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Ways to Get Rid of Yellow Stained Nails

Nail Polish Addicts: Make Yellow Fingernail Stains a Thing of the Past

If you paint your nails a lot, your nails will stain. The good news is, it isn't dangerous or a sign of serious health problem if it has been caused only from nail polish. If you aren't painting your nails lots but your nails are yellowing, seek medical advice as this could indicate a wider health issue. Even though yellow nails aren't typically a problem, most people don't prefer the stained look, but still want to maintain their nail obsession and have stain-free nails. Many of the suggested removal methods can be very drying for the cuticle and continued use will do more harm than having stained nails. So instead, here are 9 alternative methods for removing and preventing some of the yellow staining caused by nail polish. And remember, after using any stain removal method, moisturise those cuticles!

Base Coat

Always use a high-quality base coat. We love the Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat (£9). This is essential in preventing staining, particularly if using dark shades of polish.


An easy and natural way to get rid of stains is using a fresh lemon. Cut a lemon in half and rub into the nail for about 30 seconds, or soak nails in lemon juice, then rinse well with soap and water. Make sure there are no cuts around the nail before applying because the acid in the lemon juice could sting.


Using a toothbrush, work a whitening toothpaste into nails and rinse well. This will have the same effect it does on the teeth by whitening the nail plate. It can dry the cuticle so moisturise well after using.

Denture Cleaning Tablet

Denture cleaners work the same way as toothpaste does, but even better in my opinion. Dissolve one denture cleaning tablet into warm water, soak hands, and then scrub with a nail or a toothbrush before thoroughly washing your hands.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is mostly used as a natural remedy for nail fungus (nice) but it also works well to help lift some of the staining from the nail. Dilute with warm water first, soak nails, and lightly use a nailbrush to scrub at those stains. And while you have that bottle out, why not use incorporate ACV into the rest of your beauty routine

Lemon Juice and Bicarbonate of Soda

Mix the two together into a paste and work into the nails using a cotton bud or a toothbrush, then rinse well with warm water.


If your nails aren't too stained or you want to prevent it, using an exfoliating scrub like Prismologie - Jade & Vetiver Restorative Hand Exfoliant (£30) can help keep the yellow stains at bay.

Lavender and Olive Oil

This is a moisturiser and stain remover and will also make your nails smell dreamy. Mix olive oil with a few drops of essential lavender oil and rub into nails.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil helps fight fungus and also moisturise, making this a great solution if you suffer from dry cuticles. Leave this on as a mask for 15 - 20 minutes. It can also be applied on the hands to give the whole hands a moisturising mask. Work into the finger nails and then rinse off.

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