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Old 08-14-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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My nails seem to get dirtier when they are short than when they are long. They are 1/2 inch long now and collect less gunk than when they are short. 1/2 inch is too long for me, though, will be getting them cut tomorrow.

I'm a big handwasher, so don't have much problem keeping them clean and white.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Am I the only one who just uses her other nails to dig the dirt out?
Oh..I've been known to do that...but for the real cleaning I use the brush.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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Am I the only one who just uses her other nails to dig the dirt out?

Don't tell me you lick it too.... And taste the sauce from last weeks dinner!!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Don't tell me you lick it too.... And taste the sauce from last weeks dinner!!!!!!
You must be joking, right? lol

I dig out the dirt with my other nails and I wash my hands frequently, also shower everyday so I'm sure that helps too. My nails are always very clean, I have no need for any tools. In fact, it's a bit of a habit of mine to be digging the dirt from my nails even when they don't look dirty. I'm always horrified when I see other people's nails and there is visible dirt - it only takes a few seconds to dig it out with your own nails, why not do it?
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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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.
I think I may have more porous nails than some people. When mine get dirty I can scrub and scrub with the nail-brush and, though clean, usually maintain a gray'ish dingy "stain". Sounds like you have porous nails, too.

My favorite tool to clean under the nails are flat toothpicks (NOT the pointy ones most people use). I use both ends depending on the nail.
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