Turmeric is a delightful little ingredient that you probably have in your pantry right now. It’s used to make so much good food and has even been proven to be good for your health. Many take turmeric supplements in order to combat inflammation, strengthen their cardiovascular health, and empower their brains.
For the most part, people just use it for cooking, but you can see why many people convert the ground root. Still, despite the health benefits and its general deliciousness, there is a downside to turmeric: it stains. If you’re reading this, you probably already know this, and you’ve seen how impossible it is to get out that yellow color.
One of the worst things is when you get it on your nails. It almost seems like that color is never coming out, but fear not, there’s no need to cover it up with nail polish or clip the nail altogether. There are ways to combat this. I’ll show you 5 useful methods on how to get turmeric stains out of nails.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Oh, apple cider vinegar, is there anything you can’t do? That’s right, among its hundreds of other uses, apple cider vinegar can also help get turmeric stains out of your nails. How so? Well, it’s quite simple, really.
You’re going to want to get an equal ratio of apple cider vinegar and water into a bowl. Mix it up, and then dip a cotton ball in the mixture. Rub the mixture onto your nails using the cotton ball, but not too hard. You need to let the mixture work its magic. Once it’s dry, wash your nails with water. Repeat the process until the stains are completely gone.
Everyone has baking soda lying somewhere around their kitchen or laundry room. It’s classically been used to help fight stains, and the same goes for turmeric stains. Baking soda had bleaching ingredients within, making it a great tool for getting tough colors out of where they shouldn’t be. What you’re going to want to do is to mix baking soda and lukewarm water in a bowl until it’s a paste. You’re going to want to apply the paste to your nails and scrub them for about 5 minutes. Wash them afterwards, and the stains should be gone.
One thing that you really need to do before you apply the paste is to test the paste against your skin. This is because some people have sensitive skin, and we don’t want you getting a serious rash around your nails in the process.
One fix-it that you may not hear about very often is oil. Natural oils such as castor oil or coconut oil can work miracles when it comes to removing turmeric stains. Not to mention, because oils are basically 100% fat and are made up of mostly fatty acids, it helps to nourish your skin in the process.
To remove the stains, you’re going to want to take a natural oil of your choice. I always go for coconut oil, personally. Dip a cotton ball into the oil and rub it onto your stained nails in a circular motion. Once you watch your nails off with water, you should see the stains disappear from your nails like magic.
Lemon juice is the stain-fighting panacea we come back to again and again — if you want to see those stains disappear, you have to get out your lemon juice. You can do this in a couple of ways. If you have a container of lemon juice, you can just apply some to a cotton ball and start rubbing it onto your nails. You can also just cut an actual lemon in half and rub one onto your nails. Whatever you have on hand works, I suppose.
After you let the juice flow into your nails, you need to let them rest for a while. Once you rinse your nails again, the stains should be gone, but if not, you can repeat the process until you get the result you’re looking for.
Lemon and Honey
This is the lemon juice solution with a sweeter twist. Although it takes a bit longer than with regular lemon juice, I think it works a lot better, and it at least requires fewer tries when it comes to those particularly tough turmeric stains. Make sure to mix together equal amounts of lemon and honey. You aren’t going to need very much; just enough to cover your nails and that’s it. Coat your nails with the mixture and then leave them alone until the mixture has dried. Once they’ve dried, wash the mixture off with lukewarm water. You should see a fairly significant difference in your nails.
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