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Do You Cut Your Husband’s Toenails?

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I’ve been doing something for Even Steven for the past 10 years. It started on our honeymoon, and it’s been happening regularly ever since.

Up until this week, I thought wives everywhere were doing this for their husbands… but apparently not?

It all started with Mommy Shorts doing a little husband shaming (Click here to read the entire post – it’s hilarious!). Of course I jumped on board, and submitted this picture of Even Steven.

I cut my husband's toenails my life and kids husband shaming

And I’ll be honest with you, out of all the things I could have written on that sign, I thought I was choosing something that was very relateable. Something that women everywhere would read and say, “Oh yeah – I do that too.”

But apparently everyone’s been keeping a huge secret from me, and wives DON’T cut their husbands toenails.

For real – I thought it was part of my job. Now that I think about it, I also consider cleaning toilets and doing laundry part of my job, but I dropped those things years ago. So why have I so diligently been trimming Even Steven’s toenails for the past 10 years?

I’m not sure.

Wait – yes I am. It’s because if I don’t cut them, Even Steven picks them. And then he leaves them all over the house for me to find. Something like this happened a few months ago, which prompted this text:

My husband leaves his toenails around the house

So much easier just to cut them myself, right?

So – come clean – do you cut your husband’s toenails? Would you ever cut them? Do you think I’m crazy?


  1. Heather

    November 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    OK, I have never cut his toenails, but I became a zit popper when I met my husband…

  2. Josie Bisett

    November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Haha! I’m with Heather! I ruined a very romantic last night when I found a zit on his shoulder and I just couldn’t resist! I don’t think I’ve got the strength to tackle the hubs’ big toe nail – I’d need a pair of garden shears!

  3. Lisa

    November 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    My husband won’t even let me touch his feet, so No, I don’t cut them.

  4. The Lint Trap

    November 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Whoa. I have a rule. It is: Hubs nasty nail cutting can happen in one place and one place only. The Bathroom. Anywhere else and he will get a pillow over his face in the night. Mostly because it makes me physically ill to hear someone cutting their nails and thinking about where they might be flying. Which is odd, cause I am a terrible housekeeper and these types of things are usually a non issue. I used to have an employee who cut his fingernails in his office. I had to ask him to stop becuase it skeeved me out so bad.

    That all being said, maybe you missed your calling as a nail person?

  5. Jessica

    November 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Ok so I don’t do this weekly or monthly but I have done it before!!

  6. Ellen

    November 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    No, I do not cut my husbands toenails. Although, like your’s when he takes care of his toenails, I find them all over the house.. Nothing makes me gag more than sitting on the floor to play with my kids and have a huge toenail stuck to my ass when I get up. Well, that’s when,my dog doesn’t eat them. (GAG)
    I never, ever touch a zit either, we’ve had that discussion before. Sorry you can’t reach it.. try banging yourself against the wall till it pops.
    I do, shave the back of his neck for him. 🙂
    I have a horrible gag reflex so zits, toenails, and snot is where I draw the line.

  7. Janine Huldie

    November 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I haven’t, but of course this is why I find random toenails and fingernails all over the house!!

  8. Stefani

    November 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m one of those “creeped out by feet” people, so…no can do with the toenail cutting. My dad used to leave his toenails around the house, though. My mom decided to collect them in a jar and give them to him for Christmas. Pretty gross and awesome.

  9. Jennifer Ford Berry

    November 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Gotta say Anna this is the first post I have read of yours and this is what I see! LOL You are a sicky puppy! Who knew? hahahahaha

  10. "Lucy"

    November 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    No, but he does cut mine on a regular basis.

  11. Stefanie

    November 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    i am doing this to my husband I cut and clean his toenails..

  12. HouseTalkN

    November 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    The image of you trimming his toenails puts me in a fit of giggles.

  13. Becky

    November 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    So, so be honest? I don’t think it’s weird AT ALL and I WISH my husband let me cut his toenails! He picks too…they are like jagged knives in bed at night. GROSS!!! But he refuses.

    I do, however, shave his back hair…something I NEVER thought I would ever do.

  14. JD @ Honest Mom

    November 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    OMG, I still giggle when I think about this. So funny. I don’t go NEAR my husband’s feet! Yuck!

  15. Robin A.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    So I went to Mommy Shorts, and all the men have the signs held over their faces, or they’re sleeping (with their faces out of the shots). Except for Even Steven. That man must love you. (But who wouldn’t?)

  16. Christie

    November 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I totally cut them. Started when we were dating. He doesn’t cut them nearly as ofter as I would want him to, so I take matters into my own hands. I also pop his zits. But not the ones on his face. And I’ve been known to peel his sunburn skin off, too.

  17. Lyndsey P

    November 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Eww, gross! I stay as far away from my husband’s feet as possible! I believe I cut his toe nails for him once when he seriously injured his knee, but in retaliation I also painted his toe nails purple. It seemed fair at the time. 🙂

  18. Danielle

    November 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I go full out with the pedicure. Hot water, scrub, and everything while he watches The Walking Dead. It is my only “little wife” duty.

  19. Dineen

    November 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I just started cutting my husband’s toenails about a month ago. I’ve offered for years, but he hates having his feet touched. But a recent “issue” with an ingrown toenail had him actually asking for help. Something he *hates* to do.

  20. Kate

    November 9, 2012 at 9:21 am


    But Hilarious!

  21. Bootybella

    November 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

    You have found another teammate!!! Although the thought of this is disgusting, I, too, am the designated “toenail butcher” in our abode. I have never seen anyone’s toenails grow as quickly as my hubby’s and the man refuses to use the 20 pairs of clippers that we own in this house. I CANNOT stand the scratchy noise they make on the bedsheets and aside from him tearing them off and me finding them strewn throughout my home, I insist he lay still for a mandatory cutting every second week!!! Up until now, he has always said to me “You are probably the only woman on earth who feels compelled to cut her husbands toenails!!!” and now I am happy to report I AM NOT!!!! Thanks for speaking out about this shameful topic! You have given me the strength and courage to come out of the “Husband Toenail Clipping” closet!!! PS – love your blog sistah!! Woot woot!!!

  22. Tonya

    November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    LOL My husband cuts mine because I pick them and he hates that!

  23. Allison

    November 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I do! He’s not even my husband – yet. He’s really tall and he can’t reach them very easily. The main reason I do it though, is because if I don’t, the daggers cut me in the middle of the night. Not only do I cut them, I also file them down afterward so there’s no way they can chop my leg off. Sometimes I’ll even put lotion on his feet because they get so dry. He really loves it and it benefits me, so it’s not too bad. Plus, he pays me back by rubbing my back at least every other night!

  24. Emily G

    November 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only wife who does this! I started clipping his toenails when I got good and sick of watching him do it over freshly vacuumed floors. Now I do it for him-right before I plan to vaccuum, in case I drop any. I also pop his zits, clean his ears and cut his hair. He won’t use q-tips and I have a phobia about seeing ear wax in people’s ears. It drives me nuts and I have to get it out. He hates it when he’s surfing the internet and I show up with a handfull of q-tips.

  25. cyndy

    November 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The thought turns my stomach! BUT I have a foot aversion – feet gross me out. My boyfriend asked me to cut his toenails. I told him to eff off, basically. I’m sweet like that.

  26. Mrs B

    November 11, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Yep, I cut my husband’s toenails. It’s usually accompanied with a foot massage. He has nice feet and toes though–makes the job much more pleasant. 🙂

  27. Nane

    November 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    No, thanks! I hate feet in general and his in particular (am I bad wifey?!) Cant even stand when they touch me 😀

  28. Suzanne

    November 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Yes, I do cut them.
    I find it interesting that most people are grossed out by this. I am grossed out if I do not cut them. They are jagged daggers that hurt me, when he puts his feet on my side of the bed.

  29. The Girl @ POS

    November 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I am a new reader, and this post literally made me dry heave. Remind me never to get married. Also, keep up the good work – your blog is hilarious!

    (I cannot unsee the mental image of you doing this and I might actually lose my lunch!)

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  31. Ginny

    January 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    This is awesome! I am grossed out by my husband’s feet and find toe nail clipping all over the house! It is not normal for your toes to bleed after you trim your nails…. Just saying! And I trim all the other nails in the house (3 kids and 2 dogs). Not doing his!

  32. amkade

    January 12, 2013 at 3:38 am


  33. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

    January 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    When I first met my husband at the ripe old age of 17, he told me his mom cut his toenails. He expected me to do the same. I set him straight from the start–no freaking way. You’re on your own there! It made things difficult for me when I was pregnant during that last month when you can’t reach your feet, or after my back surgery when I could barely move–no “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of sympathy–but I stand strong here. No freaking way.

  34. Kerri

    January 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    YES! I cut my husband’s toenails too!! I also didn’t think it was that uncommon. Seriously, they’ve stabbed me way too many times in bed… I just had to take action.

  35. Amanda

    January 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I just yell at him to cut his. When he sounds like a poodle crossing the tile floor…it’s time to cut the nails.

  36. Amanda G

    February 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve never bothered to cut his toenails, but I do pop his zits and pluck the hairs (especially in-grown hairs) from his back and shoulders on a regular basis. Also, he wears the kind of contact lenses that you can wear continuously for a month, and I put those in and take them out for him.

  37. nikki

    February 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I sure do cut his toe nails , he would leave clippings on the floor or cut them jagged oe not cut them and stab At night sooo once a week I do everyones fingers and toes and ears lol

  38. Joanna

    February 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I’m probably in a club all by myself but I cut my ex-husband’s toe nails! He has some physical challanges due to an accident years ago and he has trouble getting to them himself. I started doing it while we were still married. Divorced now, but he’s my best friend and I still love him. Cutting his toe nails is the least I can do.

  39. Janet

    May 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    No…. no way, no how!!! Just NO.

  40. Amber

    May 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    This past weekend my husband asked me to cut his toenails for the very first time. Made me think of you! I declined.

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  42. Melba Jane

    May 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Does it make me weird if I pop my husbands zits and cut his toenails???

  43. Donna

    May 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I thought it was the wife’s duty to cut toenails?? along with popping zits, pulling hair out of ears with tweezers along with random long hairs in eyebrows.. All-in-all tidying up man along with the rest of the house.. I am going to go and re-read my contract!!

  44. Sara

    May 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    No, I don’t cut my hubby’s toenails for him. He has to use a a GRINDER. Out in the garage. Because of the smell. And the heavy duty nail clippers just don’t work.. We are mutual zit poppers. We get excited when we find a large enough one that “casts a shadow” on the wall.

  45. Kathi

    July 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    No,no,no. Toenails, zit poppers, ear cleaners, hair pullers???? Personal hygiene is just that, personal. Feeling pretty grateful for my clean sometimes OCD husband about now. 🙂

  46. Meggie

    July 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I have had that problem too, where my husband leaves his toenails everywhere…and huge ones too!

    A few months ago, I started putting them in his socks. Sometime I see him picking his feet not long after he puts his socks on. Hahaha!

  47. Tasha

    July 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I am not a feet person…so no! I have never cut his and I don’t even want to cut my own

  48. brittany

    October 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Yes, I cut my boyfriends toenails. He doesn’t like me cutting them because he is afraid I will cut them too short…but I rather enjoy doing it…specially when they are really long and thick.

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  53. ramsha hammad

    February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    hell yeah I cut my husband’s toe nails as well as his hand nails.. because I love him a lot <3

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