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Strawberry Paste
“Strawberries contain malic acid, which is great for dissolving coffee, red wine, and tea stains on teeth,” says Curatola.

Mash up one or two strawberries, and add about a teaspoon of baking soda. “Using a children’s toothbrush [this helps to get between teeth better], rub this mix on your teeth for five to seven minutes. [After rinsing], floss out any strawberry seeds that still may be lingering between teeth.”

Again, when used too often, the acid in the paste can cause teeth to erode and “ultimately making them more susceptible to staining,” says dentist Angelika Shein, of Arbeitman and Shein—so don’t use this remedy every day.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste
“Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are among the oldest at-home teeth whitening remedies,” says Keith Arbeitman, a dentist at New York-based Arbeitman and Shein. “People have found real results from rinsing with diluted hydrogen peroxide for a few seconds.”

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He also recommends mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste and using it in lieu of a traditional toothpaste. Simply add a few drops of three percent hydrogen peroxide to plain baking soda and mix it until it forms a paste—then apply it to your tooth brush as normal.

This shouldn’t become your go-to paste, though, says dentist Gerry Curatola, of New York-based Rejuvenation Dentistry. Because both ingredients are abrasive, he recommends using this home remedy for three to five days and then waiting three to six months before trying it again.

Banana Rub
“You can use the inside of a banana peel, which is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals, to whiten teeth,” says Curatola. “The rich minerals in a banana are absorbed into your enamel and have healthy whitening effects.” After you brush and floss, he recommends peeling a ripe banana and then rubbing a piece of the inside on your teeth for two minutes. “Then rinse and repeat again before bed.”

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Curatola says that diluted apple cider vinegar helps any toothpaste “crank up its stain-busting power.” He recommends diluting it with a ratio of three parts water to one part apple cider vinegar. Then mix it with an all-natural toothpaste and brush as usual.