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3 Kitchen Scraps That’ll Give You an Amazing (and Cheap!) At-Home Pedicure

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By the end of summer, your feet are probably in need of a little love. If you can’t squeeze in a pedicure, your kitchen is actually full of things (that you might just toss in the garbage) that can help! Read on for three throwaways that do double-duty to resolve and reverse foot uglies fast.

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Pineapple rind removes calluses. 

Using the flesh side of a strip of pineapple peel, buff calluses for one minute; rinse. Together with the buffing, the fruit’s bromelain (an enzyme that breaks down the keratin that calluses are composed of) quickly dissolves the hard spots.

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Avocado shell smooths heels. 

Take the empty shell from half of an avocado and rub onto each heel for about five minutes; let residue absorb, then rinse. The fatty acid–infused pulp deeply moisturizes the thick layers of dry skin while the rubbing sloughs off any dead cells.

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Lemon pulp whitens nails. 

Cut a juiced lemon into wedges and use the flesh side of one wedge to scrub nails for one minute; rinse. The fruit’s citric acid lifts away any yellow pigment in nails, and its vitamin C brightens, further enhancing the whitening effect.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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