Monday, 13 November 2017

How To Get A Naturally White Smile

Several factors cause teeth to lose their bright whiteness.  Certain foods, such as red wine, stain the enamel whilst plaque can build up on your teeth causing them to look yellow.  Here are some top tips on how you and your family can naturally whiten your teeth to benefit from sparkling natural smiles.


Oil pulling with coconut oil is a relatively new trend in the western world, yet oil pulling itself is a traditional Indian remedy known for improving oral hygiene and removing toxins.  Essentially, you swish oil around your mouth, pulling it through your teeth with a suction like pressure coming from your tongue.  This is known to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque - causing your teeth to look yellow.

Technically, any oil will work but traditionally, Indians would use sunflower or sesame oil.  Coconut oil has a more refined taste and offers several additional health benefits - it is also scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.  Although, there aren’t any scientific studies to prove oil pulling actually whitens your teeth there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest oil pulling has a positive effect.

You’ll want to swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and be sure to spit the coconut oil into a trash can rather than down the sink, as it could reform in solid form, once cold.

Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and popular natural cleaning product.  The main ingredient is acetic acid which effectively kills bacterial.  The antibacterials properties are what make it useful in keep a healthy mouth and whitening your teeth.  There was a scientific study that found apple cider vinegar does have a credible bleaching effect on teeth, this study was, however, performed on cow teeth (and found the vinegar may also soften the teeth).  

The acetic acid in vinegar could erode enamel, which is why you should not use apple cider vinegar every day.  It is best advised to be used as a mouthwash - diluted with water and swishing it around your mouth for a few minutes.  It’s important to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove any residue of acetic acid and best performed in the morning, as otherwise, the apple cider vinegar could damage your sleep.


Now, this one sounds a little scary, but people have been using hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds for centuries.  It’s also a natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria in your mouth.  There was a study that found using a commercial toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide twice per day resulted in 62% whiter teeth in just six weeks.

This remedy is best used as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth (make sure to use a 1.5% - 3% solution) and mix with a little water as higher concentrations could cause very serious side effects.

Baking soda is on almost every “natural alternative” hotlist.  With regard to teeth, you may already known that baking soda is a natural whitener, as it is used in many commercial toothpastes for this reason.  It’s a mild abrasive and creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing.

To use this natural remedy, make a paste with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water, then brush your teeth as normal.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

8 Affordable, Easy to Do Ways To Heat Your Home This Winter

During winter, it can often feel like we’re all in a constant battle with the cold. We get one step ahead, and then before we know it, the cold has crept in, and we’re back to square one. But we don’t have to admit defeat to the cold, ever! With just a few simple tips and tricks, we can make sure we’re kept at a pleasant temperature at our home until the warmth of spring has returned - and without doing too much damage to our bank balance, either. Below, we take a look at those easy to implement techniques you can incorporate into your home to ensure you’re always kept comfortable and warm.

The best of Winter Source:

Shut Those Curtains

You know how we said it’s a battle with the cold? We were serious. The heat in your house is always trying to escape; the cold outside is trying to get in. To combat this, you need to cut off their exit and entry points! So let’s think about your curtains. If they’re open, there’ll only be your windows adding as a barrier, and not all windows are good at putting up a fight. As soon as the sun sets, get those curtains drawn; they’ll help keep the warmth in. You should also look at getting your chimney blocked up, and cover any other draughts that might be responsible for letting their chilly air inside your home.

Consider Furniture Placement

Not all areas of your home will be equally warm. In fact, they won’t even be close to being equally warm. Let’s have a think about your living room, which is where you’ll be spending the majority of your evenings. If you couch is hunched up against your radiator, then you might get a small benefit, but it’ll only be temporary. What you’re actually doing is making sure the back of your sofa is toasty. Move the couch away, and the warm air will be free to circulate the room.

Be Smart With the Thermostat

You might think that the thermostat is one of the more straightforward aspects of your home, but studies have shown that most households make at least one error when it comes to this device. For starters, you should never turn up the thermostat just because it’s colder outside or because you want it to be warm more quickly. It’s supposed to keep the temperature the same whatever else is happening, so keep it at one level, and you’ll save money.

Switch Out Your Heating Source

Although, there’s also a chance that a thermostat system isn’t the right tool for heating your home in the first place. If you use home heating oil instead, you’ll be able to heat your home much more quickly, which is ideal if you’re always coming and going from your home, as most people are. This type of fuel also burns hotter, and for less money than other heating sources, too.

Get in the Kitchen

There’s nothing better than settling down to watch a movie with a plate of your favourite baked goods. But these baked goods will do more than just provide a delicious snack: in the process of making them, you’ll be getting your home nice and toasty. Leave the oven open after you’ve finished baking and all that heat will naturally spread to other areas of the house.  

Seal Up Those Unused Rooms

Why are you treating to heat rooms that aren’t being used? It takes a lot of energy to heat an entire house; if you remove them from the equation, then you’ll only need a fraction of the heat. During cold spells, it’s best just to close up those rooms until spring has returned.

Getting Romantic

Autumn and winter are inherently romantic times of the year, and this romance can also add an extra layer of warmth to your home! If you think that candles are one of the best things about the season (and how could you not?), then go big and place them throughout your house (though not the rooms you’ve already closed up for winter…). You’ll feel the effects from ten candles in the room, and you’ll also have created a romantic atmosphere. Win-win!

Focus On People, Not The Rooms

Finally, when it comes to affordable and straightforward home heating techniques, nothing works better than getting your priorities in order and focusing only on people. Think about what works to heat the people in your house, not the house itself, and you’ll be making smart decisions.