1. I gave my nails a good rub down with pure acetone. It removes stains better than non-acetone remover. I always wash my hands with soap and water to get the excess solvent off of my nails and skin, and I have never had an issue with over-drying.
2. Using a toothbrush that I only use for this purpose, I gave my nails a nice scrub with whitening toothpaste. Rinse.
3. I mixed together a little bit of baking soda, water and lemon juice and smooshed it up into a paste, which I applied to my nails for five minutes (see photo below). Rinse.
4. To finish it off and zap those stains, I soaked my nails in a lemon juice and water soak for ten minutes. Rinse.
5. Moisturize! Moisturize!
Baking soda paste:
While I still see some staining in the after picture, in real life there was a significant difference between the before and after. The harshness of the stains was toned down, and I think they are now to the point that they will not show through sheer polishes. I think this will become a part of my regular nail routine! What are your secrets for removing stains from your nails?! =)