16 Activated Charcoal Hacks You Need to Start Trying ASAP

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Food isn’t the only thing that trends — ingredients do, too. Remember when everybody and their mother was obsessed with coconut oil last year — and still kind of is? Whether they were putting it in their food or on their body, it didn’t look like anybody on Pinterest could get enough.

But in 2017, it became activated charcoal’s turn. If you’re wondering what the heck that is, it’s the byproduct of burning coconut shells. It’s been used for a long time by doctors to cure poisons or stomach issues, but now it’s emerging as a popular teeth whitener, skin scrubber, and ice cream ingredient. Not sure which weird way to use it first? Take a peek at the healthy hacks we rounded up and get even more conflicted.