To look polished, many women opt to have acrylic nails. Acrylic nails are applied using a gel coating that dries over your regular nail; they are strong and can be hard to remove. Like your regular nails, acrylics tend to become dirty underneath. You’ll need to keep your acrylic nails clean to be sure bacteria or fungus doesn’t get under them.

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Clean the dirt from under your acrylic nails by washing your hands with antibacterial soap. Bacteria and fungus can grow under the acrylic. Be sure to dry your nails thoroughly. Moisture can not only cause the acrylic nails to lift off your own nails, but can also promote growth of bacteria or fungus. Wear gloves when engaging in activities like washing dishes.

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or nail brush on your acrylics to remove hard-to-reach dirt. Gently run the brush underneath the nails to remove dirt. Use the brush wet or dry, and scrub for only a few seconds to remove dirt. Carry a brush with you when you go out to quickly remove any dirt, food or makeup that might get under your nails.

Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, and use it to clean around your cuticles and underneath to remove dirt and any bacteria potentially growing. If the alcohol dulls the shine on your nails, apply a clear coat of nail polish in the morning.