, and I never put my toothpaste in the fridge. I have been making this for years and years and it has never once molded. I am working to try to figure this one out!!!

  44. Kimberley says:

    I tried your recipe, and I really like it. After reading the comments about mold, I decided to leave out the water completely. I put some fractionated coconut oil in with the regular coconut oil in an attempt to keep it from getting too hard when cooled down. It did stay quite liquidy for quite a long time, and has only now stiffened up with the cold days we’ve been having. Still, it didn’t get as hard as the first coconut oil toothpaste recipe I tried which got too hard to use. Also, I find these diy toothpastes don’t need sweetener at all.

    My question is this: Can I use peppermint extract instead of the essential oil? I know the extract is less concentrated, but will I be missing out on some properties that can only be found in the essential oils? The reason I ask is because the extract would be so much more cost effective

    • Angi says:

      Yes! You can definitely use peppermint extract. The peppermint is for flavor, so you won’t be missing out on anything!

  45. Patricia says:

    You asked how I brush my teeth. I use an airtight container ; then mix baking soda and cinnamon together in it. I leave that set that way. When I get ready to brush I wet the toothbrush with hot water, dab the brush in the mix and then squirt hydrogen peroxide into my mouth and brush. I rinse well with water and have a clean mouth.

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