Nail Polish Remover DIY Tips

When your newest shade of nail color arrives, you are ready to try it out! But then you realize that you’re completely out of nail polish remover, and it’s too late to run out and buy some. No worries – these nail polish remover DIY tips use handy, household items and will have you ready to try out your new color in no time.

1. Lemon

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It is “easy peasy lemon squeezy” to remove nail polish with this DIY remover, and it leaves your hands smelling clean. Some people prefer to use lemon halves for this process, but just a lemon slice will do.

Simply soak your polished fingers in soapy lukewarm water for about five minutes. Then, rub your nails down with the lemon slice. If you’re using lemon halves, it’s easy to twist the lemon around the nails. After this, your polish should be soft enough to be wiped away easily.

2. Vinegar

Don’t put your lemons away quite yet because this next nail polish remover DIY may still have you squeezing a little juice. The acid found in vinegar will help to loosen up your old nail polish. Mix with equal parts lemon juice for a great DIY remover.

You’ll want to take the time to soak your nails for about 15 minutes in warm water, just to get them ready. Then, soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and lemon juice mixture. Press this on to your nail for about thirty seconds and then gently wipe away the nail polish. It may take more than one application if your nail polish is several layers thick. 

3. Hand Sanitizer

This process may take a little longer than some other nail polish remover DIY tricks, but it uses another product that people commonly have on hand. Hand sanitizers generally have a high enough alcohol content that it will break down your nail polish.

To try this out, simply squirt a small amount of hand sanitizer on to your nail. Wipe immediately with a cotton pad or cloth. It may take several attempts, but you will eventually see the polish start to come off.

4. Alcohol

Save your hand sanitizer if possible, and just use some rubbing alcohol to do the trick. While it may not smell quite as nice as the lemon juice or the hand sanitizer, it is less harsh than many nail polish removers that you purchase in the store. It can also be a good option if you’re dealing with any sort of nail infection because it does have some antibacterial properties.

For this nail polish remover DIY, soak your nails first in lukewarm water. Use the alcohol to wet a cotton ball or pad, and then wipe away the polish. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

5. Nail Polish

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You may think you misread that, but you didn’t. Nail polish is actually a great nail polish remover DIY that is worth trying. So, how exactly do you remove nail polish by using nail polish? 

You’re going to be rubbing all of this off, so you definitely want to use a polish that is older – one that you probably don’t plan to use again. Just make sure it is not a quick dry polish as that will dry too quickly to work.

All you need to do is paint the new polish over the old polish on your nails. The solvents in the new polish will cause the old stuff to soften up, making it easier for you to wipe it away. Use a paper towel for this type of removal because the more abrasive texture will help to clean it off. You may have to repeat the process to remove it all, but give it some time and effort, and it will work.

The Follow-up

The acetone and other chemical ingredients found in commercial nail polish removers work quickly and effectively, but sometimes you need an alternative polish remover method. These nail polish remover DIY tricks are alternatives, so they may not always work for every polish, but they are a great starting point.

Also remember, using any sort of chemicals or naturally acidic substances can be hard on your hands, so always follow polish removal with a moisturizer and a good cuticle oil. It’s important that you take care of your hands even when you’re in a bind!

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