List of Ingredients Required For This Recipe
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Half a cup solid but room temperature coconut oil
- ½ tsp activated charcoal (either in loose or capsule form)
- 10 drops of essential oil (peppermint)
Be sure to have a tiny glass jar in which to store the paste. You are also going to need a spare toothbrush. Have a designated one for using charcoal – the one you are okay with getting stained as the charcoal is going to stain it.
How To Prepare
- Take the coconut oil in a glass and add sesame oil to it. Use the back of a fork to mix the two until the paste reaches a nice consistency.
- Add activated charcoal, essential oil, and baking soda to this mix.
- Mix them well using a non-metal utensil until all the ingredients are properly combined.
- Transfer this paste in a small glass container or jar.
The DIY activated charcoal paste for teeth whitening is now ready to use.
NOTE – the reason for not using a metal utensil for mixing or even a metal bowl is because activated charcoal attracts metal. This can hamper charcoal’s effectiveness in terms of whitening your teeth.
Things to Take Care of
Be sure not to stain your clothes, towels, or the tiles of your home with this paste as it can be particularly difficult to get rid of.
The paste can make previously invisible stains or grimes in the sink more obvious. A quick remedy for that is to get baby wipes and clean it off (if the water doesn’t work).
A Word of Caution
Make sure not to use activated charcoal for teeth whitening if you wear caps, porcelain veneers, or crowns. Reason being – abrasive nature of charcoal can cause discoloration.
Additionally, since charcoal activated in baking soda can be abrasive not just on crowns, but on teeth as well, it is best not to use this mix any more than twice a week.
The Best Time To Use It
Although there is no logic that dictates any particular time of the day as ‘best time’ for using activated charcoal for teeth whitening. But, if you are worried about your teeth appearing black during the day due to residual charcoal left on your teeth, you can use it at night before going to bed.
Don’t worry – a couple of rinses should definitely get it off. It’s just that when you wake up in the morning and brush again, any residual charcoal from the night before will be gone properly.
Do try this DIY activated charcoal recipe for teeth whitening and let us know what results you get from it.