Baking soda is not only good for making delicious cookies but it can also be used to make your smile whiter. If you use baking soda in the right way, you will soon see results that will leave your friends jealous of your pearly whites. Kiwiwell brought you 5 methods you can use baking soda to whiten your teeth.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
This method is much like the popular “oil pulling” method. The peroxide and baking soda work together to whiten your teeth as you swish it around in your mouth, just like oil.
To start, mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with ½ a teaspoon of baking soda, but Make sure to use an old toothbrush that is designated for this type of mixture. Then, take a small amount of the mixture and swish it around in your mouth for about five minutes. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies in your teeth where bacteria can accumulate.
When you are done swishing, spit out the mixture onto an old towel or rag, do not swallow any of it. Rinse your mouth to get rid of any extra mixture and then brush your teeth normally.
Keep in mind that this mixture is somewhat potent, so if you have any cuts or sores in your mouth, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can sting. Make sure you do not swallow the mixture and rinse out your mouth with water immediately after use.
Baking soda with Water
This one is the most simple of all, but it is also not as effective as other methods. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a few ounces of water into a paste and then use an old toothbrush to brush your teeth normally for about three minutes. Only brushing, do not swish with this mixture.
When you are done brushing, brush your teeth normally with toothpaste and rinsing out your mouth with water to get rid of the extra paste on your teeth. Then, rinse out your mouth again to make sure you get any of the baking soda that might be stuck in your gums or between your teeth.
Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
Households love mixing baking soda with coconut oil because of its whitening properties, but also because it leaves your mouth smelling refreshingly like coconut oil. Again, this mixture is kind of potent, so make sure to use an old toothbrush that you do not mind getting some residue on.
Mix about half a teaspoon of baking soda with about half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Then, use your toothbrush to brush normally for about three minutes. Make sure you are not only brushing the front and back of your teeth, but also the inside where bacteria can often hide.
When you are done brushing, rinse out your mouth again to make sure all the excess mixture is gone, then you can brush your teeth normally with toothpaste if you want.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
This method is one of the most popular because it leaves your mouth smelling refreshed, like citrus scents.
Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Then, brush your teeth as normal for about three minutes. Make sure you reach all the nooks and crannies of your teeth where bacteria can hide.
When you are done brushing, rinse your mouth out thoroughly to make sure there is no extra residue on your teeth, then you can brush your teeth normally with toothpaste.
Baking Soda and Strawberries
lastly, this is one of the easiest to make, but you need to make sure you do not brush your teeth for at least an hour after eating strawberries. Only eat this mixture if you are planning on waiting a while before brushing; otherwise, wait about two hours.
To make strawberry and baking soda paste, mix about half a teaspoon of baking soda with a mashed strawberry. Then, brush your teeth as normal for about three minutes. Make sure you reach all the nooks and crannies of your teeth where bacteria can hide.
Once you are done brushing, wait an hour before you brush your teeth or eat any strawberries to make sure hungry little bacteria are not hungry anymore.