Makeup, check. Fabulous hair, check. Little black dress, check. Stilettos, check. Do you think something’s still missing? How else could you make your look complete? Nail Polish! They can definitely complete and seal that look! And with so many colors and finishes to choose from, you can enjoy a different one every day, for the whole year without repeating a single style. There’s just this little issue that comes with it. The more you use nail polish, the more you need to use a nail polish remover. Did you know that the commercial ones which are acetone-based can pose serious harm to your health? Although manufacturers claim that the acetone they use are in diluted form, repeated use can still be harmful. See how your nails and skin get dry after use? Here are homemade nail polish remover ideas you can try. Safer and cheaper alternatives compared to commercial ones.
Why Homemade Nail Polish Remover?
Doing each other’s nails never gets old at any pajama parties or sleepovers. Imagine hosting one for your friends. You always have that one friend who can’t seem to make up her mind with what color of nail polish she wants to use. She’ll try each color of nail polish in your stash, and in the process has used up all the nail polish remover you have. No need to panic. An empty bottle of nail polish remover shouldn’t ruin all the fun. Homemade nail polish remover to the rescue! Your friends will surely love the idea, especially when they find out that it’s cheaper, gentler and safer to use. Plus knowing these nail polish remover substitutes is like having a pajama party or sleepover emergency kit. A real must-have if you ask me. So even though it’s easier to just buy, it wouldn’t hurt to know these homemade alternatives.
10 Must-Try Homemade Nail Polish Remover Ideas
Everything here is so easy to make, you would think twice about ever going back to using commercial nail polish removers. But let me remind you that alternative homemade nail polish remover may not be as effective as the commercial ones. This is because the homemade alternatives do not contain acetone, which is the main ingredient in commercial nail polish removers. Although effective, it can cause your nails and skin to get dry and dull. So always remember to moisturize and put cuticle oil every time you remove your nail polish to keep those nails healthy. It is also always nice to give your nails some rest from all the nail polish to give then some time to recover.
1. Nail Polish or Top Nail Coat
Nail polish contains a volatile solvent where its other ingredients are dissolved. The applied nail polish in your nails dries out when the solvent in them already evaporated. So how do you think a nail polish can remove a nail polish? Sounds crazy, right? But hey, don’t judge. It may seem surprising, but it really works. Try it and see for yourself.
Here’s the trick. Just apply some nail polish on top of your old nail polish. Make sure that you are not using a fast or quick drying one. Wipe the nail polish off immediately with a paper towel, a cotton ball or a cotton pad. Do this several times until your nails are completely clean. You can also use a top nail coat as a homemade nail polish remover. Use it the same way as you would use a nail polish to remove your old one. And the same goes for the top nail coat, may take you a few tries before completely having a clean nail.
Do you wanna know how it works? When you apply a new coat to your already painted nails, the solvent in the nail polish softens the old nail color which makes it easier to remove with just wiping.
2. Vinegar and Lemon Juice
Time to get rid of your acetone-based nail polish remover with something natural, easy to make and something homemade. I’m sure you have this in your kitchen. Just mix equal parts vinegar and Lemon juice then set aside. Soak your nails in warm water for about 10-15 minutes to somehow help soften the old nail polish. Are you ready for the magic? Give your vinegar and Lemon juice mixture a good stir, then soak a cotton pad or a cotton ball in it. Press the cotton onto your nails and hold for 20 seconds. Can you see how your nail enamel reacts to it? Cool, I know. Continue the process until all nail polish are removed. It all depends on how thick you applied your nail polish. The more coats you applied, the longer it would take to completely remove them. Always finish it off with some nail moisturizer or nail oil.
Lemon and vinegar’s ability to remove nail polish is due to their acidic nature. There are also a lot of additional benefits to using this homemade nail polish remover. The Lemon can lighten and brighten your nails, removing nail stains from long and too much use of nail polish. These two are also known to promote nail growth, improve your nail strength and can end nail fungal issues.
You just need a blob of toothpaste to remove that old, chipped nail polish of yours. A pea size white toothpaste applied on each of your nails and some brushing from your old toothbrush will do the trick. Why white toothpaste, you might ask. Because it works best in lifting and pulling the old nail polish off the nails. Other kinds of toothpaste like those gel kinds have a different formulation that is not as effective in removing nail polish as the white kind.
4. Rubbing Alcohol
Ran out of vinegar and Lemon juice? No problem! A good substitute to prepare your homemade nail polish remover would be some rubbing alcohol. And since it’s homemade, it sure is gentler to your nails and skin. Always start by soaking your nails in warm water to help soften and loosen the old nail polish. Then with a cotton ball, apply the rubbing alcohol to your old nail paint and be amazed at how it actually works. And please don’t forget to moisturize your nails after with some cuticle oil.
If you are suffering from some fungal infection or other nail infections, using rubbing alcohol as your nail paint remover can offer additional benefits with its natural antibacterial properties.
5. Hand Sanitizer
Have you noticed whenever you put on some hand sanitizer, you nail polish loses some of its shine? the color becomes dull and sometimes it even starts to get sticky. You guessed right! Because it can be used as a substitute nail polish remover. Just squirt some hand sanitizer on your nails, then rub with a cotton ball. Keep on going, applying hand sanitizer and rubbing with a cotton ball until the nail polish is totally removed. Wash your hands after and apply some moisturizer and cuticle oil to make sure that your nails won’t get dry.
With all the benefits we can get from Lemons, there should always be some in the pantry. If you are in a hurry and you have no time to do a lot of nail soaking, you can still use Lemon as a natural nail polish remover. Just rub a slice of it on the nails and remove your nail polish. Don’t forget to soak your nails in warm water first to speed up the process, and to finish it up with some cuticle oil and moisturizer.
Remember what I told you about the hand sanitizer? The same thing happens whenever I accidentally sprayed some perfume on my nail polish. Yes, you can use your favorite perfume as a nail polish remover. Just moist a cotton ball with a little perfume, rub it on your nail and with a little pressure, goodbye nail polish. Just make sure not to use the expensive ones because it would kind of defeat the purpose of having a cheaper alternative.
8. Deodorant or Body Spray
You see, all the alternatives here are just within your arm’s reach. If you’re out of all the supplies I have mentioned above, and you really need to clean those painted nails off, try using your deodorant or body spray. Before spraying, always check first and make sure that the nozzle is not pointing towards your eyes. Just spray some of it closely on your nails and immediately wipe with a cotton ball
Deodorants and body sprays have alcohol and solvents as ingredients so they can also get the job done in effectively removing your nail paint.
9. Hair Spray
Ok, worst case scenario. You ran out of everything and the only thing you have are your hair spray and some cotton balls. Would it work? You’re one lucky gal! Spray some on your nails and gently rub with a cotton ball. Be careful as these hair sprays may leave your nails dry and might even cause some peeling. So the rubbing and wiping as quickly as you can.
10. Warm Water and Dry Cloth
The most natural way in the list, some warm water and a dry cloth. Just soak your nails in warm water, the warmest temperature you can handle. Soak them long enough that the old nail polish starts to soften. Remove your hand from the water and rub your nails gently with your dry cloth. See how the nail polish effortlessly comes off your nails. Soak your fingers a little longer and the nail polish might just peel off on its own. I have experienced that before, swimming in a hot spring with my nail polish on and getting out of it without them.
No nail polish remover? No problem. With all these homemade nail polish remover ideas, are you still going back to buying commercial ones? Try them all and see which ones will work best for you.