Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cleaning Stained Nails

So I used some blue nail polish that I don't even remember and ended up with Smurf nails. And hands! Yikes! I tried some things to remove the stains from my nails. I documented the before and after for each process to see how well it worked. You can click the picture to make it larger.

  • Soap, warm water, and a little scrubbing seemed to help a lot! The pig is my vegetable brush :P. I really need to invest in a proper nail brush, but it works in a pinch.
  • The lemon juice soak (3 minutes) didn't seem to do much honestly, when you look at the pictures.
  • The whitening toothpaste helped a lot! I just used an old toothbrush I don't use anymore on my with the toothpaste and did it once or twice.  
  • Buffing definitely helps, but you shouldn't do it too often. Some people have really thin nails and say that buffing at all causes too much damage. Just buff lightly! I'd rather keep my nails in good condition and have them look nice with polish on than buff the stains off but have unhealthy thin nails. 
  • The cuticle oil was just for good measure and so you can see the final result. There is a teeny bit of blue here and there, but it's 293847234x better than the beginning!
When it's all said and done, I would do soap/water/scrubbing, then whitening toothpaste, then buffing if I had to. Scrub and buff gently though! My cuticles weren't too happy with me, but they were really stained too. Skip the lemon juice all together. I didn't even try baking soda because I figured that was the whole point of using the toothpaste (it has baking soda in it usually).

How do you get stains out of your nails?


  1. I've been wondering about this the past couple of days. I'll definitely try out the toothpast and soap scrubbing :) Thanks for the helpful post Megan!

  2. The toothpaste is a good idea! Since I use the foil method/ rubber tips to remove my reds and blues, I rarely get stained skin. But the toothpaste to remove the stains from my nails, is a winner! Thanks :)

  3. I'll have to try the toothpaste for sure! I hope I never come across the blue polish that you used lol. Thanks!

  4. Eeegads! What blue nail polish was this? I'm willing to do things to take care of my nails and skin but I'd rather not deal with that to begin with.

    And yes, your lovely nails do look a beeeeeeliontytrillion times better at the end.

  5. I use either Orange Soap, the soap you get at automotive places that you scrub in the granules on dry hands and then rinse...its super good at removing stains and its kind of like getting a sugar scrub at the same time! Or, I mix some food grade hydrogen peroxide with water, 1/10 and soak for a few mins. Then a good scrub with an old tooth brush.

  6. oh i love when this happens ;)
    but you manage it quite well :D

  7. Great Post!! Very helpful!
    I use the toothpast/cuticle option! always works for me!! :D

  8. The last photo looks really good! Saving this in case I need it in the future - thanks! :)


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