A Nail Artist Shared The Most Genius Hack For Removing Stubborn Polish Stains

mbg Associate Editor By Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Editor
Jamie Schneider is the Associate Editor at mindbodygreen, covering beauty and health. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
A Nail Artist Shared The Most Genius Hack For Removing Stubborn Polish Stains
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Spring polish isn't all sunny pastels—a grassy-green or teal-colored lacquer can provide a similar mood boost for the warmer season. If you've ever donned a bright, bold hue, you likely know it's not so easy to remove the pigment in one swipe—sometimes, days after erasing the mani, you might look down and notice your digits tinged a cool blue. 

Enter, this genius tip from editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein. As she shared in a recent Instagram video, you don't need to drench your tips in remover to rock a truly bare nail. All you need is a whitening toothpaste. 

A genius trick to remove polish stains. 

"Green and blue polishes are gorgeous, but [more] often than not, they leave a stain on your nails," Goldstein writes in the caption. That's why she squeezes some whitening toothpaste on each nail and rubs the goop in with a damp cotton pad. 

"Rub the nails until you see no more stain," she continues. After a few minutes, the polish should lift right off—that's because most toothpastes contain ethyl acetate, a solvent that can effectively break down the varnish (and it's also conveniently found in most polish removers).

And because Goldstein uses a teeth-whitening option with added brighteners (she uses this Arm & Hammer tube), that could help further fade some of the stains left on the nail plate. For a sulfate- and fluoride-free dupe, check out this whitening option from Hello, or consult our full list of natural toothpastes

Overall, it seems like a sound hack, as long as you don't mind gooey fingertips. Another note: You might want to work quickly, as toothpaste can easily dry up into a cement-like paste after a few minutes. If you're not too fond of toothpaste, other DIY polish removers may work just as well, like this natural vinegar/orange-juice soak. And once your nail plate is scrubbed clean? "Rinse, dry, and moisturize," Goldstein reminds. 


The takeaway. 

With spring comes a change of color palette—which may include some bright polishes. If your remover doesn't cut it, give Goldstein's hack a try. Just don't forget to moisturize those tips with cuticle oil or hand cream; toothpaste, no matter how natural, can dry out the surrounding skin.

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