How to Whiten Nails Using Toothpaste

By Laurie Fanelli in Natural Products

Deep color pedicures and manicures are très chic, but they can leave your nails stained or dull. Instead of rushing back to the nail salon to cover up your tinted fingers and toes, make a stop at your medicine cabinet for a quick fix using a common product.

Wondering how to whiten nails with something at home? Look no further than the closest tube of toothpaste. Yes, toothpaste! Whitening toothpaste, when applied, can lighten and brighten your nails in just a few short minutes.

The same clinically proven natural whitening ingredients in products such as Tom's of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste can double as a treatment for surface stains on nails. The ingredient hydrated silica is often used as a whitening agent in toothpaste, and its properties can also help you get the desired whitening results on your nails.

tattooed hand with non-polished nails

Using Toothpaste on Nails

Ready to get those nails in tip-top shape? Follow these steps for fabulous, fulgent fingernails!

1. Remove Nail Polish

Take off any nail polish you might have on by using traditional nail polish remover or one of several natural ways to remove nail polish, such as vodka or hydrogen peroxide. If you want, you can also buff your nails afterward to make sure your nail beds are smooth and even.

2. Apply Whitening Toothpaste

Dab a bit of toothpaste on each of your nails and spread it evenly. Let the toothpaste sit for about 10 minutes.

3. Scrub

Use a nail brush or even an old toothbrush to really scrub that toothpaste in all the nooks and crannies of your nail beds.

4. Rinse and Repeat

Rinse off the toothpaste with warm water to reveal brighter, whiter nails. If you did not achieve your desired results on the first attempt, repeat the steps. Also, if a rogue drop of toothpaste gets on your clothes while you're cleaning your nails, don't panic! There are several natural ways, including using lemon juice or vinegar, to remove toothpaste stains from clothing.

plain toothpaste and toothbrush

Finishing Touches

Now that your naked nails are bright and beautiful, you can leave them as is, throw on some clear polish to help their natural loveliness shine, or apply any color you like! Whichever option you choose, you can feel confident about the condition of your nails—from topcoat to bottom base.

Knowing how to whiten nails with toothpaste makes nail care as easy as brushing your teeth. Now that you've nailed the brightening process, share your favorite mani-pedi secrets with us on Instagram by tagging us at @Toms_of _Maine.

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Why It's Good

Knowing how to whiten nails using toothpaste makes for a fast, easy, and inexpensive nail care routine!