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Removing Nail Polish (When You Run Out of Remover)

  • 2 min read

We all know how it is.

You’ve painted your nails and they look absolutely stunning. Everybody’s been commenting on how great they are but it’s finally time to remove the nail polish.

Now, you could use a nail polish remover for the task.

It definitely gets the job done and will leave your nails nice, clean, and ready for their next polish.

But maybe you’ve run out!

That’s where this article comes in. We’re going to share a few ideas for removing nail polish with things that you’ll find around the house.

White Vinegar and Lemon Juice

Acid is the name of the game with this removal solution.

You probably already know that you can use vinegar to clean work surfaces and all sorts of other things around the house.

It’s just as effective a cleaner for your nails.

Just pour some white vinegar into a small bowl and add a little fresh lemon juice to lend it a touch more acidity.

In about 15 minutes, you should find that your nail polish melts right off.


Yes, toothpaste really works as a nail polish remover when you’re in a pinch.

Ideally, you’ll have white toothpaste for this. Just pop a small dollop on the nail and scrub away with an old toothbrush. It won’t take long for the polish to come off.

Just make sure you don’t go too crazy with the brush. You don’t want to cause any damage to the nails while you’re scrubbing away.

Darker Nail Polish

You can remove nail polish with more nail polish…in the right circumstances.

To get this to work, you need to use a shade that’s a fair bit darker than the polish that you have on. That means this method isn’t going to work with you’re wearing black nail polish.

If you have a lighter shade one, just apply the dark one over the top.

Don’t give it time to dry though. Wipe the polish off with a cotton ball and you should find that the lighter polish comes off with it.


What makes perfume such an effective nail polish remover?

It’s simple! Many perfumes contain alcohol, which does a great job of removing nail polish. In fact, you could use rubbing alcohol for the same purpose.

But that’s something that not everybody has lying around the house. What’s more likely is that you have an old bottle of perfume that you don’t use very often. And if that’s the case, you have a nail polish remover waiting for you.

Warm Water and a Cloth

This may be the longest method. However, it’s also the most natural.

Pour some warm water into a bowl and soak your nails for about 25 minutes. You may need to replace the water a couple of times during this.

Once the time’s up, just wipe the polish away with a clean cloth.

The Final Word

That covers five ways to remove nail polish if you don’t have any remover left over.

Of course, you’re going to need some nail polish to remove before you can try any of these techniques.

That’s where Jubbas comes in. Check out our Women’s Beauty range to find the perfect nail polish for you.