DIY Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

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DIY Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

If you spend any time on social media, you have probably stumbled across videos or images of people brushing their teeth with what looks like black toothpaste. Despite the grody appearance, charcoal toothpaste can actually leave your teeth whiter than before. The reason why charcoal is everywhere is because activated charcoal works by attracting and then sweeping away unwanted particles. In theory, activated charcoal binds to everything in its path-stains, tartar, bacteria, and viruses- through adsorption so that they can be gathered up and rinsed away in the sink. This toothpaste should not be used as a substitute for your everyday toothpaste, but used in moderation (two to three times a week), this toothpaste can transform your stained yellow teeth into pearly whites. Take your smile to the next level with our DIY charcoal teeth whitening toothpaste!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Activated Charcoal *

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)

*Activated Charcoal can be found in the dietary supplements aisle of your nearest major retailer. Pill capsules can easily be opened to retrieve the charcoal for external use.

Directions:

  1. Warm the coconut oil until it is fully melted
  2. Once melted, pour into a small bowl and mix in the activated charcoal, baking soda, and the (optional) essential oil
  3. Pour the mixture into a small container and store in a cool, dry place.

How to use:

  1. Coat your toothbrush in the toothpaste
  2. Start brushing! It will feel a little bit “powdery” in the beginning, but your saliva will soon take over and making spreading the charcoal everywhere easier
  3. Gently brush for 3 to 5 minutes
  4. Rinse your mouth well with water

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