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DIY Fixes for Yellowed & Stained Nails

By April 22, 2013Beauty, Home, Nail Care

One of the pitfalls to polishing your nails is the dreadful yellow staining. DUN DUN DUN… But, have no fear! Removing and preventing your nails from staining is super easy and cheap!

nail stains

Here are some fantastic options:

1) Lemon Juice

Soak your nails in lemon juice! Add warm water to a bowl and squirt in some fresh lemon juice. You can dilute the lemon juice with the water or you can just soak your nails in the lemon juice! I typically soak for about 5-10 minutes depending on how distracted I get.

lemon soak

But wait!! Don’t throw away that lemon squeeze! After the soak I rub the lemon squeeze over my nails for added stain removing benefits! Don’t be discouraged if you only see a small difference! Feel free to repeat if your nails are heavily stained.

2) White Vinegar

Another option is using white vinegar as your soak. You may need to wash your hands or feet a few times to get rid of the vinegar smell, but it will fade eventually! I mix equal parts warm water and vinegar and soak for about 10 minutes.

3) Baking Soda

I absolutely love using baking soda as a stain remover. Baking soda removes stains and exfoliates your cuticles! To make the paste, I mix enough water and baking to create a  paste. The mixture can be any consistency. We just need the water to help the baking soda stick to the nails. I let the paste sit on my nails for about 10 minutes (enough time for a cat-nap??) then rinse with warm water.

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4) Nail Buff

This method goes great coupled with one of the above soaks. After I finish soaking my nails in lemon juice, I buff (ever-so-gently) the top layer of my nail. This helps remove a small amount of the stained area. Be careful not to buff too hard or too long! Doing so will make your nails thin and brittle.

nail buff

5) Base Coat

When I don’t use a base coat I feel like a criminal! I love dark polishes so I always make sure I have a good base coat to act as a shield against staining. My favorite is Sally Hansen Triple Strong Advanced Gel Nail Fortifier. After 2 coats, my nails feel stronger and are not yellowed by the time I remove my polish a week later!

6) Go Bare

Going without nail polish for a few days allows the stains to fade naturally. Give your nails a week or so to be natural or try just using a good clear coat. My favorite clear coat is Seche Natural Matte Nail Treatment.

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This polish is only slightly matte and leaves a really nice natural finish. Plus, it has protein to strengthen nails! I prefer to use this polish only when I am not adding any color on top because it may not be heavy enough to protect against staining.

nails before and after

Here are my nails before and after using the lemon juice, baking soda, and applying a the Seche clear coat. I soaked my nails in lemon juice then applied the baking soda. I applied the clear coat after letting my bare nails breathe for 2 full days. 🙂

*If these methods do not work for you, please consult your doctor because nail yellowing may signify another medical issue.

What do you guys do to remove and prevent nail stains? Have any favorite products?

Peace, Love & Coconuts

– Zeena

Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • I brush my nails with a whitening tooth paste, it works really well on my nails!

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Oo! That’s a great idea! Never thought to try this! I wonder if there are any good naturally based whitening toothpastes that would have a similar effect..

  • Sue says:

    You should be a hand model!

  • Kitty says:

    I personally like to use lemon juice like a tea spoon of it and 2 tea spoons of baking soda and add more until I have enough for my nails but never add more lemon juice then you have baking soda it won’t be paste any more it will be soup.

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Hi Kitty! Making a paste from baking soda and lemon juice is definitely a great easy and inexpensive way to remove yellow stains from our nails! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Babyluv says:

    Hi,I have weak and abit clear nails that I have to put white tips to make it look good. If I try the lemon n baking soda for the dark nail polish stains, will it make my nails more weak?or what can I do to strengthen them without expensive products?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Great question. 🙂 The lemon juice can actually work to make your nails stronger, but you can also try soaking your nails in tea tree oil as a way to remove stains. To strengthen your nails from the inside out, we suggest taking an Omega 3 supplement and multi-vitamin daily and eating lots of protein along with sulfur-rich foods such as broccoli, onions, and garlic. Soaking your nails in olive oil and giving your nails a break from nail polish are some other cheap options that can help with brittle nails. Hope this helps!

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