How to Get Nail Polish Stains Off Nails

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How to Get Nail Polish Stains Off Nails
(Maggie Hira)

Continuous application of dark-coloured nail polish can eventually cause nails to develop a dull, yellowish stain. This jaundiced stain can give nails an unhealthy and unattractive appearance. Although the stain on the nails will fade over time, there is a very simple and effective method of removing it.

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Things you need

  • Plastic bowl
  • Fresh lemon
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon into a plastic bowl. Add half a cup of water and stir to blend. Keep the spent lemon for use later on.

  2. 2

    Soak your stained nails in the lemon/water mixture for about 5 minutes. Lemon is a natural acidic lightener also used to lighten hair.

  3. 3

    Pat hands dry with a towel. Rub the spent lemon wedge from step 1 on each stained nail.

  4. 4

    Wash nails to remove lemon residue and pat dry. Apply hand lotion to moisturise your skin. Wait at least 24 hours before applying new nail polish.

  5. 5

    Repeat this stain removal process a few times until the yellowish colour is completely gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Prevent nail polish stains by always using a clear nail polish as a base coat before applying darker colours.

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