Affordable, practical, and environmentally friendly… What more could we ask for?
A homemade solid toothpaste? What a wild idea! And yet, why not? After our solid shaving soap, shampoo bars, and dish soap, it seemed perfectly logical and interesting to keep building on this solid track record! Allow us to present Tube Be Gone, our solid toothpaste recipe that’s sure to make you smile.
It took many rounds of experiments to perfect this DIY toothpaste. It had to foam up nicely, clean teeth gently, and not leave an unpleasant taste in our mouths. This massive challenge wore out the whole team’s toothbrushes before we achieved a result that satisfied us all!
We never would have thought we’d be so proud of a toothpaste recipe. But that’s the Tube Be Gone effect!
How to make solid toothpaste
Before you begin
- When ground, SCI (sodium cocoyl isesthionate) is very powdery. It must therefore be handled with caution in a well-ventilated place or while wearing a dust mask.
- Careful! It is very important to note that xylitol is very toxic to our animal friends. Do not use this DIY toothpaste on pets!
- 19 g (37.9%) calcium carbonate
- 8.7 g (14.4%) extra-virgin coconut oil
- 7.7 g (15.3%) xylitol
- 7.7 g (15.3%) SCI
- 2.1 g (4.1%) demineralized water
- 3.9 g (7.7%) stearic acid
- 0.8 g (1.5%) spearmint essential oil
- 0.3 g (0.5%) peppermint essential oil
- 0.3 g menthol crystals (optional)
- Two small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make a double boiler
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.01 g
- A few pipettes
- A few ramekins
- 1 dust mask
- 1 grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle
- Molds of your choosing (designed for making cupcakes, ice cubes, soap, etc.)
Good to know!
- SCI is the cleaning agent in this toothpaste recipe. It is a gentle cleanser and adds the desired foaminess.
- Calcium carbonate is a mild abrasive.
- Xylitol adds sweetness to the toothpaste without encouraging cavity formation.
- Peppermint essential oil was chosen for its antiseptic, antibacterial, and refreshing properties, which leave breath smelling fresh. Caution: this recipe already calls for the maximum recommended amount. Do not increase the percentage of peppermint essential oil!
- Coconut oil is known for its cleansing and antibacterial properties. It also helps make this product compact.
- You can make your solid toothpaste in a small container, if you wish. Just put the toothpaste in the container at step 9, compact it well, and wait until it has fully dried before closing the container.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Carefully grind the SCI with a coffee grinder, other grinder, or mortar and pestle. Pour into a small bowl.
- Add the demineralized water, xylitol, and menthol crystals (if using) to the SCI. Melt on the double boiler.
- In a second small bowl, weigh the calcium carbonate and stearic acid. Set aside.
- Weigh the coconut oil in a ramekin.
- When the SCI mixture has melted, add the coconut oil. Melt. Once melted, remove from heat.
- Add the calcium carbonate and stearic acid. Mix well until homogeneous.
- Weigh the essential oils then add them to the mixture. Mix again.
- Pour into the mold and firmly pack down. Leave for a few hours to harden. Unmold and allow to air dry.
Use and conservation
Homemade solid toothpaste is easy to use! Just wet your toothbrush, rub it against the toothpaste to pick some up, then brush as you normally would.
It is important to allow the product to dry between each use.
Once your homemade toothpaste is dry, we recommend storing it in a sealed metal container.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least six months.