How to Make Dirt Toothpowder

Sometimes I wonder how much is too much to share about myself on my blog.  This is one of those times. I will know you truly love me if you stick around after you find out I brush my teeth with dirt toothpowder (as my children affectionately call it)!

Over the years, as I have studied natural health and herbalism, I have realized–
1) how many everyday items I was using are not that healthy (even ones bought from “health” stores) and
2) how dependent our family was on these manufactured products.

In an effort to choose the healthiest options available, I have also been blessed to find that in the case of toothpaste, the healthiest option is also the cheapest.

One thing I want to add before sharing how I make our dirt toothpowder, is something I didn’t quite understand when I began my herbal/natural health studies. When I decided that yes, I could make my family’s toothpowder, I set out to find the right recipe. As if there had to be a right way and all the rest were wrong. As if getting it wrong meant that my children’s teeth would all rot and fall out.

This is the beauty of learning to make your own toothpowder (or any health care product for that matter). You are able to decide what to use, use what you have on hand, or customize what you are going to use based on your needs. God has generously provided man with herbs and natural substances that can do more than one job. In the case of salt, it can season our food, give us vital minerals, be used as a cleanser, and the list goes on.

But what if we don’t have access to the ingredient we need. Guess what, God has also provided herbs and natural substances that can be substituted for one another.

With all that said, there are many, many toothpowder recipes out there. This is just one that I have put together for our family. I been using it for about 6 months now and have been very pleased with it. My teeth have a much cleaner feel to them. I have one tooth that has lost a filling (I know, I need to have it taken care of but haven’t decided what to do about it–still researching). Before, when I was using regular store-bought toothpaste, the tooth was very sensitive and often caused me pain. Now that I am using the toothpowder, I don’t have any pain from it. My kids have also made the adjustment nicely. In fact, they often offer their input and I will sometimes make adjustments based on their inputs.

Dirt Toothpowder Recipe


1/2 cup Bentonite Clay
1/4 cup Sea Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Sage Leaf
1 Tablespoon Peppermint Leaf
40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Grind sage and peppermint leaf in a coffee grinder until powdered.

Mix all ingredients in a zip lock bag or bowl. I like mixing in a bag because I can use a rolling pin to break up any lumps.

I use emptied baby food jars to give each their own little jar of dirt toothpowder. This batch made almost three jars of powder.

When you get ready to brush your teeth, just wet your toothbrush and lightly tap toothpowder with the bristles. Brush as regular.


  1. I’m going to have to try this!

    Your blog looks beautiful, by the way. I thought I saw somewhere that you were working on it. Did you design it?

  2. That is so funny….I was just thinking when I was visiting with you at church yesterday how white your teeth are!!!! Well, now I know….you brush with dirt (powder):) The kids and I will have to make this…..can’t wait:)

    • Now you know the rest of the story! That would be the sage…it is a tooth whitener. Let me know how your kids like it. My kids like theirs a bit saltier, so I put a higher percentage of salt in their batch. I don’t like the salt as much, so this is my recipe.

  3. 40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil is approximately how many ounces?

    • Hi Anne,
      I buy my essential oils in 1 fluid ounce bottles. When I make this lip balm, I usually just give the bottle about 4 good shakes. So I use much, much less than 1 ounce. Sorry, I really don’t measure that accurately. Hope this helps!

    • Hi Anne,
      I buy my essential oils in 1 fluid ounce bottles. When I make this, I usually just give the bottle about 4 good shakes. So I use much, much less than 1 ounce. Sorry, I really don’t measure that accurately. Hope this helps!

  4. After pinning this months ago, I finally made some! I’m really excited to ditch the old toothpaste tube for something natural. I used it last night and just about gagged because it was so salty! haha, I think I’m just used to the artificially sweet stuff. But I loved how clean it made my mouth feel. I’ve already recommended your recipe to others! 🙂

    • Thank you Meg! Yes, I had the same reaction the first few times. In fact, the first time I used this type of toothpaste, I made it from a recipe that called for equal parts of clay, salt, and soda. It was more than I could stomach so I tweaked things a bit to my own liking.

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