Homemade Nail Polish Remover: Remover Alternatives

Most of the time, nail polish remover contains all kinds of ingredients that can be damaging to delicate nails. Homemade nail polish remover can reduce chemical exposure, save you when you’ve run out of the stuff in the bottle, and it’s less expensive since you’re using things you already have at home. We’ve got some methods and DIY remedies that are super easy and won’t require a home chemical lab. All of these methods will get rid of your polish with a lot of patience, so if you’re looking for something that will provide instant removal, you may be better off buying some. If you’re okay with a little extra rubbing, read on.

Lemon and Vinegar
Both lemon and vinegar are acidic, so they can break down nail polish. Mix the two together to create a substance that will help remove the color from your nails. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and press it against your nail for about a minute, allowing it to break down the polish. Use another fresh cotton ball dipped in the mixture to rub off the color. You can soak your nails in warm water for about 5-10 minutes beforehand to help speed up the process. It may take some time to remove everything depending on how many coat of polish you’ve used.

Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is more natural and less harsh than the chemicals found in most removers. Dip a cotton ball into the alcohol and rub each nail as you normally would. Like the lemon and vinegar solution, it will take a bit of extra time and effort before all of the polish is completely removed.

Use Another Coat of Polish
This method is a little strange, but applying a new coat of polish and then rubbing the nail immediately afterward will remove the color currently on your fingers. You’re probably thinking about how you don’t want to waste nail polish in order to remove what’s on your fingers, and that’s a fair point. The best way to do this in a non-wasteful fashion is to use a bottle of cheap clear polish. These can usually be found in the drugstore for only 99 cents. Apply a single coat and then rub the nail polish off. It’s pretty magical.

Deodorant Spray, Hair Spray, and Body Spray or Perfume
All of these items have similar ingredients to those found in nail polish remover. Some even contain acetone, which is the active ingredient in removers. Hold the bottle of the spray of your choice away from your hand and spray a bit on. Use a cotton ball to remove the polish and continue to repeat as necessary. Rather than spraying directly on to the hands, you can also get the product directly on to the cotton ball if it’s possible to open up the container.

Hot Water Soak
Hot water will soften nail polish and allow it to come off easily. Warm up some water and soak your finger in it for 10 minutes. Gently scrape the polish off. Gentle is the keyword. If you’re rough with the scraping, you may damage your nails or cause them to peel, so be as careful as possible.

With a bit of patience and a lot of spare time you can get rid of your polish without the aid of a nail polish remover.