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Old 08-12-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I've never had longer nails until now. Used to have a biting habit. What I've realized now is that dirt and grime get under them all day and if they are not painted they look grayish. Is there a way to get rid of this more easily or is there some product you put under the nail I don't know about? I know it sounds gross but it must be a common problem. I also teach prek so when I go back to school Im sure Ill be getting play doh, paint, and all kinds of good stuff under there.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Not as common as they use to be in the old days when people did more outside work; find a nail brush. They have a small row of bristles about one inch by three inches and are housed on a semi-circular handle that fits around your other fingers. Use with soap. Will probably scrape off any nail polish though. Try the dollar store or a drug store.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Mary Kay has Satin Hands set with a hand scrub that I think you can purchase separately. I would use that with a soft nail brush. Also BBW has some products and they are always having a sale.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:44 AM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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My nails (natural) are over 2 inches (extended) long. I get compliments all the time of how clean (WTF) my nails are. I'm like... its not that hard to maintain your fingernails. If you have to, carry a nail brush with you. Every time I wash my hands, I'm like a Dr. scrubbing my nails on the palms of my hands (singing happy birthday). I recently discovered that the orange antibacterial soap is making my nails look yellow.. I may switch to a clear hand soap. Also those sanitizer gels (clear) I heard helps with yellowing. The color of your nails change just because of everyday products. To keep them up, if they reach a certain length, begin to get them wrapped. This will stop breakage and also help with keeping its natural color.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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I think its easiest to throw a cheap toothbrush and a nail whitening pencil in one of those toothbrush travel tubes for your purse. Scrub with brush and swipe pencil.

You should be washing your hands a lot with your job too. That makes a difference.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I second the nail brush. Keep one in your purse with a small bottle of antibacterial liquid soap. You may just have to scrub them throughout the day.


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I've never had longer nails until now. Used to have a biting habit. What I've realized now is that dirt and grime get under them all day and if they are not painted they look grayish. Is there a way to get rid of this more easily or is there some product you put under the nail I don't know about? I know it sounds gross but it must be a common problem. I also teach prek so when I go back to school Im sure Ill be getting play doh, paint, and all kinds of good stuff under there.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I use a small tool, I think it is made by Revlon. One end is a tool for cleaning under the nails, the other side is for pushing back the cuticles, and it has a black rubberized handle in the middle.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I have my old spin brush toothbrush sitting right by my sink.....yes I sanitized it 1st. Every morning it's part of my routine to brush my nails too.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Am I the only one who just uses her other nails to dig the dirt out?
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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sounds so complicated I have a hard time believing anyone keeps nails at all...still I think staying clean is key so here's a great tip shampoo often and use other nails or even lemon juice...but lets be real, if your not willing to take the time dont let them grow, its a pain and there are more important pains than nails!
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