Pinned it…Tried it…{stained finger nails}

PicsArt_1375570158357My weekend mani’s have finally caught up with me!  Today as I was taking off last weekend’s red I noticed that it left fairly bright staining behind on my nails where it hadn’t already chipped off.

I had pinned or read some place about using whitening toothpaste to get the stains off of your nails.  However going back to my boards I couldn’t find the pin! 😦  So I decided to conduct my own experiment and it sort of works!

What You Need:

  • old toothbrush
  • whitening toothpaste
  • water


  1. Start by removing as much of the nail polish as you can with nail polish remover.
  2. Next take a small amount (half a pea sized) of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and start working it into your nail bed.
  3. I spent about a minute or two “scrubbing” each nail.
  4. Then I wiped the nail clean and since it was still stained I spread a thin amount of toothpaste onto the nail bed and let it sit.
  5. After “scrubbing” all of the nails – I came back to the nails with a layer of toothpaste and scrubbed those one more time.
  6. Turns out it did lighten the stains!

Parting thoughts: I give this a { B }

It did not remove all of the stains and I was getting tired of scrubbing so maybe it would have worked if I kept going.  This did however lighten the stain and I think it’d work if you had to change your polish to a lighter color or needed bare nails or clear coated nails for something I would definitely try it.  I had also read while looking for the original pin that some people had luck with just scrubbing the nails with hydrogen peroxide – I might try that next time.

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Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck and have a wonderful day!


4 thoughts on “Pinned it…Tried it…{stained finger nails}

    • jen says:

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Good luck getting your stains off! It can be frustrating to get rid of these stains but I love nail polish too much to take too long of a break!

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