How to Treat Nail Discoloration

Dark nail polish can stain nails a dull yellow. Return nails to a healthy hue using these tips.

You will need

  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • A lemon slice
  • Baking soda
  • A nail buffer
  • Denture cleaner
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Gloves
  • Patience

Step 1 Use lemon juice Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a bowl of water; soak your fingernails and toenails in the mixture, then rinse. Or, rub a lemon slice directly onto your nails.

Step 2 Add baking soda Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the paste with a nail buffer, then rinse.

Step 3 Dissolve denture cleaner Dissolve denture cleaner in water per package directions and soak your fingernails for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Step 4 Use hydrogen peroxide Mix three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of three percent hydrogen peroxide and put the paste on your nails, then rinse.

Step 5 Drop the polish Let your nails grow out without using polish. In four to six months, the stains will have grown out.

Step 6 Wear gloves Wear gloves when working with chemicals. Medical professionals, hair stylists, and others should wear gloves to protect their nails as well as their health.