How to Remove Nail Polish At Home

What do you do when you need to remove your old polish but then you realized that you ran out of nail polish remover? Would you go to a beauty store to buy one, settle for whatever remover you find at home, or just chip your nails off? Well, the third option is obviously a bad idea.

You’re lucky if you can find pure acetone at home as that will do in removing your nail varnish. Since nail polish removers that are acetone-based work faster than acetone-free ones, pure acetone can definitely remove the polish off your nails. But this is a strong chemical and it can definitely dehydrate your nails. Just barely soak your cotton ball with pure acetone and try it first. Add a little more if the polish seems to be difficult to remove. It is imperative that you wash your hands thoroughly after removing your polish with pure acetone. Use a good hand and nail moisturizer to keep your nails hydrated.

A deodorant spray might be effective, too. Spray some deodorant close to your nails and rub your nails with a soft cloth. Just be patient in wiping the polish off your nails. You can spray some more if you’re having a hard time removing it.

You can also try rubbing your nails with 99% isopropyl alcohol. Make sure of the percentage as most 91% and 70% alcohol won’t work. Insect repellants with DEET content may help but this is not recommended as DEET is not safe.

Methyl ethyl ketone can also help since this is a common ingredient in most nail polish removers. Similarly, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, hexane, and shellite are other solvents included in the formulation of nail polish removers. But then again, you have to be very certain of the effects of these solvents and never attempt to experiment with them.

A safer option is to paint some more polish on top of the old nail polish. Wipe it off immediately so that the wet polish takes the dry one off your nails. Make sure you do this fast and that you wipe or wash of the polish before it gets dry. But doing this would mean wasting considerable amount of your nail polish. Try using clear polish so you won’t ravage any of your nail polish color collection.

If you intend to remove nail polish from clothes, fabrics, or wood, then you can try using paint thinner. Solvents such as methylated spirits, white spirits (used in lighter fluid), and turpentine can be good in removing nail polish stains as well. Be careful in using these as the fumes can be hazardous; better stay away from flames or burning cigarettes. Never ever try to use these solvents in removing nail polish on your nails.

Homemade nail polish removers may work but they may not be safe. It is still best that you purchase commercially endorsed products as these are tested for safety. You may be able to save time and money in preparing your very own nail polish remover but you cannot be one hundred percent sure that it is perfectly safe for your nails, overall health, and the environment.

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