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How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home

Yellow spots on toenails are very common, and although there are various causes, the most common is the use of poor quality nail polish, left on for a long time leading to the presence of fungi and an infection in the area. Fixing this problem to make your feet look natural is possible with some tricks and home remedies, so at we explain in detail how to whiten yellow toenails at home effectively.

You may also be interested in: How to Whiten Fingernails with Home Remedies

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One of the first symptoms of fungus in toenails is the change of color. If you do not usually use polishes and you've noticed that one or more nails are becoming yellow and hollow inside, then it is almost certainly a fungal infection. In our article how to treat fungal nail infections we explain how to deal with this problem.

If this is the case, you should start treatment as soon as possible to get rid of the fungus and heal your nails before the problem worsens. You can find an appropriate treatment at the pharmacy which you should apply consistently, or visit your podiatrist for a check-up.


Nail polishes used in pedicures should be properly removed every two weeks if you use low-quality nail polish, because leaving it on your nails for a long time is quite possibly the cause of the yellow spots. Do not forget that these products contain many chemicals that prevent the nail from breathing properly, so investing in quality brands and stirring them frequently is important to avoid unsightly yellow spots.

How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home - Step 2

But how do you whiten your yellow toenails? For this there are several home remedies that will help. First remove all nail polish and carefully file the base of the nail with a special polishing file which will help to remove much of the yellow layer.

Then add 2 cups of hot water, 6 heaping tablespoons of baking soda and juice from one large lemon to a container that you can put your feet in. Stick your feet in this mixture and let them soak for 5 minutes, just watch how the yellow spots are considerably reduced and may even be completely gone if they were not too intense to begin with. If they are still slightly stained, continue with this treatment daily until they look white and perfect.

How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home - Step 3

Another excellent toenail whitening remedy you can do at home is to add a cup of hydrogen peroxide and 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl, mix well and soak your feet for 5 minutes, this will effectively help reduce and eliminate yellow spots.

If your nails aren't completely white after a single application, repeat the next day.

How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home - Step 4

Do you not have any of these ingredients? Well, there are other alternatives to whiten toenails easily, one of the simplest is to soak your feet in a cup of white vinegar for 5 minutes. Repeat daily until the stains have vanished.

How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home - Step 5

Lemon juice by itself is one of the most potent natural whiteners, helping remove skin blemishes and stains on our nails. Put lemon juice in a bowl you can put your feet in and soak them for 10 minutes, if your nails still look a little stained, repeat the procedure daily until the stains are gone.

How To Whiten Yellow Toenails At Home - Step 6

Remember that if the stains do not disappear with these treatments, whether it is fungal or you also have stained fingernails without apparent cause, then it is important to visit a doctor for a check-up.

Need more advice? Check our article on home remedies for yellow nails.

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