Did you ever look at the price of whitening products at the store, and think that there has to be a cheaper way? With Whitening products like Crest Whitestrips costing $30 or more per set, whitening your teeth can easily take a back burner in these financially tough times.  And $30 is spare change when compared to the cost of whitening your teeth at the Dentist’s office.

Here’s what I use:

hydrogen peroxide

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This small little bottle costs $1 or less in most places. Hydrogen Peroxide?  “Why in the world do you put that stuff in your mouth,” you ask?  Well, before you automatically assume I am insane, check out what the main active ingredient of Crest Whitestrips is:

crest white strips

See my source on this, and more details on what exactly these things can cost you HERE.

That’s right.  Those whitening products that you pay $30 for are just glorified Hydrogen Peroxide. Yes, they have other ingredients in there (harmful ones, I might add), but Hydrogen Peroxide is the active ingredient that does the major whitening.  What’s in a bottle of plain Hydrogen Peroxide? 3% -3.5% Hydrogen Peroxide and filtered water. It’s the same, and actually less than most of the new whitening products.

Here’s how I whiten my teeth: I use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash twice a day for 7-10 days. I’m very careful not to swallow it, just like I wouldn’t want to swallow the gel that is in over the counter whitening products.  My teeth are significantly whiter just after a week, and guess what else!  This doesn’t hurt my teeth like the whitening products do.  Every time I have used whitening gel products before, I wasn’t able to use them past three days because they made my teeth hurt so bad.

So there you have it.  For $1 or less, I have a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide that will last me a very long time. Not only do I use it for whitening my teeth, but it’s great for disinfecting the scrapes and cuts we get around here.  Now that’s Natural and Thrifty!

Be sure to check out other posts in this series on how to whiten teeth with hydrogen peroxide.

Side note: Did you know that our own bodies make Hydrogen Peroxide for healing, and that it is currently being used by many to cure cancer and other ailments? Do a quick search on the internet and you will find a plethora of information on the subject.