Pitting or handling those fresh cherries seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you must deal with cherry-stained fingernails. Many people turn to rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to eliminate cherry stains on their nails. However, rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide do not always work. Instead, create a paste and let your fingers soak. With the use of a paste, you not only eliminate those unsightly cherry stains, but you also give yourself a manicure in the process.

Things You'll Need

Slice a lemon into six wedges.

Squeeze three lemon wedges into a small plastic container. Add baking soda to the container. Use enough baking soda to make a thick paste. Squeeze an unused lemon wedge over your fingernails.

Dip your toothbrush in the container. Get an ample amount of paste on the toothbrush. Brush the tops of your nails with the brush. Scrub the sides of each nail and the cuticles. Run a few bristles of the brush underneath each nail as well.

Let the paste sit on the fingernails for up to 10 minutes.

Scrub the nails once more with the toothbrush.

Wash the paste off your fingernails with warm water and moisturizing hand soap.


  • Moisturize your hands with lotion after using the paste. This keeps your hands from drying out due to the acidity of the lemons.

  • For deeply stained nails, gently buff with a nail buffer. Scrub and soak the nails with the paste after buffering.

  • Instead of using a paste, rub your nails with lemon wedges. After rubbing the nails with the lemon wedge, scrub with the toothbrush; let the juice set and scrub once more. Finish by rinsing your hands with warm water and moisturizing soap.