Stop Using Chemicals to Whiten Your Teeth! …There’s a better way


Why use those chemicals to whiten your teeth when you probably have the ingredients on hand to do it naturally.

All you need:

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, this is great. So, does this end up making your teeth sensitive? I always seem to have that problem with commercial whitening solutions.


  2. I’ve never had a problem with my teeth becoming sensitive and I’ve used this for a few years now.


  3. Great words of advice. People really spend too much time and money on the simple things in life. We get caught up in TV ads and think “they” have a better solution. Good for you for addressing the basics.

    elkhorn at


  4. Posted by Rusty on January 19, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    This works only for the out side of your teeth but does not get into your teeth. This is where the discolor really is. Your teeth are like honey combs, Bleach gets into the holes of the teeth down to the pulp where the stains from over the years really are. Good idea but not as good as bleaching. This techniques is ok but watch the gum line. You can really do serious damage to the gumline from the abrasives in baking soda and the salt.


  5. Rusty,
    Bleach is such a harmful chemical you really shouldn’t be using it to clean anything let alone your teeth. To get into the tight corners, use hydrogen peroxide instead. It’s much safer and doesn’t taste as bad.

    D.I.Y Naturally


  6. Posted by Julie Western on February 18, 2008 at 2:14 am

    This was like totally not right for me teeth as i got braces 7 years ago but i guess i yu aint got no braces it could work well! just keep the recipe far far away from ur gums LOL

    LOve dis site

    JULzie 101


  7. Posted by gaby on March 31, 2008 at 8:03 am

    is there some kind of schedule to use this? do i do it every day or take brakes or how?


  8. Gaby –
    Great question. Thanks for asking.

    I use it everyday. I have a mixture pre-made in a dish next to my sink. I dip my toothbrush and then brush my teeth as usual.

    d.i.y. naturally πŸ™‚


  9. Posted by cheer4life on May 4, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    wait so why do people keep saying to not touch your gums with it??!?!
    i want to try it but i dont want to like mess up my gums…
    lol thanks (:


  10. Posted by babydove on May 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    first of all, let me tell you I LOVE d.i.y. naturally!!! But this is my worry: I’ve heard that salt and baking soda can be damaging to the tooth enamel, and everyone always says to use these ingredients with care. But what does “care” mean? Don’t brush eagerly? Use it only once a day? Make a creamier mixture? And how do I keep it away from my gums? Gums and tongue need brushing, too! I really do hate using chemicals, but I’m also afraid of damaging my teeth with ingredients that are too abrasive. So far, I’ve been using Melaleuca products, but they sometimes use things that are not 100% good for you either. Please help! Thanks :o)


  11. Posted by Baillergeon on May 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I am glad someone else is spreading the word. I had an aunt that did this routine and she had the whitest, nicest teeth of anyone I have ever seen–and they weren’t see-through like teeth that have been overly bleached!


  12. Posted by Leigha on May 22, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I have a question… how long does it actully take for this to start working and showing?


  13. Hi Leigha,

    It shouldn’t take too long. Maybe a week or two before you see some changes.

    Thanks for your question. πŸ˜€

    ~ diy naturally


  14. hi babydove,

    In terms of use and care … I use it every time I brush my teeth and I haven’t had any problems with my gums or my teeth after 2 years.

    However, if you still have concern about the safety of this method, I would suggest talking with your dentist.

    Thank you for your questions.

    ~ diy naturally


  15. Great tip! I have tried baking soda before but not this mixture.


  16. Posted by char on June 18, 2008 at 9:01 am

    i’ve heard about the various uses of baking soda but you have the most comprehensive articles i’ve found so far (: nice job.
    i tried this recipe today. i must say my mouth was not happy about having baking soda and salt in it. it stung a little but i couldn’t really tell if it was due to the salt disinfecting the wounds in my gums. at the end of it however my gums kinda looked as if they had been bleached. is that why everyone says to keep the mixture away from the gums? what harm does it do? i guess i should really have read the comments first :/
    i dont know if its psychological but my teeth actually seem cleaner


  17. Hi Char,

    Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you like the site. πŸ™‚

    I don’t remember having any problems with my gums with this mixture. It’s been a few years now since I started using it.

    You might want to keep trying it and give it a little time to see if anything changes because you could be right with the salt idea.

    But if you still have problems, you can use baking soda only to clean your teeth.

    And I wouldn’t say it’s your imagination … your teeth will be cleaner and stay cleaner longer.

    Thanks for visiting the site.

    ~ diy naturally


  18. Posted by Manda on June 24, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Wow i’m gonna try this. Except i have braces so i’m gonna have to wait till they come off. Bummer…


  19. Posted by Jan on August 16, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    It’s true it works! I have been using these ingredients since my childhood, I’m now 43yrs.old. My parents hooked me up, it was their way in saving money on hygienic products for a household of 9 people (7kids).
    Also true the gums become sensitive, due to the products abrasiveness, it becomes worse overtime ( gum’s skin area will wear away which contribute to the gums stinginess and soreness) to combat my experience taught me that it’s best to gargle w/saline solution (salt)/combo. By allowing the granules to dissolve in H2O it prevents the abrasive attack on your gums while still give u the clean and fresh smelling mouth u need.


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