Coffee is my crutch. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Unfortunately, I wear the evidence on my teeth every day. I also have soft, sensitive teeth so those whitening strips are not an option for me. They work so well but the pain in my teeth for a week after isn’t worth it to me.
I did some digging around on the interweb, as you will, and found several different DIY whitening processes. Anything with baking soda and peroxide increases my sensitivity so those were out. I saw activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and turmeric; all things I could use without painful repercussions. I also figured, if one of these things works, then maybe all three mixed together would work even better. So of course that’s what I did.
I normally use a dry mix of these but I thought I would try a liquid version, since I kept reading that’s how others were using it. Maybe they knew something I didn’t. Well, they didn’t. I definitely prefer the dry version so, although this is for the liquid version, I suggest you don’t add the liquid.
Starting with an ounce of coconut oil I added
a teaspoon of turmeric (I use this kind – Turmeric Powder 7 oz Pkg by Organic Traditions https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL3XB6O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_esIYAb6KM3X8F )
a teaspoon of activated charcoal (I use this kind – Solaray Activated Charcoal Capsules, 280 mg, 90 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TMM2V4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_NvIYAb9FYQ8QQ )
and a teaspoon of bentonite clay (I use this kind -Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S7ZPB8Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_4wIYAbR9HGDSY ).
I mixed them all together to make a thin paste. First I brushed my teeth and I then dunked a dry toothbrush in. Be sure you use a separate toothbrush or that you don’t mind yours getting stained because that’s what’s going to happen.
After dunking my toothbrush into the mixture, I brushed my teeth for two minutes. It was disgusting. I looked like a zombie. It didn’t taste like anything though so I’m assuming the charcoal absorbed the turmeric flavor. Not having to taste turmeric was my favorite part. I rinsed my toothbrush off, and since there was no flavor, I applied another layer to my teeth. I had to take a shower so I kept it in my mouth for the first couple of minutes just for added effect.
Then, I rinsed my mouth out and brushed my teeth a couple of times after the paste had been in my mouth for about 5 minutes total. It didn’t seem like much of a difference but LUCKY FOR YOU I documented that mess so we could have before and after photos! After looking at those I did see a noted difference.
If you have sensitive teeth, I recommend trying this, but the dry version really does work better. It also keeps better in a container on the shelf so you can use it a couple of times a week without it solidifying into an unmanageable clump. If you have any ideas for products I should try or DIYs I should attempt, leave it in the comments!