How to Soften Toenails for Cutting

By Aletha Reil

Whether you're giving yourself an at-home pedicure or just keeping up with your personal hygiene, cutting your toenails can be difficult if they're not soft enough. This can result in broken, chipped and uneven nails. Softening your nails before cutting them is a good way to prevent problems and make sure your nails remain as healthy as possible.

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Softening your toenails before cutting them is an important step in personal hygiene.

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Step 1

Fill a bathtub or large bowl with hot water. Test the temperature by immersing your finger and then your hand into the water, making sure it won't burn your feet.

Step 2

Pour 1/8 cup of bath salts into the water and mix thoroughly to help them dissolve.

Step 3

Place your feet in the saltwater bath. There should be enough water to cover the tops of your feet.

Step 4

Remove your feet after 10 minutes of soaking and use a towel to dry them completely.

Step 5

Cut your toenails straight across and, if you want, file them down.