Teeth whitening kits and professional teeth whitening can be quite pricey. Luckily, whitening your teeth can be done with household products that won’t cost you a small fortune. These DIY teeth whitening alternatives will not only save you money but a lot of time as you won’t have to go to the dentist or browse aisles for a teeth whitening kit. Below are easily accessible, low-cost ingredients you can use to whiten your teeth.
To whiten your teeth with charcoal, mix it with a small amount of water to create a paste. Then apply it to the surface of your teeth and let it sit for a couple minutes. When you’re done, rinse your mouth with water to clean all of the charcoal out of your mouth. Charcoal is a great whitening solution due to its detoxifying properties. Activated charcoal can be purchased online or at a department store.
Coconut oil can be used to whiten your teeth by heating one cup of oil until it turns to liquid. Add two teaspoons of baking soda into the oil and a few drops of a natural spearmint essential oil if you want a taste similar to toothpaste. Stir the mixture and brush onto your tea as you would toothpaste. This mixture can be stored at room temperature to be used multiple times. Coconut oil has fatty acids which are broken down into tooth whitening enzymes when combined with human saliva.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
To whiten your teeth with the tried-and-true combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, mix both ingredients into a paste and brush onto your teeth as you would with toothpaste. This combination yields the best and quickest results but should not be used daily. Both ingredients are abrasive and can break down the enamel of your teeth. Use this mixture for about a week once or twice a year.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Whitening your teeth with apple cider vinegar can be done by creating a mixture of three parts water to one-part apple cider vinegar. Mix it with your usual toothpaste and brush as normal. This mixture will amplify your toothpaste’s whitening properties.