How To Make Your Own Teeth Whitener—Cheap and Easy

According to a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most important thing people want to change about their smile is the whiteness of their teeth.

woman pointing to her bright white teeth

There are plenty of ways to achieve beautifully white teeth with over-the-counter kits, whitening products, and whitening procedures at dental offices—all good ways to get white teeth. And that can get expensive.

But here’s the deal: Bright smiles and white teeth were desirable long before there were whitening kits, strips, trays, pens, toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional treatments. Homemade whitening pastes are cheap to make, easy to use, and remarkably effective.

Read more

More Amazing Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide Around the House

In response to an earlier post,  I heard from one of my readers who wrote to describe her experience with hydrogen peroxide—something I’ve written about in the past, but not so much in the context of this reader’s personal report.



Caren’s story and outcome (below) captured my attention, but I needed first to confirm that hydrogen peroxide is safe, reasonable and recommended to be used as a mouthwash. In the process I ran into a whole lot more than I was looking for—so many more uses for hydrogen peroxide around the house—some new some not so new but perhaps forgotten.

MORE:  The Wonders of Hydrogen Peroxide

Kitchen counters

Clean your counters, table tops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

Cutting boards

After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour hydrogen peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizer.

Teeth whitening

The most affordable way to whiten teeth at home (and the remedy supported by the most significant body of research) is the main ingredient from most tooth-whitening products: hydrogen peroxide.

To whiten teeth with hydrogen peroxide: Mix salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing your teeth. Not only will this help to reverse the early stages of gingivitis, used regularly, it will also remove stains and whiten your teeth.

Read more