How to Whiten Yellowed Fingernails or Whiten Stained Nails

Denture Tablets

A quick and easy way to whiten yellowed nails is to drop 2 denture tablets in a bowl of water and soak nails for about five minutes.

White Vinegar
White Vinegar is also good for stained nails. Simply soak nails in a bowl of white vinegar for approximately 10 minutes.

Lemon Juice

You can use either fresh lemons or lemon juice from a bottle. Simply pour juice into a bowl and soak nails for several minutes.

Lime Juice and Table Salt

Combine one teaspoon of table salt and two teaspoons of lime juice into a bowl of warm water. Then soak nails for about 10 minutes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and rub on yellowed nails. You might have to repeat this a few times on each nail.

Whitening Pencils

If it is an emergency whitening pencils can do the trick. Most beauty supply stores and many online retailers sell whitening pencils that can be used on top of nails as well as underneath.

Apply a Clear Base Polish

To avoid yellowed nails in the future, try polishing your nails with a clear base coat of polish before applying colored polish. This will help prevent colored polish from discoloring your nails.


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