This post was first published in April 2013 and updated in August 2015. If you found it via Pinterest (Hi! Welcome!), it is still the same recipe, with prettier pictures and a few tips and tricks added based on some of the questions I’ve received since it was originally published. : )
I have big teeth. How do you like that for a soft opener!?!
My teeth are not abnormally large or anything to that effect, but they are definitely one of the more prominent features on my face. Dental hygiene is pretty important to me as a result (Although I do believe it would be if the circumstances were otherwise, of course!), and I can be a bit obsessive about keeping my pearly whites just that. Strawberries are an excellent all-natural whitening agent as they contain malic acid which acts as an astringent when rubbed against the surface, removing discoloration.
When it comes to toothpaste, my favorite brand is a splurge so I often make my own mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide at home, which works just as well, if not better than anything I could buy at retail. The recipe here ups the ante by adding coconut oil – full of antibacterial properties – and a fresh peppermint flavor, but feel free to skip on either if you prefer something simpler!
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil - preferably at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide
- Food grade peppermint oil to taste (Or your favorite oil, of choice!)
- Clean glass jar for storage
- Mix the first three ingredients together in a small bowl. Add your oil of choice. *If you are using an organic oil, or one that has a very strong flavor, just one drop of it should serve you well! Give the mixture another stir and store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. While these ingredients will never "go bad", I prefer to make the toothpaste in a small quantity and keep it for a month at most.