A toenail softener is a solution that softens hard toenails to enable easier clipping. The solution is placed on the nail and takes about 10 minutes to work, after which the nail is generally soft enough to cut with traditional toenail clippers.
The solution also makes it more comfortable to clip toenails and helps to prevent toenails from becoming ingrown. In order for a toenail softener solution to be effective the toenails should be cleaned and left to dry for about 10 minutes before clipping. Toenail softener solution is found in many beauty stores and pharmacies, and it is sold over-the-counter and online.