Brush your teeth without fluoride | Natural DIY toothpaste recipe

By Lace / November 27, 2017
Brush your teeth

I know, fluoride is required for healthy teeth, right? You should brush your teeth with a ‘good’ fluoride toothpaste twice a day they say. Well, not me. I threw out my toothpaste some years ago after fluoride made it to my ‘nope’ list. Never bought or used it since. Swapping the tube for an empty glass cockle jar I changed the way I brushed my teeth.  And do you know something?

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My teeth are not missing fluoride at all. In fact, they’re getting on great without it. Yours can too. There’s good reason to go fluoride-free which I’m going to share with you if you don’t already know. By the end of this post, you’ll see going fluoride free is easy. It’ll save money, reduce waste and is better for you. What’s not to love?


Why do you brush your teeth with fluoride, really? 

This is a rather intriguing tale. In the 1930s the largest producer of aluminium at the time was Acola. The folks down at Acola were creating vast amounts toxic fluoride gas. The vapours were paralyzing and killed nearby farm animals exposed to it and ruining crops. Lawsuits were mounting as farmers sued Acola for their losses. Concerns were also growing over the negative impact of fluoride gas on human health. With the high cost of toxic waste disposal, a plan to recycle this dangerous byproduct was hatched. Acola enlisted the help of Gerald Cox, a Mellon Institute researcher in Pittsburgh. Gerald’s assignment? To research the effects of fluoride on teeth.

Wait. What?? Why would anyone want to put this crap on their teeth?!

toxic waste fluoride

Well, Mellon Institute had done a great job convincing everyone asbestos was perfectly safe (I hear it is not so safe nowadays though…). So they qualified for the job of convincing folks toxic waste was good for their teeth. Apparently, they did a cracking job because this crazy idea was adopted. By 1945 Fluoride byproduct was barrelled up and sold for profit to companies who put in the public water supply, processed food and toothpaste under the guise of ‘to protecting your teeth from decay’.

Acola had solved their waste disposal problems and the lawsuits dwindled as a result. Concerns over fluoride and human health were buried for the most part.

Oddly enough, fluoride is banned from the use of water supplies in many countries because it’s considered poison but that’s another story for another day. The point is; how can poison be good for your dental health?

Toothpaste should come with a warning like it does in the US

Yep, you read that correctly. Toothpaste comes with a warning in the US. The FDA requires all toothpaste with fluoride to carry a poison warning. Um… Hello? Why are we still buying this rubbish, it’s poison?! I always remember my mother saying:

“Only use a pea size! Don’t swallow your toothpaste. It’s bad for you” Despite being quite a huge understatement, she never did explain why. Perhaps she wasn’t aware.

A pea size of poison doesn’t make it any less of a poison. Let’s look at some fun facts about fluoride. When you’ve read them consider if it is logical to put fluoride in your mouth. I have a sneaky suspicion you’ll never look at toothpaste the same way again.

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Fluoride causes or is associated with (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Neurotoxicity
  • Reduces IQ
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Fluoridosis of teeth and bones
  • Arterial calcification
  • Nervous system damage
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Immune system damage
  • Genetic mutations
  • Heart failure

Fluoride doesn’t sound like it’s doing us any favours at all. The very thing fluoride is said to protect is suffering. Our teeth. In fact, there is a complete lack of evidence that fluoride does anything good for dental health at all. To top it all off those risks are from just ONE ingredient in toothpaste. Toothpaste is packed with questionable ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), among other things we’d be better off not ingesting.

Here’s an interesting fact; fluoride happens to be the main ingredient in anti-depressant drug Fluoxetine (Prozac) as well as various other psychiatric drugs. Eyebrow-raising stuff to say the least. Fluoride just has so many negatives. For me, the risks outweigh the non-existent benefits.

This is why Fluoride makes the ‘nope’ list.

Make your own toothpaste, it’s so easy!

Getting fluoride out of the equation doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ve been making my own toothpaste for a good few years now. It takes less than 10 minutes each month and the children will enjoy mixing it up. The ingredients aren’t obscure or hard to lay your hands on. It’s likely you’ve already got the ingredients in your pantry. This concoction hasn’t failed me yet and my teeth are happy. I’m almost 30 and not so much as a filling – ever! Hubby even likes this toothpaste and he’s noticed a difference in his oral health as did his dentist! It’s a sprog tested and approved mixture although perhaps not suited to babies.

Homemade Minty Toothpaste


  • 6 tbsp raw organic coconut oil (I buy mine here)
  • 6 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (depending on the level of minty freshness you want)


  • Combine coconut oil and bicarb mix until smooth.
  • Add peppermint essential oil and mix again to combine.
  • Store in a glass jar (I reuse a cockles jar and this holds this amount perfectly and lasts about 4 weeks before it is all gone!)

Voilà! Homemade toothpaste in minutes and not a neurotoxin in sight! Simply pop a little on your bamboo toothbrush and brush as usual. Try clove essential oil instead of peppermint if you’re battling toothache.

Homemade toothpaste



This toothpaste can take a little getting used to but it is well worth the effort. Your body will thank you for it. It will not foam as it does contain foaming agents like SLS. Don’t be disheartened, bubbles don’t mean clean. Trust your teeth to give you appropriate feedback. They’ll be clean and whiter in no time.

Frugal TiP!

Reuse and recycle your toothpaste jar for another batch. Zero waste and no leeching plastics. Yay!

Essential oils and ingestion

There are mixed opinions about ingesting essential oils. Personally, I’ve not experienced problems with essential oils in my toothpaste. I’d rather ingest oils steam distilled from a plant than toxic waste any day of the week. That said you can always opt to leave the essential oils out altogether. The toothpaste will still be effective. If you do decide to use essential oils in your mix it’s advisable to use good quality oil preferably organic. The best advice is to do your due diligence and decide what’s right for you.essential-oils

For young children, raw organic coconut oil alone works just fine. This an amazing solution for us because my son enjoys munching coconut oil so getting it in his mouth is a breeze!

Go fluoride free!

Fluoride warrants immediate kicking to the curb. It has no place in your bathroom cabinet and no benefit to health, teeth or otherwise. You certainly don’t need to spend money on this stuff. It’s rubbish, after all, get rid and make your own instead. It’s easy and extremely cost-effective. Waste is minimal too! Brownie points for the eco-warrior in you! Best of all, you’ll be taking care of your health, your ultimate wealth. Can’t make your own? Buy fluoride free, just be sure to check the ingredients. In any case, you’re sure to spend less time at the dentist. And if you do need a dentist opt for a holistic one who’s not into mercury.

Ready to ditch and switch? Which fluoride free toothpaste do you love? How are you getting on with homemade? Have a question or comment? Let me know and leave it below.

Stay blessed.


About the author


Wife, mother and natural health and wellness enthusiast. When I'm not dabbling in natural stuff, I like to eat brie with onion chutney and mull over a good "coincidence" theory. Cooking up a nutritious storm, books with real pages and being barefoot are a few of my favourite things.

  • sarah says:

    Wow, great article, I was totally unaware of it. What I knew before is that we should always use fluoride tooth paste for cleaning teeth. Thank you so much for this article and for your guidance. I will share it with everyone I know…such a nice piece of advice.

    • Lace says:

      It’s important to be informed and question things, like fluoride. Absolutely, feel free to share the knowledge with it others. That’s what it’s all about.

  • Lakisha says:

    This was an awesome post! I never knew what fluoride was but, thank you for sharing this information. I now know why the dentist and pediatricians are always asking. “Does your child drink fluoride water?” and “Do you use fluoride toothpaste?” but, they never explain why they ask this and the worst part is they encourage it. I will try your recipe and see how it works out for me and my family. Thank you again for the very informative post!

    • Lace says:

      Ah you’re welcome Lakisha, I’m pleased you found it informative and have decided to give the toothpaste recipe a go.Dentists and doctors encourage the use of fluoride,usually because they are just repeating what they’ve been told. It’s up to us to inform ourselves and make info decisions based on our own research. Hope you love the toothpaste recipe 🙂

  • Jason says:

    Super informative and vital information for our health these days! Appreciate the recipe, my wife has been wanting to make her own for a long time

  • Iain says:

    Yes fluoride is not so great. I’ve got a great tip with respect to brushing teeth – activated charcoal. It’s funny because you brush them and they go pitch black. And then when you rinse your mouth they’re gleaming white. The first time I did it I was amazed. Anyway, best wishes to you

    • Lace says:

      Activated charcoal is a great whitener indeed.I use it too and my daughter thinks it’s funny when we have black teeth before revealing pearly whites!

  • ariel says:

    Hello Lace, what a fantastic and informative article. I have been trying to get government water suppliers to discontinue the use of fluoride. But for some reason the ingrained misinformation is sticking. I am so happy to see you making this so very public. At some point, the people will rise up .
    I really like the recipe for the toothpaste. I am going to try it.
    Great job! Thank you so much! ariel

    • Lace says:

      Hey Ariel,

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Sounds to me like you’ve been working hard. In my opinion, informing ourselves and rejecting the poison is the best we can do. At some point, folks will rise up, you’re right.

      It’s my pleasure to share. I do hope you enjoy your new toothpaste!

      Bright blessings

  • Lee says:

    First off, thanks for educating me on the harm that fluoride can do to our bodies. Also you have provided what sounds to be a great alternative and easy to make at home. I have been using coconut oil for oil pulling which is great for oral health, so I’m not surprised to see it in your toothpaste recipe. Great post.

    • Lace says:

      My pleasure Lee, you’re welcome.

      Oil pulling is great for oral health indeed. It sucks out toxins. Coconut oil has a place in toothpaste, for sure. It’s up there on my ‘yep’ list.

  • Sarah says:

    Great post! i was anxiously waiting for such DIY tooth paste recipe and here i found it. I will surely give it a try, its super easy and simple. And thanks for the detailed you shared about fluoride with us. Keep sharing such informative post. Have a nice time.

    • Lace says:

      Thank you Sarah. I love to share information with you. Fantastic to hear you’ll be trying the recipe! It’s so easy it’s perfect. Do come back and let me know how you get on 🙂

  • Linda N. says:

    Hey Lace,

    Thanks for the informative content. I’ve been fluoride free (mostly) for about a year or so now and I cannot wait to try the toothpaste recipe!

  • Penelope says:

    Wow, I had no idea that fluoride was poisonous. thank you SO MUCH for explaining its history and why I should avoid it from now on. I’m gonna try your toothpaste recipe, it looks super easy and a much better alternative.

    • Lace says:

      You’re very welcome Penelope. Sharing is caring after all.

      Very pleased to hear you’re leaving fluoride behind and you’ll try the recipe. It’s very easy! I’d like to know how you get on.

      Bright blessings

  • Lace says:

    Hey Ronnie, there’s much that is held back or buried but it’s all there for us to find if we go digging. There’s nothing that is hidden that won’t be revealed.

    I believe many illnesses we see can be healed or at least hugely improved by changing our environment.

    Let’s share the knowledge!

  • Vince says:

    Great post and some important info that needs to be heard. I’ve been flouride free fro about 3 years now and have seem important health difference.
    I’ll try your toothpaste recipe. Thanks.

    • Lace says:

      Totally agree Vince. Being fluoride free is great isn’t it? I’m never looking back.

      Would love feedback on the toothpaste recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Ronnie Jordan says:

    Oh wow. This is incredible. I would not have ever known if I would not have read this. I tell you it is shocking the things that are held back from us. No wonder all these new illnesses pop up every so many years. This was some very good awareness writing I must say.

    • Lace says:

      I apologise Ronnie, WordPress managed to keep this comment hidden and I am only just seeing it now! Yes, you are absolutely right, with all the chemical crap being added to our food, water, cosmetics etc it’s hardly surprising that new illness’ are commonplace. Thank you for your comments and I am glad you found it informative.

  • Jaqawn Parker says:

    In your website I think that it is your duty to brush your teeth. Also, when brushing your teeth you want to make sure that your teeth is getting the best care and in your website, you provided some valuable information.

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