5.24.2012

Stain Removal

After the Revlon Sheer Seafoam disaster I posted yesterday, I decided it was time to work on the staining I have on my nails.  It's not that bad, but it's enough that I notice it, and if I, heaven-forbid!, don't have polish on, I think my nails look a bit nasty.  So, after doing some research, I put together my own little stain removal routine.

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!

Before:


Baking soda paste:


And after: 

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?! =)

13 comments:

  1. Great post! I really need to try this because my nails are stained because of yellow polish and it looks horrible.

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  2. I love this post :) Thanks for the very useful info! I usually soak my nails in water with a denture cleaner tablet in it. Works pretty good.

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  3. great tips!! gonna try this out once I got the supplies :D

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    1. Hi, just wanna tell you that I just tried your recipe and it works like magic!! well, my baking soda mixture just won't turned to paste, I ended up soaking my hand in the mixture LOL nevertheless it still works!! now my natural nails are almost white again!! thank you so much!! I'll be doing this every week now, religiously!!

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    2. Oh my goodness, I am so glad it worked for you!! =) <3

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  4. I make it a habit of using Developer 10 Nail Whitener and nail brush every time I prep for a new mani. It makes it so much easier to deal with staining!

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  5. I usually buff my nails. I don't get yellowing, that is usually inside the nail, I tend to get stains from polish and buffing works great. It takes our any imperfections and then moisturize. I usually pu a little extra lotion in my nails to absorb over night. then I am good to go the next day. I may try this as well though, it seems very gentle.

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  6. wow this is awesome! I have just been wearing creme polishes lately to avoid trying to fix it haha! I will give these methods a try!

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  7. Thanks! I have some horrid stains on my nail from a Sinful polish I used, I'll have to try this out!

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  8. I'll have to try this! Thanks for the pictures. I can really tell a difference. My left hand is stained from swatching as opposed to my right hand, which looks fine, so I wonder if it's got something to do with the nail remover I use- I'll be doing some research myself. Never thought of using a toothbrush on my nails! Great post!

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  9. I see the difference! I have used toothpaste to clean my nails, but I have never tried the baking soda paste method before. I think I will now! :)

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  10. wow. really can see the difference. thanks for the recipe.

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  11. I agree. I've been trying to figure out a way to get rid of the stains on my nails for some time now. Thanks so much for the info.

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