Momma Told Me: Simple Life Hacks To Achieve Your Brightest White- From Teeth To Clothes

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Simple Life Hacks To Achieve Your Brightest White- From Teeth To Clothes


Head on over to our site where we dish 5 Life Hacks to achieve your whitest whites in everything from teeth to dogs! #OpticSmiles #ad
Momma Told Me: White doesn't just stay white- someone's got to clean it!

Even though Momma exclusively shopped at second hand stores for my clothes, I was forbidden to wear white, as a child. My father's work uniforms were a thin white polyester-cotton material, which wouldn't have been nearly as much of a pain to launder, if it wasn't for the fact that he worked as a technician on restaurant equipment. Seldom did an evening pass where Momma didn't hang her head in dismay over the grease stains littering his clothes, and she wasn't about to clean up stains on the clothes of her daughter.

With such strict order to wear anything but white, it's easy to see how I adopted my alias as a 'living rainbow,' when I embraced every hue, pattern, and print I could find. Even as an adult, today, I still cringe at the thought of wearing white clothes, and the thought of them not being their whitest white. But every good rainbow knows that color pops best when next to the most radiant whites, and my best, my smile, is always at it's whitest.

Only recently, on a trip to Walmart, did I truly stop to contemplate the brighter things in my life. Spotting a display for a new whitening toothpaste I was immediately intrigued by the notion of seeing my pearlies glimmer just a little brighter in as few as 3 days with no added effort. I was already familiar with the brand name, but this new formula featured 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient and the powerful professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster. Talk about helping a girl out- this was one addition to my beauty routine that would require NO additional time or upkeep on my part, all I had to do was brush!
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You never really know what you're getting into when you switch toothpastes, so I'll admit I was a bit hesitant.  I'll be honest, I was blown away with the brushing experience of this new oral care system- not only did my teeth feel amazing from the whitening cups and polishing bristles, but the cheek and tongue cleaner helped me provide a full mouth clean that had me smiling in no time.

And why not smile? With the power of hydrogen peroxide and this new toothpaste system my teeth were sure to sparkle like they never had before. And I was ready to take all the credit for absolutely none of the work! But as I tossed my old, ordinary, toothbrush in the wastebasket I felt something wash over me, a need to extend this whitening to every aspect of my life. Maybe that boring old toothbrush was good for something after all!
A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, makes for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. Spray directly onto counters and scrub gently with an old toothbrush. #OpticSmiles #ad
As it turns out- there were several things in my life that had begun to lose their luster, and the grout on our kitchen counter was the first I would tackle. My goal? To make whitening that old, dirty, grout almost as painless as refreshing my teeth with whitening toothpaste! My trick? A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, made for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. After just a few minutes of allowing a spritz to soak into badly stained grout the grays wiped right away with hardly any scrubbing. I'd definitely put more elbow grease into brushing my teeth that morning!
Whiten old canvas sneakers the easy way with a shampoo water solution, an old toothbrush, and a damp cloth. Stuff shoes with newspaper to maintain shape and help shoes dry quicker! #OpticSmiles #Ad
Next on my list of off-white offenses was an old pair of Converse canvas sneakers I've worn to the annual Color Run twice now. But rainbow corn starch, sweat, and scuffs proved no match for a bowl of warm water with shampoo and that old trusty toothbrush. To properly clean sneakers outside a washer use a brush to scrub rubber soles with a shampoo water solution, then gently wipe fabric with a cloth dipped in the cleansing formula. Be sure to remove your laces or pull the tongue out to get any tough, hiding, stains. When your sneakers have been restored to former glory stuff them with crumpled newspaper to maintain their shape and expedite the drying process. And, if you're like me, Express Colgate® Optic White® was still working on keeping those teeth white while you worked!
By now my kicks were sparkling and my counters rivaled that of a new home, so I turned my gaze in boredom to the dog. Oh yes, my friends, you can whiten pets too! While whitening (or bluing, as they're known) shampoos exist for pets, hypoallergenic animals with hair, rather than fur, require extra upkeep to maintain a white coat. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts dog shampoo and water and wipe your dog down with a damp, warm, towel once a day to stay vibrant. Dust your pup in a light coating of corn starch in between grooming to help absorb oils that attract dirt and stains (and odors too!)
Keep white clothes their whitest by pretreating stains immediately with a duab of dish soap. Add 1/2 C 3% Hydroge Peroxide directly to your wash, with detergent, and rinse on Warm for radiant white clothes! #OpticSmiles #Ad
Perhaps the most dreaded of whitening tasks is fabric found on everyday clothing. I try not to wear large amounts of white, because I am not only a living rainbow but a color magnet- stains run to me. When I launder my whites I try my best to keep them white by pre-treating any discoloration or stains with dish soap and a gently scrub. Next, I add 1/2 Cup 3% Hydrogen Peroxide directly to the wash with my laundry detergent. We already know that hydrogen peroxide is helping to keep our teeth white with Colgate® Optic White® Express, and it will boost your white clothes just as much! Wash whites on a Warm rinse cycle and give yourself a pat on the back for becoming a whitening warrior.
Colgate® Optic White® Express White toothpaste is now availible at Walmart. See whiter teeth in as few as 3 days thanks to the new formula with Hydrogen Peroxide. Achieve whiter teeth with no added effort for your easiest white! #OpticSmiles #ad
When you're as fabulous as you, you don't have time to spend scrubbing, bleaching, or treating- you're too busy being your radiant self to fuss with all of that. And that's why these simple life hacks to a brighter life are sure to have you smiling.  What do you struggle with keeping white, the most?

What Daughter Says: Use these simple life hacks for the 'whites' in your life- Don't worry, you can still take all the credit for the 'work.'

22 comments:

  1. You are full of great ideas. I want my teeth whiter, so I need to try that!

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  2. What fun ideas! I love the whiten theme. Let me tell you that I could use a touch up to whiten my teeth. It always feels so good to have a bright smile.

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  3. These are really cool ideas! I love the one for whitening the grout. Also, your puppy. I'm in love with that pooch...

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  4. This is so great! I can't wait to give the grout mix a try. The grout in my bathroom is just AWFUL!

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  5. What great recipes! I know my grout and a few pairs of sneakers need some love!

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  6. WOW, so cool. I will definitely do that next time! Plus, your pearly whites are looking great.

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  7. This is an awesome post! My teeth could surely be whiter- I'll have to try that toothpaste.

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  8. I actually use Optic White every now and then. It really makes a difference!

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  9. I love your hack for keeping your dog clean. That seems like a great way to keep your pooch smelling nice between baths. :)

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  10. I have some tennis shoes that could definitely use a good scrub. Stuffing them with newspapers is a great idea!

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  11. These are really great tips! My son has a pair of white sneakers that I will be scrubbing over the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. WOW! So many great tips for keeping everything white! I struggle with - my teeth. Unfortunately.....coffee!

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  13. I struggle with diet soda to keep my teeth white (and in good shape). Love that they have this though.

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  14. These are some great tips. I love that you can whiten your dog. I would have never thought to do that.

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  15. Wow, I need to try this on my kids white winter boots, they've seen better days I'd like to brighten them up again!

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  16. Nora is a real trooper. Maybe I can whiten the chickens. They are looking really dingy these days. I think it's from tromping through all the mud in our much too early mud season. As to what is hardest to keep white - that would be anything the husband wears. He is impossible.

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  17. These are great tips. I will have to try whitening my dog.

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  18. Oh man I am a pro at removing stains from my kids whites! I am with your mom, why do I even by them!

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  19. This is a good list. I would like to whiten my teeth and I have been looking at this toothpaste. I will pick some up.

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  20. My teeth! I'm not the best when it comes to my oral hygiene and keeping my teeth semi-sorta white is a nightmare. These are all some fantastic hacks, thank you for sharing :) Who knew you could whiten your dog!!!

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  21. Oh I love the idea of making my dog whiter! He needs it!

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  22. Thanks for the great tips and ideas for my old toothbrush I just replaced like you! Whites are always my enemy! #client

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