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Why would I take the time and effort to make nail polish removers when it’s so convenient to use readymade ones, you ask? Good question. And it’s totally fine to use readymade ones if you’re not particularly into the au naturel thing. Except, it has to be said that acetone contained in nail polish removers, which magically cleans your nails in seconds, is a harsh chemical and isn’t good for your nails in the long run. What’s the big deal, they’re just dead cells, you say? Point taken. When you’re late for an important meeting and notice on your way out that left-over nail polish from last week is no way to impress your client the first time you meet them. And given your tendency for manic gesticulation… well. There’s a solution and no, it does not require elaborate preparations. That wouldn’t serve the purpose now, would it?
Making your own natural nail polish remover might sound daunting but to tell you the truth, you won’t actually be making anything. It’s just about grabbing a bunch of kitchen ingredients and getting to work. So, ready?
DIY 3 Natural Nail Polish Removers That You Must Try
Lemon based nail paint remover:
- You’re going to need to dip and soak your fingernails in soapy lukewarm water for about 5 minutes.
- Then, take a slice of lemon and rub it on your nails.
- Lemon is a popular ingredient in manicures and pedicures and is great at softening nail polish so that it comes off easily.
- Now keep in mind that acetone is missing here, so it just might take a few minutes longer than your readymade harsh-on-the-nails remover.
- Once done, don’t forget to moisturize your cuticles with Olay Moisturizing Lotion.
Vinegar and lemon juice nail polish remover:
- This is for those stubborn nail paints often involving several thick coats.
- You’re going to need some time though so this isn’t for those last-minute-oops-the-nail-polish-remover-is-over-and-I’m-running-late moments.
- You’re going to need to soak your fingernails in soapy lukewarm water for about fifteen minutes.
- Then mix equal parts vinegar and lemon juice to scrape off the nail polish using a cotton ball.
- This might take a while especially if you’ve used thick nail paint of several coatings, so be patient.
- And when you’re done, do not forget to massage those babies with moisturizer.
- While acetone may be missing, vinegar and lemon juice with their strong acidic properties can be harsh on nail and skin in their own way, so moisturizing is a must.
Hand sanitizer as nail polish remover:
- That’s right. There’s another quick alternative in case your remover runs out on you at a crucial time. Hand sanitizer to the rescue!
- Grab a bottle on your way out if it isn’t in your bag already, squirt some on your nails and rub them furiously with a cotton ball.
- It should help ease off the paint.
- But make sure to wash your nails thoroughly after this.
- You don’t want sanitizer drying on your nails and making a further mess!
- So, there you go. That’s your list of super-simple and essential nail hacks for the day.