10 minutes


a bit more time if you want to refill a tube instead of using a jar


half a tube of commercial toothpaste


less than $1

Mouth Off: Tasty Homemade Toothpaste

Road-tested DIY toothpaste that actually tastes good — we promise.
  • 6 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 tsp stevia powder
  • 4 tsp vegetable glycerin or 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • airtight opaque container

Cheat Sheet

  • What’s with the glycerin? This soap-making byproduct has antibacterial properties, but if you’re not into the idea of animal fat derivatives (or you’re a vegan), coconut oil works well as a replacement.
  • If you have inflamed gums, try subbing aloe vera for the glycerin.

Want To Learn?
Love coconut? Try the runner up recipe in our toothpaste quest, a thick and foamy alt.

Making toothpaste at home with baking soda seems like a no brainer, until you actually do it and the result is gag-worthy at best. To navigate this battle of ease versus taste, we road-tested the top toothpaste recipes out there, and discovered a perfect potion that’s head and shoulders above the rest. Pepperminty goodness awaits.

Class Curricula

  • Measure out and place ingredients into a small jar.
  • Stir until it looks like toothpaste.
  • Add a dime-size amount to your toothbrush and scrub away.