How to File a Nail Without a Nail File

Posted on August 15, 2017 By

Don’t you hate it when you break or snag a finger nail? It’s annoying and dangerous. Anyone that has cut their nose having a rough nail knows this. Don’t even go near your eye – ouch! No file – no problem. I learned years ago the way to take care of a rough nail with no nail file. Call me cheap or call me ingenious – I don’t care. My methods work.

It is easiest in case you are staying in a hotel to find an alternative solution to a nail file. And isn’t this when you need a file the most – away from home? It’s hiding in that nice big bathroom that you don’t have to clean. It comes in many colors and lots of sizes. It always works and can not only cure the rough edges but can help reshape the nail. Shower tiles, or more specifically, the grout between the tiles are nail-wonderful. All you need to do is rub your nail along the grout line and viola – smooth again. You can take the drive-by approach or attend to that snag in the shower – whatever fits your time line. Best of all – you know the shower is cleaned daily. Of course, this works in your own shower if you can’t find a file.

The other no-file approach I find helpful is the underside of desks or stone counter tops. One is wood one is stone. Either will work inside a pinch. Usually the tops of both are as smooth as glass. But the bottoms really are a goldmine. File away. This can keep you from hurting yourself until you look for a file.

Just pick clean places to file your nails. Don’t try these tricks in the subway or in the airplane bathroom. You find out what will work. Remember, you don’t need a nail file to file that nail.

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