Homemade Whitening Tooth Powder Recipe

Although we really enjoyed my homemade toothpaste recipe, we love this tooth powder! It’s cheaper, easier and it can be made in much bigger batches. Not only that, but a tiny amount goes a very long way!

Why not just use toothpaste from the store? Apart from all the nasty additives that can cause irritation, there is one horrible ingredient that almost every store-bought toothpaste has. Glycerin. Now, glycerin can be a wonderful thing when it’s the base for an herbal tincture or when a little squirt is added to liquid soap or lotion. When it’s on our teeth, though, it’s terrible. When glycerin gets on our teeth, it creates a barrier. That barrier stops the natural remineralization that God intended when He designed our teeth. Teeth wear down, but God planned for minerals to be replenished and for teeth to heal, just like skin, bone and tissue heals. Glycerin prevents that healing!

So, we avoid smearing glycerin on our teeth. For a pretty penny, we could buy glycerin-free toothpaste, but I’m a DIY kind of girl, so I’ve been making this tooth powder for the last several months!

What You’ll Need

  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is such a fantastic base for tooth powder because it is a very gentle cleaner. It scrubs teeth without scraping them. Bentonite clay also has tons of minerals that are good for your teeth and it absorbs toxins.
  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal: Activated charcoal is the secret natural tooth whitener! Seems strange that something black can make your teeth white, but give it a try and see for yourself! As a bonus, it absorbs toxins, too.
  • 1 teaspoon chemical-free baking soda: This is something we skip, but feel free to add it. I react strangely to any baking soda, but it is a good tooth whitener. Just be sure to get a naturally-mined, chemical-free one, such as Frontier or Bob’s Red Mill.
  • 30-45 drops of essential oils: Peppermint is known to help whiten teeth, but we use a combination of orange and vanilla. Cinnamon is good, too. Since they are so concentrated, we always use organic essential oils
  • Stevia powder, to taste: I actually used about 1/2 teaspoon of ground stevia from our own garden, so I can’t say how much store-bought to use. Start with a tiny amount of stevia powder and work your way up, since it can be overpowering, if you use too much. Be sure to write down how much you used for the next time you make tooth powder.

What To Do

  1. In a glass jar, pour all ingredients and mix with a wooden or plastic utensil. Metal will make the bentonite clay lose effectiveness.
  2. Wet your tooth brush and then shake off all excess water.
  3. Tap your tooth brush into the powder (you might want a separate jar for each family member) and brush, normally.
  4. For extra whitening power, allow the tooth powder to stay on your teeth for a few minutes after you’re done brushing.
  5. Rinse well.

65 thoughts on “Homemade Whitening Tooth Powder Recipe

  1. Nat Davis says:

    Will this work without the essential oils? Oils are not really an option for me with my budget, but I’d really like to try this!

  2. I use Earthpaste right now and have had only moderate success with homemade toothpastes. I like the idea of using this powder, but I’m weirded out about dipping my toothbrush back into the same container. What do you do when you are sick? Thanks, Justyn!

    • Any of the tooth powder that your tooth brush touches will stick to the tooth brush, so you wouldn’t be putting germs in, only taking powder out. It’s really easy to just put a little bit of the powder in a separate cup when you’re sick, though. 🙂

    • Debra says:

      I keep a small plastic spoon in my container. Hold the wet brush over the container and use the spoon to sprinkle powder onto the brush. No waste!

  3. Korin says:

    Patti and Lisa, if you click the purple links for each ingredient, it takes you to a link to buy them! You might also check any local health-food stores in your area for these products.

  4. Margo says:

    Can you just mix it up for me and will buy it from you as a finished product? Please email me the specifics. Thank you very much!

  5. Catherine says:

    I was wondering will this hurt or cause pain to people with sensitive teeth or cavity filled teeth? I have bad cavities as a result of not being able to brush properly when I had braces and also two cracked and partially cracked teeth. It would be nice to get my teeth looking decent and healthier. Thank you so much!

    • I’m so sorry to hear that, Catherine! I’d suggest trying it without the baking soda, which can be a bit too abrasive for some people. An extra soft bristled toothbrush can be made even softer by running it under hot water for a minute, then you can use the tooth powder. I’d also suggest you check into Cure Tooth Decay, which has helped people I actually know to heal cavities and strengthen teeth!

  6. I just read about cream of tarter and how it is used to clean and whiten, would it be safe to just use that to whiten the teeth?

    • I’ve read in several places that cream of tartar can whiten teeth, but it usually causes damage and sensitivity, in the process. I didn’t include it because there is doubt about it being safe. 🙂

    • I’m sorry to say that I have no idea! 🙂 I haven’t had any experience with cleaning dentures and I don’t know anybody who would be able to answer that. Maybe another reader will see this question and be able to help!

    • Kathy says:

      I have a partial called a flipper which is similar to a denture. I was told to not use any toothpaste on it. So I brush it with an essential oil product called OraMD and water. Cleans and freshes without scratching.

  7. Kathy says:

    I clicked on the link for the bentonite clay and wonder if there is a difference between the clay and the powder and then there are some that just say bentonite. Such a wide range of prices, too. Don’t want to get the wrong stuff!!

  8. Carrie Steffen says:

    What vanilla oil do you use in your toothpaste? I’m having trouble finding an organic one, much less one that anyone says smells good and that it’s safe to consume.

  9. donna says:

    I just love your posts and appreciate all of the hard work you do to share your knowledge with us! I recently read that turmeric can also be used as a teeth whitener. I would really appreciate your opinion.
    I’ve made several of your recipes and have had great results so I can’t wait to try this one!!
    Thanks so much again for all you do!!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Donna! You’ve made my day! 🙂

      I hadn’t heard about turmeric to whiten teeth, but I just looked it up and it appears that many people love it. We use turmeric for all kinds of things, so I will definitely be trying it out for this. It’s really wonderful for so many things and it certainly can’t hurt to try it!


  10. Tom says:

    I came across this site looking for natural treatment for ear infection and saw this post. I have trouble with the color of my teeth because of overactive saliva glands so I am interested to try this.

    Have you ever thought about using xylitol for sweetening instead of stevia (or is the stevia used for another purpose)? Xyliotol is a natural sugar (from birch) that is proven to be beneficial to dental health.

    • Hi Tom,
      Xylitol would be perfectly fine. I just use stevia because I had some from my garden and I like to use what I already have, when possible. 🙂

  11. Claudia says:


    I would just like to say first of all, I really appreciate you sharing all of your recipes with us. I use a similar recipe as a toothpaste/powder, I use baking soda from hammer and son ( hope I spelled it correctly) and baking soda is pretty hard to come by here, but that one I found. Do you know if it’s aluminium free?

    • Hi Claudia,

      I’ve done some more research into baking soda options and found that aluminum is not an issue in baking soda (it is a problem in baking *powder*), but there are other problems with most baking soda, though. Unless it is mined from a natural source, which is the kind we want, then it is created in a lab through chemical reactions. Ammonia is one of the ingredients, which I’m not crazy about. I buy one of the two brands of baking soda that I linked to in my post, both of which are mined from natural sources. 🙂

  12. Claudia says:

    Hi Justyn,

    I found this article: http://www.crunchybetty.com/the-great-baking-soda-anti-hoax and understand what you mean. The problem is that its hard for me to get another brand of baking soda, as I do not live in the US, but in Europe. And i have been using this in homemade toothpowder en other homemade bodycare products, i am a bit concerned now and really dissapointed that after finally being able to buy it, i now have a bad product…

    • Hi Claudia,

      I lived in Europe for a couple of years and I know it can be very difficult to get things. Honestly, we all just need to do the best we can with our budgets and what is available to each of us. If you can’t buy/afford the “best” baking soda, you’re still making a fantastic tooth powder without glycerin, so you’re still making a huge improvement over store-bought tooth pastes. In your situation, I’d make the tooth powder or a homemade tooth paste with the best ingredients I could get and just focus on the good. 😉

      • Claudia says:

        You’re sweet Justyn, thanks for the pick me up message.
        It had me frustrated to be honest, after finally finding baking soda, it turning out to be not as good as I thought…
        It made me realize even more how we humane have messed up this beautiful earth God made. It’s hard to find pure products. But I am thankful for your lovely response, God bless you!

        • So true. We’ve made quite a mess of things by trying so hard to make them “better” than what God gave us. “Butter-flavored spread” instead of butter, for example. We all just need to make the best choices that we can and then “be anxious for nothing” (worry is bad for us! 😉 ). Blessings!!!

          • Claudia says:

            Yes, you are spot on (I needed to hear that!)
            I worry to much about things, especially when I’m trying my hardest to find better alternatives for the things we eat and put on our skin.
            It’s important ofcourse, but I tend to ‘Flip’ to the other side, and be too worried (sometimes it even keeps me awake). I need to remind myself that God helps me in every way He can in finding better alternatives and sometimes we just have to make the best we can out of things. I enjoy our ‘little talks’ out here on your blog (I hope I’m not hording your space?) Justyn, I wish I knew you in person!

          • Aww, I’m enjoying chatting with you, too! You’re not hording space, at all. That’s what my blog is here for. 😉 I’ve “met” so many lovely people on here and often wish that we could all get together in person. I don’t suppose you’ll be visiting South Dakota any time soon, huh?

  13. Claudia says:

    I’m going to search online for pure baking soda, do you know what to look out for? Does it have to say naturally mined or something?
    Thanks again Justyn.

    • The two I found were Bob’s Red Mill and Frontier, but there certainly could be other brands. You’ll want to look for “naturally-mined” or “natural source” or something similar. 🙂

  14. Steve says:

    This makes sense. I’ve been putting just about a 1/4 teaspoon of bentonite clay onto my tongue before doing daily oil pulling with a teaspoon of coconut oil. After a couple of months I have noticed, and so have others, that my teeth are nicely white!

  15. Cindy says:

    This is a great toothpowder recipe. Have been using similar without Bentonite clay—so glad to know to add the clay. : )

  16. I’ve been using it for a week and have noticed a few things. My teeth feel much cleaner and, as crazy as it seems, my teeth seem to stay cleaner longer! I don’t seem to get bad breath as much either.
    I have noticed that my gums and teeth seem much more sensitive, almost sore.Is this normal? For now I’m just powering through and seeing if it improves. I’ve been thinking of adding ground cloves to see if that would help.Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    • Uh-oh! I have a couple of thoughts.
      1) Did you use the baking soda? I absolutely cannot use baking soda, but most people are completely fine with it. It makes my whole mouth hurt, so I always leave it out.
      2) Do you use an extra soft bristle brush and brush gently? Most people brush way too hard and anything beyond a soft-bristled brush can wear down enamel and scratch up the gums. I like to use hot water to soften the bristles right before brushing. 🙂
      As far as adding ground cloves, as long as they are very finely ground I don’t think it would be a problem. It would be best to figure out the cause and fix it instead of numbing it. 🙂

  17. Thank you for the quick reply. I’m going to whip up a new batch without the baking soda. You made a good point about numbing without fixing so I’m going to leave out the cloves.

  18. Joan says:

    I have metal fillings on my back molars (got them back in the late 80’s/early 90’s) and read how bentonite clay can leach the metal and so should not use. I’m assuming the same goes for activated charcoal? Your thoughts? What are good replacements for those if that’s the case?

    • Welcome, Valeria! I don’t think that it does, but I’m working on a remineralizing mouthwash to complement this tooth powder. I’ll see if I can get the measurements finalized and post the recipe soon! 🙂

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