Sunday, July 14, 2013

Whiten Those Nails

About 2 months ago I spent half a day in the front yard working on the landscape. A majority of the work I did was digging up two dead bushes and replanting new ones.  By the time I was done my "I am woman, hear me roar" mantra had turned into "I am out of shape, hear me moan." Sean T would be disappointed in me

Even after I scrubbed off several layers of dirt and skin, my fingernails were still looking pretty gross.  Over the years I've heard of a few different ways to get your fingernails white so I chose two of those and tried them out.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Nail Whitener
You Will Need:
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide

Mix the two together until you have a thick paste.  Dip your nails into the mixture and let them soak for 10 minutes.  Rinse

 I put my left hand into the bowl and wiggled my fingers around until my nails were completely covered in the mixture.  Then I kicked back and enjoyed a frustrating game of Candy Crush

 The Verdict: It worked great.  My thumb was still a bit dark but I don't think the mixture had gotten to the inside of the nail.  The down side to this was the pain from all the fresh cuts and scratches I had from working in the yard.  The mixture found it's way to each tiny wound and was not sympathetic. 

Lemon Juice Nail Whitener
You Will Need:
Lemon juice

Place your fingers in a bowl.  Pour in enough lemon juice to cover your finger nails.  Soak them for 10 minutes then rinse. 

I got my right hand situated in the lemon juice then went back to Candy Crush, determined to finish the level I was stuck on. 

The Verdict: For some reason my right hand had no little cuts, so this soak was much more enjoyable, but it didn't work well.  The stains were lighter, but still pretty noticeable. 

The Overall Verdict: Three cheers for baking soda and hydrogen peroxide!!!

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