nail polish

nail polish

You might find yourself in a situation where you want to remove an old layer of nail polish, only to realize you’ve run out of nail polish remover. You either want to apply a new coat or have bare nails. Also, if you’re a fan of glitter polish, you might find that it takes forever to remove your manicure, even with straight acetone. Luckily, for either situation, there are a number of ways to remove nail polish using common household products.
Most of these methods, while effective, need to be repeated once or twice for best results. None of them are as effective as store-bought remover, but with patience, they all work.

With household products

Use alcohol and alcohol-based products to peel the paint off.

The higher the alcohol content, the better it works. Of course, your first step should be to use isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol. However, other products contain alcohol (or ethyl glycol). If you see this listed as an ingredient on any of these products around the house, the product could be effective at removing nail polish: perfume, hairspray, hand sanitizer, deodorant spray rubbing alcohol While spirits clearly shouldn’t be your first option, hard drinks like vodka, grappa or Gin them all up with nail polish remover. For best results, you may need to soak your nails in the liquor for 10-20 minutes.

Use white vinegar or a vinegar solution mixed with lemon juice to combat nail polish.

Vinegar is an acidic and all-natural, all-purpose cleaner for the whole house. So it makes sense to use it to peel off nail polish. For an extra boost, squeeze in half a lemon or even some orange juice for powerful citrus cleansing power. Soak your fingers for 10-15 minutes before attempting to remove the polish. Scrape it down with your other nails while it’s soaking to speed things up.

Use some plain toothpaste to scrub the polish off.

All you need is a dab of toothpaste. Then start scrubbing with an old toothbrush or paper towel. In general, white toothpaste work best as they lift and strip the color off your nail. Additionally, toothpaste with baking soda, a well-known natural cleaning solution, often gives the best results.

Mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part hot water and soak your nails in it for 10 minutes.

This means that if you use roughly 30 ml of hot water, you use 60 ml of hydrogen peroxide. Soak your nails in water that is as hot as possible and work it over with your free fingers. Then file off the nail polish with a nail file.

Alternatively, use a strong solvent or paint thinner, although this is not recommended.

This is not an everyday solution as these chemicals can be dangerous. Nonetheless, they effectively remove nail polish, often just as quickly as nail polish remover. The following products should be used as a last resort and in a well-ventilated area: Acetone Paint Thinner Liquid thinner

Apply the product of your choice.

Soak a cotton ball or paper towel in the product if you’ve found one that can act as a nail polish remover. Then gently dab it onto the nails of both hands. Add more product to the cotton ball or paper towel as needed. Replace the cotton ball or paper towel when saturated with color.

Leave the product on for a minute.

Since you’re not using a conventional nail polish remover, you’ll need to let the product soak in. Leave the product on your nails for about a minute. The longer you leave the product on, the better. If you’ve already tried this (or need a stronger remover), soak your nails directly in the solution for 4-5 minutes beforehand. Then continue from this step.

Wipe the product off your nails, scrubbing to remove the polish.

Wipe your nails dry after leaving the product on for a minute. Again, use a cotton ball or paper towel. It might take a little more effort than regular nail polish remover. Removing thicker or glittery nail polish may take longer. You may need to repeat the process if the polish isn’t completely removed the first time. An old toothbrush can help with scrubbing. Paper towels are generally sturdier than cotton balls and might help eliminate some tougher polishes.

Soak your hand in hot water while rubbing and scraping the paint, and try again.

Hot water will loosen the polish, making it easier to get another nail underneath and remove bits of polish. This is great for scavenging the last bits of paint or softening the paint for another round of homemade remover. Use as hot water as possible for the best results without scalding yourself. You may need to soak your nails for 20-25 minutes. So put them in the water while watching TV and wipe off the paint when the show is over. If necessary, reheat the water.

Remove the old one with new nail polish

Choose another nail polish that doesn’t dry too quickly.

Nail polish dries due to the evaporation of the solvents it contains. Applying a second coat effectively softens those very solvents again. This will return the nail polish to a liquid state, which can be wiped off. The best type of varnish for this method is thin and slow drying. A clear top coat might also work as these tend to dry more slowly. Avoid quick-drying nail polishes or sprays or drops that make nails dry faster. Some blogs suggest that darker colors than the polish you’re removing work best. Regardless, the speed at which paint dries is the most important factor. It should dry as slowly as possible.

Apply the polish to one nail at a time.

Varnish the nail and cover the old varnish. You don’t need to take as much time applying the polish as you normally would since you’ll wipe it off anyway. If it dries, the nail polish will be even more difficult to remove and take longer.

Quickly wipe off the new paint.

Wipe off the old nail polish immediately after adding the new polish. Use a paper towel for the best results. While many people typically use cotton balls when using nail polish remover, you should avoid using cotton balls with this method. They’re likely to tear apart or stick to the wet paint and leave it hanging. You may need to use some force to get the best effect. While applying the second coat of nail polish is effective, it might take a little more effort than normal to wipe off the old polish.

Wipe repeatedly until your nails are free of polish.

This method might take a few tries before it works properly. Keep adding a new coat of nail polish and rubbing it off. It might take two or three passes to completely remove the polish. Hard-to-remove finishes, such as glitter-based finishes, require more effort. This method is often a good start and removes the largest chunks of paint. After that, you can use the homemade remover method to finish removing the paint.

Take precautions with glitter paint

Make a base coat of glue.

Are you struggling to remove nail polish due to a fondness for glittery polishes? Then there is a method to take precautionary measures and thus simplify the removal. This method must be done before you paint your nails. However, it can be a great way to avoid future nail polish removal problems. You make a mixture of glue and water that you apply before glittery polishes. You will need white craft glue, an empty nail polish bottle, and water. Fill the bottle about one-third full with glue. Then add water and swirl around until the mixture is thin enough to spread on your nails.

Apply the base coat of glue first.

Paint your nails with a layer of the glue base coat before adding your polish. Wait about five minutes for it to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat. If you normally use a different base coat, such as one that prevents discoloration, apply that after your adhesive base coat.

Once you’re done with your glue base coat and any other base coats, you can apply your glitter nail polish as usual.

The glue has hardened on the nail, and the polish is hardening on the glue. Luckily, with a bit of force, the glue comes off your nail easily, making it much easier to remove.

Bathe your nails when you’re ready to remove your polish.

Soak your nails in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. You can also hold your fingers under a faucet while lathering them with soap. This will soften the polish, making it much easier to remove without damaging your nails.

Peel off your old nail polish.

You can peel off the nail polish with your fingers. However, you can use a cuticle pusher, toothpick, or any other thin, blunt object if you have trouble with it. Gently slide it under the nail polish at the base of your nail until the old polish slides off. It should be easy to get it all off in one piece.