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Sporting a super-cute pair of sandals with yellow toenails poking out is a less-than-sexy way to show off your feet and your new shoes. You don’t have to hide your tootsies under thick socks just because you’re embarrassed by your yellow toenail stains. Don't just sit there, do something about it! Tackle those yellow toenails head on. Before you know it, you’ll be wearing those open-toed heels or mad-comfy flip-flops every chance you get.
Take any polish off your toenails with nail polish remover and cotton balls. Think you should just leave polish on your toenails to cover the yellow? Bad decision! Wearing polish nonstop actually increases the discoloration. So, go natural and banish the polish.
Fill a shallow basin with just enough water to cover your toes. Add about one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Yep, it sounds like lemonade, but lemon is a mild bleaching agent that will brighten up those unsightly yellow toenails. Soak your toes in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove your feet and rinse your toes under warm water.
If lemon juice alone didn’t do the trick, head back to the kitchen for some baking soda. Mix a paste of three parts baking soda and one part lemon juice. Dot the mixture onto each toenail, then buff gently with a nail buffer until the stains are gone. Rinse your toenails under warm water, then dry with a towel.
If the yellow stains still aren’t budging, grab the hydrogen peroxide. Mix one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with three tablespoons of baking soda to form a paste. Scrub those stains away with the paste and a nail brush. Let the paste sit on your toenails for 10 minutes after scrubbing, then rinse your feet under warm water. Dry your toenails thoroughly with a towel.
Yellowing toenails can be a sign of a medical condition, such as a nail fungus. If you can't get rid of the yellow with home treatment, check with your doctor to rule out any underlying medical cause for your yellow toenails.