DIY Beauty:kitchen ingredients to whiten nails naturally

One of the reasons I’ve always kept my toe nails painted is they look frigging ugly without colors. Well, they’re yellowish, thanks to the extended time I’ve painted them with dark nail polishes. Anyway, I’ve long heard that using lemon juice can help to whiten them but I’ve never tried until recently.

Rubbing lemon directly on the nails
I started using an old lemon which I’ve already squeezed out and tore it apart so that I can rub the remaining of the juice on my toe nails. After rubbing for about three minutes, I noticed my nails were slightly whiter, but not as much as I wanted them to be. But the second day I tried again and the nails whitened a lot more.

Brushing with a paste of lemon juice with baking soda
A more effective method I found was to mix some lemon juice and baking soda and blend them into an abrasive paste. After which, I used an old toothbrush and coated it with the paste and started to brush my nails. The yellowish stains on my nails wore off a lot! Not completely but about 80%. Maybe it would have whitened completely if I’ve continued with it for another day or so. However, my nails felt a lot rouger because of the abrasiveness. But otherwise, it was also kind of fun doing this because the baking soda actually sizzles on contact with the lemon juice. The smell was also very refreshing!

Cheap and easy natural nail whitening method
I supposed there are other methods to whiten our nails naturally but I found this the easiest since I already have the lemon and baking soda, which are also items that are easy to obtain from the supermarket. Plus the citric acid in the lemon juice has anti-bacterial effects!



  1. jamaica says:

    i read recently that this is also the best way to whiten sweat stains on white polo shirts as using bleach on them would only darken the stains..=)

    Jamaica: Oh, that’s interesting information! I should try it sometime. In fact I’ve been using baking soda to clean the kitchen top these days.

  2. MisSmall says:

    Great tips. I’ll probably try using lemon juice first. Baking soda sounds a lil, harsh?

    And that’s an interesting point made by Jamaica. I wonder if it works. Hmm.

    MisSmall: I believe it does cos baking soda does wonders for our kitchen counter, like those hard to scrub stains. It’s like Cif but gentler.

  3. flym says:

    Was there any effects like thinning of nails? I’d like to try but my nails are not strong and they tend to peel.

    Flym: It doesn’t thin but I’m not sure with repeated use. I guess if you want to try, don’t do it too frequently if your nails are not strong.

  4. Cyndi says:

    Thanks for the tip. My nails are always yellowish too. Might try out the lemon juice first. =) What is baking soda anyway?

    Cyndi: Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which is primarily use to make the dough rise in baking. But it’s different from baking powder. A lot of people also use baking soda for scrubbing because of its effective cleaning abilities. Keep a look out at the supermarket for the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

  5. Visda says:

    I had tried rubbing milk on my nails before. It made the nails look smooth and pink. I am going to give lemon juice a try; I prefer the smell of lemon to milk. Thanks for the tip!

    Visda: You’re welcome!

  6. akiki says:

    i had been annoying with my yellowish nails for so many years but now, i have an economical way to whitened them!!!
    thx for the tip~~~

    akiki: Hope you’ll have whiter nails with these tips! ?

  7. yanju says:

    i noticed that everytime i take my multivitamins my nails always look whiter, longer and clean and pple comment on how clean they look so i noticed that my multivitamins contains biotin which i hear is fantastic for nails. i use (seven seas pure cod liver with OMEGA-3 fish oil and vitamins A,D & E plus mutivitamins)

    yanju: Yes, biotin is great for nails…skin and hair too!

  8. mag says:

    Thanks for reminding me about this. I was just looking at my nails with disdain, lol!

    mag: Mine (toenails especially) aren’t that good but you can’t tell cos I always have a coat of paint on.

  9. fwy says:

    Our office places lemon slices into jugs of water for consumption. By the end of the working day, I would pick out one small slice & rub the juice onto my finger & toe nails.

  10. mee says:

    i live in mexico at the moment, and i dont have any lemons, [they dont sell them here]
    will limes work just a good?

    Mee: I think limes should work, but I not tried them personally.

  11. Monica Mae says:

    Oh I’m lucky my nails are naturally very white, people always ask me why but I was never too sure, sounds great for my friends who cant seem to get white nails, I’ll definetely share this with them.

  12. sesame says:

    Oh your nails are the envy…I’ll say it’s due to good nutrients! ?

  13. Lenny says:

    I heard you can also use whitening paste (with high fluoride) and brush your nail with it after you take off your nail polish. I tried it, and now I have my own nail-paste and nail-brush ?

  14. Lenny says:

    Sorry, I mean whitening tooth paste

  15. Sesame says:

    Oh? Sounds interesting! ?

  16. anie says:

    I want to whiten my nails from inside..i mean from below…any tips..if ur getting me..??

  17. samane says:

    great tips #k8SjZc9Dxk_#k8SjZc9Dxk tnx

  18. Sesame says:

    Thank you! Glad you like it.

  19. bindu says:

    this remedy is very fantastic, but can you tell another tip for whiten nails

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