DIY Beauty: Homemade Teeth Whitening for less than $1.00 per Application!

6 Sep

DIY TEETH WHITENING AT HOME

I make this tooth whitening paste once a week and despite my coffee addiction my teeth are always white. My Grandmother taught me this trick when I was about 12 and I have been doing it ever since. After a quick Google search I found conflicting accounts as to whether this method of teeth whitening is in fact safe and “good” for your teeth. So it’s up to you if you want to try it or not. I suggest considering the health of your teeth and how sensitive they are before trying this out just to be safe.

What to do:

Brush your teeth well, floss and rinse as usual before attempting to whiten. Once your teeth have been cleaned make a thick paste containing Bi-carb soda, toothpaste and a few drops of water. Using a cotton tip apply the paste to your teeth, paying attention to where they join the gums as this is generally where most discolouration occurs. Leave the paste on your teeth for about 5 minutes. I usually lay down when doing this to avoid swallowing any of the paste. Once the time has past, using your toothbrush brush your teeth in small circular motions using the paste and a bit or extra toothpaste if required. Rinse your mouth really well afterwards insuring you remove all the paste from your gums, teeth and the sides of your mouth. The bi-carb tends to dry out your mouth a bit so I usually follow up with a big glass of water with lemon.

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12 Responses to “DIY Beauty: Homemade Teeth Whitening for less than $1.00 per Application!”

  1. Trish September 13, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    What is Bi carb soda? Where can I get it?

    • Becky K. September 13, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Hi,
      Bi-Carb is what we in Australia call baking Soda.
      Hope that helps :)
      Becky

  2. Rp October 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Baking soda is abrasive. Once your enamel is gone, it won’t come back. Easiest and safest is to just use hydrogine peroxide. Swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes and spit it out.

  3. Kt October 8, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    bicarbonate of soda is a product used as a raising agent in baking powder to make cakes etc rise, so I very much doubt that used as you described it would be harmful, used in huge quantities it could be detrimental to body pH I suppose.

    • Kt October 8, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      bicarbonate of soda is a product used as a raising agent in baking powder to make cakes etc rise, so I very much doubt that used as you described it would be harmful, used in huge quantities it could be detrimental to body pH I suppose
      typo in first entry, should have said rise, not rice.

  4. celia October 9, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Apparently Bi-carb can also be mixed with one´s washing machine detergent to help whiten clothes :)

    • Paula L October 11, 2012 at 1:58 am #

      It’s true! I use baking soda on whites when I’m out of bleach. Just let your washer run and load your laundry; Once it has started spinning, add about 1 Cup of baking soda and it should do the work. Make sure it’s spinning already because if you put it in before or after it could clump up and make things messier.

  5. Jude October 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Will this work on crowns?
    Jude

    • Becky K. October 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Hi Jude,
      Honestly I am not sure. I suggest asking your dentist or possibly starting off by using a toothpaste that contains bi-carb to check how it affects your crowns. I would do this before using a stronger dose like in this method. Be careful though the last thing you want is the bi-carb to deteriorate your crowns. Sorry I couldn’t be much more help.

      All the best,
      Becky.

  6. Sheryl October 26, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    I have used baking soda to wash my face with and use it 3 or more times a week to brush my teeth. I used peroxide once a week swish it around my mouth then spit it out to whiten.Works well for me

    • Becky K. October 26, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      I have never thought of using it on my face. A hairdresser once told me to mix it in with my shampoo to remove product build up. Seems like bi-carb has a lot of uses :)

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