How to Make Natural Toothpaste

by Genae Valecia Hinesman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Before the advent of commercial toothpastes, recipes like this one were traditional family preparations. They cleaned and polished teeth and helped to freshen breath while reducing disease-causing bacteria. This recipe is just as effective for use today so try it for yourself.

Place rinds in a food processor and grind until peels become a coarse powder.

Add baking soda and salt, then process a few seconds more until you have a very fine powder.

Store in an airtight decorative tin or jar.

Brush your teeth by adding 1/4 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide in a small disposable cup to 1 tbsp. of the dental powder and mix into a paste.

Dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush as usual.


  • A few drops of mint essential oil can be added for a "brighter" taste.

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Genae Valecia Hinesman, former banking executive, entrepreneur and fashion model, began writing professionally in 2002. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied business, finance and exercise physiology. Her articles featured in Living Healthy: 360, Life 123, the American Chronicle and Yahoo Voices.