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5 Home Remedies For Teeth Whitening

By Peter Wendt

Nowadays, everyone’s trying to get a beautiful smile with straight, perfectly white teeth. White teeth have many benefits including helping you to make a better first impression and boosting self esteem. When you want to whiten your teeth, you don’t have to purchase expensive whitening systems filled with many chemicals. Instead, there are several great home remedies that will help whiten your teeth.

Use Banana Peels

An interesting and chemical-free way to naturally whiten your teeth is to use a banana peel. Bananas are delicious and contain many vitamins and minerals. This is true for the peel of the banana as well. When you rub the inner portion of a banana peel on your teeth for approximately two minutes, the minerals in the peel will help to whiten your teeth. To maximize its effectiveness, make sure to brush your teeth after rubbing the peel on them, and then try to do this two or three times each week.

Mashed Strawberries

Strawberries are another great food that can help whiten your teeth. This delicious fruit has an enzyme called malic acid in it; this enzyme is actually one of the important ingredients in many commercial teeth-whitening products.

Grab a couple of ripe strawberries, smash them well, and then make sure to cover your teeth with the strawberry mush for about three minutes. The malic acid will help whiten your teeth; do this once or twice a week, and your teeth will be whiter. Your mouth will also be healthier when you cleanse it with strawberries.

Use a Little Baking Soda

Baking soda is something almost everyone has in their home. It has many uses and benefits. Baking soda is particularly effective in whitening teeth because it’s very safe and won’t erode enamel. Try brushing your teeth with a small amount of baking soda mixed with a pinch of salt. Brush for a couple of minutes. Your teeth will become whiter very quickly by this method. You could also put baking soda on your toothpaste; this will help you clean your teeth while whitening them safely.


Many foods can help whiten your teeth; carrot sticks have the ability to get plaque and bacteria off of your teeth. To whiten your teeth, get a crunchy carrot stick and rub it on them. By rubbing your teeth with it, you are cleaning your mouth, and you will also have brighter, whiter teeth as a result.


Lemon juice is a very natural and effective way to whiten your teeth. Lemon juice is quite acidic, so you need make sure you don’t whiten your teeth with it more than a couple of times per week. Overusing lemon juice can cause decay, and it could weaken your teeth.

To properly whiten your teeth with lemon juice, dilute one part lemon juice with one part water. Afterwards, apply the mixture to your teeth for a couple of minutes, then rinse it away.

Whitening your teeth doesn’t have to involve expensive systems and strips full of high-powered chemicals. By using fruits or other common household items, you can naturally and safely whiten your teeth. Lemons, strawberries, carrots, and bananas are all great foods to help cleanse your mouth and whiten your teeth, and baking soda is a very safe way to get a brighter smile as well.

Peter Wendt is a freelance writer and anchorman living in Austin, Texas. To keep his smile bright, Wendt visits a cosmetic dentistry office that offers various dental bleaching procedures. He now can smile for the camera without worrying about dull teeth.

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