The common effervescent tablets used to clean retainers, like Polident and Efferdent contain a known allergen called persulfate. Persulfate residue can stick to your retainer and cause allergic reactions. You’ll be making a better choice for your health and will extend the life of your retainer when you opt out of using harsh chemicals.
- 2 tablespoons White Vinegar
- 3/4 cup warm (not boiling) Distilled Water
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- Mix together the vinegar and the water in a bowl
- Add baking soda
- Soak for 10-15 minutes and then rinse the retainer to remove any tartar that has accumulated. You don’t need to soak it very long, so don’t use this cleaner overnight.
- Rinse with cool water. To extend the life of your retainer, let it soak in distilled water if you aren’t planning on using it right away.
Add the baking soda after you’ve mixed the water and vinegar together. Adding baking soda to straight vinegar will create a mini volcano. Never use boiling or really hot water to clean your retainer as the high temperature can melt the plastic and deform it, resulting in an improper fit.
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