How to Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

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Baking soda is a versatile product. It's great for eliminating odors, polishing silverware and for cooking, as well as for brushing your teeth. Not only is it an eco-friendly alternative to commercial toothpaste, but it also helps whiten your teeth without damage and is inexpensive.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Small bowl or container
Use baking soda to whiten your teeth.
Use baking soda to whiten your teeth. (Image: Demand Media Studios)

Step 1

Pour about 1/4 tsp. baking soda into a small bowl or container.

You only need a small amount of baking soda.
You only need a small amount of baking soda. (Image: Demand Media Studios)

Step 2

Dampen your toothbrush with water.

A dampened toothbrush will make the baking soda stick to easier.
A dampened toothbrush will make the baking soda stick to easier. (Image: Demand Media Studios)

Step 3

Dip the toothbrush in the baking soda and get as much baking soda to stick to it as possible.

The baking soda should stick to your toothbrush right away.
The baking soda should stick to your toothbrush right away. (Image: Demand Media Studios)

Step 4

Brush your teeth, and rinse with water as usual.

Make sure you rinse out all the leftover baking soda from your brush after you're done.
Make sure you rinse out all the leftover baking soda from your brush after you're done. (Image: Demand Media Studios)

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Tips & Warnings

  • For extra whitening power, dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide before adding the baking soda.
  • For mint flavoring, dip your toothbrush in mouthwash before adding the baking soda.
  • The baking soda may feel a little gritty and thick at first.
  • Don't store baking soda in the bathroom. The high humidity will cause it to clump.
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