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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  1. cari

    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! 🙂

    July 21, 2013 • 9:38 pm •
  2. Victoria K.

    what about using lemon juice mixed with baking soda?

    July 21, 2013 • 10:44 pm •
  3. Nadia

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

    July 21, 2013 • 10:52 pm •
  4. Nadia

    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 🙂

    July 21, 2013 • 10:55 pm •
  5. Katie

    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.

    July 22, 2013 • 7:53 am •
  6. Nadia

    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: 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:

    July 22, 2013 • 12:34 pm •
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  8. Sandy F

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

    August 2, 2013 • 1:14 am •
  9. Brian

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

    August 14, 2013 • 10:21 am •
  10. 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.

    August 14, 2013 • 10:47 am •
  11. Mary Anderson

    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.

    August 14, 2013 • 11:54 am •
  12. Robin H.

    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.

    August 14, 2013 • 3:12 pm •
  13. Jennifer

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

    August 20, 2013 • 7:46 pm •
  14. Nadia

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

    August 20, 2013 • 7:51 pm •
  15. Barb

    It is the peroxide that is causing the sensitivity.

    August 21, 2013 • 12:52 pm •
  16. Michele

    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.

    August 25, 2013 • 12:46 am •
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  18. catherine

    Thanks will try

    October 17, 2013 • 1:58 pm •
  19. Sara

    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.

    November 16, 2013 • 6:48 pm •
  20. Sara

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

    November 16, 2013 • 6:57 pm •
  21. Say

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

    November 18, 2013 • 2:05 pm •
  22. Samantha

    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!

    January 5, 2014 • 3:50 pm •
  23. Nadia

    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?

    January 5, 2014 • 8:18 pm •
  24. Samantha

    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!

    January 5, 2014 • 8:30 pm •
  25. Tina Clark

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

    January 18, 2014 • 12:11 pm •
  26. Baking Soda definitely does the trick for me. I had the white strips and they drove me up the wall!!

    January 21, 2014 • 4:51 pm •
  27. Ashle

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

    February 9, 2014 • 12:46 am •
  28. Ashle

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

    February 9, 2014 • 12:47 am •
  29. 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.

    March 17, 2014 • 1:35 pm •
  30. Sounds like a legitmate method, the only drawback is the side effects, which I heard are irreversible.

    April 11, 2014 • 8:51 am •
  31. Nadia

    Are you referring to sensitivity??

    April 11, 2014 • 9:36 am •
  32. Jason Pery

    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.

    July 9, 2014 • 1:28 am •
  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.

    October 9, 2014 • 10:50 am •
  34. Emily

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

    November 9, 2014 • 3:45 pm •
  35. Nadia

    Awesome! Let us know the results 🙂 Good luck!

    November 9, 2014 • 4:19 pm •
  36. Jen

    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?

    November 17, 2014 • 3:02 pm •
  37. Nadia

    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.

    November 19, 2014 • 7:20 pm •
  38. Hayley

    How long is the paste safe to keep before dumping it and making a new paste?

    February 11, 2015 • 5:44 pm •
  39. Nadia

    Oh I just make it fresh each time I want to use it so I’m not sure.

    February 12, 2015 • 9:23 am •
  40. Shelby

    I accidentally bought Food Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. Can I still use it, perhaps in a smaller amount? Or should I buy the 3%?

    July 14, 2015 • 10:18 am •
  41. Nadia

    I would heavily dilute it with water.

    July 15, 2015 • 9:25 am •
  42. Shelby

    Ok! Thank you! =)

    July 15, 2015 • 11:22 pm •
  43. Soohia

    Nadia! Where did you get the great little glass jar from the pic? I love the top to it but couldn’t find one like it on amazon. Please let me know!

    November 19, 2015 • 1:27 am •
  44. Nadia

    Hi, Soohia! Here they are: I also use them for my DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant

    November 19, 2015 • 9:02 am •
  45. Soohia

    Thank you so much, your blog is one of my personal favorites!

    November 20, 2015 • 4:32 am •
  46. Chris

    I saw a post saying to use distilled water… Do not use distilled water. It absorbs minerals that it comes in contact with I.e. Your teeth. Have you ever seen the effect of distilled water on concrete. It dissolves it!

    January 24, 2016 • 4:43 pm •
  47. Nadia

    Hmm thanks for sharing that, Chris.

    January 24, 2016 • 5:09 pm •
  48. Yudit

    I made it at home, and yeah i think it’s works

    March 2, 2016 • 10:12 pm •
  49. Andi


    June 18, 2016 • 2:21 pm •
  50. Nadia

    Did it come off eventually? It’s most likely the peroxide reaction with the bacteria in your mouth, between your teeth – it fizzes up and becomes white.

    July 31, 2016 • 6:31 pm •
  51. Radhika Wadhwa

    Thanks for share this post. I had yellow teeth problem before I used charcol tooth polish and i got good result.

    November 29, 2016 • 7:41 am •
  52. Nadia

    That’s great to hear!

    December 1, 2016 • 2:50 am •
  53. Boobah

    Hi I think that this is a great idea for a tooth whitener but I also think lemon juice and baking soda works to I asked my dentist and they said that lemon juice and baking soda is fine and does not damage the enamel at all

    December 28, 2016 • 7:44 pm •