Maintenance - not fun, but necessary

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I am as guilty as most when it comes to doing the drudgery called nail maintenance. It's more fun to paint and decorate my nails than it is to take care of cuticles. It's similar to having a home. It is much more fun to redecorate than it is to vacuum and maintain the living space.

But it is a necessary evil. I applied pink nail polish to my nails last night. And it was a cheapo polish. . . So tonight when I took it off it had stained my nails horribly. Which was even worse on top of the blue stains that I already had on my nails.

So out came the Efferdent that I purchased at the Dollar Store. Sixteen tablets for $1. I put one tablet of Efferdent in warm water and soaked my nails for about seven minutes. The directions say to soak dentures for 15 minutes. But good luck getting me to sit still for that long.

It worked pretty well. My nails are still stained, but at least they aren't pink with hues of blue. Oh, and that spot on my pointer finger is a split that I am babying until it grows out.

Then of course I pushed back cuticles, removed dead skin and applied a generous coat of lotion. Once again it is like having a home... It feels so much better when the chores are done. 

Now... I am off to do some decorating!


  1. I am still sorta new to all of the maintenance routines, but I love this idea.. thanks.

  2. That is a brilliant idea. I would have never thought of using denture whitening tablets.

  3. Lemon and baking soda= almost completely white nails...
    Its easy. Just scrub at them till they are bright again. You will want to add a little lemon juice to a bit of baking soda in your hand and then rub your nails in you palm (nail plate down.. don't scratch up your palms with the tips!)
    Hope it helps :)

  4. Do you have any tips for SEVERLY dry, peeling, sore cuticles!? HELP!

    1. The first thing people want to do is to trim or pick at the cuticle. Don't do this. That will just make it worse. Soak your fingertips in Olive Oil for 10 to 15 minutes. You will have to repeat this for a few days, or at least every couple of days. And add lots of moisturizer. But let the skin heal. Don't try to trim or snip them. You can also use the special moisturizing gloves with lotion overnight.

      Good luck and keep us posted.


    2. For hard cases like that, the moisture gloves (or an old pair of socks) work great with Vaseline. Slather it on good and thick. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes in just one night. (works great on dry, cracked feet, too!)

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