Thanks to pinterest, I have become addicted to trying "natural" or "home" remedies for all sorts of things: vinegar and Listerine footscrub? "Sure!" Homemade laundry soap? "Absolutely!" Elmer's glue as a pore-cleaning strip? "Why not?!" I've been pretty pleased with most of these experiments, and I really do wonder what I ever did before the MOST addictive website existed.
I have to say, last night's experiment pretty much beats all other odd experiments...
I rubbed activated charcoal on my teeth.
I saw this on pinterest (where else?) and decided to give it a go. My teeth are stained from years of coffee, tea and red wine- and from some bad years of smoking in my twenties.
Finding the activated charcoal was the hardest part. (They sell it at Walgreen's- I just didn't know where to look and finally had to ask.)
|Activated Charcoal, aka "Black Magic."|
Here's a lovely shot of my "before." Taking this picture felt very... awkward.
The instructions were simple enough: break a capsule open ((harder to do than I expected)), scrub the black powder on your teeth with your finger or toothbrush for about 5 minutes ((this kills my gums- I brushed for a couple of minutes and then just "swished" it around my mouth for another 3 or 4 minutes)), and then rinse/brush teeth with toothpaste. The process is a bit odd, as your mouth/lips/chin/fingers turn BLACK. Don't worry- it won't stain skin. ((I was extra careful to keep it from getting on my clothes- not sure if it would stain fabric.)) I also IMMEDIATELY cleaned my sink, as I was terrified to stain the hotel sink black. ((Oh yeah, I'm currently in St. Louis on a work trip...))
Here's a lovely shot of the "during"
|Again- super awkward.|
And here's my "after"
Here's a before/after comparison:
Overall, I am THRILLED. I'm planning on doing this nightly for a week, and then cutting down to about twice a week for "maintenance." From all that I've read, activated charcoal is all-natural and will not harm the tooth enamel. I'll probably post the "before/after" again after a full week to see if I get any whiter.
This bottle of activated charcoal cost about $20 and has 100 capsules. One post I saw stated that you only needed a "half capsule" of powder for one session- but there is no way I'm going to attempt to save a half-capsule here and there. That powder is fine and black- I can just imagine it getting everywhere. :)
Have you ever tried any crazy home-remedies? What works? What doesn't? Let me know!