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How to Whiten Your Teeth Using Coconut Oil + Baking Soda

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Do you want to whiten your teeth naturally at home? After reading this, you will know a safe and effective way to get cleaner and brighter looking teeth. Find out how you can whiten your teeth using coconut oil and baking soda!

Why I Started Using Coconut Oil + Baking Soda to Whiten Teeth

Am I the only one who loooooves coffee?! I seriously drink a HUGE cup of coffee almost every single day. I’ve switched to decaf now because I am breastfeeding, but that’s besides the point. Decaf or regular, both are teeth staining! I try to switch it up with my Matcha Latte recipe, but that’s only if I’m in the mood. Even if you don’t like coffee or matcha, a lot of foods and beverages can stain your teeth!


I recently saw a picture of myself and I was SHOCKED at how dull and yellow my teeth are starting to look. I’m only in my 20’s!!! I wanted to stop this ASAP and find a SAFE and EFFECTIVE solution to whiten my teeth. 

The reason I wanted to do a DIY teeth whitening experiment was to see if I could actually whiten my teeth without having to pay a ton of money or potentially damage my teeth with whitening treatments. A lot of the teeth whitening products I’ve seen seem dangerous and harmful. So I did a little research to find a safer alternative…

I did the research so you don’t have to!


After doing some research, I realized there are a lot of DIY at home teeth whitening remedies. Something else I realized is that A LOT of them can be harmful to your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar freaked me out. I was NOT interested in doing anything to my teeth that would damage my enamel or gums. That left me with only a few safe options which I am going to tell you all about! (besides the obvious: brush your teeth twice a day and floss.)

Coconut Oil Pulling + Baking Soda

I found the safest DIY teeth whitening options to be oil pulling and brushing with baking soda. These two options were simple, cheap, safe, and doable! So my natural, safe, DIY teeth whitening experiment began! (My husband was going to do it with me, but he only lasted a day) I set out on my journey and took a few notes halfway through the experiment and at the very end. 

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Here was the DIY Teeth Whitening Challenge I created:

  1. Oil pull for 15-20 minutes every single day for 28 days.
  2. Brush with baking soda 2x per week.
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How to Whiten Teeth with Baking Soda?

Baking soda isn’t just great for baking lovely desserts like healthy fudge brownies, and paleo muffins. It’s also great for removing stains on your teeth! Or so I’ve heard…

Through my research, I found that brushing with a little baking soda mixed with water 2-3x a week would do the trick. Anymore than that and there might be some adverse effects like weaker enamel.

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How to Whiten Teeth with Coconut Oil?

Coconut Oil is such an amazing kitchen staple in my superfood pantry. It has soooo many purposes and functions. Like chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! Oh, and teeth whitening!

How to Oil Pull using Coconut Oil

Oil-pulling is very simple.

  • First, put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. (It will melt)
  • Then, you swish it around for 15-20 minutes.
  • Lastly, spit it out in a garbage can. That’s it!

The health benefits I found to oil-pulling with coconut oil can be found here.

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How Fast Does Coconut Oil Whiten Teeth?

Halfway through the 28 day DIY Teeth Whitening Challenge:

I am now half way through this at home teeth whitening 28 day challenge! I set a reminder on my phone to make sure I follow through on the oil pulling every night. Haven’t missed a day yet! I actually love the feeling of my teeth after swishing coconut oil around for 15-20 minutes. My mouth feels clean and my teeth are so smooth! I honestly can say that it’s kind of a nice little night time routine, just swishing oil and getting ready for bed.

How Fast Does Baking Soda Whiten Teeth?

The brushing with baking soda is kind of a different story. I keep forgetting that one! I am probably doing it once a week. Which honestly I’m fine with because I’ve heard mixed things about baking soda. I just don’t want to do anything to damage or weaken my teeth. 


When I do brush with baking soda though, my teeth feel soooo clean and smooth! I really love the feeling of a really clean mouth! 

Sadly, I have not noticed a considerable change in the whiteness of my teeth. I am excited to finish this challenge and take the after photo to compare though. That will be the true TELL ALL!

THE RESULTS! Did the DIY teeth whitening actually work?!

I apologize in advance for the close up mouth pictures. But if you clicked on this you knew what you were getting into! THESE ARE UNEDITED PHOTOS! And I tried to get the lighting exactly the same in both so that you can really see if there was any change.

If you look at the before and after pictures it is so clear that my mouth and teeth look SO MUCH CLEANER and HEALTHIER after oil pulling and brushing with baking soda for 28 days!

After the 28 day oil-pulling challenge, here are the improvements I saw in my teeth and overall oral health:

  • First, my teeth are smoother
  • Second, my mouth is cleaner
  • Third, the yellowing of my teeth is significantly less
  • Fourth, the plaque build up decreased a ton (as shown in pictures)
  • Lastly, my teeth are a little brighter

Did the Coconut Oil and Baking Soda actually whiten my teeth?

Overall, I would say that my teeth are just a touch brighter. I would by no means say that the coconut oil pulling got my teeth really white. If anything the benefits I listed above is what the oil pulling did for my oral hygiene.

Okay that’s enough pictures of my mouth!

Will I continue to Oil Pull?

The short answer is: YES! I love how clean the oil pulling made my teeth. The plaque build up drastically went down as well and that makes my teeth look better too! I won’t be as extreme as oil-pulling every single day, but once a week is doable. After oil-pulling everyday for 28 days, I know I can have the discipline to do it at least once a week. 

I believe practicing oil-pulling for just 15-20 minutes once a week will have a tremendous impact on my oral health and I look forward to keep it going!

Do I Recommend Coconut Oil-Pulling?

I definitely recommend oil-pulling if you are looking for a cheap and easy way to positively impact your oral health! If you try it, please tell me all about it! I would love to hear your experience with it and the changes you see in your teeth while oil-pulling. 

Thanks for being here and reading! Happy Oil Pullin’!


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    • Amba

      Thanks so much. I’m definitely trying this. Always felt that apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide were too harsh for me plus it cost a ton of money to whiten and that in and of itself damages your enamel….trust me I know. This will be mild and natural I hope.

      • Claire

        So excited for you to try it! I need to be better about swishing coconut oil more often. It’s so simple, but I often forget. Let me know if you notice any differences after a while of trying 🙂

  • Mannan Javid

    I like Dr Harry’s tooth powder made of essential oils and chalk. I’ve used it for years to brush my teeth and it has a similar effect on tooth health and it has similar effects – and it only takes 1 or 2 minutes or brushing daily.

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