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How to get Nail Polish out of ANYTHING!

7 September, 2019 - 08:52pm by - First Lady | 11 Comments


Article by BR Amelia

Getting nail polish off - the basics.

There are two types of nail polish remover - acetone and acetone-free.  When it comes to general nail polish removal it doesn't really matter what you use.  Acetone-free has the reputation of being kinder to your skin and nails, to be honest though - there's not much difference other than the strength of solvent.  Acetone will weaken (in some cases, destroy) false nails.  Acetone-free wont lift stubborn polish (think dark colours, glitter, liquid sand and cavier effects) as efficiently as acetone.  It's kind of like full fat vs diet sodas - neither contain a perfect set of ingredients.

If you're concerned about the chemicals in nail polish remover you'll want to look for a non-toxic, natural and biodegradable product. 

Getting nail polish off when it's a dark colour.

Dark nail polishes are more likely to stain your nail than lighter shades.  The tip to fully removing the colour is patience and repetition.  Press a remover soaked cotton pad on to the nail colour and apply pressure for 20 - 30 seconds.  Rub firmly and you'll see most of the colour will have been removed.  Repeat on all of your fingers and wash your hands.  Repeat the whole process again and you should find all traces of that dark colour have been removed.

Getting nail polish off when it's glitter.

If anything will survive the apocalypse it will be glitter!

Grab some cotton balls, nail polish remover and aluminium foil.  Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover (really soak it).  Place the ball on top of the first nail and use the foil to wrap and secure the ball in place.  Do this to the rest of your nails on that hand so all five pinkies are wrapped in foil.  Leave for 5 minutes or so.

To remove grab the first nail on top of the foil and firmly rub the cotton ball as you remove the foil.  The glitter is now firmly trapped with no chance of escape.

Getting nail polish off of clothes.

Spray the wet stain with lots of hairspray - leave it to dry and pop it through the wash.   You can try nail polish remover but you'll want to do a spot test in case the garment isn't colour-proofed!

Getting nail polish off of furniture.

Wooden Furniture - Use a plastic putty knife to gently scrape dried nail polish from a wooden surface.  Fine steel wool can be used for more stubborn spills.  Avoid using nail polish remover if the wood is treated!

Carpet - Act fast - don't stand there and watch the carnage, grab an absorbant cloth and BLOT the spill gently.  If the carpet is light, non-acetone nail polish remover is your best bet.  For darker and dyed carpets do not use any kind of nail varnish remover!  Spray the area with hairspray and use rubbing alcohol to remove the stain.  Remember - always BLOT, don't rub!

Upholstery - Depending on the type of upholstery you're probably going to want to avoid nail polish remover and harsh chemicals.  Grab a steam cleaner and loosen the polish before gently and carefully flaking it off using a blunt knife or something similar.

Getting nail polish off when you've ran out remover.

Wet Nail Polish - Soak your nails for 10 minutes in warm water first then simply paint over your existing nail colour with one coat of nail polish (clear is preferable!).  Use a damp cotton pad or a wet wipe and quickly wipe off all the layers of polish. It might take a few attempts to get a clean enough finish!

HairsprayPerfume and Body Spray - Spritz the end of a cotton bud and wipe your nails vigourously.

Hand sanitizer - Use as you would nail polish remover - it will take a few attempts though! 

So there you have it - the guide to getting nail polish off - and out - of everything!  Any tips to add?


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17th September, 2019

Ooooh great tips, definitely will try some of these.

15th September, 2019

I wish I’d had these tips earlier!

12th September, 2019

Really good tips on removing polish.

12th September, 2019

Never heard of these tips before. I love it

11th September, 2019

Great ideas for getting it off things other than nails! My 2 year old loves to play with my nail polish bottles I'm just lucky she hasn't opened them.... YET

9th September, 2019

With kids in the house I will need to remember this even thought I keep it up high you never know who will get their little hands on it.

9th September, 2019

Wow this was a great read. Hair spray who wpuld have known

9th September, 2019

I have a bright coral polish stain on my beige carpet.... will definitely test these out!

8th September, 2019

Lots of useful tips here. I once got bright coloured nail polish on my white shirt... Next time i shall test out the hairspray method.

8th September, 2019

Glitter nails are a favourite of mine, but removing the polish is a takes so much patience to soak it off!

8th September, 2019

Great tips. Getting it off is the definite downside to wearing it.