You have a meeting, you are in a hurry, your nail polish is chipped and it would give a bad image of you. You have absolutely no time to go out and buy a nail polish remover… Pretty anxious picture we painted here, isn’t it so what are some Brilliant DIY Ideas For Nail Polish Removers?

Do not worry! Because that situation will no longer be a problem after reading our article. You will learn to actually DIY your own nail polish remover.

Let’s suppose this is not even an emergency, there are still many other reasons that will convince you to DIY nail polish remover.

For example, we all know about the toxic chemicals used in commercial nail polish removers; most of the damage comes often from the removal process.

Luckily, the ways that we are going to show you will make your nail polish remover much safer and healthier. Oh, and not only that, but also cheaper!

Brilliant DIY Ideas For Nail Polish Removers

So, maybe you are simply desperate to remove your nail polish and yet so lazy to go out and buy a nail polish remover, or you just can’t stand the strong smell of it. No matter the reasons, we are here to give you 6 brilliant ideas we have to home make DIY nail polish remover, using only common house hold products.

1- Lemon

Brilliant DIY Ideas For Nail Polish Removers

For this you will be needing lukewarm soapy water, and of course, a slice of lemon.

The method is pretty easy; all you have to do is to soak each nail for about 5minutes in lukewarm soapy water, and then rub the slice of lemon on it, using it as a natural nail polish remover.

In addition of dissolving your nail polish, lemon will remove the stains off your nails and make them shinier and stronger.

If you have multiple coats of nail polish though, using lemon probably won’t work. But hey, check out our other methods, we are pretty sure you will find your way.

Make sure to moisturize your hands as well as your nails after this, as lemon is pretty acidic which makes them dry.

2- Vinegar

Since Lemon might not always work as a nail polish remover, we will add vinegar to it to make it stronger in acidity.

For this, it’s better to squeeze the lemon slices and use the juice instead.

First, in order to soften the nails and make the process of removing the nail polish easier, you have to put your nails in warm water (soap is not necessary this time). 10 to 15 minutes are largely enough.

Take a bowl and mix both of the vinegar and lemon juice.

And just like you use any commercial nail polish remover, help yourself with a cotton pad to apply it on your finger nails.

You start by pressing the wet cotton pad on your nails for several seconds so that the nail polish absorbs it, then you can go ahead and wipe it off.

Put in mind that it’s the chemicals that make the removal process faster. So, using natural ingredients such as vinegar and lemon might take a while and several tries to dissolve the nail polish, considering that even together, their pH is not that low.

Again, if you have several coats of nail polish, this might take more time. But usually the vinegar and lemon mixture help softening the nail polish which makes you able to pick it off in worse cases (comes with a little damage but desperate times call for desperate measures!).

Don’t forget to use a moisturizer to avoid having dry hands and keep your nails healthy.

3- Alcohol

Alcohol is actually one of the best alternatives to nail polish removers.

We are talking here about Isopropyl Alcohol (commonly called Rubbing Alcohol). Save your whiskey for better days!

Actually, there are many nail tips using alcohol. For example, before applying your nail polish, you can rub alcohol on your nails; this will help the nail polish last longer up to weeks since it removes all the oils on them. And if you have a nail infection, we highly recommend using alcohol as it is an effective antiseptic killing many of the bacteria.

Also, it is preferable to use alcohol instead of lemon and vinegar if you have cuts or hangnails, because the acid will sting and irritate your skin.

But the method is pretty much the same, first you soak your nails in lukewarm water for 3 to 5 minutes, then apply the fully wet cotton pad on your nail and wipe it out.

4- Deodorant

To be honest, using a spray deodorant as a nail polish remover is not the best option since it can easily irritate your skin, but then again, if you have no alternative from the ones mentioned on this article, you can use it this one and only time.

Deodorant is mainly used as a nail polish remover because it contains the basic ingredients used in commercial ones: acetone and alcohol. But even though it’s effective at dissolving nail polish, it is harsh on the skin and nails and can easily make them dry.

We recommend using your own deodorant so that at least you can be sure that you won’t have any allergic reaction.

In order to remove your nail polish, put your deodorant close to your nail and spray an important amount all over it.

Wait a few seconds so that the nail polish absorbs enough of the alcohol and acetone, and then wipe it off using a cotton pad.

Don’t forget to moisturize your hands and nails after finishing to avoid any damage and keep them soft.

5- Hand Sanitizer

I think you got the idea by now; anything that contains alcohol has a high chance of removing your nail polish.

This is why you should use an Alcohol based hand sanitizer and not any type.

Put on a bit of your sanitizer on your nail, let it soak for about 1 minute, and then wipe it off using a cotton pad. You might want to repeat this several times especially if the percentage of alcohol in the hand sanitizer is low.

6- Nail Polish

Saving the best for last: Nail Polish.

To give you a quick example of how nail polish can remove itself, just remember when you add an extra coat of nail polish to hide little imperfections and you end up ruining it by touching something (Situation inspired by clumsy moments we can all relate to).

You might have noticed it or not but it does get through the first coat as well.

How can we explain that? It is pretty simple; nail polish gets dry when its solvents are evaporated, and applying a new coat of the same solvents softens the old ones which can get them removed easily.

For this, take any nail polish, (preferably the same one you have already so that you don’t get a color mixture, or a dark color so that it hides it) and especially not a quick dry one!

Apply a coat on your nail. Wipe it off using a paper towel because cotton pads will just stick to the nail polish.

Repeat it as many times as you need to get it off completely.



To sum up the general method, the main concern here is to look for a product that can work as a nail polish remover, and use a cotton pad or a paper towel to apply it (paper towels are known to be sturdier but cotton pads absorb less). Whatever you are using, you got to make sure it is all wet.

Since we are using more natural products, you have to let your nail polish absorb enough of the product to make it work. The longer you let you cotton pad on your nail, the more the product sinks in, and the better the result will be.

To make it more effective, you might want to start with softening your nails with lukewarm water, and maybe even soaking your nails in a bowl of the product solution, before wiping the nail polish off.

And, finally, use more effort and wipe harder than usual.


You might find other tips to home make nail polish removers, but they all work depending on the nature of your nail polish, its thickness, and its texture.

If you are not in a rush and your main concern is actually using an organic non acetone nail polish remover, you can find several ones to buy online, without going through all of the mess.

But, if it’s an emergency and you actually ran out of nail polish and need an alternative, we are pretty sure that one of the methods above will work for you.

And last but not least: moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!

We can never say it enough. Just like you always apply moisturizer after washing your face, you should take care of your nails and hands the same. Even though these home-made nail polish removers are more natural and less harmful, but they still make your nails and hands dry.

This is why a cuticle oil or moisturizer as well as a nourishing hand cream are a must!

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