How To Get The Dirt Under Your Nails Out
We also explain what exactly that dirt is made of
28 March 2017
Does it feel like no matter how much you clean your hands that there is some grey gunk that shows up mysteriously under your nails? Well, you are not alone.
The grey gunk is actually keratin debris from the underside of the nail, in addition to skin cells from the nail bed. If the dirt under your nails is grey, it is pretty harmless and absolutely normal. However, if the dirt is green in colour it means it's bacteria and you could possibly get infected - this is rare and mostly only happens to women who wear artificial nails for extended periods of time.
So if the dirt/crud under your nails is grey in colour, here are a few ways to deal with it.
1. Keep your nails short
No nails, no dirt.
2. Dig your nails into a bar of white soap
If keeping your nails short is not an option, dig your nails into a bar of white soap and then wash your hands. This will clean the area under the nails directly. It will also make the whites of your nails whiter.
3. Use an orange stick
These sticks are commonly used by nail technicians to clean your nails. Be very gentle while using these sticks as they can damage your nail beds severely.
4. Use a nail brush
There is nothing like a good nail brush to get the dirt and grime out from underneath your nails. Unlike orange sticks, nail brushes do not damage the nail bed.
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5. Use a moisturising oil
Using a thick, goopy moisturiser tends to trap and attract more dirt when compared to a light moisturiser like Farsali's Rose Gold Elixir.
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