Not too keen on forking out for a bougie dentist whitening treatment? Here are our top 3 home teeth whitening remedies that won't break the bank.
1. Baking Soda = Money saving whitening!
As far as teeth whitening home remedies go, baking soda is hard to beat. It's natural, cheap, and has a mild abrasive quality that helps scrub away stubborn yellow stains. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water until a thick paste forms - rub the paste over your teeth for two minutes with a toothbrush (or your fingers), spit, and rinse. Keep that up, twice a day for a week, and you may be surprised by the results! If you want a baking soda whitening boost, try our Charcoal + Baking Soda Maximum White Toothpaste.
2. Pineapple - More than just a tasty treat
If you ever find yourself stuck on a desert island without a toothbrush, do your teeth a favour and find a pineapple! Pineapples contain an enzyme, called bromelain, which helps remove plaque and stains from teeth. There's nothing complicated you need to do to reap the whitening benefits - simply chow down and enjoy! (Even if it's on a pizza.)
3. Fruit Peels - Think twice before you toss them in the bin!
Lemon, orange and banana peels all contain d-limonene (citric acid), which is believed to have teeth whitening properties. Rub the peels over your teeth for a couple of minutes a day, and notice a gradual whitening effect over time. Make sure to brush your teeth afterwards, as the acidic environment can cause erosion of teeth enamel if left for extended periods.
While these everyday foods may naturally enhance teeth whitening, stain prevention is still key! Try to avoid highly pigmented foods and drinks, and rinse your mouth after drinking teeth-staining beverages like tea, coffee & red wine.