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Natural Ways to Whiten Underneath Nails

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author image Stephanie Crumley Hill
Stephanie Crumley Hill is a childbirth educator who for more than 20 years has written professionally about pregnancy, family and a variety of health and medical topics. A former print magazine editor, her insurance articles for “Resource” magazine garnered numerous awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia.
Natural Ways to Whiten Underneath Nails
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Overview

White nail tips look youthful and healthy, but many of the things we touch every day stain and dirty our fingernails. When cleaning with a nail brush alone is not enough to produce the results you want, use commonly available ingredients to whiten underneath your nails. Most methods of nail whitening require several uses to produce results and regular use to maintain results. Follow natural whitening methods with hand lotion to avoid any dryness.

Hydrogen Peroxide

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"Marie Claire" magazine reports that “Beautiful Hands and Nails Naturally” author Fran Manos recommends using a paste made from 1 part 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, available at most pharmacies, and 2 1/2 parts baking soda. Apply the paste under the nails and rinse after three minutes.

Lemon Juice

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Soaking your nails in lemon juice can whiten them. Pour lemon juice in a small dish, or just apply lemons to your fingers. You can also use a paste made from baking soda and lemon juice to whiten nails. Allow the lemon juice to soak into your nails for several minutes before rinsing and drying your hands.

Toothpaste

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Toothpastes typically contain gentle abrasives to help remove surface stains on your teeth. Those same gentle abrasives can help remove surface stains on your nails. Use a separate toothbrush for your nails and brush gently to avoid irritating your skin.

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