How to Make Hand and Nail Care Products

Nail Whitener

There's no need to go out and buy expensive nail whiteners; it's easy to make your own:


  • Double boiler
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Small jar with cover


  • Hydrous lanolin (containing water)
  • Zinc oxide powder
  • Talcum powder
  • Almond oil or heavy mineral oil
  • Glycerin

Note: Buy the ingredients at a pharmacy.

Yield: About 41/2 ounces

Empty a 2-ounce tube of hydrous lanolin into the top of a double boiler and melt the lanolin over low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder and 2 tablespoons of talcum powder and stir the mixture to form a smooth, creamy paste. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin and 1 tablespoon of almond oil or heavy mineral oil, mixing them thoroughly into the paste.

Caution: Almond oil vapors are toxic.

Transfer the paste to a small jar and cover it tightly.

To use the whitener, apply the paste under the nails with an orange stick.

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