6. Using Them as Tools
It can be tempting to use your nails to pop the tab on a soda can or break into the plastic packaging on a purchase. However, these activities cause wear and tear that damages your nails. Avoid damaging your nails by using a spoon to pop the tab on your can of cola. Keep a small pair of scissors in your purse for removing stubborn packing or plastic from new purchases. Use a coin to scratch off price tags or labels. For stubborn sticky residue, use a paste of water and washing soda to dissolve away the goo.
5. Washing Dishes Without Gloves
Refraining from wearing gloves while washing dishes allows the dish soap and hot water to dry out your skin and nails. A good pair of gloves not only protects your hands and nails but also prevents you from having to touch nasty food residue when scrubbing your pots and pans. It also removes the temptation to use your fingernails to pry off any stubborn food or gunk. There are many kitchen gloves available that come with a soft lining that allows you to easily slip the gloves off and on and keep your hands feeling soft and dry.
4. Leaving Them Unprotected When Cleaning
Dishwashing isn’t the only chore that is damaging to your hands and nails. To keep your nails strong and healthy, invest in a pair of gloves to protect your hands while washing floors, cleaning windows, and scrubbing toilets. Household gloves protect your hands from harsh and toxic chemicals as well as from touching filthy or germy surfaces. There are a wide variety of gloves on the market, including latex-free types for those with allergies. Mr. Clean makes an assortment of gloves in disposable, reusable, neoprene, latex, and latex-free.