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Make brushing teeth fun for you toddler PLUS GIVEAWAY

There is so much value in this post: a toothpaste recipe and a fun GIVEAWAY of Jack n’ Jill’s cute toothbrushes!

Brushing teeth can be really hard with kids. There is much other fun stuff to do for them.

Therefore I want to share how we’re making it more fun for Juni (almost 3 years old). I’m not saying your child will all of the sudden love brushing teeth but I am confident that you can get your kid interested again in it when you let them make their own homemade toothpaste.

Homemade toothpaste

The toothpaste that we make was approved by two independent dentists, one of which is a pediatric dentist.

Most important part of the toothpaste prep: I let my daughter June do the scooping and mixing. Here is the recipe:


Vegan, homemade toothpaste (dentist approved)
A fresh and sweet homemade toothpaste that kids love and even can help making.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 Tbsp bentonite clay
  2. 3 Tbsp xylitol
  3. 8 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil (therapeutic grade)
  4. warm (filtered tap) water
  5. mixing bowl and spoon (both non-metallic)
  6. storage container (non-metallic, glass jar with metal lid is ok though)
  1. Let your child scoop 3 table spoons of xylitol into the mixing bowl and add a splash of water and 8 drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil to it.
  2. Stir this well to grind the xylitol crystals into a bit smaller pieces.
  3. Have your child shovel 3 large scoops of coconut oil into the bowl plus 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay.
  4. Do a lot of mixing. If the coconut oil is hard, try to warm it up so it gets creamy.
  1. It's not exact science. It's ok to have a little more here and a little less there. You should end up with a creamy paste that tastes sweet and fresh. Store it in the jar and make sure to keep the lid closed as the toothpaste dries out if it's exposed to air for longer. Make sure to use all of it within 2-3 weeks.

Our homemade toothpaste is yummy AND good for teeth

The toothpaste is sweet due to the xylitol. Feels a bit weird to add something sweet to a toothpaste but no worries: xylitol is tooth-friendly. It’s made from corn cobs or birch trees and even though it is sweet, cavity causing bacteria have no use for it. Xylitol even helps remineralizing the tooth. Read more about xylitol here.

Peppermint oil and coconut oil are antibacterial and make fresh breath. Make sure your peppermint essential oil is therapeutic grade. I use doTerra Peppermint essential oil. The bentonite clay is the abrasive ingredient which is able to remove toxins. Just make sure not to use metal utensils when handling bentonite clay. I’m using a granola bowl as a mixing bowl and bamboo spoons for the scooping and mixing.


Fun toothbrushes

Now let’s talk about the toothbrush. I like it environmentally friendly therefore I use bamboo toothbrushes, which are compostable. Kids like it colorful or with cute animals though and the bamboo toothbrush makers haven’t really jumped on that train yet. But hey! There is the Australian Company JackN’Jill coming to safe us!jack n jill kids toothbrushes

They make amazingly cute toothbrushes with Bunny, Hippo, Koala and Dino. The handles are made from non-GMO cornstarch which are compostable and biodegradable, that means I can stick the handle together with my bamboo toothbrush in the compost.

Why compostable toothbrushes make me happy

Someone calculated the number of toothbrushes sold in 2011 to be 3.5 billion. The recommendation is to change the toothbrush every three months. Unfortunately the majority of all those is made from Polystyrene which is not compostable nor biodegradable. So once you’re done with your 3 months long use of your toothbrush, usually you throw it in the bin and it ends in landfills. Where it stays for hundreds or thousands of years. 

There is also some talk about Styrene, a part of Polystyrene, being carcinogenic (see here and here). So all together, I like to stick a good natural toothbrush in my mouth and have my daughter also not chew on plastic if possible. And additionally I like that our toothbrushes turn into soil once we’re done with them.


The lovely people from Jack n’ Jill are sponsoring a giveaway of their sweet toothbrushes here on GRüNISH. Just pick your option below (or two or all, the more you pick the higher the chance to win) and enter to win a Bunny, Dino, Hippo or Koala.

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  1. Haha. I’m the toddler in this situation. Always hated brushing my teeth (and miraculously survived with all my teeth so far) but I actually enjoy brushing with natural toothpaste. Mine is just bicarb salt, coco oil and peppermint oil because that’s all you can get where I am…but still. All hail natural toothpaste!

  2. What a great looking recipe! It’s quite different from all the others I’ve come across and tried to make at home. I had never heard of bentonite clay until your post here! Where can you find it? I love the photos of your daughter. So adorable!
    — Liesl

    • Thanks much, Liesl! I get bentonite clay in the bulk aisle at our local supermarket. You can also order it online. It removes toxins and is also great in masks for skin.
      I also like the standard coconut oil, baking soda toothpaste but that is too salty for my daughter. She loves this one here though and even refused conventional toothpaste which we had to buy while on vacation.

  3. Did you ever try to compost the toothbrushes? I had a similar one and did try it and nothing happend. And unfortunately the bristles are not compostable at all. It is also very unlikely, that the head of the brush is goona be recyceled. It is simply not economically to seperate the nylon bristles from the head. Landfills are just gonna burn it, I am afraid.
    I guess the bamboo brush is still the better option.

  4. alex says

    Im confused about oils, I’ve read that peppermint oil isn’t safe for young kids but see it in all the homemade toddler toothpaste. Is it safe in toothpaste for some reason? I want to make toothpaste for my kids and would like to use peppermint oil if it’s safe.

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