How to Whiten Yellow Stained Nails


What you’ll need: Lemon, Baking Soda, Small bowl and Washcloth

Nail polish lovers, we all have this problem. Whether you forgot to put a base coat on or you just wear nail polish everyday, yellow stained nails are the worst. I aim for my nails to look healthy with or without nail polish. Hopefully this method works in order to lighten up stained nails. Let’s begin!

Here’s how to make the paste:

You’ll need baking soda and fresh lemon/lemon juice. In a bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a about 5-10 drops of  lemon juice. There will be a fun bubbly reaction. Mix and this should form a paste.

Here’s how to use the paste:

Make sure you have no cuts around on your fingers and nails because the lemon will sting like no other. You’re going to apply this paste directly onto to your nails for 10 minutes. Afterwards, massage the mixture into your nail beds. Then, take a washcloth to rub off the paste. Wash your hands, apply cuticle/hand cream, and you’re done!


You should be left with healthier looking nails. The yellow tinge may not go away completely, but it should noticeably lighten up. Let me know if you try this on your nails!

27 thoughts on “How to Whiten Yellow Stained Nails

  1. This is an issue for all of us heavy nail polishes wearer! I have a similar remedy, but unlike you I use peroxide and baking soda or water and white wine vinegar. πŸ˜‰


  2. Your nails are so nice! I must say I’ve never actually encountered this problem (I’m not a very big nail polish wearer to be honest!), however if I do I will remember to turn to this post! Thanks for sharing XD


  3. I’m with fivezero – just slap on another coat of nail polish and look ma, no more stained nails! My nails don’t get too stained because I mostly wear light / neutral shades and always a base coat. If they do get stained, I use peroxide to help reduce the discolouration. Not a big deal since my nails are 99% covered with nail polish. πŸ˜€

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  4. I need to keep this in mind!! I’ve been pretty lucky lately – the nailtiques is keeping my nails stain free, but in the past I always did the fivezero method with packing on the paint! LOL!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing this Joy. I tend to get yellow nails when wearing nail polish pretty much all the time D: which I learned my lesson! Haha.


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