Thursday, May 15

Simple DIY Teeth Whitening Tray

I've been on a DIY (read: cheap & easy) kick lately. Add that to my "more natural" (read: fewer unpronounceable ingredients) kick, and my hippy roots are showing wildly. 

My newest health/beauty obsession is an easy peasy, quick & painless, cheap & natural teeth whitening tray. 
You know, like the ones that cost a minimum of $15, but usually $40, and up to several hundred dollars elsewhere. 



Wilson adult size athletic mouth guard: $0.97
Arm & Hammer 16 oz baking soda: $0.92
Walgreens brand hydrogen peroxide: $1.19
(Rubber ducky not included.)

For a grand total of $3.08. No coupons even, which I bet you could find if you we're looking.  


And, as promised, it's super easy to whip up a batch of tooth whitening paste. 

Initially, you have to "boil & bite" the mouth guard to mold it to your teeth. I even had to snip off some of the back and some of the top (around molars and gums) before I fitted it to my mouth. That takes an entire minute and a half. 

Next, in a teeny bowl or cup, mix 1 tsp of the baking soda with 1/2 a tsp of the peroxide until pasty. 

Schmear it in your new custom-fit mouth guard and pop that sucker in. 




Leave on your teeth for 5-10 minutes, and entertain yourself by scaring the bejeebees out of your children as you pretend to have rabies, what with all the foaming at the mouth you're doing. 

Remove tray, spit, rinse, repeat every three days or so. 

Voila. 
So fresh. 
And also so clean, clean. 






(Keep in mind, I'm a writer, not a dentist. This is intended for use on a healthy grill. If you have any questions, call a professional.)