Pearly white teeth don’t come easily. The drug store is full of whitening products and the dentist will sell you a pricey treatment. But what if you could get your teeth a shade or two whiter with common household items? It’s at least worth a shot, right?
Here are some good options to try with things you probably already have on hand.
5 household items that will help whiten your smile
Apparently you can use a banana peel to remove stains from your enamel. Sounds crazy, right? It only takes 10 minutes a day, so after you make a smoothie, save that peel! Pure Wow shows you how here.
Banana peels are great for other beauty hacks too. Don’t toss those out!
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Oil pulling is an ancient practice that is coming back into popularity. It involves swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Wellness Mama explains how it’s done here. Sounds pretty miserable, but a lot of people swear by it for dental health. And it definitely whitens your teeth over time. Check out these before and after photos.
This black paste may may your teeth look crazy for a while. But don’t worry, they won’t stay like that. Wash away the charcoal for a pearly white smile. Activated charcoal naturally absorbs things, like tannins from tea, that are causing stains on your teeth.
Lemon and baking soda
Lemon and baking soda mixed into a paste can effectively remove stain-causing particles from your teeth. But be careful not to leave it on for more than a few minutes because the acid can start to break down your protective enamel, which would leave your teeth more yellow — and that’s obviously not awesome for your teeth.
Strawberries also contain acid that can break down surface stains. A mashed strawberry mixed with a little baking soda and rubbed on your toothbrush will help lift away the stains on the surface of your teeth. SheKnows has the full tutorial.