12 Home Remedies For Teeth Whitening (Tried & Tested)

Do you get embarrassed when someone points out that your teeth are not white? Who doesn’t want to have a sparkling, glimmering set of white teeth? While yellow sunflowers smiling in the field may look like the happiest of all flowers, but that color on your teeth is a big NO-NO. While there are innumerable devices and options available to help you whiten your teeth, everyone cannot afford those expensive gimmicks (most of which won’t even work). We all need comfortable and working solutions to our problems. So no more hiding your teeth. Smile the widest! Make that beautiful smile of yours look even more pretty with the help of these easy home remedies that anyone and everyone can try to whiten their teeth.

But first, let us tell you why your teeth turn yellow?

Teeth inevitably begin to yellow with age, but of course, you can slow this process by trying some home remedies.

Two significant reasons why teeth start turning into a pale yellow

  • Stains: Specific food and beverages can stain your teeth. Some of the teeth staying food that you should avoid are tea and coffee, red wine, tomato-based sauces, cola drinks, berries, beetroot, curry, balsamic vinegar, etc.
  • Enamel thinning: As you know, the outer layer of your teeth is known as the enamel. The second layer is called dentin, which is yellowish-brown. Enamel due to many reasons when onsets are thinning then eventually your teeth look yellow.

Best teeth whitening home remedies

We have all at least once heard about Dadi Ke Nuskhe (granny’s solutions). Home remedies passed on from generation to generation have given answers to eventually all the daily problems. Most of them can be scientifically proven, and they work! These remedies are tried and tested to solve our problems. We live in an era where medical advancements have reached a point of saturation. There is a wide variety of products available in the market for each of our problems. Even for our teeth, a wide variety of teeth whitening toothpaste and dental help products are available. But before going to them, these are some home remedies that you must try for whiter, brighter teeth. These DIY routines can help your teeth shine like pearls. These are not just budget-friendly but also have zero side effects on your oral health. These remedies are readily available and more comfortable to perform.

Rules to stick by

  • Have patience. It’s not going to happen overnight, okay?
  • Stick to the practices and follow these consistently.

1. Baking Soda

Caution: It removes surface-level stains.

Baking soda has natural whitening properties. If you have food stains on your teeth, you can use baking soda to brush your teeth as it is abrasive. It won’t bleach your teeth but remove the stains from your teeth. But don’t use this frequently as it can damage your teeth enamel. Most of the toothpaste nowadays contain baking soda in some amount.

How to make the paste?

  • Make a thick paste by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda and water (both in equal amounts).
  • Apply to your teeth with your fingers or a brush

2. Lemons

Lemon peels and their juice contain a high level of acid, significant bleaching, and a whitening agent. Lemons have a deficient pH level, which makes them very acidic. The citric acid in lemons can be harmful to your teeth if you use it more frequently. 

How to make the paste?

  • Use the lemon peel to rub on your teeth for good results. But try this twice a week only as it can destroy your enamel by eating up all the calcium.
  • You can mix the juice of a lemon with an equal amount of water. Rub this mixture on your teeth with the help of your fingers.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Because of its high intensity and power of killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide is responsible for destroying the harmful bacteria in your mouth. You can use this as your mouth washer too. It also has a wide range of healing properties. 

According to a study, hydrogen peroxide can change the color of your teeth.  

How to make the paste?

  • Paint an over the counter gel with 6% of hydrogen peroxide on teeth
  • Please don’t use an extra amount of hydrogen peroxide as it can damage your enamel. Try this remedy only once a week.

4. Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is our favorite ingredient, whether present in our food, face pack or milk. It has medicinal properties that can help you to get rid of your yellow stained teeth. It has anti-inflammatory properties that remove plaque, bacteria. According to a study, turmeric powder prevents gingivitis and some other gum diseases.

How to make the paste?

  • Take a teaspoon of turmeric and mix it with water. Once this turned into a paste, take a toothbrush and dip it into the mixing brush for two minutes
  • Prepare a mixture of Haldi powder and coconut oil and apply this to your teeth

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Do you avoid smiling in public because of hard stains on your teeth? Don’t worry, try using apple cider vinegar remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid that helps the breakdown of plaque and hard stains on your teeth. 

How to make the paste?

  • Apply some Apple Cider Vinegar around your mouth and rinse it for two minutes
  • Dip your toothbrush in some Apple Cider vinegar and brush. It will help you wipe out strong stains.

6. Oil Pulling

This remedy is famous in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy. All you have to do is to use oils as your mouth washer. There are hundreds of bacteria in your mouth; some of them are your friends while others are just deteriorating your health. Oil pulling helps you to kill all the harmful bacteria which are your foes. You can use sunflowers oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, or olive oil for oil pulling. But the most popular choice for oil pulling is coconut oil as it has a pleasant taste plus has a favorable fatty acid profile. It can reduce plaque and gingivitis. Not only this, if people around you often complain about your bad breath, then you should try oil pulling more often.

How to make the paste?

  • Swish a tablespoon of oil (sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil) around in your mouth for 20 minutes
  • It pulls out all the harmful bacteria from your mouth

7. Powder Milk and Toothpaste

As you already know, milk and milk products contain calcium, which is good for your teeth. By trying this home remedy, you can make your teeth look glossy and white.

How to make the paste?

  • Add a little bit of powder Milk in your toothpaste and brush your teeth gently for two minutes. Wash your mouth afterward
  • Try this twice a day for good dental health

8. Orange Peel

Orange contains citric acid, which can help your teeth look whiter and polished. So next time, don’t just throw the peels away; instead, use them for your teeth. 

How to make the paste?

  • Rub the peels of orange on your teeth gently
  • Brush your teeth after rubbing the peels

9. Brush and Floss Regularly

Adults always tell the kids to brush their teeth twice a day through poems and manners, but the truth is that they forget to brush their teeth after dinner meals. Practice this habit, and trust us, you will see the results.

Prevention is always better than cure. Brush your teeth, and don’t forget to floss regularly for sparkling white teeth. Toothpaste can gently rub all the stains and floss disallow all the harmful bacteria to grow in.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a must-do thing.

10. Aloe Vera and Glycerine

Aloe Vera is best for your whole body treatment. Aloe vera for your hair, face, health, and now your teeth. We are already labeling it as the product of the year.

How to make the paste?

  • Take a cup of water, combine it with half a cup of baking soda, and aloe Vera
  • Add some amount of lemon essential oil and teaspoons of vegetable glycerine
  • Scrub your teeth with the same mixture

11. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is highly absorbent and abrasive; it effectively bonds with your teeth’ stains and removes them effectively. Some people use charcoal in their toothpaste, but we recommend using activated charcoal in the tooth mask.

How to make the paste?

  • Make the paste by mixing a half teaspoon of activated charcoal with enough water to make it like a paste
  • Apply this on your teeth and let it sit for three minutes
  • Rinse it away

12. Dark Chocolate

To complete our list of the best home remedies for whitening your teeth, we wanted to end this article on a very appealing note, yes chocolate! 

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which not only prevents discoloration but hardens your tooth enamel. Don’t ask for a remedy; go and eat some pieces of your favorite dark chocolate, and you are doing your teeth some good.

Try all these hacks and remedies if you are tired of hiding your smile just because you don’t have the white sets. They are worth it. But we have also mentioned some critical side notes with each remedy not to end up harming your teeth. Don’t trust every hack you see on YouTube videos or blogger videos. 

Some Do’s and Dont’s 

All these home remedies are worth trying. These aren’t expensive and easy to try hacks. But certain things should be kept in mind if you want to take care of your dental hygiene.

  • Avoid sugary soda drinks as this may build plaque and cause various dental issues
  • Avoid drinking coffee and tea more than two cups a day
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables for better dental health
  • Avoid smoking as it affects your teeth color 
  • Consume nuts, dry fruits daily
  • Intake of calcium-rich food like milk products etc
  • Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal.

You should know what you are putting in your body, so try to eat healthy for your oral health. Some food removes stains from your teeth like apples, pears, cauliflower, celery, carrots, etc. A little extra care will take your smile from conventional to confident!

We are just giving you another hack of whitening your teeth. Suppose you are in a super hurry. Buy chewing gums that contain xylitol; this chewing helps in fighting tooth decaying. So pick up a pack and chew these for whitening your teeth.


You have learned several ways to whiten your teeth. Oral hygiene is essential as your other beauty regimes. Some people naturally have yellow colored teeth, so don’t feel frustrated if you have tried everything to make them look whiter but failed. Cheer up. It’s not wrong to say that people are obsessed with fair color and white teeth awfully. But that doesn’t mean you will stop taking care of your teeth and gums. It is also not necessary that white teeth are the sign of a healthy dental set. You should focus more on keeping your teeth healthy rather than just making them look sparkly and snowy.

Also, invest in the right toothbrush and toothpaste for better results. Take care of your teeth, gums, and tongue too. Try preventing yourself from diseases like plaque, gingivitis, etc. Eat healthily and drink a lot of water. Your teeth deserve your full attention sometimes so before it’s too late, take care of them. If you think your teeth are abnormally changing their colors, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.

Keep smiling!

By Saakshi Pathak

Saakshi Pathak aka Iska Review girl is a blogger, script writer, book reviewer, youtuber and a show host. Her writings are often witty and layered with sarcastic comments. She makes videos on social issues and has also been working with various media houses as a freelance content creator. She loves collecting and wearing jhumkas. She's an avid book reader. She is currently based in Chandigarh and is working as a freelancer.

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