Effective Home Remedies for Yellow Toenails

The problem of yellow nails is not news to most of us. Needless to say, this condition is not something anyone would love to be associated with. Officially, yellowing of nails is referred to as onychomycosis. The yellow tinge is caused by a fungus infection. Toenail fungus knows no gender, both men and women can be possible culprits. It thrives in a warm dark place where there is trapped moisture. Even though the infection is not painful, it can spread to other body parts. Symptoms include yellowing, crumbling, thickening and swelling of nails.

However, the pretty good news is that this infection is treatable. Moreover, you don’t need to break the banks to treat yellow toes. There are several inexpensive home remedies that you can consider in the comfort of your home. Don’t wait till you are embarrassed, try these remedies and say bye to yellow toes. Who doesn’t love looking neat and smart anyway?

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of the best home remedies for getting rid of yellow toenails. Known for its antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar brings fungal infection to an end. It kills both fungi and bacteria thus preventing further spread toenail fungus. Major ingredients include acetic acid and malic acid that are responsible for discoloration reduction. Organic cider vinegar also strengthens nails and stimulates their growth. You can explore other health benefits of apple cider vinegar, the list is endless.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Mix a half cup of apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water. Basically, the two should be of the same quantity
  • Dip your hands in the prepared solution and allow for about 20 minutes
  • When done, wash your hands with clean cold water
  • Use a clean soft towel to pat dry your toenails
  • For better results, apply some olive oil on your toenails
  • Repeat the same procedure two to three times a day for better results

With time, you will enjoy seeing your yellow toenails regaining their natural colors. Do not use water that is too hot to the extent of damaging your skin.


Alternatively, you can prepare an antifungal scrub by using a few spoons of apple cider vinegar and coarsely-ground rice flour.

2. Tea Tree Oil

This is another option that won’t miss in a home remedy list. Tea tree oil possess antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. Moreover, it is a natural disinfectant making it a must-have home remedy. When we narrow down to fungus treatment, expect promising results with tea tree oil. Actually, it is used to treat all sorts of skin infections.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with those of olive oil. You can also add a few drops of lemon if you want to.
  • Use cotton balls to apply to the affected toenails. Alternatively, you can use an eye dropper
  • Leave it for about 10 minutes
  • Scrub gently with a toothbrush and finally rinse with lukewarm water
  • Do this at least twice per day and the yellow toenails will be a thing of the past

Due to its antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, tea tree oil remains one of the most effective home remedy for yellow toenails among other infections.


For better results, combine tea tree oil with an all-natural carrier such as olive oil or almond oil.

3. Coconut Oil

We all love coconut oil for its immense health benefits, particularly its contribution to a healthy smooth skin. Getting embarrassed with the tell-tale signs of thick yellow toes? Well, a tub of coconut oil is all you need to gain back the confidence of clean neat toenails. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid which is one of the medium chain fatty acids that destroy infections. The good news about this oil is, there is no limit as to what quantity one can use. Coconut oil is great for our skin. If you aren’t allergic to the same, you are good to go.

Let me get a little scientific here. This oil simply targets the fungal membranes. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil dissolves the protective coating of fungus cells. This leads to cell disintegration and eventual destruction.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Before you begin, wash your hands or wear gloves, especially if more than one toenail is affected.
  • Apply the coconut oil to the infected areas genty
  • Allow to soak for about 15 minutes
  • Dry naturally
  • Wash your hands after application


You do not have to do a whole bunch, a sufficient thin layer will just work fine

4. Mixture of Baking Soda and Sodium Borate

A combination of the two provides a reliable and fast cure for thick yellow toenails. Fungus thrive best in an acidic environment. In order to bring this embarrassing toenail infection to an end, baking soda and borax (sodium borate) creates an alkaline uninhabitable environment. Kindly note that baking soda doesn’t kill the fungus. It, however, by altering the Ph. creates a harmful environment that prevents further growth and spread of the infection. Additionally, baking soda possesses exfoliating and bleaching properties the reason it eliminates the embarrassing thick yellow discoloration. Some individuals have also used the readily available substance in our homes to neutralize foot odor.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Mix equal amounts of sodium borate and baking soda
  • Add some water and mix to form a paste
  • Wet the infected toenails and apply the paste
  • Depending on the state of your yellow toenails, apply at least twice per day


Alternatively, you can decide to mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. Some even mix baking soda with lemon. You can read more about the health benefits of baking soda, which is readily available in our homes.

5. Whitening Toothpaste

Perhaps this may catch us unaware but toothpaste got some more important uses other than tooth brushing. Known for its whitening properties, toothpaste can bring the yellowing stains on your toenails to an end. Remember, we are referring to whitening toothpaste and not just any other. Toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide which possesses bleaching effects. Do not use toothpaste whose hydrogen peroxide content is more than 3% lest you risk destroying your cute nails.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Apply whitening toothpaste on infected toenails
  • Allow to stay for about 15 minutes
  • Allow to dry
  • Use a nail brush or toothbrush and gently scrub your nails
  • Clean the nails using a soft towel or cotton balls inserted in lukewarm water


Scrub one nail at a time and in circular motions for better results

6. Oregano Oil

According to several scientific review, oregano oil boasts of antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparastic properties. Needless to say, it is an effective treatment for yellow toes. Given that oregano is perennial, you can grow your own. Depending on personal preferences, you can choose to mix oregano oil with tea tree oil. However, kindly note that this combination may result in allergic reactions among some users. Be careful if you are prone to allergies.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Mix a few drops of oregano oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil such as olive oil
  • Dab the same using a cotton swab onto the infected yellow toenails
  • Leave it for about 30 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Allow your toes to dry
  • Repeat the procedure at least twice per day


You can combine oregano oil with an all-natural carrier such as olive oil or tea tree oil for better results.

7. Listerine

This is another substance we cannot forget to mention. Most individuals are perhaps more familiar with Listerine mouthwash which destroys germs and bacteria in the mouth. However, Listerine can also be used to end the yellow toenail discoloration. Boasting of four major ingredients as shown below, Listerine provides the ultimate solution to thick yellow toes:

  • Methyl salicylate
  • Thymol
  • Menthol
  • Eucalyptol

The combination of the above active ingredients gives Listerine rich antifungal effects.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Soak the nails in Listerine
  • Allow for about 30 minutes
  • Repeat the procedure for a week daily
  • Take a one week break and resume the treatment afterwards

You may also decide to mix Listerine with vinegar. It also works great


You may notice a greenish appearance around the infected areas after using Listerine. Do not worry as this will disappear soon afterwards.

8. Lemon

Lemon is an excellent bleaching agent. Besides being used to lighten hair and skin, lemon juice can also destroy toenail fungus. You do not need to invest several bucks when the yellow tinge takes away the natural beauty of your nails. Lemon juice is a perfect homemade remedy when the yellow tell-tale signs comes knocking. Revitalization of the skin around your nails is another free bonus you will enjoy when you use lemon.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Fill a clean bowl with fresh lemon juice halfway
  • Soak the infected toenails in the lemon juice for about 25 minutes
  • Gently scrub the yellow discoloration off your nails
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and apply moisturizing lotion
  • Repeat the procedure at least twice per day

9. Orange Peel/Oil

We always run to oranges when our bodies lack adequate Vitamin C. What we don’t realize is the fact that the orange peels can help us get rid of the yellow discoloration on our nails. Oranges are naturally antifungal making them a perfect remedy for yellow nails. Those with sensitive skin may not react well with lemon. However, one can dilute the effects by mixing orange juice with all-natural carriers such as olive oil. If you are not sure whether you are allergic to oranges or not, you can do a spot-test on a healthy skin.

How Do I Get Started?

If you decide to use a fresh orange peel, follow the steps below:

  • Peel a fresh orange
  • Rub the inside of the peel on the infected nail
  • Do it thoroughly for better results
  • The orange peel can be used two to three times day

Alternatively, you can:

  • Mix teaspoon of orange oil and teaspoon of olive oil or any other all-natural carrier
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to the affected thick yellow toenails
  • Allow to dry naturally

10. White Vinegar

Vinegar is definitely something to go by as far as treating yellow nails is concerned. It is one of the most effective home remedies for skin-related infections. Most importantly, white vinegar not only treats nail fungus but also restore the right skin Ph. Even though vinegar is used alongside other ingredients, it can also be used on its own.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Mix white vinegar with warm water in a ratio of 1:2 respectively
  • Soak the infected yellow nails for about 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off and dry
  • Repeat the procedure at least twice daily until the infection is gone


If you experience irritation, you can add more water to the solution.

11. Juniper Berries

Another remedy for thick yellow toes worth mentioning are the juniper berries. Boasting of disinfectant properties, these berries can do wonders. They are capable of restoring the natural color of nails.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Simply crush the juniper berries into fine powder
  • Place them into lukewarm water
  • Soak your nails in the bowl for about 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse them and pat them until dry
  • Wash your hands and apply moisture to help with the dry look

12. Denture Cleaning Tablets

Last on the list are the denture cleaning tablets. They are very effective at getting rid of the yellow discoloration. The major ingredients contained in these tablets include sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. The combination works great at clearing several types of stains.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Simply dissolve the denture cleaning tablet in warm water
  • Soak the infected nails in the solution for about 15 minutes
  • Pat your toenails until dry
  • Apply a moisturizer on your hands (Denture tablets can make your hands dry)
  • Repeat this 2-3 times daily till the infection goes away

Conclusion :

The above-mentioned home remedies are effective in treating yellow thick nails. However, you should be patient when trying them out. The good news about using them is that they lack major side effects associated with prescription medications. Remember, factors such as hygiene, infection severity and nail penetrability affects the healing process. Always avoid re-wearing socks and keep the toes clean and well-trimmed in order to prevent reinfection.

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