Homemade Nail Polish Remover Recipes

Did you know that there are alternatives to buying the expensive commercial nail polish removers? You can make these at home, for a fraction of the cost at which the removers are sold in the market. What’s more, the removers that you make at home will not be as harsh as your commercial nail polish removers and will not do any damage to your nails while taking off the nail paint. Even if you swear by your favorite brand of nail polish remover, you can give the home made nail polish removers a try during times when you run out of your store bought remover. We give you here recipes which you can use to put together your own homemade nail polish remover.

Homemade Nail Polish Remover Recipes 

1. Vinegar and Lemon Juice Nail Polish Remover

Vinegar and Lemon Juice Nail Polish Remover

To make this nail polish remover, you would need equal parts of vinegar and lemon juice. Mix them together well. Use a cotton ball and dip it in the mixture. Squeeze out the excess liquid. Place the cotton ball on your nails for about 10 seconds and gently rub it on the nail. Both the vinegar and lemon juice are acidic. They cause the nail enamel to dissolve with them when the cotton is rubbed. Repeat if necessary to remove all the remnants of the nail polish and you are done! If the nail polish is hard to come off, then you could soak your nails in lukewarm water for about ten minutes before trying to remove it.

2. Rubbing Alcohol

If you have rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet, then it can easily double up as a nail polish remover. It is a natural substance that is not as harsh as commercial nail enamel remover. If you suffer from any nail infection, then rubbing alcohol is the best thing you can use since it is antibacterial. Soak your nails in lukewarm water for about five minutes. Dry them with a clean towel. Now dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and squeeze out the excess. Rub it on your nails to ease out the nail enamel. Repeat if necessary.

3. Nail Polish

Nail polish to remove nail polish? That’s right! This is not exactly a “homemade” solution, but a quick fix for times when you are stuck without nail polish remover. Apply a thin coat of a transparent or light colored nail enamel on your existing nail polish. Do not let it dry. Immediately wipe it off with a cotton ball.

Read more about DIY manicure and pedicure tips here

4. Acetone and Glycerin Nail Polish Remover 

Acetone and Glycerin Nail Polish Remover

Acetone is the main ingredient in the store bought nail polish removers. But acetone can be drying and harsh. So when we make our own nail polish remover, we make it less harsh by adding some glycerin to it. Acetone and glycerin are inexpensive and can be bought off your chemist. To make the remover, take 200 ml of acetone and add 2 tsp of glycerin to it. Glycerin won’t mix with acetone so you would need to add a couple of tsp of water to it and whisk well until it forms a uniform solution. And there you have your own homemade nail polish remover that is gentle of your nails while removing the nail polish.

5. Deodorant 


Need to quickly take off your nail polish and do not have any of the above supplies? Fret not. Just grab your can of deodorant and spray it on your nails at close range. Immediately wipe it off with a cotton ball. Deodorant has alcohol content which will help you remove the nail polish.

Read more about how to get rid of stained nails here

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.

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