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How to Remove Nail Polish Without Nail Polish Remover: 4 Home Remedies

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Chipped your new manicure? Ready for your next color? Skip the acetone and use natural home remedies to remove your polish instead. We’ll show you four ways to remove nail polish without nail polish remover – it’s easier than you think!

Traditional nail polish remover is easily recognized by its strong and somewhat overpowering chemical scent. This is due to the use of acetone, a solvent which can break down or dissolve substances like paint and varnish. Using acetone is a fast way to clear your nails, but there are some risks associated with it.

Not only is the chemical highly flammable, it can also irritate or damage your skin. Breathing in large amounts of acetone can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Additionally, prolonged use can cause your nails to dry out and become brittle.

But not to worry: removing nail polish without nail polish remover is possible! We’ll share four ways to get nail polish off without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Get Nail Polish Off With Lemons

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Lemons are such a versatile fruit. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Myfanwy Owen )

Lemons are a fruit bowl staple, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only can you use them to make delicious lemon bars, they also have incredible cleaning properties. Use the citric acid to good use and remove your nail polish with lemons! 

  1. Soak your nails in a bowl of warm water to soften the nail polish.
  2. Rub a slice of lemon on your nails until the polish dissolves and disappears. 
  3. As an extra moisturizing treatment, pour some olive oil on another slice of lemon and rub that onto your nails afterwards!

Read More: Lemon Peel Benefits: Why You Shouldn’t Throw Out the Rind

Use Vinegar to Remove Nail Polish

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Vinegar is a very effective natural cleaning agent. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - NatureFriend)

If you don’t happen to have any fresh lemons lying around, check your pantry for vinegar and bottled lemon juice. You’ll also need some fabric scraps or reusable make-up remover pads (available on Amazon**) for this method. 

  1. Add equal parts lemon juice and vinegar to a bowl and soak your fabric scraps/makeup remover pads in the mixture.
  2. In the meantime, soak your nails in a bowl of warm water for approximately 10 minutes to help soften the nail polish.
  3. Place the soaked fabric on your nails for about 30 seconds and then wipe the nail polish off!

Get Rid of Polish Using Toothpaste

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It’s worth hanging on to old toothbrushes for cleaning purposes! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels -Karolina Grabowska)

If you haven’t made the switch over to natural toothpastes yet, you can use conventional toothpaste as a way to remove nail polish without using acetone! This is because of the ethyl acetate contained in most commercial toothpastes.

  1. Add a small amount of toothpaste directly onto your nails.
  2. Using an old toothbrush, brush the surface of your nails gently until the polish comes off.
  3. Wipe your nails clean using a cloth.

Remove Nail Polish With…More Nail Polish!

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Test out your next color while helping to remove the old one. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Dan-Cristian Pădureț)

Do you have bottles of nearly empty nail polish sitting around? Don’t let them go to waste! While it may seem counterintuitive to put more on, it’s a great way to remove polish without remover. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Paint a new layer of polish on top of the old layer.
  2. Wipe it off quickly before it has a chance to dry.
  3. Repeat until you’ve gotten rid of all your nail polish.
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