How Do You Remove Nail Polish Stains From Fingernails?

There are several ways to remove nail polish stains from fingernails and these methods involves the use of unconventional nail cleaning agents such as lemon juice, cuticle remover, hydrogen peroxide, toothpaste and baking soda. Stains on the fingernails are oftentimes caused by the dyes in dark-colored nail polish that do not clean off completely. Using a base coat before putting on nail polish is one good way of preventing staining.

The following shows some of the methods in removing nail polish stains from fingernails.

Lemon juice

Soak stained fingernails in lemon juice for 10 to 15 minutes. This should be done daily until the stains have faded completely.

Cuticle remover

Dab cuticle remover on the stained fingernails liberally. Let it sit for a few minutes and then with a rounded cuticle pusher, gently scrape on the nail.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 1/2 parts baking soda into a paste. Apply the paste on the fingernails and leave on for 3 minutes. Rinse and repeat every 6-8 weeks.


For lighter and fresher stains, apply whitening toothpaste on the fingernails. Brush the fingernails with an old toothbrush.

Grow the nails

This may take a bit of time but growing out the nails is the safest way to get rid of stains. Refrain from using any form of nail polish on the nails until it grows out the stains.