How to make your nail tips whiter

Updated February 21, 2017

Groomed fingernails are key to a polished look. If you wear nail polish often, the tips of the nails can turn yellow. That is never an aesthetically pleasing look. Instead of just painting over the nails to hide the stained tips, learn how to make your nail tips whiter. There are easy and budget-friendly options for whitening fingernails -- and toenails -- at home. The effort it takes to whiten them is well worth it when showing off your beautiful hands.

Mix together 2 1/2 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide in a plastic bowl. Dip a cotton swab into the paste and press it on top of the nails and underneath each fingernail. Concentrate on the nail tips. Leave it on for two to three minutes and rinse it off.

Fill a small bowl with water. Put two tablets of denture cleaner into it and allow them to dissolve. Place your nails into the water and soak them for five minutes.

Rub a small slice of lemon on your nail tips. Start on top of the nails and then underneath the nail tips.

Fill a small bowl with water. Put two to three lemon slices into the water. Wait five minutes and then soak nails in the lemon water for five minutes.


Avoid wearing dark nail polish, which causes staining.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton swabs
  • 2 denture cleaner tablets
  • Lemon slices
  • 2 denture cleaner tablets
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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.