DIY Beauty: 3 Easy and Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth

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Disclaimer: As with any DIY beauty remedy, these recipes can carry risks. Any DIY remedy should be used sparingly and never as a substitute for proper dental care. Please consult with a dentist before adding anything new to your dental care routine.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I am a Tea-holic. Yes, I am madly in love with tea. I drink several cups of tea a day and despite the fact that I currently have a tea collection that can last me several years, I keep on buying more.

However, one unfortunate consequence of drinking tea is having slightly stained teeth. I have tried various brands of whitening strips and while some work, they can also be very expensive and sometimes painful. So today, I am going to introduce some natural remedies you can use to whiten your teeth.

My friends and I have tried all three methods before and discovered that each method works differently for each person. Keep in mind that you most likely won't see results right away, but also remember that too much use of any whitening product can cause tooth sensitivity, so it's best to limit yourself and not strive for an unnatural white.

Also, remember that any method that involves citrus acids can potentially erode teeth, so please use methods two and three with caution and never for more than once every month or two.

Read on to learn about three easy and inexpensive ways to naturally whiten your teeth:

Go-to Method: Baking Soda and Water

Baking soda teeth whitening

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For me, this method was the most effective. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with with 1/2 teaspoon of warm water until the baking soda has completely dissolved. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and gently brush your teeth. Spit and rinse. Follow up with regular toothpaste. Repeat every other day.

Method 2: *Use in moderation* Orange Peel

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Peel an orange and rub the inside of the peel (the white part) on your teeth. Then, brush your teeth with regular toothpaste.

Method 3: *Use in moderation* Baking Soda and Strawberry

Strawberry teeth whitening

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Mash up one ripe strawberry with a fork or spoon. Mix the mashed up strawberry with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply to teeth with your toothbrush and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Rinse, then brush your teeth with toothpaste. Don't forget to floss!

What Do You Think?

Do you like this DIY? Have you tried any of these DIY teeth whitening methods before? If not, are you going to try one of these methods? Which one? Let me know in the comments below; I'd love to hear what you think!

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