The Dark Side: Avoid Staining Your Nails

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If you remove your polish and see that the color has stained the nail, there are a few things you can do. If there's just a spot or two of leftover color on the nail bed, then a drop of lemon or lavender essential oil dropped onto the spot and buffed out can help. Another solution is to take an unused toothbrush or small nail brush and dab a dot of peroxide toothpaste on - scrub out the stain gently. When removing polish, try applying a non-quick-drying topcoat before nail polish removal. Do not allow to dry - simply swipe off with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. Swipe in one direction, from cuticle to tip. And if the nail is stained, then try mixing a tablespoon of Clorox in a cup of warm water and soaking only the tips of the fingers for 2-3 minutes. Another gentler alternative is to halve a lemon, squeeze out a bit of juice and place fingers in the lemon half for just a few minutes. Follow either treatment with a good scrub with a nail brush.