How To Make Nail Polish Remover At Home?

By 18 February 2017

how to make nail polish removerMany wise reasons to make your own nail polish remover at home. My reason for using DIY nail polish remover is because I believe in going green and incorporating whenever I can in form of natural ingredients. A nail polish remover which is totally safe, healthy, and comparatively cheaper to the commercial products available, what else better than it? If not intentionally but sometimes you really want to know safe alternatives to nail polish removers in case you are out of it and badly needed it. Whatever reason compelled you to find out how to make nail polish remover, one thing is for sure, your own made nail polish from natural ingredients would be a safe healthy thing you’re doing for your nails. If you are a nail addict and love painting your nails over and over again then using commercial nail polish remover could cost your nails a lot….the not so good ingredients besides being linked with health issues are also believed to be extremely harsh and bad for nails.

The nail polish itself contains toxic ingredients such as triphenyl phosphate or TPHP, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene and Formaldehyde, which are all unbelievably dangerous and perilous to your overall health. And using a product to remove nail polish which also contains harsh chemicals is like wreaking havoc. Instead of commercial nail polish remover, you should definitely think about a healthy, safe alternative, a chemical free nail polish remover.

Well before jumping into how to make nail polish remover easily at home, it is important to know that most cheapo commercial nail polish removers contain dangerous ingredients that are really bad for you and people around you, especially babies where you feed them with your hands. So for all the moms, in particular, avoid using chemical based products especially on hands to save yourself and your loved ones from the bad effects.

Let’s have a look at the most commonly used ingredients in some inexpensive nail polish removers that contain harsh chemicals and other dangerous constituents which are a real health threat.


Acetone is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid which is extremely harsh, dry, and toxic to the skin, cuticles, and nails; prolonged use could result in hard, brittle nails and damaged nail plate. Acetone is also believed to cause headaches, dizziness, and lethargy, lack of coordination, irritated eyes, and skin as some of the common side effects.

Butyl acetate:

Butyl acetate, also known as butyl ethanoate, can cause irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, nose, and skin. Ingestion and inhalation of it can cause central nervous system depression, dizziness, and disorientation.

Ethyl acetate:

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Ethyl acetate is a colorless liquid which is used as a solvent in nail polish removers. Overexposure to ethyl acetate may cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. In the case of severe overexposure, it can cause weakness, drowsiness, and unconsciousness.

Isopropyl alcohol:

Isopropyl alcohol also called isopropanol or dimethyl carbinol is a flammable compound which is a skin irritant. It can also cause dizziness, depression, nausea, headache and dizziness.


Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, is extremely toxic to humans. If absorbed excessive methanol, it can cause blindness, coma, mental disorder, fainting, and even death.

After knowing this nobody for sure wants to use products with such perilous ingredients.

How to make nail polish remover

Many ways you can make nail polish remover at home and believe it there are some products already in your beauty arsenal or home that could do the job for you and in a safe way.

Vinegar and lemon juice nail polish remover

Say good-bye to acetone based nail polish removers and try this super amazing DIY vinegar and lemon juice nail polish remover. These ingredients despite the fact that are natural but are great for your nails. Both vinegar and lemon juice are a prodigious fix for yellowed and stained nails and over all nail care.

You will need

  • Vinegar 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons
  • Cotton
  • A bowl of Warm water

Mix equal parts of vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and put aside. Soak your nails in a bowl of warm water for at least 10 minutes.  Saturate some cotton in the vinegar lemon solution and wipe off nail polish with it. Repeat if necessary.

Ashley is a housewife, dedicated mother of two kids and a passionate blogger. She loves to cook, travel and write. She has been writing about beauty, fitness, list of to-do things and lifestyle for past several years. So enjoy the good work.
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