As summer approaches we need to be beach ready, and this includes our not so pearly whites. Let’s face it, we drink coffee, tea, soda, tons of things that stain our teeth. And getting your teeth whitened is so expensive, it isn’t even worth it. Of course whitening toothpastes like Colgate Optic White can be found at stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls for pretty cheap, but products like these work best when you use all of the products, which becomes expensive. There are tons of DIY teeth whiteners all over the internet, but I have finally found and altered one so it really does work.
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3-5 drops hydrogen peroxide
- 1 drop mint extract (optional)
- Measure one teasooon of baking soda into a small bowl.
- Add three to five drops of hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda and mix. You may need slightly more or less to get the right consistency. It should be a thick paste, similar to toothpaste.
- If desired, add a drop of mint extract to the paste.
- Use a toothbrush and brush onto your teeth.
- Leave on for five minutes minimum, ten minutes maximum.
- Rinse your mouth to get the residual paste out.
It is a fairly simple and failproof way to get pesky stains off your teeth. Keep in mind that this does not replace brushing your teeth. You can do this before or after you brush, but it will be more efficient if you do it after you brush. I highly suggest adding in the mint extract as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide do not taste good. Definitely use the mint if you do this after your brush to keep your breath smelling nice and fresh. It will not smell bad if you don’t add it, just not as minty.
I suggest only using this two or three times a month, but it can be used once a week, if preferred. If you need to quickly whiten your teeth in one week do not use this more than twice in a week, and definitely not for more than one week. Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide can be abrasive on your teeth, which is why it gets the stains off, but can be detrimental to your teeth if used more than suggested. If you use a whitening toothpaste like Colgate Optic White daily, do not exceed using this once a week and three times a month as your toothpaste is very strong on your teeth as well. Too much cleaning and “bleaching” on your teeth can lead to damage and overly sensitive teeth.