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How to Whiten Your Nails

Whitening Stained Nails with Toothpaste

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Dark polishes can often times leave your nails stained, looking yellow or discolored. Sure, you could just paint over your stained nails, but when you want to go polish-free or use a clear polish or french manicure, stained or yellow nails become a big problem.

There is a super easy technique you can use to get those nails white again and it takes nothing more than your whitening toothpaste. Here's how.

  • Remove All Polish: Using a nail polish remover, strip your nails of any polish, including clear polish.
  • Buff Nails: We suggest using a buffing nail file like this one to file and smooth nails.
  • Apply a coat of whitening toothpaste: Simply apply whitening toothpaste to your nails and use a nail brush, scrubbing your nail gently. For some, this will be all that is needed, but if your nails are still yellow, put another coat on and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse Nails Rinse the tooth paste off your nails and you'll instantly notice whiter nails. Reapply as many times as necessary to get the desired shade you need.

Easy as that! Espeically great when you use your 4-way buffer to create a beautiful, shiny natural nail.

Here are some more nail tips and articles that might be of interest to you.

  • Common Fingernail Problems Explained: Ridged fingernails, white spots, brittle nails - there are many different types of fingernail problems that we notice on our nails at times, but when are they a serious problem? And what can we do to fix them? We asked nail technician Hillary Fry to give us her advice.
  • 5 Nail Care Tips to Healthier Nails: Well manicured fingernails always make you look put together, but it takes a lot of work (or a lot of money!) to keep them looking perfectly manicured all of the time. Check out these easy nail care tips that don't take much work or time.
  • Help! Peeling Nails: A reader writes in: My nails are horrible! Just when I think they look good, they start peeling again. Is there any advice you can give those of us who would love to have long fingernails, but are stuck with peeling ones?
  • FAQ and Tips on Shellac Nails: Shellac is thin and strong enough to be applied similarly to nail polish, but it is cured in a way that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has the incredible shine associated only with gel nails. Once you try it, it will be hard to go back to normal nail polish. We liked it so much we bought the stuff needed to do our own Shellac at home.

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