DIY Nail Polish Remover Tutorial

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
7 Materials
20 Minutes

Follow along with this DIY nail polish remover tutorial to learn a natural nail care, acetone alternative that is kinder to your body. It’s easy to make with just two ingredients. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Bowl for hands
  • Bowl for mixture
  • Measuring tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Cotton ball or reusable makeup remover pad
  • Nail cream (optional)
Soaking nails

1. Soak your nails

Start by soaking your nails in warm water to soften the polish. Soak for about 10-15 minutes.

2. Create the nail polish remover

To create your DIY nail polish remover, mix equal parts lemon juice with white vinegar in a bowl. 

Pouring solution

3. Apply solution to your nails

Soak the cotton ball into the nail polish remover and press on each nail for 20 seconds or so to dissolve the enamel.

You might have to hold the solution on longer if you painted the polish on thick. Then wipe the polish off. You might need to help the polish along by scratching off any remaining bits with your nail.

Applying solution to nails

My first nail looks pretty clean.

Clean nail

Continue on all of your fingers.

Clean nails

4. Apply nail cream

Now here’s the extra credit. Apply nail cream or simple moisturizer onto your clean nails to help strengthen and hydrate them.

This is an important step to take as the vinegar tends to dry out the skin.

Applying nail cream

Completed DIY nail polish remover

DIY nail polish remover 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you found this DIY nail polish remover tutorial helpful. This is a great alternative to nail polish removers that contain acetone or lots of other chemicals.

If you give this DIY a go, let me know in the comments down below. What's your favorite nail polish color?

For more natural DIY ideas, check out my posts on How to Make 4 Super Relaxing Spa Products and 6 Easy No Poo Shampoo Recipes.

Bye for now!

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  • Measuring tablespoon
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  • Christie Decker Christie Decker on Dec 07, 2022

    It seems to me if vinegar is that strong it can remove nail polish and is drying to the nails, what can it do to my insides when I use it? MY, MY!!! I know it dissolves rust and metal...maybe it's not as good for me as what the ads say it is. Blessings!

    • Kate Kate on Dec 08, 2022

      Your stomach acid is more acidic. Relax.

  • Carla Vickery Rudichuk Carla Vickery Rudichuk on Dec 08, 2022

    Maybe neutralize the vinegar by using a baking soda solution and dip fingernails in it after nail polish removal. Then rinse.