Nail Polish Removal Hack!


Does anyone else out there paint their own nails still? I love having fresh polish on my nails, but one of my least favorite things to do is remove it! I feel like some polishes (like glitter!) can be so stubborn and hard to get off. However, a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon this “hack.” With nail polish remover and ONE cotton ball, I can remove ALL of my polish quickly and easily! Read on to see how!


You can use acetone (which is harsher on your nails) or nail polish remover. Simply pour a small amount into the cap. Next get one cotton ball and roll it out into a strip like the picture below.


Gently, tear your cotton ball into ten small pieces.


Dip each piece into the nail polish remover, and press it onto your  nail making sure any part with polish is being touched by the polish remover. I typically do one hand at time.


Wait for around 15 seconds, grab the cotton ball piece, and slide it off your nail with some slight pressure. Voilà! Just like that, all of your polish is gone! 6

Like I said, I do one hand at a time, and it just takes a couple of minutes! No more scrubbing and using 15 cotton balls per hand. I hope this little tip saves you some time and cotton balls next time you’re switching polishes!

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  1. I’ve been doing my own nails for “a few” decades now and I know exactly what you mean when it comes to glitter nail polish! One quick trick your readers might like to know is, when you go to remove said glitter. Grab about a foot (probably less) of aluminium foil, cut it into strips about 3 inches wide and 4-5 inches in length. Take a small, like you describe, piece of a cotton ball soak in Acetone, then wrap the foil around your fingertips. Leave on for a full 5 minutes (some polishes come off faster but the Acetone needs to penitrate under the glitter for removal) then unwrap and slide off the cotton ball. There you have it! Thorough removal of glitter! No fuss, no muss!

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