6 Brilliant DIY Ideas For Nail Polish Removers

Written by Ramya Karamsetti

No one wants to show up at a party with chipped nail polish.

Picture this – you’re running late, trying to slip one shoe on after the other, and you suddenly catch sight of your nails and witness the horribly chipped polish that has been there since the past week and a half. Just your luck! And, guess what? You’ve run out of nail polish remover! Murphy’s Law at play here! The urgency to remove the nail polish can make you impatient and panicky. But hey, just chill!

We have come up with some easy-to-use homemade nail polish removers. They are healthier, safer, and cheaper than the commercial ones.

How To Make Nail Polish Remover At Home?

Here are six amazing DIY homemade nail polish removers.

1. Lemon

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Lemon is a natural ingredient that can be used to remove nail polish. It is also a natural ingredient used in manicures. All you have to do is rub a slice of lemon on your nails and remove the nail polish. Now, isn’t that easy?

You Will Need

  • Lukewarm soap water
  • A slice of lemon

How To Remove Nail Polish With Lemon

  1. Soak your fingers with nail polish in lukewarm soapy water for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Then, use a lemon slice as an alternative to commercial nail polish remover. This will help soften the nail polish so that it comes off easily.
  3. Use a moisturizer or nail oil to keep your nails healthy after that.

2. Vinegar

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Vinegar is an acidic ingredient that can break down nail polish. Vinegar is also something that can often be found in homes or your local supermarkets.

You Will Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice

How To Remove Nail Polish With Vinegar

  1. Soaking the nails in warm water for 10-15 minutes before removing the nail polish can help to speed up the process.
  2. Mix equal parts of lemon juice and vinegar.
  3. Stir the mixture, soak a cotton ball in it, press it onto your fingernails, and hold it for 10-20 seconds. This causes the nail enamel to dissolve and removes all the remnants of nail polish.
  4. Then use the cotton ball to wipe the polish off. It might take a little longer to remove the nail paint if there are several coats.
  5. Don’t forget to moisturize or apply nail oil afterwards.

3. Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is a good alternative for those who don’t have lemon juice and vinegar for preparing homemade nail paint remover. It is more natural and less harsh than the chemicals found in commercial removers. Using alcohol as a nail polish remover can be beneficial for those suffering from nail infections, as alcohol has antibacterial properties.

You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bowl of lukewarm water
  • Cotton ball

How To Remove Nail Polish With Alcohol

  1. Soak your nails for some time in the bowl of lukewarm water.
  2. Wet a cotton ball with alcohol and use it to wipe off the nail paint.
  3. To keep your nails healthy, use a moisturizer and cuticle oil.

4. Deodorant

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Are you running out of all the above supplies? Acetone is the main ingredient present in store bought nail polish removers, but it can be harsh on the skin. Don’t worry! Deodorants also contain some solvents that can act as wonderful nail polish removers.

You Will Need

  • Deodorant spray
  • Cotton ball

How To Remove Nail Polish With Deodorant

  1. Before doing this, make sure you are not allergic to spray deodorants.
  2. Just grab your deodorant can and keeping the nozzle at a closer range, spray it over your nails.
  3. Immediately wipe it off using a cotton ball. Deodorants have alcohol and acetone in them that will help to clean the nails and remove the nail paint quickly.

5. Hand Sanitizer

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Another DIY hack for removing nail polish from your nails is by using a hand sanitizer! This is something that can be easily found around the home so try it out!

You Will Need

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cotton ball

How To Remove Nail Polish With Sanitizer

  1. Squirt a little of the hand sanitizer on your nails. Immediately rub a cotton ball over them.
  2. Repeat the process until the polish starts to come off. However, don’t use a lot of sanitizer.
  3. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly once you are done with it. Otherwise, it will dry on your nails. Now that’s something you don’t want, do you?

6. Nail Polish

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Okay, I know how this sounds. Nail polish to remove nail polish? Trust me, it actually works! Nail polish dries due to the evaporation of solvents. These solvents also soften the polish, so applying nail polish on nail polish makes it easy to remove it! Fight fire with fire, right?

You Will Need

  • Any old nail polish that you don’t mind wasting.
  • Kitchen paper towel

How To Remove Nail Polish With Nail Polish

  1. Apply the nail polish on your nails. Make sure it’s not a fast drying one.
  2. Use a paper towel immediately to wipe it off.
  3. It may take a few tries to clean it away completely.

Tips And Precautions To Be Followed While Using DIY Nail Polish Removers

  • These methods are only alternatives. They might not be as effective as nail polish removers since the key ingredient to removing nail polish is acetone, which is absent in them.
  • When using nail polish to remove nail polish, make sure that what you’re using does not dry quickly. It’s best to wipe it off while it’s still wet. If it dries, it may be even more difficult to remove.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize and apply cuticle oil once you have removed the nail polish. This keeps your nails healthy.

Bet you didn’t think that all these household items would actually get the job done, did you? Well, now you have alternatives and backup options for a nail polish remover. So the next time you run out of nail polish remover, don’t panic. Try them out and let us know how it turned out!

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