How effective are Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening?
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24 June 2022

How effective are Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening can be the most sorted cosmetic dentistry, as it helps one gain back his / her smile. After all, who wouldn’t want his smile to look flawless, but teeth whitening can cost you a fortune sometimes.  

To prevent it from happening below is the list of budget-friendly home remedies for whitening your teeth and having an extra boost of confidence.

  1. Practice oil pulling 

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian remedy, which improves oral hygiene and removes toxins from the body. 

The age oil practice involves swishing oil in your mouth, which then removes bacteria, which turns to plaque and turns your teeth yellow in color. 

Mainly coconut oil is used in this process because of its pleasant smell and taste, also because it offers a number of other health benefits. As it is high in lauric acid, it has the ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.


  • Put 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil through your teeth.  
  • Continue pulling the oil for 15–20 minutes. 

It is one of the safest methods, as it does not expose your teeth to acid or other ingredients that erode the enamel.  


  1. Brush with baking soda

Who does not know about baking soda hack?  Baking soda has always been a go to for anything that needed to be turned white, it must be because it has got natural whitening properties and its mild abrasive helps to scrub away surface stains on teeth. Additionally, baking soda creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. 

Though this remedy does not whiten your teeth overnight, several studies have stated that brushing your teeth with Soda and toothpaste surely increases your dental health and might have some whitening effect.


  • Mix 1 teaspoon (6 grams) of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water (5 ml) and brush your teeth with the paste.  
  • Do these a few times per week. 


  1. Use hydrogen peroxide 

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is a natural bleaching agent that helps in whitening as well as kills the bacteria in your mouth.  

The fact that many people have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to disinfect their wounds due to its antibacterial properties.  

The use of hydrogen peroxide has been there in commercial whitening products also, though it has much more concentration than that of which we use at home. 

Some study found that a toothpaste containing a higher amount of hydrogen peroxide was more effective at whitening teeth after 12 weeks than toothpastes that contained a lower amount  



One of the ways to use hydrogen peroxide is like a mouthwash, just before you brush your teeth. Make sure you are using a 1.5% or 3% solution to avoid side effects. 

  • Mix it with baking soda to make a toothpaste. 

Put 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon (6 grams) of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.


Limit the use of this homemade paste to a few times per week, as overuse can erode your tooth enamel. 

Heavily diluted concentrations appear safe, strong concentrations or overuse can cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. There’s also concern that high doses may cause cancer, (not yet proven). 


  1. Eat fruit and vegetables

A good diet which is full of vegetables and fruits is always good for your body as well as your oral health.  

While it cannot be put in as a substitute for brushing, having raw fruits and vegetables can rub plaque away as u chew them.  

Unlike other fruits and vegetables, strawberries seem to have helped in the process of whitening the teeth. 



Strawberry and Baking soda mixture is a natural death whitening remedy that has been made popular by celebrities. 

In this method it is claimed that the malic acid found in strawberries removes discoloration on your teeth, while the baking soda buffs away stains.


Smash a fresh strawberry, combine it with baking soda, and brush the mixture onto your teeth. 


Activated charcoal.  

Brushing with powdered charcoal supposedly pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains from teeth, though research shows this is likely ineffective. 

According to the sources and age old passed on tradition there are many methods that help us whiten your teeth. Almost all of these remedies work by gently removing the surface stains from your teeth and improving your oral health. 

However, the dentists offer whitening treatments that are much more effective and easier than all the natural remedies. The dentist involves the use of bleaching the teeth, which is more effective for severe tooth discoloration.