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We’d do anything for a nice, bright set of pearly whites…except sit in a dentist’s chair for two hours and get stuck with a $600 bill. Or wear gross-tasting white strips to work every day. Luckily, we don’t have to. Presenting four easy, cheap at-home whitening tricks that actually work.

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With Turmeric

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with this orange-tinted spice for its numerous health benefits, but did you know it can also whiten your smile? Its slightly abrasive texture is similar to baking soda, plus it has added anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits to promote overall oral health. Just mix it with coconut oil, brush it on and let it sit on your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing.

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With a Banana Peel

Well, isn’t this easy? Just rub the peel all over your pearly whites and wait ten minutes. The potassium, magnesium and manganese in the banana peel all help fight stains on your enamel.

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With Brie

We all know various foods can stain our chompers (we still love you, Merlot), but did you know some can help do the opposite? Consuming white cheese (with all its calcium and protein) can help fortify and protect your enamel. So pass the Brie, please. 

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With Celery

Celery is high in cellulose (a strong fiber found in plants), so it acts like a natural abrasive to scrub your teeth. Just think of it as nature’s toothbrush; it helps get rid of the plaque and leftover food particles that can cause staining.

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