How can I whiten my toenails?

You care for your fingernails because they are a part of your body that people see, but what about your toes? Toenail whitening may seem strange, but if you don't care for your feet, your toenails may become yellowed over time. Whitening your toenails isn't difficult. The process takes about ten to fifteen minutes from start to finish. In a few weeks, you can have toenails you aren't afraid to show off. You can whiten toenails as often as you want, but be careful not to dry out your cuticles and feet in the process.

Clean any lint and gunk from your toes and toenails first. If you have fungus on or around your toes, you should deal with that firs,t as whitening may irritate the problem. You health care provider can offer products or tips to eliminate foot fungus. Remove any nail polish on your toenails with nail polish remover.

Mix a solution of one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and two and a half tablespoons baking soda in a small plastic bowl. This should create a mixture that has a paste-like consistency.

Press some of the mixture under the tip of each nail with a cotton swab. Spread over the top of the toenails as well.

Leave the mixture on your toenails for about five to ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Pour five tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl and soak nails for two minutes in the lemon juice.

Rinse toenails with warm water and dry with a towel. Apply lotion to feet and toes to ensure they don't dry out from the peroxide and lemon juice.

Do this treatment twice a week at first, until you achieve the desired results. Once you've whitened the nails, you can do this about every six to eight weeks to maintain.


Marie Claire also recommends soaking the tips of your toenails ina commercial dental cleaner for about five minutes, if the baking soda and peroxide mixture does not work. Drugstores also stock nail whitening pencils which you can try for a quick fix, although your nails won't really be white, just temporarily brighter. No matter which process you use, toenail whitening will take some time and you won't see results overnight. You should be patient and continue the process until you achieve the whitening results you want. "Beauty"


If your toes appear irritated, become itchy, or if anything strange happens after whitening your toenails, discontinue the process and check with your health care provider. You may have a fungus or another condition that is causing this reaction.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Hand or foot lotion
  • Bowls
  • Towels
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Renee Miller began writing professionally in 2008, contributing to websites and the "Community Press" newspaper. She is co-founder of On Fiction Writing, a website for writers. Miller holds a diploma in social services from Clarke College in Belleville, Ontario.