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Looking to whiten your teeth without dropping hundreds of dollars? We've got you! We've combed the web to come up with the most effective and natural ways to remove coffee, wine and other culprits that cause teeth to stain. Best of all, these ingredients are affordable and we're betting that you can get started today because many of these are common househould items that you probably already have.

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These products pull their weight because they have so many uses. Take the mighty baking soda, for example. Sure, you can use it to actually bake, but it's also a gentle abrasive for your teeth that removes pesky stains. Pair it up with hydrogen peroxide, and you've got yourself a powerful combination of bleaching and buffing action.

And that lemon on your counter? Well, it turns out that it's also an excellent contender to help whiten your teeth thanks to the acidity it contains. And it's not just the lemon's juice that works to whiten your teeth. The lemon peel is also potent. Keep reading to find out other natural and effective methods to whiten your teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide is a workhorse and an effective product for whitening teeth. 1

Hydrogen peroxide is a workhorse and an effective product for whitening teeth.

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Look no further than your medicine cabinet for an inexpensive and effective jack of all trades. This common household item is used to bleach hair, clean wounds and even soften corns and calluses. What’s more, its antiseptic properties are powerful at killing bacteria in your mouth and the peroxide bleaches stains from teeth to restore their natural color.

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A simple way to whiten teeth is to use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse. 2

A simple way to whiten teeth is to use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse.

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First brush your teeth with regular toothpaste. Then mix 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Swish the mixture around in your mouth for 2-3 minutes. Rinse your mouth with water. Try not to swallow any of the mixture. Repeat two to three times a week.  

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Supercharge your mouthwash by adding hydrogen peroxide. 3

Supercharge your mouthwash by adding hydrogen peroxide.

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While one cleans your mouth, the other whitens your teeth! Mix equal parts of mouth wash and hydrogen peroxide. Swish around as you normally would.

Try swabbing hydrogen peroxide on your teeth. 4

Try swabbing hydrogen peroxide on your teeth.

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Maybe swishing the mixture around doesn’t appeal to you. Here’s another option: Dip a cotton swab in 3% hydrogen peroxide and rub it on your teeth. Do this for 1-2 minutes, a few times a week.

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Baking soda isn’t just for baking. 5

Baking soda isn’t just for baking.

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From reducing heartburn to making your fridge smell better to relieving itchiness and sunburns, baking soda is a powerhouse. There’s also a reason that baking soda is used in whitening toothpaste. Its coarseness acts as an abrasive to remove stains.

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Make a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste. 6

Make a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste.

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This duo works magic. Mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and the same amount of baking soda to create a paste. Brush your teeth with it gently and rinse with water.

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Consider baking soda and water a power couple when it comes to teeth whitening. 7

Consider baking soda and water a power couple when it comes to teeth whitening.

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Make a paste by mixing 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Brush your teeth with it, then let the mixture sit on your teeth for about a minute. Rinse.  

Add baking powder to your toothpaste. 8

Add baking powder to your toothpaste.

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There’s no need to go out and buy a toothpaste with baking soda when you can just add it. Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of toothpaste. Brush as you normally would.

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Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for salads. 9

Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for salads.

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Apple cider vinegar is great for so many reasons. Lowering blood sugar levels and reducing belly fat are among some of its benefits. But when it comes to your teeth, its acidic and antimicrobial properties work in your favor.

Make an apple cider vinegar and baking soda paste for enviable pearly whites. 10

Make an apple cider vinegar and baking soda paste for enviable pearly whites.

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Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water. Brush your teeth with the paste as you normally would. Let the mixture sit there for about a minute after you’re done, then rinse with water. Do this every other day for two weeks.

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Or you can dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar. 11

Or you can dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar.

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Brush for 1-2 minutes and rinse. Then brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste.

Rinse your teeth with apple cider vinegar and follow with a baking soda scrub. 12

Rinse your teeth with apple cider vinegar and follow with a baking soda scrub.

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Swirl some apple cider vinegar in your mouth for 1-2 minutes. Then mix 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and water. Gently brush your teeth as you normally would.

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There’s a reason you gargle salt and water after a tooth extraction. 13

There’s a reason you gargle salt and water after a tooth extraction.

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Salt is a natural antiseptic, which makes it great for your oral health. By temporarily increasing the pH in your mouth, it makes it difficult for bacteria to survive and breed. That’s why you’re told to gargle a salt and water mixture when you have a sore throat.

Salt and baking soda make an awesome teeth-whitening combo. 14

Salt and baking soda make an awesome teeth-whitening combo.

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Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with ½ teaspoon of sea salt. Brush your teeth for two minutes with the paste. Rinse and brush with regular toothpaste. The baking soda and salt are gentle abrasives that remove surface stains from teeth.

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Salt and hydrogen peroxide work wonders together. 15

Salt and hydrogen peroxide work wonders together.

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Like baking soda, the salt works as a gentle buffer on your teeth. Mix it with hydrogen peroxide, and you’ve got yourself some new buffed pearly whites. Mix 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of salt. Rub the paste against your teeth for 1-2 minutes. Rinse.

Turmeric is amazing on so many levels. 16

Turmeric is amazing on so many levels.

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Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s also a powerful antioxidant. But when it comes to dental care, turmeric powder is a gentle abrasive and removes surface stains.

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Using turmeric to whiten teeth might seem counterintuitive because of its color. 17

Using turmeric to whiten teeth might seem counterintuitive because of its color.

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But we promise it does work. Start by mixing a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder and a small amount water in a small dish. Then use a soft toothbrush to apply the paste to teeth. Brush for 2 minutes then rinse with water. Finally, brush with regular toothpaste.

Activated charcoal has an impressive resume. 18

Activated charcoal has an impressive resume.

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Activated charcoal is used in the emergency room to treat poisonings. It also reduces intestinal gas and lowers cholesterol levels. Activated charcoal also whitens teeth by absorbing plaque and other tooth-staining substances, leaving your teeth cleaner and brighter.

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Brush your teeth with activated charcoal powder. 19

Brush your teeth with activated charcoal powder.

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Wet your toothbrush and sprinkle a little food grade activated charcoal powder. Brush for 2 minutes. Rinse with water. Then brush with your regular toothpaste.

Lemons are high in citric acid which acts as a natural bleach for stains on teeth. 20

Lemons are high in citric acid which acts as a natural bleach for stains on teeth.

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Lemon lightens and brightens. It’s exactly why so many people have squeezed lemon juice on their tresses to achieve natural-looking highlights. Similar to apple cider vinegar, the acid in lemons help whiten teeth. Just be careful not to overdo it because you could cause damage to the enamel on your teeth.

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Lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are the ultimate trio. 21

Lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are the ultimate trio.

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You get dual whitening action from the lemon juice and the hydrogen peroxide. Meanwhile, the baking soda acts as a gentle scrubber. Start with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice until it’s mixed well enough to become a paste. Apply to your teeth and leave for a minute. Rinse with water.

Lemon juice and salt make a gritty mixture that’s great for whitening your teeth. 22

Lemon juice and salt make a gritty mixture that’s great for whitening your teeth.

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Add enough salt to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to create a slurry. Then use a toothbrush to gently brush your teeth with the mixture. Rinse. Then brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste.  

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The lemon peel is magical. 23

The lemon peel is magical.

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Rubbing a lemon peel on your teeth can have a stain-lifting effect. Make sure you rinse your mouth after you do this. It avoids damaging your teeth’s enamel.

 

Many people swear by banana peels to whiten their teeth. 24

Many people swear by banana peels to whiten their teeth.

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They say that the potassium and other minerals found on the inside of the peel removes stains.

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Rub, rub, rub! 25

Rub, rub, rub!

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Rubbing the inside of the banana peel for a few minutes, a few times a week should do the trick!

Strawberries can fight teeth stains! 26

Strawberries can fight teeth stains!

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Strawberries contain compounds and antioxidants that are beneficial to lifting stains on your teeth.

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This strawberry and baking soda might even taste yummy. 27

This strawberry and baking soda might even taste yummy.

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Mash a strawberry and mix in baking soda until combined. Brush your teeth for a few minutes. The grit from the baking soda and the strawberry’s seeds will work their magic.

Orange peels not only smell great. 28

Orange peels not only smell great.

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They are also great at removing stains from your teeth, just like lemon peels.

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You can count on this citrus to whiten your teeth. 29

You can count on this citrus to whiten your teeth.

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Similar to the lemon peel, the acidity of the orange's peel will clean your teeth. Rub it on your teeth for a few minutes and rinse.

Use an electric toothbrush. 30

Use an electric toothbrush.

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Electric toothbrushes are better at knocking off debris from your teeth. I've noticed a difference after making the switch two years ago.

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