Can You Really Use Banana Peels to Whiten Your Teeth?

Banana SkinDelicious and dessert-like, bananas are a fruit preferred by a vast majority of humans. They are usually one of the first foods we are given because they digest easily and offer such optimal nutrition, but did you know that they are also excellent as a compound to use to whiten the teeth?

That’s right, the high amounts of potassium, magnesium, and manganese in the ripe banana can be applied to the teeth to remove stains and whiten them. Below are the steps we suggest if you want to use this folksy, homemade, and proven method:

  1. Get a banana that is just ripe (it may still have trace amounts of green at each end, but not too much). Using a banana at this level of ripeness ensures that the peel contains optimal levels of potassium (which is the substance that really brightens the teeth);
  2. Open the banana like a monkey does by peeling it from the bottom end and upward. Not only does this prevent all of those strange banana “threads” from appearing, but it also lets you have more control over the peel;
  3. Take a small piece of the inside of the peel (you can use kitchen shears to cut off a manageable square) and begin gently rubbing this along your teeth;
  4. Keep the application going for two minutes and be sure you are covering each of the teeth as much as possible with the material inside of the peel;
  5. As you rub and pass the time, the minerals will be absorbed into the teeth and begin to promote the whitening.
  6. with your preferred toothpaste, rinse, and smile with your brighter and whiter teeth!

In addition to the minerals already listed, you will also discover that banana peel contains high amounts of calcium and vitamin D too. These are going to strengthen the teeth and help them to really absorb the minerals better.

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Are there other “old wife’s tales” that work like this? Yes, actually there are two other household materials that you can apply to the teeth for whitening. Surprisingly enough they are strawberries and baking soda. Most people know that brushing with baking soda will often whiten the teeth, but when you combine one strawberry with 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda you can create a pink and fruity pulp that (when applied for five minutes) will generally brighten the teeth.

Be aware that both bananas and strawberries have lots of natural sugar, so apply only once per day or even just once per week to be safe.

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21 Responses to Can You Really Use Banana Peels to Whiten Your Teeth?

  1. Kelvin Yao Adams says:

    Quite eager to whitten my teeth.Thanks for the article.

  2. Dan Callahan says:

    Very, very interesting! I’ll try it tonight! I’m trying to find natural health products to begin a micro-loan small business start-up system for indigenous people around me. Even more interesting for me…I went to Southport High School!!! I’ve been in Thailand for 13 years; if I ever get back, I’ll stop in and chat with you about your ‘banana paste’! I’m going to combine it with “Neem” powder!
    Dan Callahan

  3. Brian.k says:

    It’s too easy to be true

  4. Mickey says:

    To be honest with you guys and girls I was getting frustrated with doing my homework, my class is making me read 8 articles and summarize them, so I wanted something to laugh at. So I grabbed a banana to eat and remembered that I didn’t brush my teeth. So I though is there a video on YouTube about someone brushing there teeth with a banana. That’s how I ended up here and I have go to say I was not expecting to find a article about brushing your teeth with a banana peel and it will whiten you teeth! Thank you for the tip about opening a banana from the bottom up like a monkey and it will eliminate all the banana “threads”. I don’t have the pear white teeth or the best looking teeth for that matter in fact I actually have two cavity’s so I might try this one day and hopefully I will have a better time with managing my teeth. I’m going to brush my teeth now ;P

    • Southeast Family Dental says:

      Glad you found something to make your frustrating day better! Though I would not recommend brushing with a banana in place of your toothbrush and toothpaste 😉

  5. Elle says:

    Does the strawberry remedy work via fruit acids? Is that optimal? Also, would swishing with Calms CalMag work as well as the banana peel or better? Thanks!

    • Southeast Family Dental says:

      While there are no proven studies to say that the strawberry remedy works, many people swear by it! It is the same as the banana, though. Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards as there is still sugar on the strawberry!

      Part of the success of the banana comes from the potassium, so I am not sure if the CalMag would work as well, but again, there are no studies to compare.

  6. Scott says:

    Please, I want to hear from anyone who actually tried this over a two-week period, with no other whitener or procedure, and had actual results.I have heard of this, but have yet to hear of anyone who actually tried it.

  7. Latcho says:

    Next best trick (maybe better then bakking soda) is Active Charcoal (black powder)
    I have and just had again amazing results with it!
    It is harmless and neutral ( used for detoxification because it absorbs a lot of chemicals ).
    You can for example use the capsules of NORRIT, open them and brush with or without some added toothpaste.
    Your mouth will be black, but 1 rinse is enough to reveal magic white!
    Personally I think it is better then baking soda, because the soda are christals that are sharp and they might scrape your protective tooth layer.

  8. madeleine says:

    ya it works really well on my teeth. I tried both the strawberry and bannana recipe. my teeth are perfectly white to me. BUT STILL MAKE SURE TO BRUSH!!!!!!!

  9. madeleine says:

    Ive tried it for over 5 weeks it really works for me and my friends. Make other people try it.

  10. Nige the mod says:

    Yesss it really does work I’ve been doing it now for two weeks now and my other half noticed and went to a party this weekend and my mates I had paid to have them whitened haha only the price of a banana I said…….go for it I say :-)

  11. anaa13 says:

    This totally works !! I tried it & it worked almost right away, I must admit, though.. It does feel kinda weird & doesn’t taste the best. But totally worth the results you get !!

  12. kabongo says:

    I tried it. It didn’t work. Sorry. My teeth are still yellow.

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  14. latcho says:

    Brush with A-C-T-I-V-E C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L

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  16. Laura says:

    It will not work on the first try and it depends on how yellow your teeth actually are. For those saying it didnt work, it needs to be done more than once, obviously. Its not a miracle remedy, but stay diligent and these natural DIYs will save you money and keep your mouth a little more chemical free. They do work. Hydrogen peroxide with baking soda, baking soda and just water, these tips in this article, they do work and they need to be done a few times a week to start then cut down to once a week (alternating methods- dont do them all in one day).

  17. before you comment says:

    Brush with A-C-T-I-V-E C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L

  18. Laura says:

    Whoa, this is interesting! I never thought that you can use the banana peel to whiten your teeth. Ha ha. What I usually do when eating banana is throw the peel right away because I never thought that is has some benefits too! Now I know, let me try it some other time. Thanks for a great info!

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