DIY Non-Toxic Nail Polish Remover

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Removing your nail polish is usually quite a simple task. That is, until you are a Scratch Mommy, and reaching for the conventional acetone nail polish remover makes you cringe with the thought of inhaling toxins (especially if you are removing polish from your little girl’s nails!). One thing you will need to remember is that removing polish with more natural methods will ABSOLUTELY take longer than with conventional methods (since you are not chemically melting the polish away)… and it will require more effort.


Some of the serious offending ingredients of the conventional acetone nail polish remover are:

  • Acetone

    headaches, dizziness, and irritated eyes, skin, and throat

  • Butyl acetate

    headaches and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat

  • Ethyl acetate

    irritated eyes, stomach, skin, nose, mouth, and throat; high levels can cause fainting

  • Isopropyl acetate

    sleepiness, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat (1)

But now that you know how to DIY your own nail polish, you need to learn some methods to safely remove it. You’ll feel so accomplished with your DIY non-toxic nail polish remover! Anything worth doing is worth doing right if you ask me!

There are a few different methods that you can try:

Since ditching conventional acetone remover, this is the method I tend to use since I always have an emery board on hand. This one is pretty easy: just softly file away the nail polish, one finger at a time, until finished. This method usually leads to giggles from my daughter as it “tickles her toes” 🙂

**You can increase the effectiveness of any of these removers by soaking your nails in hot water for 10-15 minutes beforehand, to help soften the old nail polish to be removed.**

If you are in a pinch and simply need to grab a bottle of ‘better’ for you nail polish remover, I have used this one and it works well. Remember, we all do as much as we can to live #LifeFromScratch, but when we have run out of steam to DIY, or don’t have ingredients, or would simply rather grab something that on the scale of “good, better, best” will work for us, I’d say this one is ‘better.’

Not feeling particularly DIYish?

Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered.

Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell my handmade natural products. I love making them for my family and for you!

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