Keeping teeth bright and white is a constant battle, especially if you’re a coffee or wine drinker. Instead of spending a fortune on whitening strips, this easy two-ingredient homemade teeth whitener might be just the thing your smile needs to get rid of pesky stains. When paired with this exfoliating lip scrub, your smile will look better than ever!
Why strawberries, you ask? Besides the fact that they’re delicious, strawberries contain malic acid, which works as an astringent to help get rid of stains found on your enamel. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, removes plaque while polishing teeth, so the combination of these two ingredients makes for a powerful and affordable smile enhancer. Just be sure not to use this too often or keep it on for too long—once a week for 2 to 4 minutes is plenty.
2-Ingredient Strawberry Teeth Whitener
- 1 strawberry
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Small Bowl
In a bowl, mash the strawberry with a fork, then add the ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the two together thoroughly. Using your toothbrush, apply the mixture to your teeth and brush gently for 2 to 4 minutes all over your ivories. Rinse your mouth, floss any strawberry seeds from between your teeth and gums, and then brush with your regular toothbrush to reveal a brighter smile.
Exfoliating Strawberry Lip Scrub
- 1 strawberry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- Small bowl
In a small bowl, mash the strawberry with a fork, and then add in the olive oil and sugar. Mix the three ingredients together thoroughly. Use your finger to apply the mixture in circular motions to your lips to remove dead skin. The malic acid is a wonderful, rapid exfoliator that will help break down dead skin cells to reveal fresh cells and encourage rejuvenation. Wipe the mixture off with warm water and a washcloth, and follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.
What are some of your favorite beauty recipes using fresh summer fruit?75