When people cut their fingernails and toenails, the nail trimmings typically fly everywhere.
There are some nail clippers that have little plastic sheaths that are supposed to catch the trimmings, but they never seem to work. And finding one with a straight edge for toenails is a real challenge.
What's a good life hack to trim your fingernails and toenails without the trimmings flying all over the room?
What I often do when trimming my nails, toes or fingers, is grab a plastic shopping bag, open it on the floor and then place my foot or hand partly inside the bag and trim. It's quick, almost 100% effective, and is a fast easy cleanup.
Plus, if you're like me, you have so many plastic bags you have no idea what to do with them.
Clip your nails outside in nature. Your small organic compound deposit is appreciated by micro-organisms, and you don't have to care where it lands.
Be courteous: don't do this where the scattered trimmings might bother others, such as in urban or built-up areas, or on grass likely to be used for picnics within the next year, or on public beaches, or near food-crops or sources of fresh water.
Assuming you are using clippers like these, all you have to do is run them under water for a second and clip like usual. The water causes the nails to stick to the metal in a nice small bundle. After you are done, just run it under water again to clean the nails out.
I know that nail clipper manufacturers in Japan have tried to mitigate this problem with an addition to the nail clipper.
As you can see, they have included a plastic guard and sleeve on the sides of the clipper where the nails would usually fly out. The clippings are collected in the sleeve which can be removed. You can then dump the clippings out after your are done.
Here is a better image that shows the design.
If you combine this nail clipper with the plastic bag method, you'll be in business.
Start by clipping your nail halfway across. Then cover the clipped part of your nail with another finger or your thumb, and clip the other half of your nail. The nail clipping will remain pinned under your finger.
File the nails down rather than clipping them. Motorized foot files (like Amope's products, intended for removing calluses) do a good job, as does a rotary tool (e.g. Dremel) with an appropriate abrasive. This method allows for easy shaping of the nail and is also much easier than clipping if you have thick nails.
What I do is clip just one small side of it without cutting it, then tear it away with my fingers. This avoids pieces flying away and you can just toss them to the trash or put them aside until you finish.
I've been using Stylfile for myself for a few months and for my kids for years (they've got a smaller version). It slices nails instead of clipping them and effectively stops the "ping" of nail clippings flying across the room.
with the clipper blades squeezed together, run a glob of silicone RTV sealant along the zone where the two blades come together. Let it dry for a day, then slit the glob into two halves with a razor so each blade has a strip of RTV stuck to it. If you now clip your toenails, the RTV will pinch and hold the nail trimming so it doesn't fly off into space.