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How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally at Home

Updated on March 1, 2014
Beautiful natural whitened teeth
Beautiful natural whitened teeth

Whitening Your Teeth

Trying to whiten your teeth can be a hassle. Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be expensive and sometimes damaging to your teeth. The whitening kits at the stores can be expensive as well and you never know which ones really work. The problem with most whitening techniques is that they can cause damage to the enamel making your teeth weak and sensitive. Luckily there are lots of ways you can whiten your teeth naturally at home. These methods are inexpensive and are safe to use. Another thing that is great about these methods is that they don't take much time and you can use them more often than professional whitening kits.

Fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries | Source

Using Strawberries

Strawberries have natural whitening qualities. They contain malic acid which is great for removing stains. There are a few different ways you can use strawberries to whiten your teeth a few of them are listed below.

Strawberry Rub

  • Take one strawberry
  • Cut the strawberry in half
  • Rub one half of the strawberry across your teeth
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste as usual

This is the perfect thing to do to whiten your teeth and you are short on time or money. This is something you can use once or twice a week depending on your preference.

Strawberries and Baking Soda

  • Mash up one or two strawberries
  • Use the strawberry juice to brush your teeth
  • Wait five minutes
  • Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with water to get a toothpaste like consistency
  • Brush your teeth with the baking soda mixture
  • Rinse the your mouth with warm water
  • Brush teeth with tooth paste as usual

This method takes more time but is very effective. The combination of the strawberries and baking soda works wonders when it comes to whitening your teeth. Mixing the two ingredients however does not get the same results. The best results are from using one then the other.



Using walnut tree bark to whiten your teeth
Using walnut tree bark to whiten your teeth

Using Walnut Tree Bark

This bark removes stains visibly when used. It is not the best tasting remedy but the results are worth is. Walnut tree bark can be found on walnut trees and some health food stores but be easily found online. How to use the walnut tree bark is listed below.

Walnut bark rub

  • Take a small piece of bark
  • Gently rub the bark on your teeth
  • Avoid rubbing your gums or rubbing to roughly
  • Brush your teeth as usual after 5 to 10 minutes


Oranges
Oranges | Source

Using Orange Peels and Bay Leaves

Orange peels and bay leaves together make a great at home teeth whitener. They are inexpensive and may already be in your kitchen. This only takes minutes. How to use this method is listed below.

Orange peel and bay leaf rub

  • Peel an orange
  • Take a few pieces of the peel
  • Rub the peel on your teeth
  • Crush up bay leaves until they are a powder
  • Rub the bay leaf powder onto your teeth
  • Leave on for 5 minutes
  • Rinse out your mouth with water

This method is best used once a week. The acidity of the orange peel eats away bacteria and gets rid of stains. The bay leaves soak up the stains and discoloration.

Bananas
Bananas | Source

Using Bananas

Banana peels are a great for whitening your teeth. They don't cause much damage and are inexpensive. This method is quick and easy taking only five minutes to use. How to use banana peels to whiten your teeth is listed below.

Banana peel rub

  • Peel a banana
  • Take a section of the peel and rub onto your teeth
  • Rub for two to three minutes
  • Then rinse your mouth with warm water

This method can be used once or twice a week.

apple cider vinegar
apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things. One of those things is whitening your teeth. It may not taste that wonderful but it works really well at removing stains. How to use apple cider vinegar to whiten your teeth is listed below.

Apple cider vinegar mouth rinse

  • Pour a small glass of the vinegar
  • Take a gulp without swallowing
  • Swish it around in your mouth like mouth wash
  • Spit out when you are done
  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water

This is best done once a week. The taste can be hard to handle but the results are worth it.

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda

  • In a small bowl mix the vinegar with the baking soda into a mixture that is the consistency of tooth paste
  • Apply the paste to your teeth
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Rinse mouth out with warm water
  • Then brush teeth regularly

Using baking soda to whiten your teeth
Using baking soda to whiten your teeth

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is another all natural product that can be used to whiten your teeth. The baking soda is able to be absorbed through the enamel and kills plaque and lightens stains. How to use baking soda in tooth whitening listed below.

Using baking soda as a toothpaste

  • Mix a spoon full of baking soda with a little water
  • The consistency should be that of tooth paste
  • Then brush your teeth with the mixture
  • Try not to swallow any
  • Leave the mixture on your teeth for 10 minutes
  • Then rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Wait another 5 minutes and then brush your teeth with tooth paste ass usual

Mixing baking soda with toothpaste

  • Mix a small amount of toothpaste with some baking soda
  • Brush your teeth as usual
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water

Both of these methods are effective and have been used for a long time. The first method takes longer but has better results and should only used once a week at the most. The second method can be used a couple of times a week and takes less time.


Keeping your teeth white
Keeping your teeth white

Prevention

Once your teeth are sparkly white you probably want to keep them that way. Using the all natural whitening methods regularly will help to do this but there are some things you can avoid or cut back on to prevent stains altogether.Some of the common culprits of stains are listed below.

  • Coffee
  • Dark tea
  • Dark sodas and soft drinks
  • Dark liquors
  • Cigarettes
  • Drug abuse
  • Tomato sauce
  • Blueberries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Some prescribed medications
  • Acid reflux disease

The best way to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy is to brush and floss regularly. This helps prevents stains by removing plaque quickly.

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      Dawood KN 2 years ago from Irvine, California

      Thank you for the tips. I found some useful dental coupons that might help too. http://www.valpak.com/coupons/printable/Smile-Cent...

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      klyniroxy 4 years ago

      i like the method of orange n bay leaf its vry simple n easily available i'l definitely try.

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      Satendra Kumar 4 years ago from India

      very nice hub a lot of chief and easy way you tell in this hub for making white teeth . Your ideas are great and wounderful

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      These are some great ideas and I did not know most of them. Voted up, useful, pinned and all the rest.

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      This is informative; helps to save money that one could have spend in paying for service of the dentist.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great ideas. I hadn't thought of using the strawberries and baking soda together. Thanks!

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, voted and shared, I have used baking soda before but never knew bay leaves and orange peels can whiten your teeth. I usually just use bay leaves as a form of pest control, so we always have them handy.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub about whitening teeth. Apple cider and vinegar is a tasty option!! Natural ways to whiten teeth are much better. Voted up and shared.

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      fitmag 4 years ago

      Uau! I had no idea that bananas can help.

      I liked the fact that you not only listed the products, but you said exactly how to proceed.

      Great info. You have my vote!

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      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      Wow those are some really interesting facts. I had no idea urine was involved in the making of peroxide! I know that I am not brave enough to use urine and I don't even think I am brave enough to use peroxide anymore! Thanks for the read and for the info.

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      ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just found out something: DYK? Carbamide peroxide is also known as urea hydrogen peroxide. I just wiki'd it. Now the hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore is 3% - you know what you would have to do to make it Carbamide peroxide.........

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      ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm bookmarking this hub! These natural whiteners are SO MUCH BETTER than the one I heard of (uh- never tried) which is urine!

      Uh-huh, phosphorus is in urine, people use urine as a mouthrinse to whiten teeth.

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      Pierre Eustache C. 4 years ago from Haiti

      I admit that i completely ignored that banana can be used for that! Thanks for the information! By the way, using these techniques to often may still damage teeths. Baking soda is recommend for less than 3 uses weekly!

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      harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I am coming across several hubs that mention apple cider vinegar. Didn't know it was just a wonder product and whitens teeth at the same time!

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      PoojaMehta0911 4 years ago from India

      Very useful and inexpensive ideas...Good job...

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      samikan 4 years ago from online

      very useful tips.....wonderful i never knew this.....thanks for sharing....voted up useful...

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      Prerna Singhal 4 years ago from India

      very useful information, Thanks dear

      would like to try some

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      Very good hub. Fantastic and useful information. Thanks

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It is a hub full of useful information. I liked it very much and I will try one method on my eleven year old son. As we all know, children are not usually fond of brushing but they are not aware that it's harmful. Great and inexpensive tips!Sharing and pinning!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great tips. I´ll try some of these. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Abdur Rahman 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      very informative article and it will be useful .

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      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      I am glad it worked well for you Tony. The strawberries do taste much much better :) Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Tony Capon 4 years ago from Upminster, Essex, United Kingdom

      As I tried the soda powder cleansing method, I was a little sceptical, not expecting much. Before I started I graded the whiteness of my teeth (5 to 6). 12 minutes later I re-graded my teeth's whiteness (6 to 7, and more towards 7 than 6). The improvement was in the region of 12.5%. A much better result than I was expecting. I'm now looking forward to trying strawberries and soda method. Should taste nicer! Thanks Brittanie. Tony

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      I learned some great tips here. I never knew strawberries could whiten your teeth. These are awesome and cheap ways to whiten teeth. Actually I had not ever heard of the banana peels, orange peels, or the cider. I have been using toothpaste which is supposed to whiten your teeth, and I have not noticed a difference yet even after using the toothpaste after months of use. Thanks for sharing voted up and useful!

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      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      These methods remove stains from teeth and enamel if the teeth are off white naturally there really isn't much you can do without a dentist. I list many options because there are that many available that I know about. This gives people a chance to find the one that works the best for them. I personally use the strawberry rub and vinegar rinse those are the two that work best for me.

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      Marco Piazzalunga 4 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      I think that there are too many ways to whiten teeth. Maybe that means you are not very sure which is the right one? Have tried several times with the baking soda, but I can not see any improvement to the yellow color of my teeth. What if the yellow color of the enamel of the teeth? Could it be? any other suggestions?

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      I am glad it worked for you thank for the comment This is one of works great for me too.

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      I have been discovering all the things you can use strawberries for and am truly amazed teeth whitening is just one thank you for commenting

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      Thank you for commenting I really love how fast and simple these are I hope they work well for you too:)

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      I am glad you found the article useful I really love using natural home remedies thank you for commenting

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      kimberlymoore668 5 years ago

      I like the method of Apple cider vinegar and baking soda, just trying it few time and my tooth looks whiter :)

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      iheartkafka 5 years ago

      Interesting information; I'd never have guessed that strawberries (which will stain clothes!) could be used to whiten your teeth!

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      I like this hub...did not know of the various ways you could wipe your teeth, except for the baking soda...Voted up, and useful and interesting...

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      TomRy 5 years ago from USA

      great information, voted useful.