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How to Get Rid of Nail Stains

6 tried-and-true beauty remedies suggested by experts


How to Get Rid of Nail Stains

Yellowed nails

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If your old nail polish has left your nails stained and discolored, try one of these tried-and-true methods from nail experts.

Clorox for Nails? Yep.

Get rid of yellow stains by mixing a tablespoon of Clorox in a cup of water, then scrubbing nails with an old toothbrush dipped into the mixture, recommends NYC podiatrist Suzanne Levine in InStyle Magazine.

Wash hands thoroughly afterward. We all know how much Clorox stinks.

Buff Out the Stain

Allure Magazine suggests rubbing a drop of lemon juice or lavender oil on nails and buffing out the stain. I always keep a buffer on hand because there's no better way to get gorgeous nails than to buff them.

Try a Peroxide Toothpaste

InStyle also recommends brushing away yellow stains on nails with a peroxide toothpaste. I suggest using an old toothbrush for this method as well.

A Lemon Juice Bath Might Work

Squeeze the juice of half of a lemon into a shallow bowl and soak your nails in the lemon juice for a few minutes. Follow by scrubbing nails with a baby toothbrush.

The Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

Allure's book, "Confessions of a Beauty Editor," (which was my favorite beauty book for years, although now it feels a bit dated) recommends soaking nails in a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes.

Denture Cleaners: Not Just for Your Teeth Anymore

Marie Claire's "Hair & Makeup" book, the editors suggest dropping 2 denture-cleaning tablets into a glass that's a quarter full of water. Soak nails in the solution and scrub them clean with a nail brush.

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