By Christopher Godwin

Gelatin nail soak is a simple, natural remedy that will help strengthen the fingernails. Ideal for cracked and brittle nails, this nail soak can be used by anyone, and it is particularly beneficial if you work with your hands on regular basis. Many commercial products contain unnecessary or potentially dangerous preservatives and chemicals, which this homemade nail soak does not. Store the mixture in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator between uses. Unused portions can be kept for about two months.

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Step 1

Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan or tea kettle. Bring to a boil.

Step 2

Put 1/2 oz. of plain gelatin in a small mixing bowl, and pour the boiling water over the gelatin. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a disposable stirrer.

Step 3

Transfer the gelatin nail soak to a wide-mouth glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use a clean plastic funnel for this process.