This is very cliche of me to say, but I drink as much coffee as Lorelai Gilmore. While I appreciate how coffee makes me a functioning member of society, I don’t much appreciate it staining my teeth. I can brush my teeth as much as I want, but there’s only so much that can do.
I’ve tried all the tricks. I’ve used whitening strips and SmileBrilliant, and while those work, they don’t quite give me the results I’m looking for. It takes multiple uses to get a visible difference with each of those methods, which isn’t the best when you’re looking for quick results. Also, the chemicals in those products are insane. We’re talking glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydroxide, and more. Make note that when you use these products, it’s more than likely that you’re swallowing at least a little bit of the solution by accident. Guys, that can’t be good for us.
After watching a Buzzfeed video where people brushed their teeth with charcoal and seeing immediate results, I knew I had to try it. And so I went to Amazon and ordered activated charcoal immediately.
Before I get into the whole process of brushing my teeth and all that good stuff, I want to talk about activated charcoal’s health benefits!
- 100% natural and vegan: It will do no harm to your body!
- It detoxes your body: If you put a 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water and drink it, it’ll help to rinse the toxins from your body. Rad, right?
- Alleviates gas and bloating – ‘Nuff said
So, let’s get to the good part, shall we?
Once you get your hands on some activated charcoal powder (only $9!), the only other things you’ll need is a toothbrush and a glass of water for rinsing. I was delighted to see that the charcoal was one of the deepest shades of black I’ve ever seen. It’s the little things in life, guys.
You will then dip your wet toothbrush into the powder and brush for 2 minutes.
Note: Your tongue will turn black and your sink will look kind of dead by the end. This is okay because your tongue will go back to normal and the sink will be easy to clean.
The process is a bit yucky, but all in all, the results were pretty stellar! And because I’m a terrible human being, I’m going to make you watch my YouTube video to see them. Haha!*
*I promise I’m not a terrible human being. I just like this video a lot and I want y’all to see it. Hope you enjoy!
Would you ever try the activated charcoal hack? Have you already? Let me know in the comments!
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