The Best Natural Toothpaste Alternative

The Dirt Tooth Powder

Why We Love Dirt

We live in a disposable society. Big companies like P&G tell us to “do our part”. When in fact - they're doing the most harm. It's no secret they profit from making stuff cheaper, faster. Usually worse. We've gotten used to throwing away things when we're done with them. It's scary to think how much packaging ends up in the landfill, our soil and our oceans.

And you can't mass-manufacture a product without cutting corners. Have you ever looked at a toothpaste label? It's shocking to see how traditional toothpaste is full of chemicals. Most of those ingredients get added to increase shelf life or make it seem more effective. Only recently have companies started to remove plastics from their toothpaste. Yes - I said plastic - in toothpaste.

With ingredients you trust - the Dirt will give you sparkling white teeth and healthy, clean mouth. With none of the garbage.

Good news! The Dirt All Natural Whitening Tooth Powder is the best alternative to your regular old toothpaste.

Keep reading to hear how tooth powder compares to toothpaste - and how to get great dental hygiene without endangering your health.

The Dirt All Natural Whitening Tooth Powder

  • What It Is: An all-natural oral care line
  • What It Does: Gives you a complete oral care routine for fresh breath and whiter teeth
  • Who It's For: Health-conscious people that want a better oral care routine

These words are my personal experience and opinions, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • Refreshing and delicious flavor options
  • Gentle whitening for sensitive teeth
  • Safe for tooth enamel
  • Gets rid of plaque and tartar to fight gum disease
  • Fun to use and tastes great
  • Doesn’t contain fluoride, toxins, or chemicals
  • Allergy-friendly (no gluten, soy or corn)
  • Delivered right to your door - cross it off your grocery list
  • Zero waste - cuts down on one-time-use packaging
  • Subscription option at a savings of 20%


  • If you like a foamy brushing - tooth powder won’t foam
  • More research is needed to prove any claims for or against tooth powder

You’re not alone if you haven’t heard of tooth powder.

Simply put - tooth powder is powdered toothpaste.

Tooth powder was the original toothpaste. It's been around for 1,000s of years - used before cleopatra’s reign.

In the 19th century ingredients were added to make it a ‘paste’. This led to the tubed package of toothpaste we buy in stores today. Over time - the formula for toothpaste changed. Chemicals and extra ingredients were added to make it last longer and cost less to make.

Compared to toothpaste - tooth powder usually contains fewer, more natural ingredients. A typical recipe uses baking soda, a gentle abrasive (such as clay or salt), and essential oils. How else does tooth powder stack up against toothpaste?


  • SLS’ - Foaming agent and cleaning detergent
  • Fluoride - Prevent cavities, stains teeth
  • Parabens - Increases shelf-life
  • Glycerin - Prevents toothpaste from drying out
  • Silica and microbeads (plastic particles) - Added for abbrasian
  • Gluten & Soy - Maintains consistency
  • Unsafe to swallow
  • Foams - Due to added ingredients

Tooth Powder

The ‘Dirt’ checks the boxes of your old toothpaste - but with some unique benefits:

  • Essential oils - Gets rid of plaque and tartar; fights oral pathogens and kills bacteria
  • Bentonite clay - Gently removes stains to naturally whiten your teeth
  • Safe to swallow - Doesn’t contain fluoride, toxins, or chemicals
  • Won’t foam - Doesn’t contain any unnecessary ingredients

Tooth Powder vs. Toothpaste

You’re not alone if you haven’t heard of tooth powder.

Simply put - tooth powder is powdered toothpaste.

Ratings Breakdown


Glass containers, eco-friendly packaging and accessories are all very high quality and packed with flavourful, non-chemical ingredients.


Cruelty-free and 100% natural - Dirt practices what they preach; they hold high standards across their entire oral care range, both in ingredients, manufacturing, and messaging.


Fast shipping options, refunds within 30 days of purchase (unopened products only). Responded to my email inquiry same-day.


Price is more costly than mass-produced oral care, but you’re paying for sustainable packaging and quality ingredients, made right here in the USA.


Easy subscription option, loyalty & rewards program, and exclusive

About The Dirt

The Dirt was founded by Shannon Drake. She believes personal-care plays a big part in our happiness. Self care is also one of the best thing you can do for others. If you invest in your health - and fill your cup - you can help those who need it. How? By honoring your body with natural, healthy ingredients.

**So why would a brand that boasts clean, healthy teeth call themselves ‘The Dirt’? ** They wanted a name that was as straightforward as their product. In each jar of Dirt you know exactly what you’re getting. If you read the label you actually know what’s inside. No chemicals. Nothing artificial. In a world full of amazing natural ingredients, Shannon didn't think we should settle for the artificial products in the grocery store.

A Note From The Dirt’s Founder

The Dirt Founder Shannon Drake
"I want to change our morning routine into a self care ritual.

We are gifted these amazing human bodies for our short trip around the sun, when we take care of ourselves we are showing our appreciation for this amazing opportunity we are given. By changing our routines into a self-care ritual, we are fundamentally changing our experience of reality into one based around a pleasurable, luxurious, engaged human experience. As a long time practitioner of the paleo lifestyle, I noticed something about my favorite natural products... many used ingredients that were highly processed, questionably safe and just seemed ‘green washed’.I felt really let down. Using the principles of the paleo lifestyle - a ‘whole foods’ lifestyle based on clean eating and high nutrients - I drew inspiration from my passion for studying traditional beauty secrets from around the world to craft high quality, beautiful and natural products for women, men and kids too.” - Founder, Shannon Drake

What’s Special About The Dirt

Given how many people have teeth - it’s crazy to think about how much waste come from our oral care. Plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss end up in our landfills and oceans. This plastic creates hazards for wildlife that won’t break down for 1,000s of years.

But the Dirt practices what they preach.

The Dirt isn't just chemical free. It's also cruelty free and biodegradable. Free of plastic packaging - you won't be adding their glass mason jars to to a landfill when you’re done. You can be confident you’re using the healthy alternative to big-box dental care.

Why We Love The Dirt Tooth Powder

the Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder

$39.95 - 6 Month Glass Mason Jar Looking for an all-natural and fun alternative to toothpaste? Look no further than The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder.

The Dirt is made with 100% natural ingredients to give you a sparkling white smile and lasting fresh breath. These delightful blends of clay, herbs and essential oils clean your teeth without harsh chemicals or artificial flavors. Antioxidant rich herbs help to fight cell damage, therapeutic-grade essential oils fight germs and remove plaque and tartar, while bentonite clay gently dislodges stuck on stains and polishes for a brighter smile. ** The Dirt’s Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder **is loved by thousands - with over 2,500 reviews of 4.4+ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

It **comes in 3 sizes **and a several flavours. I really liked the Super Mint and Cinna Mint, but **Sweet Mint ** tasted amazing and refreshing.

Ingredients Callout

The Dirt’s Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder is made with:

  • ✅ Essential oils
  • ✅ Bentonite clay
  • ✅ Coconut oil
  • ✅ Organic Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Myrrh, Stevia
  • ✅ Natural Baking Soda
  • ✅ Natural Extracts

And always formulated without:

  • ❌ Fluoride - Prevent cavities, stains teeth
  • ❌ SLS’ - Foaming agent
  • ❌ Parabens - Increases shelf-life
  • ❌ Glycerin - Prevents drying out
  • ❌ Gluten & Soy - Maintains consistency
  • ❌ Microbeads - Plastic particles

Active ingredients include coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil, sesame oil, natural menthol, and powerful essential oils. Conventional toothpastes contain additives to improve consistency, extend shelf life, and cut costs. Like other Dirt products, they never add fillers, artificial flavours, colours, or anything you wouldn’t want to eat. The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder is completely free of fluoride, SLS’, parabens, glycerine, gluten and soy.

How To Use Tooth Powder

The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder is really fun and easy to use. And a little goes a long way. You only need a teeny bit of Dirt for a big impact.

To Use Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder:

  • Step 1: Wet toothbrush and tap off extra water
  • Step 2: Dip toothbrush into powder and let it stick
  • Step 3: Tap off extra powder and brush as usual!
  • Step 4: Enjoy fresh breath all day long!

It won’t “foam” like your conventional toothpaste. Foaming doesn’t help clean your teeth better at all. This reaction is just a foaming agent, added to make it seem like your toothpaste is doing a better job. Compared to Dirt, nothing unnecessary is added. Just high-quality, natural ingredients.

It’s a fantastic teeth whitener - especially after having red wine or coffee. The zesty essential oil neutralizes odor and kills bad breath bacteria. And the ‘Dirt’ works for everyone.** It’s safe for sensitive teeth, crowns and kids. **

Customer Reviews

I have been using Dirt teeth care for years now. Don't like putting chemicals in my mouth. Whitening, fresh breath, great tasting.

- Linda, Real Customer & Verified Purchaser

Additional Staff Review

"The Dirt Whitening Tooth Powder is the most effective clean my mouth has had. I've always been really insecure about my breath - especially after my morning coffee. The essential oils in the Dirt really keep you feeling minty fresh all day long. And it's fun to tell people I use Dirt to whiten my teeth."

— Gian, TWG Editor


Does it foam?

Our toothpowder does not foam. Foaming is not necessary in order to clean teeth. In fact foaming is just a marketing trick used by corporations to make you feel like their product is working. In order to make something foam, surfactants or other 'foaming agents' must be added. We only use effective natural ingredients, we never add any filler ingredients like foaming agents.

Does it Whiten?

Yes! The Dirt's toothpowder is excellent at removing surface stains! We have many customers who have testified to the Dirt's toothpowder removing stubborn stains and freshening breath!

Is the Dirt as effective as toothpaste?

Yes. It is every bit as effective -- in fact the DIRT team, along with thousands of our satisfied customers feel DIRT tooth powders are more effective at whitening and removing staining / discoloration than traditional toothpastes.Not to mention toothpaste is mostly water. By using a toothpowder you are able to use less product and reduce the need for packaging. Our toothpowder is 100% effective with no fillers or water to take up space.

Is it OK to use fluoride-free toothpaste?

Just like fluoridated varieties, non-fluoride toothpaste is completely safe. However, while fluoride-free toothpaste may be a safe alternative for some people, they're not necessarily the safest option for your oral health, said Yvette Carrillo, DDS, MS, a board-certified periodontist and implant surgeon in San Diego. If you're at high risk for tooth decay or cavities, your safest toothpaste is one with fluoride.

What are the ingredients?

Sweet Spice: Extra Fine Bentonite Clay, Organic Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Loureiroi), Natural Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Organic Myrrh Gum Powder, Organic Nutmeg Powder (Myristica Fragrans), Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis) & Organic Cardamom Essential Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum). ** ‍Super Mint**: Extra Fine Bentonite Clay, Natural Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Green Tea Extract, Organically Extracted Hexane Free Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana), Proprietary Blend of Mint Essential Oils.

Cinnamint: Extra Fine Bentonite Clay, Organic Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Loureiroi), Natural Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Organic Myrrh Gum Powder, Organic Nutmeg Powder (Myristica Fragrans), Green Tea Extract, Proprietary Blend of Mint Essential Oils. Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis) & Organic Cardamom Essential Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum) Organically Extracted Hexane Free Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana).

The Bottom Line

The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder is the best way to keep your breath fresh without the chemicals.

I was really impressed with how great my breath was all day long - and with such little product. After using the Dirt for just over a month I’ve barely made a dent in the jar. I feel more confident when I speak and when I smile. And I have one less plastic tube to add to the landfill.

Don’t settle for ‘good enough’. If you want a naturally beautiful smile - swap your tube of toothpaste for The Dirt.

You can buy The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder for $39.99 + free shipping.