How to Use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to Clean Retainers

by Kittie McCoy ; Updated September 28, 2017

Brush your retainers clean with a simple baking soda paste.

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Retainers can become a bit grungy over time since they are exposed to any food particles or germs in your mouth. While a quick rinse might be enough to keep your retainer feeling and looking fresh most of the time, sometimes you need something a bit stronger than water. You can use Arm & Hammer baking soda to clean and deodorize your retainer safely in as little time as it takes you to brush your teeth.

Combine 2 tsp. of Arm & Hammer baking soda and 2 tsp. of water to form a paste.

Dip your damp toothbrush into the baking soda paste.

Scrub your dirty retainer with the toothbrush and baking soda paste.

Rinse your retainer under running water to remove all of the baking soda.


  • Mix 2 tsp. of Arm & Hammer baking soda into 1 cup of warm water and use this mixture to soak your retainer for about 10 to 15 minutes. The Arm & Hammer website recommends soaking your retainer after each use to keep it fresh and clean.

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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.