How to Easily Whiten Your Nails

Dark colored polishes can leave your nails stained, looking yellow or discolored. Because you cannot keep them polished forever, and if you want to use a clear polish or French manicure, yellow nails can become a big problem.

Discolored nails probably aren’t the look you’re going for, so you likely want to whiten them fast. Things like nail polish, cleaning products, and smoke can take a toll on your nails, leaving them yellow and blotchy. Fortunately, you can get your nails white again by soaking or scrubbing them with a few common household products. Additionally, you can get and keep your nails white by changing your manicure habits.

Whitening Toothpaste

Using toothpaste to whiten your nails is easy and it works. With a baby toothbrush apply a small amount of toothpaste on your nails and scrub for 1-2 minutes. Depending on how stained and yellow your nails are, you may need to repeat this technique for a several times. It is best to use white colored toothpaste works and also you can add some baking soda for better results.

Lemon Juice & Baking Soda

In a plastic bowl, add fresh squeezed lemon and then add baking soda. Blend the mixture until you get a nice harsh paste-like texture. Use an old toothbrush to scrub your nails with this mixture for about 2-3 minutes, and then wash your nails. If needed repeat the techniques once again. Be very careful if you have any small cuts near your nails, because lemon may irritate your skin and cause pain.

3% Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda

Mix small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until you’ve got a paste-like texture. Cover your nails with this mixture and leave it on for about 3 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Commercial Denture Cleaner

Dissolve a few cleansing tablets in warm water, and soak your nails in it for about 5 minutes. You will definitely be amazed by the results.

Nail Whitening Pencil

Apply nail whitening pencil under the tips of your nails to make them look healthier. It looks almost like a french manicure, even more natural.

Base Coat

Prevent your nails from getting stained or yellow in the first place by using a base coat, before to apply a colored nail polish.

Remember, that most of these techniques to whiten your nails can dry your hands out, so apply a good moisturizing hand cream, once you’re finished.

Pour hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, lemon juice, or denture cleaner into a bowl

There are several household products that can safely whiten your nails. Choose the option that works best for you, then add it to a clean glass or plastic bowl. Use 1 of the following:

  • Stir 3 to 4 US tbsp (44 to 59 mL) of hydrogen peroxide into .5 c (120 mL) of water.
  • Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons into a bowl.
  • Pour about .5 c (120 mL) of denture cleaner into a bowl for soaking.
  • Measure about .5 c (120 mL) of white vinegar into a bowl.

Soak your nails for up to 10 minutes to bleach them

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Then, dip your nails into the bowl and submerge your fingertips. Relax as your nails soak in the whitening solution.

  • If you’re using hydrogen peroxide, you may see results after just 2 minutes.
  • If your fingers start to feel irritated, remove them immediately.

Rinse your nails off in warm water to remove the solution

After soaking your nails, wash your hands using mild soap and warm water. This will remove the whitening solution . Check your nails to see if they look white.

  • If you’re not happy with the results, you can try another whitening treatment. However, it’s best to wait at least a day before you do so because your skin might get irritated.

Soak your nails 2-3 times per week until they’re white

Sometimes deep set stains are hard to remove, so you might need to do several whitening treatments. For best results, repeat your treatments 2-3 times a week to get your nails white without damaging your skin.

  • If you have an event coming up, you might be able to use whitening treatments every day for up to 3 days. However, this can dry out the skin on your fingertips and may cause redness and irritation.

Apply a whitening toothpaste to your nails and let it sit for 10 minutes

Coat your nails with toothpaste, then set a timer for 10 minutes. Next, use a nail brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the toothpaste into your nails for 1-2 minutes. Then, rinse your hands in warm water until all of the toothpaste is removed.

  • It’s best to use a whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
  • Your nails may be white after 1 treatment. If they aren’t, you can repeat this treatment once or twice a week until your nails are totally white.

Make a baking soda paste and let it sit on your nails for 30 minutes

Mix equal parts baking soda and warm water to create a paste. Then, dip a nail brush or toothbrush into the paste and scrub it onto your fingernails. Let the paste sit for 30 minutes to treat your nails. Then, rinse it off using warm water and mild soap.

  • You can make your paste thicker by using less water. This could help it stay on your nails better.

Scrub a baking soda-lemon juice paste onto your nails and wait 10 minutes

Mix 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of lemon juice with 2 to 3 Tbsp (30 to 45 ml) of baking soda to create a paste. Then, apply the paste to the top of your nails and underneath the tips using a cotton swab. Let the paste sit on your nails for 10-15 minutes, then wash your hands with soap and warm water.

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