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Are these DIY tricks better than professional teeth whitening?

Strawberries and baking soda could take the place of your typical toothpaste.


Rae Votta

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 8, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 1:02 am CDT

Are your expensive white strips really worth it when it comes to a brighter smile? Or could some super cheap home remedies do just as good a job at polishing your pearly whites?

A new BuzzFeed video puts professional whitening systems to the test against home remedies priced at just a fraction of the cost. The video compares white strips, mouth wash, and toothpaste, to a combination of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and strawberries. Each DIY item has properties similar to mass-marketing cleaning products, but for way less cash.

The final result is too close to call. The home remedies seem to work just as well as the professional products on teeth. The biggest question is, would you rather mash up strawberries every time to brush your teeth, or just use a pre-made white strip even if it costs more? Perhaps a combination of all of the above would help your smile glisten and your wallet happy in the long run.

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2014, 11:20 pm CST