How to Brighten Toenails


Toenails sometimes lose their luster. Rather than covering up the yellowed nail with colored polish, whiten the surface. Stains from spills or sweat can turn the nails yellow. Various products are available to remove the stains without harming the nail or the skin around it. White, clean toenails not only look more appealing, but also do not need polish or embellishments. Show off your whitened toenails by wearing sandals or open-toed shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • 1-gallon shallow bowl
  • Epsom salt
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Baking soda
  • Nail brush
  • Cut a lemon in half, and then cut off a slice. Rub the pulpy part of the lemon slice over your toenails for 30 seconds. Rinse the lemon juice and pulp off the toenails with warm water.

  • Fill a 1-gallon bowl or container halfway with hot water (but not too hot to touch). Pour in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Mix the salt and water for one minute with spoon. Soak your toes, or entire foot, in the water for 30 minutes. Remove your feet and rinse with cool water.

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water. Stir the two ingredients together to make a paste. Spread the paste over the toenails with your fingers. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub the toenails with a nail brush, then rinse clean.

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