Oil Pulling Challenge – Day 5

We’re a-swishin’ and a-detoxin’ over here! Yep, that’s the Oil Pulling Challenge! Ever wanted to try oil pulling but needed some motivation? I’ve challenged my readers to a week-long oil pulling challenge to see what changes it can make in their health. Today is day 5!

Oil Pulling Challenge - Day 5 of a Week-Long Challenge to Use Oil to Detox Your Body!

If you’ve just joined us, don’t worry, you can pick it up at anytime. You can go back to the beginning and see why we’re doing this weird, crunchy thing to begin with!

My Day 5 Experience

Today was much easier than yesterday – cooking seems to be the thing that makes the time fly for me! So, I swished while I was making breakfast. My husband was home so I didn’t have to talk and the kids thought it was really funny that I was grunting and pointing, which really helped. My eczema is improving, which is awesome because I’ve been trying to get rid of it with the GAPS diet for many months and it’s never completely gone away. I need to do the intro part of the diet (still having a hard time getting up the mental energy to do it!), but in the meantime, maybe oil pulling will really help. I really looked at my teeth last night and noticed they are several shades whiter and the tartar at the bottom of my teeth is still gone (noticed it was gone yesterday).

What You Crunchies Are Sayin’

I love the comments you’ve been leaving, keep ’em coming! I share the most informative or encouraging ones each day.

An Oil Pulling Pro Shares Her Story

Reader Donna wrote this yesterday:

I did not start the challenge with you as I had already been oil-pulling for over a month. I love it! I use coconut oil and noticed my teeth were considerably whiter after a couple of times. And not the “flourescent” white you get with whitening strips. So happy to learn of this process instead :) I think my gums look pinker and the tarter build-up area at the base of my teeth looks very clean. I do my oil-pulling while in the shower so swishing time passes with a breeze. I start and then will stop new things when I feel it’s not living up to the “hype”….this is one I will NOT stop. Good luck to everyone!

Kym’s Success Story: “I feel that my teeth are much whiter and that I have more energy. I do this in the morning after breakfast, tea, and tooth brushing.”

Do You Have to Do it In the Morning?

Many have asked me when the best time of day is to do it. From what I’ve read, it’s most important to do it on an empty stomach. For most of us, that’s when you wake up in the morning. However, doing it several hours after you’ve eaten would work okay, too, I don’t think there’s a big difference. Many seem to have more success with it in the morning, which is when I try to do it. Doing it daily or several times a week is ideal to get the full benefits. I think the most important thing is the length of time and that the oil you’re using is pure. The longer you swish, the more toxins are pulled out.

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Is there a reason that you chose to NOT show my post regarding caution against letting water droplets to get into the jar to prevent growth of possibly toxic organisms?
    I don’t know why you might not want your readers to be aware of the possible danger.

    • What is this? I haven’t read anything that you’ve posted…what do we need to be aware of??

      • Jennifer says:

        Oh wow!!! I just read what you posted! Thanks for saying that. I JUST bought a huge jar of it and hope I haven’t contaminated it this morning?? Can’t remember if I did that with the spoon or not! Thanks!!!!!

        • Jennifer – I have been using coconut oil for years and have never ever had a contaminated bottle, even when I use a dirty spoon. I think the lesson to be learned is that it can certainly happen, but in Kat’s case, she was using a spoon over and over that also had water droplets on it. And it sounds like she was using the spoon that was in her mouth. So, just use a new spoon each time and you shouldn’t have any problems :).

  2. My apologies!! I thought all comments would be together. I now see that my cautionary post WAS included on your day 3 blog page.

  3. Theresa M says:

    I have done oil pulling off and on since September. Was real consistent with it for about 2 months and then the chaos of the holidays hit and the oil pulling got rather sporatic. But I am back on track now. I have seen some comments from other days about the oil “multiplying” in the mouth. This is actually your saliva that has increased and mixed with the oil. A good tip is to not put a large amount of oil in your mouth to start with because the fluids will increase when the saliva starts flowing and works with the oil in your mouth. Hope that helps!

  4. I just happened across your blog and its kind of funny bc I just started Oil Pulling myself on Friday the 7th! I love it! I have already noticed a difference in my teeth and mouth! I have the same problem with swallowing small amounts myself but Im going to try the lean forward trick next time! I find the mornings are easiest for me too and feel like its the best time bc I brush my teeth before bed and do it before I eat anything in the morning, that way I have the least amount of food particle in my mouth to get caught in the oil and be swishing that around too! lol Best of luck to you and I will kkeep checking back on the page and see how you are doing and let you know how I am doing too!!!

  5. I continue to do it in the AM, I put the coconut oil in mouth just before leaving the house to go to the gym. I set a timer on my phone and just about the time I’m pulling into the driveway to the gym the alarm goes off. I bring a plastic baggie with small amount of paper towles and a bottle of water. Spitting the oil out in the baggie and rinsing and spitting into the baggie. Works great. I haven’t noticed anything changing with my teeth, but I still think that my throat clearing has reduced to almost nothing. Which is all I care about. I will continue to Oil Pull.

  6. I can’t keep It in my mouth over about 30 seconds. would it be beneficial at all if I got a new Teaspoon of oil every few minutes? Or does it have to be the same oil that stays in your mouth for 10 minutes?

  7. Fuego Azul says:

    Uh-oh! I’ve been doing it shortly after I eat, both in the am & pm. Thanks for putting the empty stomach info in today’s post! My mouth feels so clean & my teeth feel stronger. The gums in the far back of my mouth have been sore lately (may be my wisdom teeth moving), & the oil pulling soothes them every time I do it.
    Btw, we went to the market the other day & passed by he coconut oil section. My Better Half & I noticed that ALL of the more affordable unrefined coconut oil was SOLD OUT! Lol! Good! I hope this is really catching on!

  8. I`m glad you mentioned the empty stomach thing today. On the days I work I have been doing this right before I head to bed since I am running around until then, so I suppose it might be the next best thing since it`s several hours after dinner, but maybe I will try to fit it in while I get ready for work in the mornings and see if it makes a difference. I do notice a difference in my teeth (I wasn`t sure a couple of days ago) and my mouth feels clean so I will definitely keep it up.

  9. Sarah Hayes says:

    Ok you’ve convinced me. Im doing day one right now!!

  10. After reading along with you guys on you challenge for the last few days, I’m very excited to start oil pulling.
    Unfortunately, I can’t really do it yet as I’m still recovering from the bleep bleep bleeping whooping cough. GRRR!

  11. Wanted to share with you guys…..About 2 years ago….I was an avid coconut oil puller. I also used it on my face, in the shower and took olive oil baths every Sunday. I felt good, had more energy and I think my teeth were whiter. My long hair was healthier and sometimes I even used coconut oil in my hair overnight. Also, used a teaspoon of coconut oil in my first cup of coffee every morning. Well, life got the best of me…..timing got bad and the whole oil thing went away for a while. Over the past six months – I’ve been looking in the mirror and realizing that I have dark circles under my eyes and although I am 51 years old….nobody was ever able to guess my age when I was oil pulling…..Hmmm….it hit me like a ton of bricks….duh…..”start your oils again silly”. I’m happy to report that as of day 2 – I am experiencing the strange symptoms like upset stomach and headache. BUT – this tells me that it is doing something and I know that if I “pull on” I will look and feel better in a few days….just like two years ago. So…for all of you that can’t seem to stomach it……sweethearts – it’s worth it….Give it all you got and keep “pulling”!

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