Who doesn’t want a big, beautiful smile complete with a perfect set of pearly whites? Yet from morning coffee to red wine at dinner (and all manner of sins in between), our teeth take a beating. Realistically speaking, not all of us can afford to get our teeth whitened by a professional. What to do? Whitening strips are obviously an option—they’re convenient and effective, but they can also get pricey and are sometimes rather painful. So for those of us with sensitive teeth and those on a budget, at-home DIY remedies are the ultimate secret weapon. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite products that will bring a gleaming, selfie-worthy grin to your face.
Affordable Ways To Whiten Your Teeth At Home
Exfoliate With Baking Soda
Baking soda is a trusted staple in the beauty world. Simply mix with a little water to create a paste that acts as a natural exfoliant to remove stains. Apply with your toothbrush.
Try Oil Pulling
Actress Shailene Woodley put this method on the map during a 2014 interview. Swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes can whiten your teeth by helping dissolve plaque.
Choose The Right Toothpaste
This may seem obvious, but with so many options available, selecting toothpaste can be overwhelming. Stick to one that has whiteners but also stain-fighting properties.
Gargle With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a tough cleaning agent that can double as a mouthwash. It has the ability to kill bacteria, especially the kind that lingers on your teeth.