How To Remove Yellow Stain On Your Nails

how to remove yellow stains on nails
yellow stained nails

If you consider yourself to be a nail polish lover, then yellow stains on the nails are seemingly inevitable. Yellow nails aren’t nice to look at, making you more dependent on nail polish and the worst part is, if you don’t take care of them right away, they can become stubborn and sooo hard to remove.

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to tell you to quit nail polishing (honestly, who can?). Instead, we’ve collected many effective tips that can help you to deal with those ugly stains, and also whiten your nails.

Why do my nails have yellow stains?

Let’s look at what causes yellow stains on our nails in the first place. Because the top surface of the nails is constantly exposed to chemicals (yes, I’m talking about your nail polish), they are prone to becoming yellowish.

Furthermore, how many times have you neglected to apply a base coat before painting your nails? This step is critical for nail protection. Yellow nails can also indicate an underlying condition, such as impaired liver or lung function. So, if you notice your nails are yellow, thickened, and curved, consult your doctor.

How to get rid of yellow stain on your nail

Prepare your nails before you paint them

Prepare your nails before you paint them

What exactly did we say? It is critical to protect your nails before beginning the painting process. A good base coat not only acts as a barrier between your nails and the chemicals, allowing the paint to last longer and be more vibrant, but it also provides moisture and beneficial nutrients to keep your nails strong.

It’s also critical to consider the dye content of your polish. While all shades, brands, and formulas can stain your nails, darker hues such as purples, blues, deep reds, and black are more likely to do so.

Soak your hands in this mixture to remove stains

soaking hands in the water bowl
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 3-4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and a half-cup warm water, stirring well.
  2. Get comfortable, watch some of your favorite shows or videos on YouTube, and soak your nails for two minutes.
  3. Gently scrub and buff the surface of your nails with a soft, clean toothbrush, re-dipping the brush in the bowl.
  4. Rinse your hands, apply lotion, and your nails should be as clean as hell (or, at the very least, well on their way).

It’s best to repeat this process two to three times per week for best results, especially if you like black polish and no base coats.

Best remedies to get rid of yellow spots at home

1. Use denture cleaner

You can remove the stain from your nails by soaking them in denture cleaner. Dilute sodium hypochlorite, a mild bleach, is the main ingredient in denture cleaners. As the active ingredient in the denture cleanser can remove stains from any hard surface, it works on the stain.

To use denture cleaner, dissolve a denture cleaner tablet in a dish of warm water. Soak your hands in the liquid for five minutes after the tablet has been completely dissolved. After that, rinse your hands with warm water and pat them dry with a clean towel. To see an improvement in the appearance of your nails, repeat this process a couple of times per week.

2. Use lemon juice and soapy water

lemon juice and soapy water

To remove the spot, make a solution of lemon juice and soapy water. Both are easily accessible in your kitchen cabinet.When you use this solution, the acidic properties of lemon juice dissolve all the spot particles from your nails, and the soap water makes the process even easier.

Pour two tablespoons of liquid soap and one-fourth cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice into one cup of water to make this solution. Soak your nails for about five minutes in this solution. Wash and moisturize your hands under running water.

3. Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Make a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda soak. The mixture will act as an effective stain remover. In a small plastic bowl, combine one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon baking soda with 125 mL hot water.

Dip your nails into the solution for up to 10 minutes after stirring it with a spoon until the powder dissolves. Then, wash your hands with soap and moisturize them thoroughly with cream, as hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on your skin and strip the moisture away.

4. Use baking soda paste

baking soda paste

In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and 2 1/2 tablespoons baking soda to make a paste. Stir the two ingredients together, then apply it to your nails and under the tips of your nails with a cotton swab.

Allow this mixture to sit for three minutes before rinsing it with warm water. To see noticeable results, repeat this method every six weeks. You can also use whitening toothpaste instead of baking soda paste.

5. Use white vinegar

Because colored vinegar can stain your nails, use white vinegar instead to remove the stains. The vinegar’s mild acid will dissolve stain particles on hard surfaces. To remove the stain with white vinegar, combine one teaspoon and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar in one cup of warm water.

Soak your nails for about eight minutes before rinsing them with lukewarm water. Apply a dollop of moisturizing cream or lotion to your hands after patting them dry with a clean towel.

6. Rub lemon juice

The acidic lemon juice will effectively remove nail stains. Simply rub the flesh of a leftover lemon directly on your nails for 30 to 60 seconds.

Alternatively, soak a cotton swab in lemon juice and rub it over your nails. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. After this, make sure to moisturize your hands.

7. Use lemon salt scrub

lemon scrub

Another effective home remedy is the use of lemon and salt. The lemon will work on the stains, and the salt will act as a gentle buffer, buffing away the stain while also polishing your nails.

To make lemon and salt scrub, mix equal parts lemon juice and salt and scrub it on your nails. Allow for five minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. After that, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to your hands.

8. Use lemon juice and baking soda paste

  • In a mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 to 3 tablespoons baking soda.
  • Apply the paste to your nails and underneath each nail with a cotton swab.
  • Wash it off with soap and water after about 15 minutes.

9. Scrub your nails

If your nails become stained after using dark colored nail polish, use a nail polish remover to remove the stain. Then, using a nail scrub brush, exfoliate the stains off your nails. You can also scrub your nails with an acetone-soaked cotton pad. However, this will only work if your nails are stained by dark nail polish.

10. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has numerous health, skin, and hair benefits due to its acetic and malic acid content. Not only does apple cider vinegar help to strengthen the immune system, aid digestion, and aid in weight loss, but it is also a very effective discoloration lightener and stain remover.

Simply mix apple cider vinegar with water and store it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture all over your nails before bedtime, massage gently, and leave it on overnight.


Just because having yellow stained nails is a common thing of being a nail art lover, doesn’t mean we should ignore them and let them affect our nail’s natural beauty. 

Above are some useful remedies for you to get rid of yellow discoloration. Remember, everyone is different, so stop using if you notice any irritation or side effects. Consider seeing your doctor when doubting if there is any underlying internal disease.

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