Tips for DIY Home Teeth Whitening

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Whiten your teeth naturally, at home.

Whitening your teeth doesn’t have to mean an expensive trip to the dentist or wearing those unpleasant whitening strips. You don’t even need to leave your house to whiten your teeth. You just need some inexpensive ingredients that you can probably find in your house. I found these home whitening techniques on Pinterest that won’t empty your wallet and could whiten your teeth just like those expensive kits.

Teeth Whitening with Fruit

Fruit isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your teeth too. Several fruits like pineapple, apples, and bananas contain malic acid, which benefits teeth because researchers believe it may eat away at the surface stains responsible for dull, discolored teeth. In addition, bananas provide a healthy dose of the minerals manganese, magnesium and potassium. You can find the highest concentrations of these in the peel. To get the benefits of the minerals in the banana peel, rub the inside of the peel on your teeth for two minutes. Do you notice a difference? Check out this post explaining how to use this method for home teeth whitening here.

Whiten Teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide isn’t just for scrapes and cuts anymore; it also whitens your teeth. The only additional tool that you’ll need for this is a Q-Tip for application. It’s as simple as dipping the Q-Tip in the hydrogen peroxide and rubbing it over your teeth. Wait about 30-60 seconds and then rinse. It could start to foam a bit, but leave your mouth open while it’s on your teeth. You also have the option of brushing your teeth afterwards with the hydrogen peroxide, if you choose. Try a few applications of this over the next couple of weeks. Look over details about using hydrogen peroxide at

Brighten Teeth with Baking Soda

I found this last one on the “Luvisi Life Lessons” Pinterest profile. This simple technique just uses plain baking soda and water. Many toothpaste brands commonly include baking soda in their toothpaste formulations. The reason? It may help to naturally whiten teeth. All that’s required for this whitening mixture is 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of water and a toothbrush. Mix the baking soda and water together in a bowl to make a paste. Brush with the paste as you would with toothpaste. You can also mix a bit of your regular toothpaste into the solution. Use this mixture in place of your usual tooth-brushing routine three to five times a week.

Home teeth whitening methods don’t need to cost a lot to work effectively. And, often, simple ingredients can work just as well as the higher priced formulations you buy at the dentist office. Hydrogen peroxide, fruit and baking soda may prove legitimate alternatives for those who want to whiten their teeth and save money.

Sound off – What are some of your tricks to whiten teeth? Share them with us!

About the author: Teresa Dahl is a stay at home mom, and writes for the health and fitness website HealthWitness. For more tips and tricks for home teeth whitening, click here.

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  1. #1 by Joy Healey on March 6, 2013 - 11:54 PM

    Finding myself with a lighter purse, but NO lighter teeth, I shall look forward to trying these out. I’d heard about the banana tip, but didn’t realize it was because of malic acid. Thanks. Joy

    • #2 by Samantha Gluck on March 6, 2013 - 11:57 PM

      Let me know how it goes…I’ve had my teeth whitened by a dentist, but did before one of our writers submitted this post. I’m happy with the results, but it was expensive. Thanks for sharing! ~Samantha

    • #3 by Samantha Gluck on March 19, 2013 - 2:59 PM

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. #4 by rhinoplasty specialist in los angeles on March 15, 2013 - 11:27 AM

    The tips are great. I can add one more. Mixing some salt with mustard oil and rub gently on your teeth can cause a white teeth.

    • #5 by Samantha Gluck on March 19, 2013 - 2:20 PM

      Thanks for adding a tip for us! You rock!