Don’t get us wrong — we love a dark, dramatic nail polish. But, as you well know, our nails pay a price for all that colorful drama. Here are few beauty hacks you can try to brighten those stained nails right up.

Don’t get us wrong — we love a dark, dramatic nail polish. But, as you well know, our nails pay a price for all that colorful drama. When you take off that dark polish, what you get is either a dingy gray or a smoker’s-teeth yellow. Either way, bad news. Here are few beauty hacks you can try to brighten stained nails right up.

Get Ready to go to Grandma’s

We hope you live close to your grandparents because they probably have one of the most unlikely yet most effective nail-whitening agents in their cupboards: commercial denture cleaner. Yes, really. After you’ve cleared it with Grandma, pour some cleaner in a bowl and soak your nails in it for about five minutes. Your nails will emerge bright and white again.

Bust Out the Bleach

You can actually make your own nail-whitening concoction right there at home. You just need about a tablespoon of bleach and two-and-a-half tablespoons of baking soda. Mix the two until you have a paste-like consistency.

Next, rub the mixture on top of and underneath the tip of all the nails of one hand. Let it sit for about three minutes, then wash your hands in warm water. You might smell like a motel swimming pool for a bit, but your nails will be sparkling white.

Toothpaste isn’t Just for Teeth Anymore

Whitening toothpaste, especially the kind that’s actually white, can do wonders when applied to discolored nails. Take a kid’s toothbrush and scrub some whitening paste on your nails. Brands with baking soda in them will work the best. Try scrubbing each nail for one to two minutes. Repeat as necessary. Bonus — you’ll smell minty fresh the whole day!

Get Back to Basics

Once your nails are shiny white again, it’s time to focus on prevention. Nails usually yellow and discolor in the first place because you aren’t using a base coat. It adds time on to your manis, but it’s well worth it to keep your nails looking beautiful, polish or no.

Need some professional intervention for your stained nails? Our manicurists have seen it all and can help you get back your natural, bright color. Make an appointment for a manicure or pedicure today.

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