DIY all-natural teeth whitener

all-natural DIY teeth whitener

I used to use those horrid white strips. You know the ones I’m talking about. I don’t know about you but they left me in complete and total pain! If the wind blew, that was enough pressure to drive me mad. Not to mention the fact that I could never get them to stick. And that I felt like I shouldn’t really swallow cause, heck, who knows what’s on those things anyways?

To get back to the point (was I ever on it in the first place? Oops!) I have been using an all-natural, easy-peasy DIY teeth whitening paste for awhile now and have seen great results! Did I mention it was easy?

What you will need:

Simply mix one teaspoon baking soda with one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide into a smooth paste and add a few drops of the essential oil. Dip your toothbrush in the paste and brush for about 2 minutes before brushing with regular toothpaste.

*Please note that food grade hydrogen peroxide differs greatly from the run-of-the-mill hydrogen peroxide found in the drugstore, which is not safe to ingest as it contains many heavy metals. I bought mine at Whole Foods in the personal care section. It was $8.99 for a 16 oz bottle which admittedly is about five times the cost of the generic drugstore brand. But using it solely for this purpose, I know it will last me quite a long time. Also, if it’s going in my mouth, it want it to me safe, which I’m sure you’ll agree with.

While I first used this paste for a few days in a row, I’ve decided to start using it just once a week for maintenance, sort of like a weekly face mask application. It has kept my pearly whites in tip-top shape and I have not experienced any sensitivity!

                    

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37 Responses to DIY all-natural teeth whitener

  1. cari says:

    you can also use powdered Activated Charcoal in the same manner. it was posted on another page and ive tried it. worked very well! :). just open the capsule of powder on your tooth brush, brush on teeth, let sit 2mins or so then rinse well. it might not work as quick as the above method but you may not have the sensitivity problem. Thanks and LOVE your site! :)

  2. Victoria K. says:

    what about using lemon juice mixed with baking soda?

  3. Nadia says:

    Hi, Victoria. I would be concerned that the lemon juice would damage the tooth enamel, which can cause some major dental issues.

  4. Nadia says:

    Hi, Cari! Yes, I have also seen this before! I use activated charcoal topically (it works wonders for your skin) so have some on hand and will need to give it a go. Thanks for mentioning it! And a big thank you for the compliment :)

  5. Katie says:

    Be careful, my dentist friend told me not to do this. It will take a toll on your enamel. If you do it make sure the peroxide exposure is short. You will see whitening by adding just a bit of baking soda to your toothbrush (I put it on my toothpaste, a Jason one that is fluoride and sls free) once or twice a week and have very white teeth.

  6. Nadia says:

    Hi, Katie. Thanks for your comment! This is a valid concern, but I think it is debated. Most store-bought whitening agents contain peroxide (“white strips” etc.). According to the EU’s public health department, “a few studies focussing on effect on surface structure and chemistry have shown a degradation of the tooth surface associated with the whitening process… It should also be noted that soft drinks (e.g., Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola) and fruit juices also cause demineralisation and alteration of enamel comparable to those reported for whitening products.” They then go on to say, “studies measuring potential effects of tooth whiteners at the microscopic scale have shown no or very little effects on hardness and structure of dentin or enamel.” Link: http://ec.europa.eu/health/opinions/en/tooth-whiteners/l-2/5-tooth-whitening-products.htm The American Dental Association also mentions that “Data accumulated over the last 20 years, including some long-term clinical study follow up, indicate no significant, long-term oral or systemic health risks associated with professional at-home tooth bleaching materials containing 10% carbamide peroxide (3.5% hydrogen peroxide).” Link: http://www.ada.org/sections/about/pdfs/HOD_whitening_rpt.pdf

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  8. Sandy F says:

    thx! day one using the above recipe! will keep ya posted :)

  9. Brian says:

    Dilute the peroxide with water and swish for 2-3 minutes to help protect tooth enamel

  10. pennyleisch says:

    Hydrogen Peroxide used to be used for cleaning wounds too, but it’s no longer recommended unless it’s done with medical supervision because it’s supposed to break down the tissue. That could explain the sensitivity too. I’m not sure what a “safe” interval is for use. Since some people have soft enamel and other have problems from dry mouth, as in Sjogren’s, the best bet is to ask your dentist. I have used it carefully and for a short brushing without a problem, but I never do it often. Hope this helps.

  11. Mary Anderson says:

    I like to mix peroxide with unflavored/unsweetened gelatin. I let it set up like jello, and just use a tiny spoon size of it. I usually do this just before getting into the shower. It seems to “grow” the longer you keep it in your mouth, and it’s easy to spit out in the shower.

  12. Robin H. says:

    Use one or two teaspoons of coconut oil. That whitens very well and detoxifies your mouth. I put one or two teaspoons in my mouth and swish for about 20 minutes. No one knows that I am a smoker and am “supposed” to have yellow teeth.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Is it Baking Soda or Powder? When you click the link it takes you directly to Aluminum free baking powder,

  14. Nadia says:

    Oops! Thanks for letting me know , Jennifer – baking soda. I’ll fix the link right now!!

  15. Barb says:

    It is the peroxide that is causing the sensitivity.

  16. Michele says:

    Using baking soda more than once a week not only severely scratches your enamel, but erodes it as well. Doctors recommend using less than once a week, once every two weeks preferably. Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use daily, especially as mouth wash.

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  18. catherine says:

    Thanks will try

  19. Sara says:

    Make sure it is “Food Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide” (health food stores sell it) that you then dilute 1:11 with distilled water. Do not use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide….way too strong and will hurt the tissues.

  20. Sara says:

    Sorry I meant to say don’t use 35% without diluting it first.

  21. Say says:

    Oil Pulling with coconut oil is much more effective and does not abrasion enamel

  22. Samantha says:

    Did anyone have a bad reaction with their gums using this teeth whitening method? My gums turned white in some spots, and bled! They were sore for a couple days but now back to normal. This can’t be good.. Please help!

  23. Nadia says:

    Oh no! Hydrogen peroxide bubbles and turns white when it comes into contact with bacteria. Since the mouth is full of bacteria, I’d imagine this is what you are seeing. As for the bleeding, I don’t know – I’d say maybe brushing too hard (which combined with the granular baking soda could irritate your gums) or maybe you’re just sensitive to baking soda. Do you ever used baking soda on your skin – are you sensitive to it?

  24. Samantha says:

    Ok- feeling a lot better about the white reaction after reading this! A skin patch test is a great suggestion being that I do have skin on the more sensitive side. The possibility of brushing too hard with granular baking soda makes a lot of sense too.
    Otherwise my teeth are definitely noticeably whiter! Thank you for responding!

  25. Tina Clark says:

    I was wondering how to store it and for how long?

  26. Baking Soda definitely does the trick for me. I had the white strips and they drove me up the wall!!

  27. Ashle says:

    How much of each ingredient should I use? Do you just use it as a rinse or a paste to brush?

  28. Ashle says:

    Oops… I missed the line under the ingredients. Sorry!

  29. Juliette says:

    I asked my dentist about this and he said both baking soda and charcoal can take off your enamel. Lemon juice is to acidic. He recommends the strips once every 6 months. I am all for natural and wanted to share with others.

  30. Uchokoye says:

    Sounds like a legitmate method, the only drawback is the side effects, which I heard are irreversible.

  31. Nadia says:

    Are you referring to sensitivity??

  32. Jason Pery says:

    I’ve never used hydrogen peroxide, what I usually use is the baking soda with the lemon juice extract. It is somehow effective. I think I’ll just stick to this paste.

  33. I was told that if you cut the hydrogen peroxide 50/50 with water that its a safer option. again this will take a while 2-3 weeks to see results but I feel its gentler on your teeth than the store bought white stripes.

  34. Emily says:

    I am testing this method against store bought methods for science fair! Yay!

  35. Nadia says:

    Awesome! Let us know the results :) Good luck!

  36. Jen says:

    I tried this recipe and it was very runny… So I used 1 Tbsp baking soda and 1 Tsp food grade peroxide with a few drops of peppermint oil. Seems to be the perfect consistency. Is it suppose to be runny?

  37. Nadia says:

    It can be kind of hard to get them to mix into a paste (did you baking soda settle to the bottom)? You can add more baking soda if you’d like.

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