How to Make Nail Polish Remover at Home With Just 3 Ingredients

6 Materials
15 Minutes

Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your store-bought nail polish remover? Did it sound like a bit of a horror story?

If all those chemicals make you think twice about using store-bought nail polish remover, then it’s time for you to learn how to make nail polish remover yourself with this DIY nail polish remover tutorial.

You’ll be glad to know that it only has three ingredients, and none of them are chemicals! Besides being natural, you won’t have to suffer from nail polish remover fumes anymore either. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • White vinegar
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Citrus bliss essential oil
  • Airtight container
  • Measuring cup
  • Cotton balls
Homemade nail polish remover recipe

1. How to make the nail polish remover

Add the following ingredients to your airtight container:

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup isopropyl alcohol
  • 15 drops citrus bliss essential oil

Close the container and gently shake to combine.

This homemade nail polish remover is non-toxic and safe for multiple purposes.

The citrus bliss oil is made of a blend of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and a hint of vanilla. It definitely smells a lot better than store-bought nail polish remover!

Of course, if you keep your homemade nail polish remover in a reusable container you are being kind to the environment, too. It’s a win-win all around!

How to use the DIY nail polish remover

2. How to use your homemade nail polish remover

Simply dip a clean cotton ball into your homemade nail polish remover and rub it on your polished fingernail.

Repeat as necessary, always dipping a clean cotton ball into the nail polish remover.

When you’re all done removing your nail polish, don’t forget to wash and moisturize your hands for a nice post-manicure feel.

How to make nail polish remover

How to make nail polish remover

That's how easy it is to make your own DIY nail polish remover at home! Leave me a comment to let me know if you made your own nail polish remover and how you like it. Thanks for joining.

Suggested materials:
  • White vinegar
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Citrus bliss essential oil
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  • Leslie Leslie on Mar 22, 2022

    Hi Lauren, thank you for the recipe. FYI there are pump bottles specifically made for this application or similar I have a few and the Walmart brand of polish remover now comes in a pump bottle which is reusable. I also found some at the Dollar Tree but not sure if it was a one time deal or not.

    pump bottle for nail polish

  • Kerri Kerri on May 14, 2023

    I actually bought the dollar tree pump bottles your talking about. I was so excited I thought this is gonna be great for not only polish remover but face toner too. I make my own toner but point 😞 they don't work. The pump sticks really bad an no matter what I tried or what was in the bottle, they just didn't work. Bummer (I know) better off paying a lil more and getting quality pump bottle from Amazon. Just a heads up so u don't waste ur money.