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How to Remove Mehndi from Nails

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. June 12, 2017
How to Remove Mehndi from Nails

Application of mehndi is an ancient ritual of making your limbs prettier and adorned. It is an indispensable part of any Indian festival, wedding or celebration. It is a belief that the darker color the mehndi leaves on a woman’s hands, the more intensely she is loved by her husband. Normally, the color of mehndi fades away on its own within a few days, but the color of mehndi does not look good on nails, as it leaves orange stains on them, leaving them unsightly. We have already told you How to remove Mehndi at home with natural products. Here at oneHOWTO, we are going to discuss about some of the ways of how to remove mehndi from nails.

  1. Use toothpaste
  2. Soak in salt water
  3. Use olive oil
  4. Use hydrogen peroxide
  5. Use baking soda and lemon juice

Use toothpaste

Although we use tooth paste every morning and evening, little do we know that it can work as an exceptionally good cleansing agent as well. It can be successfully used to remove stubborn stains from your jewelry and mehndi from your nails. Toothpaste has detergents and abrasives that can be effective in pulling out stains and lightening mehndi color from nails.

To use it to get rid of mehndi from nails, apply a small amount of toothpaste on your nails and leave for 10-15 minutes until the toothpaste dries. Then rub your nails with fingertips to remove the mehndi color.

Soak in salt water

Salt has natural properties to reduce impurities and cleanse deeply. To remove mehndi from nails using salt, pour water in a bowl and mix 2 tbsp of salt in it. Keep your nails soaked in this solution for 15-20 minutes, take out your hands and pat them dry. Rub your nails gently using your finger tips and wash with an antibacterial soap. Do this 2-3 times in a day until the mehndi color fades away completely. Salt has powerful cleansing properties that make the mehndi color diffuse in the water and gradually fade away the color. As soaking for long time may make your skin dry and shriveled, don’t forget to moisturize after the soak.

How to Remove Mehndi from Nails - Soak in salt water

Use olive oil

Olive oil can be successfully used to remove mehndi from nails without causing any after effects. For the process, you will need some a few drops of olive oil, water, cotton swabs and salt. Follow these instructions to remove mehndi from nails:

  1. First of all, you will have to prepare a mixture of salt and olive oil. For this, take some olive oil in a bowl and add 1-2 tbsp of salt in it
  2. Mix them well, dip a cotton swab in the mixture and rub gently on your nails
  3. Keep changing the cotton swab as it dries
  4. Continue rubbing until the color of mehndi fades away from your nails
  5. Now wash your hands and repeat if needed

The color may not go in the first time itself. You may need to repeat the process 3-4 times before the color completely goes off.

Use hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a benign, non-toxic solution that contains bleaching properties to remove organic stains. Easily available in the market, you can successfully use it to remove mehndi from nails. Add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl, soak a cotton ball in it and rub on your nails gently. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wash with warm water.

Again it is advisable to use moisturizer after applying this solution.

Use baking soda and lemon juice

Baking soda is an all-rounder ingredient that can remove almost all kinds of stains, and it is equally effective in removing mehndi from nails as well. You can make a mixture of baking soda and lemon, and successfully clean your nails of mehndi stains. For this, you will need baking soda, lemons, warm water, cotton swabs and loofah. Follow these instructions:

  1. First of all, take 2-3 tbsp of baking soda in a bowl, add juice of 2-3 lemons lemons in it, and mix well to make a thick paste
  2. Apply this paste on your nails using a cotton swab
  3. Leave for 10 minutes
  4. Use a loofah to exfoliate
  5. Rinse hands with warm water
How to Remove Mehndi from Nails - Use baking soda and lemon juice

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