How to Clean Under Acrylic Nails

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Acrylic nails are beautiful and can make your hands longer longer and more elegant. Acrylic nails are perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions but they can be challenging to maintain. In our article below, we discuss how to properly clean your acrylic nails.

Cleaning acrylic nails is different than cleaning natural nails. With natural nails you can wash them with soap every day without any issues, but acrylic nails need special attention especially around the edges of the nails as bacteria can hide underneath them.

If you don’t take care to clean the acrylics properly, you run the risk of the acrylic nail separating from your natural nail, or growing a fungus in-between the acrylic and natural nails.

Why Do You Need To Keep Them Clean?

The downside to having acrylic nails is that dirt and debris can easily get between them and your natural nails. This can be caused by your daily activities: gardening, dishwashing, cleaning, etc. There will always be some sort of build-up after awhile.

Preventative Measures

  1. The best way to prevent dirt and debris from getting under your acrylic nails is to wear gloves. Wearing gloves keeps your hands and nails clean while you work. Gloves are a great preventative measure and can be worn anywhere at any time – even while doing activities like cooking or gardening!
  2. Wash your hands and nails after performing any tasks. Use a small nail brush to scrub under your nails and around the nail beds. Keeping your nails clean can help prevent fungal growth.
  3. Make sure to clean your acrylic nail brush after use.

Keep Them, Embrace Them

Having acrylics should not change your daily routine or inhibit your day to day activities. Acrylic nails are a great beauty accessory when kept well maintained.

Keeping Your Acrylic Nails Clean And Shiny

Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. Use Dial, or soap that has tee tree oil in it, that can kill bacteria/fungus.

  1. Grab an anti-bacterial bar of soap or liquid hand soap. Make a lather with the soap and water to help remove any dirt or debris from your hands, then rinse. Repeat if needed.
  2. Run your acrylic nails under a lukewarm tap, allowing the water to run over the nails until all surfaces have been rinsed thoroughly.
  3. Soap up your acrylic nail brush and use the soapy brush to scrub under your nails and along the nail bed edges, then rinse.
  4. Dry your hands and nails thoroughly.

Pick A Good Nail Brush

Nail brushes are an excellent way to reach and remove dirt from underneath your nails. The soft bristles on these tools make them perfect for getting into hard-to-see areas where grime commonly builds up.

The best way to make sure your acrylics are well-cleaned is to gently push the brush underneath the nail and scrub back and forth, slowly.

Use Rubbing Alcohol

You can also use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your nails. Rub a cotton pad doused in rubbing alcohol along the edges of the nails to kill any bacteria or fungus that may linger there.


Acrylic nails are a great beauty product but only if you take care of them. It is important to maintain your acrylics so they stay beautiful for as long as possible, between manicures.