How to Clean White Acrylic Nails

Having dainty white nails is perfect if you want to look professional and always chic! However, choosing to have white nail polish can be a bit of a hassle to maintain since they tend to turn yellowish. They are also very prone to stains, especially the acrylic ones. 

Luckily,  there are a lot of ways to clean your acrylic nails even at the comfort of your own homes. We will be saving you from an expensive trip to the salon because we got easy tips to help you clean your elegant white acrylic nails!

Why are my white acrylic nails turning yellow?

Acrylic nails are naturally porous, that’s why they are more prone to soaking up liquid and chemicals that make it turn yellowish. Currently, there are no specific reasons as to why acrylic nails turn yellow, but it is mostly because of the exposure to UV rays and harsh chemicals. 

If you used low quality gel products, then your pretty white nails would have a high probability of getting stained. So, to prevent this from happening, it is highly advisable to use high quality and original acrylic nails. 

Lastly, if you love cooking and you have white acrylic nails, then you are most likely to have your nails stained. 

How to Clean White Acrylic Nails

Here are the proven steps on how to effectively clean your acrylic white nails:

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Lemon Juice

The cheapest option that we have right now is using lemon juice. Even though this is an affordable option, it surely is very effective! The juice from the lemon dissolves the stubborn stains on your nails and makes them brighter and lighter.

Here are the steps on how to use lemon juice to clean your white acrylic nails:

Step 1: Get a lemon and squeeze its juice in a bowl.

Step 2: Use a cotton bud to absorb the lemon juice and allow the juice to soak for 10 seconds.

Step 3: Wipe the soaked up cotton bud on your stained nails  and leave them on for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4: Dry your nails using a clean washcloth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Using hydrogen peroxide on your stained nails is also a very effective procedure to do. It is known to be a whitening agent that can also be used as a safe lightening product for your stained nails. 

If you’re planning to use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning your acrylic nails, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Get 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and mix it with 100 mL of hot water.

Step 2: Once the water gets tolerable in terms of heat, you can now submerge your nails into the bowl.

Step 3: Soak your nails for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Wash your hands with some soap and warm water.

Step 5: Use a moisturizer after washing your hands since hydrogen peroxide can tend to dehydrate your skin. 

Essential Oils

Did you know that essential oils are also effective in removing stains even on your pretty white acrylic nails? You can use tea tree essential oil for removing tough stains on your white acrylic nails. 

However, I want to let you know that using this method might take more time than using hydrogen peroxide or other chemical stain removers. But, you are assured that this method is one of the most natural ways to clean off your stained nails.

It is also a great way to prevent your nails from turning yellowish and you can even try to do this procedure every single day. 

Here are the steps on how to use tea tree oil in making your stained acrylic nails whiter:

Step 1: Get two tablespoons of tea tree oil and mix it with 100 mL of warm water.

Step 2: Soak your hands into the mixture for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Wash your hands with warm water

Step 4: Repeat this process every day until your nails become white again.

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Buffing the Nails

If you have a buffing tool at home, you can also use this method to get rid of the yellow stains on your white acrylic nails. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Get a nail polish top coat and apply it on your stained nails.

Step 2: Use your buffing tool and we recommend using a high grit buffer  which is at 220 or higher. 

Step 3: Buff the stained nails and re-apply the top coating afterwards.

Rubbing Alcohol

One of the most common methods that you can also use to help you get your stained white nails become new again is using a rubbing alcohol. This is very effective especially if you have pen stains on your nails.

You can try to follow these steps for using rubbing alcohol:

Step 1: Apply some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad.

Step 2: Wipe the cotton pad on your stained nails.

Step 3: Repeat the previous step until all stains are removed.

Nail Polish Remover

Using a nail polish remover is also great way to remove pen stains on white acrylic nails. If you’re always using a pen, you are most likely to get pen stains every now and then. Luckily, using a nail polish remover can help you make your white nails brand new again.

Follow these steps to effectively remove pen stains on your nails:

Step 1: Get a cotton ball or a Q-tip and soak it up with some nail polish remover.

Step 2: Wipe the cotton or Q-tip on your stained nails until the pen marks are removed.

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Sugar Scrub

We mentioned that frequent cooking makes your nails prone to stains. These stains are more likely to happen specifically when you cook with highly colored spices. You can try using a sugar scrub to remove the stains off of your pretty white nails, just follow these steps below:

Step 1: Get one tablespoon of sugar scrub and put it in a bowl.

Step 2: In the bowl, add a tablespoon of water.

Step 3: Mix the sugar and water together.

Step 4: Put some of the scrub on your stained nails.

Step 5: Continue scrubbing the stains off until the nails become white again.

Step 6: Wash your hands with soap and water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is also a helpful ingredient in removing tough nail stains. Because of its high acidity, it can lift stains off of your fingernails and turn it into a brighter white afterwards. 

Follow these steps to effectively remove stains off of your nails effectively:

Step 1: Grab one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and put it into a bowl.

Step 2: Put 2 tablespoons of water on the apple cider vinegar.

Step 3: After mixing the two ingredients together, soak a cotton ball or a Q-tip.

Step 4: Rub the cotton ball or the Q-tip on your nails until the stains have lifted.

How to maintain white acrylic nails

The last thing that you want to do is trying out all sorts of ingredients above just to remove the stains from your white acrylic nails. So, you can try to prevent this from happening by following these recommendations below:

Step 1: Soak your nails in warm water.

Step 2: Dry the nails with soft towels.

Step 3: Use a moisturizer or a hand cream. You can also apply some cuticle oil.

Step 4: Put a thin layer of clear nail polish to prevent chipping. This procedure can also protect your nails from absorbing any kinds of stains.

Step 5: Repeat all the processes above every one or two days to keep your white acrylic nails well maintained.

Aside from the procedures above, you can also maintain your white nails by following these highly recommended techniques:

  • Avoid eating with your hands to prevent food stains from being absorbed by your dainty white nails.
  • When cooking, you can use gloves to protect your hands and nails from any stains. You can also use other protective equipment depending on your preference.
  • Before doing a household chore that requires a lot of hand movement, you also have to wear protective gloves to protect your nails from getting in contact with harsh chemicals.
  • Make sure to scrub your nails using mild soap and a nail brush for at least once a week to remove stains
  • Maintain good personal hygiene through frequent hand washing. Always pay attention to washing your fingernails to keep them sanitized.


Now that you are well informed about how to clean your white acrylic nails, you must remember that all the steps above might not work as soon as possible. You may try different methods at least twice to remove the stains, but just in case the stains are still visible, you can proceed to visiting your nail technician. 

If ever you have tried any of these tips and tricks above, let me know if they have effectively removed the stains on your nails. You can leave us a reply in the comments section below, and we’ll definitely include your recommendations on our next update!

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