Save A Fortune With Homemade Teeth Whitening
It’s estimated that Americans spend a staggering $1.4 billion on over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year! So if you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had whiter teeth, you can at least take solace in the fact that you’re far from the only one.
Then again, maybe that figure isn’t all that surprising — a box of 20 sets of whitening strips can set you back over $40, after all! But the good news is that you don’t need to spend that kind of money in order to whiten your teeth.
In this post, I’ll tell you about a simple way you can whiten your smile at home for pennies. And what’s more, there’s a good chance you already have everything you’ll need in your cupboards at home!
DIY Teeth Whitening With Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide
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, which helps to gently erase surface stains on teeth and break down plaque buildup. (You can learn about all the other wonderful things baking soda can do at the link below!)
The second ingredient in this treatment is hydrogen peroxide, which helps fight bacterial buildup in all the nooks and crannies of your teeth and gums. Hydrogen peroxide has been used for oral health for decades, and is proven in clinical tests to whiten teeth stains and protect against gingivitis. (For more uses for hydrogen peroxide, check out my e-book Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! or the post at the link below.)
In addition to using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening, I like to add a bit of lemon essential oil as well. This optional ingredient has antimicrobial properties and can help whiten teeth without harming the enamel. (Lemon oil is extracted from the peel and pith, so it doesn’t contain any enamel-eroding citric acid.)
Now that you know what goes into it, here’s how to make this homemade teeth whitening treatment.
How To Make A Peroxide & Baking Soda Teeth Whitening Paste
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 5 drops hydrogen peroxide, 3%
- 1-3 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Add the baking soda, peroxide, and essential oil (if using) to a small bowl and mix well with a small whisk or a fork.
Scoop a small amount onto your toothbrush, brush your teeth as usual, then rinse your mouth thoroughly after with clean water.
Use this homemade whitener paste 1-2 times per week (in addition to brushing with toothpaste twice daily) to whiten teeth, freshen breath, and promote good oral health.
Not only does this simple mixture help brighten my smile, but it makes my teeth feel extra clean — even cleaner than they do after brushing with normal toothpaste.
Looking for another natural way to whiten your teeth? While I personally love this easy baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste, there are other options you can try.
More Tips About DIY Teeth Whitening
Using Coconut Oil To Whiten Teeth
Along with many other benefits, the lauric acid in coconut oil can help kill bacteria in your mouth, including surface bacteria that contributes to yellowing. To use coconut oil for teeth whitening, try oil pulling each evening to clear out bacteria that’s built up on your teeth throughout the day.
2 Things You Shouldn’t Use To Whiten Your Teeth
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help kill bacteria, but there are dangers to using it as a DIY teeth whitening solution. The acetic acid in ACV can erode tooth enamel over time, leaving your teeth more sensitive and prone to cavities, so you’re better off leaving that bottle on the shelf!
2. Strawberry Paste (Or Any Fruit Paste)
One popular home remedy for teeth whitening involves using strawberries to make a natural toothpaste, but it doesn’t actually work. Your teeth may appear whiter at first due to the exfoliating effect of strawberries, but it doesn’t break down the actual stains.
The Dental Hygiene Series
- For even more tips that can help you ace your next dental checkup and maintain good oral health, check out the other installments in this series, including ones you may have missed!
- Explore the dental hygiene series archive.
Have you used any at-home methods to whiten your teeth?