How to clean nails is one of the questions raised during the coronavirus pandemic. Most countries are following strict health guidelines of the World Health Organization, and its different ways and means are being applied to make sure cleanliness will be attained.
How to clean nails may be forgotten in some parts of the world because they focus on proper handwashing or using sanitizer. Obviously, when you wash your hands, you will need to make sure that your nails are clean.
Is it hard to clean our nails? The answer is no. But we need our nails to be clean. For many, cleanliness and color of your nails make an impression with people. No nail polish or nail art can be equaled on keeping your nails clean.
Nails need to be clean form grime and germs. If you want to go all-natural for your nails, prim and proper paws are what you need. Of course, the natural polish can add some twist to your clean nails.
Now, how to clean nails in ways that you can do without getting an appointment from nails spa and salon? There are straightforward yet effective ways on how to clean nails, and I am getting excited to tell you all of it!
Effective Ways on How to Clean Nails
Scrubbing the Nails
The first thing I tried the moment I want to clean my nails is scrubbing the dirt underneath my nails. A good quality nail brush can reach areas where grime and germs can build up. When cleaning your nails, you will need a well-lited room and a solution.
You can make your own solution, such as warm water and soap. If this is ready, then you can start scrubbing your nails underneath. Hold down the brush and start rubbing back and forth gently. Then you can move the brush to the front of your nails in a circular motion. Make sure you gently brush your nails. Otherwise, you will make your nails swollen. I did it once, and I make sure not to do it again.
Removing Leftover Polish
Nail polish comes in many forms. Like for instance, a regular polish, gel polish, or nail art polish. Some of these polishes cannot be removed by merely applying polish remover. But the real question is if you remove polish with polish remover, do you think there are no leftover on your nails, especially around it?
Of course, polish on your nails is not totally removed, even if you use polish remover. You will need to give your nails a break if you are applying regular polish. Give it at least a week rest after you remove the polish. Look for some nail treatment if you think your nails need to be strengthened.
Well, I got an idea since I stayed at home for a couple of months now. Undoubtedly my fingernails need some treatment. Not only from the polish but it needs for antibacterial therapy.
Soaking my nails in a bath of water and soap is not enough if I want to get out the stubborn nail under my fingernails. So I tried different solutions like a bowl of warm water with a tablespoon of bicarb soda. The baking soda will help the dirt under my nails without using any harmful chemicals. Make sure only your nails are soaked in the water of baking soda.
Rinsing and Drying
Soaking should only be maximized for 20 minutes. After that, wash your nails with hand soap and use a soft towel to dry it. If you have rest your nails for a week, then you can apply the polish you really want. Then a protective coat will do the trick to strengthen your nail polish.
Practical Tips to Clean and Whiten your Nails
I love my nails when I see it clean and whiten at the same time. There are many ways to achieve white nails and how to clean nails. However, who can do nails spa at this time of pandemic crisis? All spas are closed, so the only way to do is DIY or homemade nail-care routines that will surely give you the results you wanted. Just do not expect an outcome like a professional manicurist.
Sorting my makeup and some stuff in my hairdresser, I came up with my old and expired makeup. And I found a mascara brush and think of many ways how to use it aside after a while.
Thinking of how small the mascara wand and where I can use it, I look at my nails, and suddenly I realize I can use it to clean my nails. Mascara wand become bristles after years of using it. And this is perfect for a manicure to stay flawless.
Okay, prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? So how about wearing gloves if you are going to clean some areas in your house. But before using the gloves, turn it inside out and dust them off so you can avoid the dirt underneath your nails.
The next question is how to clean nails and whiten at the same time?
Whitening your nails is possible, like you want your teeth to get white and remove the stain you get from the food you consume. This procedure to your nails is different from cleaning underneath your fingernails.
To whiten your nails as I did in mine, it will require a little bit of effort. Say, trials, and errors are part of DIY and homemade beauty routines. Then when it comes to nails, there are several routines to whiten nails naturally.
Pure lemon juice can whiten your nails, especially areas underneath your fingernails. Soaking will do fine if you want your nails to whiten.
In a bowl, squeeze two lemons. Soak your fingertips for 10 minutes. Do not exceed 10 minutes because it can make your nails brittle. Afterward, rinse your fingertips with warm water. Dry it with a towel and apply nail cream.
Yes, baking soda is popular with homemade beauty routines as powerful ingredients. Countless beauty remedies help you achieve the results you dream about. So why not try it underneath your nails?
What I did with baking soda has remarkable results. In a mixing bowl, dissolve two tablespoons of baking soda with warm water. But make sure you will have a paste-like mixture so you can apply it under your fingernails. Leave it for at least 5 minutes and wash it off thoroughly. Make sure no residue of baking soda underneath.
There is something in toothpaste that can whiten your nails. But careful, though. It can dry your hands and cuticles.
Leave a small amount of toothpaste under your nails and set it for 3 minutes. Then rinse water and apply moisturizer after drying it. Moisturizer or nail cream can help soften your hands and cuticles from the whitening substances you will be using.
Sharing My Thoughts
These are simple tips coming from me on how to clean nails. Well, of course, sharing is caring for ladies like me who wanted to have presentable nails to the public. Ladies, especially when it comes to professionals working at the office, need to have prim and proper nails, although no nail polish used. Sometimes natural is a better trend rather than using nail polish, which does not suit in their working environment.
Indeed, the practical ways that I have shared can make a big difference in how you treat your nails. I have done it several times, and I am getting used to it, especially now that pandemic is not yet over.