How to Use Household Items to Whiten Your Teeth

Your teeth will lose some whiteness as you age. The yellowed appearance over time results from the natural aging process, as well as exposure to foods and drinks such as coffee and red wine that discolor teeth. Having a dentist whiten your teeth can be expensive. If you want to save money and still get your teeth looking whiter, you can use multiple household items to brighten your smile.

Brushing right after eating and drinking will help prevent some stains on your teeth.
  1. Create a toothpaste of two parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide. Brush your teeth with this paste. Rinse afterward.

  2. Dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and brush your teeth daily to help whiten them.

  3. Mash a strawberry with a fork and dip your toothbrush into it. Brush your teeth with the strawberry pulp, which will act as a natural whitener, notes frugallyminded.com. Brush with toothpaste afterward to remove sugars from the fruit.

  4. Peel an orange. Position part of the peel so that the white inner portion of the peel is facing your teeth. Rub this part of the peel on your teeth to help whiten them.

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