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Be honest, how many random utensils have you used in your lifetime to get annoying dirt and grime out from under your nails?

Of course, not all problems stem from gloves and, regardless of where dirt comes from, it has to be tackled. Nothing ruins food-inspired nails so nom worthy you'll work up your fashion appetite like ugly grime lines collecting under your nail bed. So put down the scissors (or whatever the heck else you've used before), and follow the steps below.

1. Nail Clippers

For the safe and hygienic trimming of nails, try these nail clippers. Sharp, comfortable and maneuverable to use, our squeeze lever provide a precise trim without leaving behind jagged edges. Made of high quality stainless steel, they feature an integrated nail file and cleaner. They are ideal for long term care facilities, rehab centers, hosptials, nursing homes, nail salons, spas and even to trim fishing line.

When done trimming, simply turn out and twist over the squeeze lever to bring to a close and compact position. Their portable size makes it easy to pack them in your purse, tote or pocket!

2. Scrub Brushes

Used in conjunction with water and soap, manicure or fingernail scrub brushes are an easy way to prevent the spread of germs and nail infections. They effectively clean beneath the nails and remove stubborn dirt, stain, paint, grease easier and faster.

The firm, yet soft bristles gently flex to clean the contours of the hand and nail areas. The scrubbing action from a scrub type brushes produces a heavier lather for better coverage.

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3. Cleaning with an Orange Stick

Get an orange stick. Orange sticks are wooden sticks that have a point on one end and a sloping flat edge on the other side, similar to a flat head screwdriver. Start by clearing away dirt and excess oil. Scrub your hands under warm water, paying special attention to under your nails. Wash away as much of the grime as you can using the soap and water. Push the edge of the orange stick under your fingernail. Gently press the stick under your nail, being careful not to break the skin.

You need to go as deep as you can without separating the skin from the nail. If you do, then you’ll create a haven for dirt and bacteria.Slide the orange stick under the nail. Start at one corner of your finger and gently insert the edge of the orange stick. Press it down until you feel resistance from your finger, according to Wikihow.

4. Clean your nails when washing hands

Most of the times, when we wash our hands we simply scrub the outer area and rub our palms together but nails need to be cleaned as well as that is where germs reside. This is highly important if you eat with your hands.

When you wash your hands with soap, make sure you rub your thumb across the other nails and then your index finger around your thumbnail to clean them properly.

5. Give them a warm water soak

It is important to clean your nails apart from clipping and filing them. In order to make sure that all dirt is removed from the small crevasses around the nails, you can make a soak of warm water and liquid soap. Just a few drops of any liquid soap will help remove dirt and bacteria and you can also add a drop of any essential oil to prevent your fingers from getting too dry.

Soak your nails and fingers for five minutes and then wash them with plain water. Do this once every week to keep dirt at bay, India expressed.

6. Remove leftover polish

Wet a cotton pad with some nail polish remover and use it to remove any old nail polish that may still be hanging around on your nails.

For really strong healthy fingernails, you should aim to give them a break from polish once every few weeks, or use a strengthening polish like Revitanail Triple Strength in between nail treatments. If you're looking to remove a gel manicure, follow this step by step.

7. After cleaning: Olive oil as moisturizer

Using nourishing oils, such as olive oil, can help keep your nails shiny by nourishing the cuticles from deep within. Olive oil has great moisturising properties, and hence is commonly used for various beauty remedies. How to apply: Clean your nails thoroughly.

Then warm a small bowl of olive oil and deep your fingers for 15 minutes. Wipe clean with a towel and repeat the process daily for best results.

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