Teeth whitening can get expensive…
Luckily there are many natural teeth whitening treatments out there that can be had for only a couple dollars..
Yes, they might not be as affective as normal whitening treatments but if you are on a budget and looking to improve the look of your teeth, then these techniques will be helpful to you
Bananas are considered to be very healthy and full of vitamins and minerals…
But not just the inside! The banana peel can help with whitening your teeth before being thrown into the garbage can.
This is because the inside of the peel is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and vitamin D.
Banana peel teeth whitening is as easy as:
- Peeling the banana upside down like a monkey does (this allows you to have more control with peeling your banana)
- Cutting off a small piece of peel (enough that you can focus on the area you are rubbing)
- Brush the peel on your teeth for two minutes (this will give the minerals enough time to absorb into your teeth)
- Brush your teeth after and voila, you are done!
It’s important to pick a banana that just ripe. It is okay if the banana has a little green. At this stage the banana is at its optimal level of minerals.
Strawberries are another popular fruit, which means you might have some in your fridge at the moment!
You’re probably thinking that since strawberries are sweet and contain natural sugars, there is no possible way that they can be healthy.
Yes, they do contain a bunch of natural sugars, but they also contain high levels of malic acid – a well known teeth whitening agent.
If you have strawberries and a box of baking soda at home, all you need to do is:
- Take one strawberry and crush it to a pulp (If it’s already mushy, this should be easy. If not, a mortal and pestle will do).
- Mix the strawberry pulp with a 1/2 tsp of baking soda until blended
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to brush the mixture onto your teeth
- Leave mixture on teeth for 5 minutes before brushing it off with toothpaste
- Rinse well
You can use the strawberry paste method once a week because the acid in it can cause tooth erosion if used everyday.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste
Again, these are two items commonly found in the home and they are super helpful.
You see, many toothpastes advertise having hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in them as whitening agents and it really is useful.
Plus, even if you don’t have these ingredients in your home, they can be purchased for a few dollars in the grocery store.
Give your regular ol’ toothpaste a break for a few days by doing the following:
- Combine two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda
- Stir both ingredients into a paste
- Start brushing as you normally would
- Rinse well after brushing
You can use this technique for 3-5 days to see results but make sure you limit it to every 6 months or so.
Also, since baking soda is an abrasive if you find the paste is too rough, add a little more peroxide to the mixture to balance it out.
Activated charcoal is known for drawing toxins from your body when you are poisoned or when someone is dealing with a drug overdose.
But brushing with activated charcoal can be used to whiten teeth, as well.
How does activated charcoal whiten teeth? Due to the porous nature of activated charcoal, it draws the toxins (stains and plaque) off of your teeth and discards them when being spit out of your mouth.
Brushing with activated charcoal is as simple as:
- Empty a capsule of activated charcoal onto a wet toothbrush
- Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
- Spit into sink and rinse your mouth out quickly
Make sure to not let the charcoal come into contact with your sink or countertop for too long, as it will stain very quickly. Also, steer clear of your clothes with activated charcoal.
Doing this will give your teeth a smooth feel and will begin to start polishing off the stains immediately.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a well-known product that can be found in any super market these days. So many salad dressings and marinades call for this ingredient, due to the tangy taste that it possesses.
In addition to cooking with it, apple cider vinegar is used for a wide variety of home remedies. So, does apple cider vinegar whiten your teeth?
Yes, it can.
Because of the acetic acid it possesses, apple cider vinegar can be very useful in removing plaque and mild stains on your enamel, in addition to killing unwanted bacteria in your mouth.
If you’re looking to try apple cider vinegar teeth whitening, you can try one of the following treatments:
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste
- Mix two parts ACV with one part baking soda
- Mix both to create a paste
- Brush for a minute and spit out
- Follow the ACV paste with your normal brushing routine
Do this a few times a week for one month to see results.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash
- Mix one part ACV with two parts water in a cup
- Gargle with the mixture for about a minute
- Wait 20 minutes before normally brushing your teeth
Do this daily for one month to see results.
When using apple cider vinegar, make sure of not going overboard with it. It is very acidic and can start eating away at your teeth if you use this treatment too often.
Give these tips a try and let me know in the comments below what you think!