12 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Yellow Nails Naturally At Home

Ways To Get Rid Of Yellow Nails Naturally

We all love beautifully manicured and pedicured hands and feet, but habitually lose out on taking care of our nails. Our neglect ensues the weak health of our nails, often turning it yellow and ugly. We might not even know what our nails are trying to indicate by changing its color. Here is a short account that would help you understand what your frail nails are craving and how you can bring them back to gorgeousness.

What Causes Yellow Nails

  1. Unhealthy diet often results in lack in nutrients that also brings discoloration to your nails. If your diet has deficiency in calcium and vitamins, your hair and nails will give you the first indications.
  1. Liver, kidney, and lungs diseases also result in yellowed nails. Poor hygiene and leaving the corner of the nails damp leads to fungal infections that would gradually discolor your nails.

Home Remedies for Yellow Nails

Here are a few quick and easy treatment options for discolored nails that you can try with ingredients found in your kitchen.

Get Rid of Yellow Nails

1. Lemon juice

What all you need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lukewarm water
  • A soft toothbrush

Directions:

  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl of lukewarm water.
  1. Dip your hands into this bowl for 5 to 10 minutes.
  1. With the soft toothbrush scrub off the yellowish nails.
  1. Now wash it off with plain water and follow up the process with a heavy moisturizer.

How it works: Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and can effectively clean off yellow stains from your nails. Plus, lemon juice also works as an astringent.

Tip: Use this once in every week.

Lemon juice

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

What all you need:

  • Four tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • Half cup water
  • Soft toothbrush

Directions:

  1. Mix the hydrogen peroxide with water and dip your hands for 5 minutes.
  1. Again, repeat the scrubbing process with toothbrush softly
  1. Follow up with moisturizer.

How it works: The whitening properties of Hydrogen Peroxide work wonders on yellow stained nails.

Tip: use a solution which has only 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen Peroxide

3. Whitening toothpaste

What all you need:

  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • A soft toothbrush

Directions:

  1. Squeeze out some toothpaste on your nailbeds and spread it evenly along the nail bed.
  1. After a minute rub the nails with toothbrush.
  1. End the treatment by rinsing off with water and apply some cream on the nails and fingers.

How it works: Toothpaste that can whiten your teeth is strong enough to fight the yellowness out of your nails.

Beauty Tips With Toothpaste

4. Baking soda

What all you need:

  • Half tablespoon of baking soda
  • One tablespoon of 3 percent of hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton swaps
  • Lukewarm water
  • Juice of half a lemon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients well.
  1. Soak the cotton swabs in this solution and apply it on the yellowed nails.

How it works: Exfoliating and bleaching properties in baking soda help remove the yellowness from the nails.

Tip: Try it once a week

5. Tea Tree Oil (With Lavender Oil/Olive Oil)

What all you need:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Eye dropper
  • Lukewarm water
  • Some Lavender/Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Put a drop of the oil mix on your nail bed and let it sit for a few minutes.
  1. Now with lukewarm water rinse it off and pat dry.

How it works: Tea tree oil has antiseptic and fungicide that cure if the nails have turned yellow due to fungal infections.

Tip: This can be done twice a week.

Soak nails in olive oil

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

What all you need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • A bowl of lukewarm water.

Directions:

  1. Make a solution with apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water.
  1. Soak your nails in this solution for 20 minutes.
  1. Dry your nails with a soft towel and apply some hand cream.

How it works: The acetic acid and malic acid in apple cider vinegar reduces the discoloration of nails. It also has antifungal properties that will cure the fungal infections if any.

Tip: Repeat this thrice a week.

7. Denture Cleaning Tablets

What all you need:

  • Two or three denture cleaning tablets
  • Lukewarm water

Directions: Dissolve the tablets in lukewarm water and soak your fingers in it for fifteen minutes. Pat your nails dry and moisturize.

How it works: Sodium bicarbonate and citric acid in denture cleaning tablets help remove many kinds of stains including the yellowness of nails.

Tip: Repeat this process weekly.

8. Orange Peels

What all you need:

  • Some fresh orange peels

Directions:

  1. We will tell you the easiest and yet the most effective way of doing it.
  1. Rub your yellowed nails with fresh peels of orange when you watch your favorite show on Netflix.
  1. Wash your nails after the show is over – and yeah, that’s about it.

How it works: The rich amount of vitamin C in orange peel helps take the yellow stains out from your nails.

Tip: You may do this 2 to three times a day without any side effects.

Orange Peels for Nails

9. Juniper Berries

What all you need:

  • One teaspoon of crushed juniper berries
  • One cup Lukewarm water

Directions:

  1. Add the crushed juniper berries to the cup of lukewarm water and form a thick paste.
  1. Quote your nailbeds with this paste and let it dry.
  1. Rinse off under running water.

How it works: Juniper berries are a strong disinfectant and effectively treat the discoloration of nails caused by fungal infection.

Tip: You may follow this remedy every alternative day.

10. Listerine

What all you need:

  • 100% pure Listerine.

Direction:

  1. Soak the yellowed nails in a cup of pure Listerine for 30 minutes.
  1. Pull your hand out and wash with running water.
  1. Follow up the process with moisturizer.

How it works: Listerine works effectively on discolored nails and kills any kind of fungal infections. The eucalyptol, menthol thymol and methyl salicylate in the mouthwash is rich in antifungal properties.

Tip: This can be done twice a week.

11. Glycerin

What all you need:

  • 2 tablespoon of glycerin
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Cotton swaps

Directions:

  1. Mix the glycerin with lemon juice.
  1. Soak the cotton swaps in this solution and rub your nails on it for five minutes.
  1. Wash and moisturize.

How it works: Glycerin adds the required moisturizer to your nails while the lemon juice bleaches out the yellowness.

Tip: Don’t leave lemon juice on your nails unwashed as it makes your nails brittle.

12. Other Essential Oils

What all you need:

  • One or more essential oils of your choice.
  • Cotton balls.

Directions:

  1. Mix the essential oils in a china bowl
  1. With the help of cotton balls dab it on your yellowed nails.
  1. After about 20 minutes, rinse the nails with mild hand wash.

How it works: Essential oils are rich in ayurvedic and antiseptic properties that eliminate fungus that yellows the nails.

Tip: You may use it as frequently as twice or thrice a week.

Diet for Yellow Toenails

  1. Include curd in your diet regularly if you are trying to get rid of yellow toenails resulting from some infections. The probiotics in yogurt help fight the infection casing bacteria.
  1. The well balanced diet consisting of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients that would improve your immunity and strengthen you against infections.
  1. Consumption of ginger tea along with other beneficial herbal teas would also cure fungal infections that result in discoloration of nails.

Prevention:

But as we always say prevention is better than cure, here is how you can block the yellowness of nails even before they show up.

  1. We all love to paint our nails in our favorite nail polishes, but prolonged usage of these colors yellow the nails. Try to give your nails a break once on a while from nail paints.
  1. Always use a clear base coat before applying the nail paints, and try to use formaldehyde-free nail polishes as much as possible.
  1. Drink a lot of water regularly and consume food rich in calcium.
  1. Don’t keep your nails wet for a longer time. Make sure you pat them dry after shower to prevent fungal infections.

Tips

Here are a few tips to prevent the yellowing of toenails:

  1. Wash your socks after every 3 wears
  1. Try wearing shoes made of breathable materials as much as possible.
  1. Don’t walk barefoot in public and damp areas.
  1. Sharing towels and bathmats only encourage fungal infections, so try avoiding these shares as much.
  1. Don’t ignore washing and cleaning your toenails and maintain foot hygiene. We know for a fact that many of us neglect that part of our body.
  1. Consult with your doctor as soon as your notice discoloration.
  1. Don’t cut your nails too short as it exposes the nailbed to harmful bacteria, and cut them straight across.

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2 Comments

  1. Nikita

    August 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Sometimes when I remove my nail polish, my nails become yellowish. Can you tell me the reason?

    • A. Debnath

      August 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      There are 3 possibilities for the nails to turn yellow and that could be : The formation of formaldehyde, a color reaction or a nail infection.

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