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James Ioli, DPM, Podiatry, answeredAs people grow older, toenails may become thicker, making them harder to cut. Here's a home remedy that works: apply a bit of Vicks VapoRub ointment (normally used for easing chest congestion) to your thick nails, massaging it on gently. Wipe off any excess ointment before pulling on socks or going to bed. After a month or so of daily applications, you should find your toenails softer and easier to trim. It's not clear why this works, but one of the ingredients in Vicks VapoRub (probably the eucalyptus oil) apparently softens the nails and makes them easier to cut.