How to remove nicotine stains from nails

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How to remove nicotine stains from nails
Get rid of nicotine stains with limes. (lemon tree and lemons image by Sid Viswakumar from

As a smoker holds a cigarette, the nicotine from that cigarette transfers onto the fingertips and fingernails, leaving nails with a yellow, dingy appearance. The obvious solution would be to simply stop smoking, which would eliminate the problem altogether. Nicotine addictions, however, are a very hard habit to break, leaving smokers in need of an alternative solution to remove the nicotine stains from their fingernails.

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Things you need

  • Lime or lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Bowl
  • Cigarette filter attachment, optional

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  1. 1

    Pour enough lime juice into a bowl to submerge all of your fingertips.

  2. 2

    Soak your fingers in the juice for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 tsp of sugar onto your fingertips, and scrub into the fingertips. Repeat the soak and scrub procedure until all stains are removed.

  4. 4

    Rinse hands thoroughly with warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a cigarette filter attachment to prevent nicotine from transferring onto your fingers while smoking.

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