She Totally Covers Her Toothbrush With Charcoal To Whiten Her Yellow Teeth

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Almost everyone wants whiter, brighter teeth. Throughout the day, most of us eat a lot of foods that stain our teeth.

From coffee, to tea, to chocolate, to soda, we all ingest foods and drinks that can make our teeth a little less than white.

The problem is: Getting your teeth professionally whitened is quite pricey.

And while there are lots of great whitening toothpastes, strips, and lights on the market, some might prefer a more holistic approach.

So when I learned about activated charcoal, I was immediately intrigued. Using activated charcoal for teeth whitening has become a huge trend recently, so we gave it a go here at LittleThings!

And according to our research, it only takes five days of brushing with activate charcoal to see a huge difference in your teeth.

Would you ever try this at home?

Follow along with the instructions below to learn how to use activated charcoal to whiten your teeth!

what is activated charcoal?
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Activated charcoal, in pill or capsule form, has long been used by doctors to help people rid their bodies of unwanted substances (like toxins and poisons). It absorbs the undesirable substances and then helps move them through the body.

Using activated charcoal on your teeth works similarly — it draws out unwanted stains and removes toxins!

How To Use Activated Charcoal For Your Teeth

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Although you can buy pre-made activated charcoal toothpaste, most people suggest using the charcoal in powder form.

One way to use this is to add it to your regular toothpaste. But we’re going to dive into how to use activated charcoal on its own — all you need is a toothbrush and a little water!

Step #1: Open The Capsules And Pour The Powder In A Bowl

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Most charcoal powders will come in capsule form, since they are usually ingested.

All you have to do is carefully twist or pull apart the capsules, pouring the charcoal into a small bowl.

Make sure you have enough charcoal to dip your toothbrush into.

Step #2: Thoroughly Wet Your Toothbrush

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Before you dip your toothbrush into the activated charcoal, wet it under the tap.

Make sure the toothbrush is wet enough to pick up some of the charcoal powder, but not so wet that water is still dripping off the toothbrush.

Step #3: Dip Your Toothbrush Into Charcoal Powder

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Turn your toothbrush over and dip it lightly into the activated charcoal powder.

Try to cover the entire brush in charcoal powder — the more the better!

Step #4: Brush Normally For 2-3 Minutes

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Next, brush your teeth normally.

At first, the charcoal might feel powdery in your mouth, but it will become more of a paste once you start brushing.

The powder will turn your mouth a dark black color, but don’t worry — it will definitely wash out!

Step #5: Spit Into A Cup Instead Of The Sink

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While you’re brushing, periodically spit into a cup.

It might seem gross, but spitting into a cup instead of spitting into the sink will make it much easier to clean up at the end.

Step #6: Rinse Your Mouth Thoroughly

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Once you’re done brushing, rinse out your mouth with water until all the charcoal is gone.

It may take a few rinses, but, soon enough, all the black powder will be gone.

You can spit this water into the same cup, or you can spit in the sink if you have too much water in your mouth.

Step #7: Clean Residue In Sink With Baby Wipe

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After you’re done brushing and rinsing, pour the spit cup down the drain.

Then grab a baby wipe to clean up any powder you may have spilled or any residue that is in the sink.

Step #8: Repeat For 3-5 Days

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Mama Natural recommends using activated charcoal for 3 to 5 days to whiten your teeth, then not again for a few months.

You should notice that your teeth are whiter after the few days of using the charcoal!

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