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Having pedicured feet and filed toenails will help you feel confident about wearing summer sandals. Sometimes, however, toenails will become discolored and there are various reasons for this. The discoloration may simply be from nail polish, especially dark nail polishes. Another reason for yellowed or darker toenails is foot fungus. Whatever the reason, take the time to bleach your toenails back to white.

Cut one lemon into slices using a knife. Take one slice of lemon and rub it on top and underneath the toenails on one of your feet. Do the same thing on the other foot. Wash the lemon juice off of your feet with water.

Mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small glass bowl. It should look and feel like paste. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the paste onto the nails. Rinse it off with water.

Place two tablets of denture cleaner into a medium sized bowl of water. Allow the tablets to dissolve. Place your feet into the bowl and let them soak for five minutes. Wash them with warm water.

Apply whitening toothpaste to an old toothbrush. Scrub your toenails with it. Rinse your feet and toenails with water when you're done.

Wet a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide. Rub it on top and underneath your toenails. Allow it to dry. There is no need to wash it off.


If your toenails are bruised or damaged, do not attempt to bleach them white.

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Yvonne Van Damme

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.