Charcoal – And How It’s Useful!

It turns out that activated charcoal can be pretty useful to have around the house. And no, I’m not talking about the briquettes from your BBQ. Activated charcoal is something totally different.

Activated Charcoal is a fine black powder that is odorless and tasteless.

Think of activated charcoal as a super absorbent powder. For this reason it is used to remove all sorts of toxins from your body.

Teeth Whitening

Charcoal is actually extremely effective as a teeth whitener. It’s seems a little counterintuitive that a black-as-night powder makes your teeth white, but it works!

To try it, get an old toothbrush (it’ll be stained black immediately), wet it, dip it in your activated charcoal, and brush around for a bit. Don’t freak out but your mouth will turn dark black. Rinse it out you’ll have smiling white pearls looking back at you in the mirror.

Just be careful because this stuff can stain. It’ll wipe off of a counter or sink but watch out for pours surfaces like grout. And don’t do it too often because it may actually wear down the enamel in your teeth over time.

Face Cleanser

Because activated charcoal absorbs bad toxins, it makes a great facial cleanser. It removes all the dirt and oils from you skin extremely well.

To make a charcoal face mask mix 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay, 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal, and 2 tablespoons of water together in a bowl. Apply the mask to you face and let it dry for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

Voila! Beautiful skin!

Treat Insect Bites

Charcoal absorbs toxins so it’s great at relieving insect bites. It’s also handy for helping with rashes from poison ivy.

Mix together some activated charcoal along with baking soda and apply it directly to the insect bite or rash.

So there you have it, some handy things you can try with activated charcoal! Please make note that I am not a doctor (nor do I play one on TV) so you should consult a medical professional before trying any of these.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of these or if you end up getting some activated charcoal. I’d love to hear your thoughts and results.