How can I remove nail polish at home naturally? Proven results from a few tests

Earlier this year, as part of my beauty routine, I looked for products that were not perceived as toxic, when they actually were, like nail polish. After spending several hours searching the internet for eco-friendly ways to remove nail polish, I found some that worked quite well.  In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common ingredients found in your kitchen that can safely and effectively remove your nail polish, without compromising your health or the environment. So, if you’re someone who cares about the planet and wants to find a more natural approach to your beauty routine, read on!

What makes nail polish remover toxic?

Nail polish remover is considered toxic for both people and the environment because it typically contains harsh chemicals, such as acetone, that can have negative health effects if inhaled or absorbed into the skin. Additionally, these chemicals can be harmful to the environment when they are released into the air, water, or soil. They can also take a long time to break down and can accumulate over time, causing long-term damage.

What can I use instead of nail polish remover?

Several products are available in your kitchen that can be used instead of nail polish remover, including lemon juice, vinegar, and oils. Upon trying them all, some worked, while others didn’t. The following is an order of the most effective to the least effective natural nail polish removers:

  1. Acetone-free nail polish remover: Although not a completely natural alternative, this type of nail polish remover is still gentler and less harmful than traditional acetone-based removers. It is generally considered to be the most effective of the natural alternatives.
  2. Lemon juice: Lemon juice is a highly effective natural nail polish remover due to its acidic properties.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar is also a highly effective natural nail polish remover due to its acidic properties.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a gentle and effective natural nail polish remover due to its moisturizing properties.
  5. Baking soda: Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can effectively remove nail polish, but it can also be harsh on the nails if not used carefully.

How to make a safe and eco friendly nail polish remover 

Here is a step-by-step guide to make a safe and eco-friendly nail polish remover at home:

  1. Gather the ingredients: You will need the following ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup white vinegar
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 2 tablespoons baking soda
    • A clean glass bottle with a secure lid for storage
  2. Mix the ingredients: In a bowl, mix the white vinegar, warm water, and baking soda until the baking soda has dissolved.
  3. Transfer to a bottle: Pour the mixture into the glass bottle and secure the lid tightly. Shake the bottle to fully mix the ingredients.
  4. Use the remover: To use the remover, simply soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it to the nails. Gently rub the nails until the nail polish has been removed. Also, there are eco-friendly nail polish remover pads, which can be reused multiple times.
  5. Store the remover: Store the bottle in a cool, dry place and use as needed. The remover will last for several months if stored properly.

Here are a few tips for getting the best results

Natural nail polish removers have changed the game! No, really! Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way that have made my natural nail polish removal routine a success:

  • Soak time is key: I like to let the natural remover sit on my nails for a few minutes before wiping away the polish. This gives the remover a chance to really work its magic.
  • Don’t skimp on the remover: I make sure to use enough of the natural remover to cover all of my nails, so the polish comes off more easily.
  • Gently does it: I use a gentle, circular motion to rub my nails when removing the polish. I learned the hard way that too much pressure can cause damage!
  • Fresh cotton balls: I always use a fresh cotton ball when applying the natural remover to my nails. It’s just a little extra step to make sure I’m not transferring bacteria or debris to my nails.
  • Repeat if necessary: If the polish doesn’t come off in one try, I just repeat the process until my nails are clean.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: After removing the polish, I make sure to give my nails a good moisturizing to keep them healthy and hydrated.
  • Store it properly: I store my natural remover in a cool, dry place and it lasts for several months. If it starts to look or smell funky, I know it’s time to make a fresh batch.

By following these tips, I’ve been able to achieve great results with natural nail polish removers. I feel so much better knowing that I’m not exposing myself or the environment to harmful chemicals. Give it a try yourself and see the difference it can make!


In conclusion, removing nail polish at home doesn’t have to involve toxic chemicals. With a little patience and some simple tips, you can achieve salon-quality results right at home. So why not give natural nail polish removers a try today and see the difference for yourself?