Worrying about how white your teeth are may seem superficial to some people, but I think it’s more often a confidence issue. It’s hard to feel confident and self-assured when you’re self-conscious about your smile. If you have found yourself wishing you had whiter teeth, you’re certainly not alone! It’s estimated that Americans spend around $1.4 billion dollars on over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year! (If that number shocks you, consider how expensive a set of whitening strips can be; a box of 20 sets of whitening strips will likely set you back over $40!)
But you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg just to whiten your teeth. Today I’ll be sharing a simple method that will enable you to whiten your smile at home for pennies—literally! And there’s a good chance you already have everything you need waiting for you in your cupboards. But before we get into how to make and use this at-home teeth whitening treatment, let’s talk about what goes into it.
What’s In A Homemade Teeth Whitening Treatment?
This treatment contains two inexpensive ingredients that work together to scrub away stains and leave teeth whiter and brighter. First, there’s good ol’ baking soda. Baking soda’s gentle abrasiveness helps to erase surface stains on your teeth and break down plaque buildup. (To read about all the other wonderful things baking soda can do, check out the link below!)
The second ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. The oxidizing action of hydrogen peroxide helps fight bacterial buildup by getting into all the nooks and crannies of your teeth and gums. Hydrogen peroxide has been used for oral health for decades, and has also been shown to protect against gingivitis. (I actually wrote a whole eBook about all the things you can do with hydrogen peroxide called Hydrogen Peroxide Magic, and you can download it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!)
And finally, you have the option to add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the mix. I mostly include it to make the treatment taste better, but peppermint oil also helps to control bad breath!
Now that we know what’s going into it, it’s time to show you how you can make and use this easy teeth whitening treatment at home!
Homemade Teeth Whitening Treatment
1 Tbsp baking soda
5 drops hydrogen peroxide, 3%
1-3 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well with a small whisk or a fork.
Scoop a small amount onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after using.
Use this treatment once or twice a week to naturally whiten teeth, and to promote oral health and fresh breath.
I’ve been loving this homemade whitening treatment lately. Not only does it help brighten up my smile, but it makes my teeth feel as clean as if I had just gotten out of a dental cleaning! :-)