You could want to take off your nail paint for a variety of reasons. Your once-beautiful manicure or pedicure is beginning to resemble a dreary one. Or perhaps you unintentionally smeared polish on your skin or preferred clothes.

The industry standard for removing polish is acetone and non-acetone nail polish removers, which are safe to use in moderation. You can also try some common home items, though.

Although many of these do-it-yourself home eradication techniques aren’t supported by science, they might be worth a go if you’re in a pinch. Read on to discover all of your options as well as safety measures.

A Common Method  to Remove Gel Nail Polish At Home

Before you start, gather these supplies:

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Cotton (balls or strips)

  • Scissors

  • Acetone (100%)

  • Plastic food wrap

  • Washcloth

  • Towel

You should work on one hand at a time when removing gel nail polish from your fingernails since it is easier. You could also hire someone to take the finish off for you. Whether removing gel nail polish from your fingernails or toenails, here are the steps to follow:

1. Each cuticle and the skin around it should be treated with a thin coating of petroleum jelly. This will aid in acetone skin protection.

2. Cut the cotton strips or balls to fit each nail’s diameter. You can lessen the possibility of getting acetone on your skin by using cotton that is around the same size as each nail. Acetone can irritate and harm your skin if it remains on it for a long time. A quarter of a cotton ball should be used to polish the nails on your small toes or pinkie fingers (5th finger). Use one-half of a cotton ball to cover each of the remaining nails.

3. Each piece of cut cotton should be acetone-soaked.

4. Each piece of cotton should be placed on top of the nail that it was cut to fit. The nail should then be covered with plastic wrap. You need a secure seal. Do not wrap your nails so tightly that you restrict blood flow.

5. For 10 minutes, leave the plastic wrap in place. Most or all of the gel nail polish ought to be gone when you take off the plastic wrap.

6. Use a washcloth that has just been soaked in warm water to remove any residual gel nail paint. Remove any residual polish by gently rubbing it off with the moist washcloth. Be careful to simply rub the nail and to refrain from stroking the skin around it.

7. To get rid of the acetone, gently wash your hands or feet with soap and water. Use a fragrance-free soap if you have one. You can avoid causing your skin irritation by using any gentle soap.

8. Every day for seven days, gently massage petroleum jelly into your cuticles and the skin around your nails. This will lessen any discomfort that the acetone may have brought on.


Another Ways to Remove Nail Polish Without Nail Polish Remover

Rubbing alcohol: Since alcohol is a solvent, it aids in the breakdown of objects. The polish may be removed by soaking your nails in rubbing alcohol or applying it with a cotton ball once it has been saturated.

This approach could take longer than using conventional nail paint remover, but it might just work and save you from having to go shopping.


Vinegar and Orange Juice: According to Dear Sundays creator and CEO Amy Ling Lin, you may make your own homemade nail paint remover by combining your favorite fruit juice with white vinegar. She instructs, “Mix together equal parts of white vinegar and natural orange juice.” “For around 10 seconds, press on your fingernails with the cotton ball/pad dipped in the mixture to soften the nail polish. The cotton pad should then be pulled down to remove the polish.”


Soy-Based Removers:  In order to make nail paint removers without acetate, soy is increasingly being used as the primary ingredient. According to Ling Lin, the idea behind soy-based removers and the other suggested remedies is to make the nail paint softer. She explains that acetone is a solvent that dissolves polish. Soy-based removers are a kinder alternative even if they won’t react as rapidly. After using soy-based remover, you might need to wait up to 45 seconds before you can scrub your nails with a cotton pad.

Toothpaste: Another common home item you may use to take off your nail paint is toothpaste. Use a basic toothpaste or one that contains baking soda, a mild abrasive, to scrub your nails. Use a rag to clean your nail after a few minutes of washing to determine whether this procedure has been successful.

Lemon: According to Ling Lin, regular lemon can also remove nail paint. Apply a lemon slice to your nails, wait until the lacquer softens, then rub the lemon juice off.

Hairspray: Boyce asserts that it is a myth that hairspray may erase nail polish. “But it must be hairspray in an aerosol can. Apply hairspray to a cotton ball or cotton pad, then wrap the cotton over your nail.” Boyce also says that if you have a spill, this strategy is really helpful. Hairspray will remove the polish without fading the carpet or fabric.

Post-Removal Care

Make sure to take care of your nails once you’ve used your preferred method to remove the polish. Use a cuticle oil to re-moisturize your nail, cuticles, and surrounding skin since rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer can be drying to the skin and nail, advises Boyce.

However, taking care of your nails doesn’t always call for expensive items. To maintain the health of your nails, Koehler advises drinking as much water as you can. “Although a healthy diet is generally great for having strong nails, staying hydrated is crucial. consuming a lot of water and then applying moisture directly to your nails.”



How to remove nail polish from your clothes

Here are some suggestions for cleaning up nail paint from clothing that you unintentionally got on them.

As soon as you can, try to stop the stain from spreading and confine it. Then, to get rid of as much of the polish as you can, use an absorbent paper product, such as a paper towel or a piece of toilet paper.

Finally, use nail polish remover, either acetone or non-acetone, to a cotton swab or a small piece of a rag and blot the spot.

Here are some other ways to get nail polish out of your clothes:

  • using a stain-fighting detergent product

  • adding white vinegar to your washing cycle to lift the stain

  • washing your clothes immediately after staining them to ensure the stain doesn’t set

  • enlisting a dry cleaner to remove a deep nail polish stain

How to remove nail polish from your skin

If you’re giving yourself a manicure or pedicure at home, it’s likely some nail polish will end up on your skin. Try using the following to remove it:

  • nail polish remover, either acetone or non-acetone, using a cotton ball or cotton swab

  • warm water

  • one of the alcohol-based solutions described above: rubbing alcohol, spirits, hand sanitizer

Moisturize with lotion after removing the nail polish since these methods may dry your skin.


There are various secure and efficient techniques to take off nail paint. Although over-the-counter removal treatments might be the best option, you can also try using common household items like rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer in an emergency.

After removing polish, be important to hydrate your skin and nails to prevent dryness.