5 Ways To Take Off Nail Polish Without Nail Polish Remover

You want to remove your badly chipped polish, but you run out of remover or you simply forgot to pack your remover for a vacation. In any situation, There are  other ways to remove nail polish besides the traditional way by using polish remover. Here, I want to share with you all 5 ways to take off nail polish without nail polish remover. Last one is the best one!

  • Use a Deodorant Spray

Yes! Your deo sprays can remove nail polish. Deodorants contains dissolvents, that can melt and remove your polish. Simply spray some onto your nails, let it work for few seconds and wipe it off with a cotton ball. Cool, isn’t it?

  • Perfumes Can come in Handy

When I came across this polish removal hack, my reaction was what!Really? But it works! Do you find it hard to stay away from your perfume, there you have one more reason to use it. Spray onto the nails and wipe off using a cotton pad. Repeat till your polish is fully gone. I want to mention though, It can be a pricy affair to use perfume as nail polish remover on regular basis. But It’s fun to do experiment and to use it as an emergency polish remover.

  • Apply more Polish

Aren’t we speaking of removing nail polish? Yes, we are! Adding more polish helps you get rid off  it. Apply a thick layer of nail polish over the old polish. Let it sit for few seconds. The new layer will melt the polish underneath. Then wipe it off with a cotton ball.

  • Nail Polish Thinner

Nail polish thinner is used to restore dried nail polish in the bottle. It works great for nail polish removal too. Put few drops of polish thinner on to your nails and on a cotton pad. wipe off the nails to see the polish gone!

  • Peel Off Base Coat

This is the best way to get off your nail polish without remover. You need to apply a peel off base coat before applying any nail polish. So that, to remove the nail polish, all you got to do is peel if off. This works great to remove stubborn glitter nail polishes too. This could save you the trouble and time.

That brings us to a question! Can normal base coat nail polish be replaced with peel off base coat.? Sure, it can be. But It may not work well to keep the longevity of your nail polish as the normal base coat does. If your priority is ease of polish removal, peel off base coat is the best way. And If you do not want to compromise a long lasting manicure, regular base coat polish is your best friend.

What is your favorite among these alternative ways of polish removal. Have you tried any of the methods before? Let me know in the comments below.




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  1. Omigosh, I never knew that there were other ways to take off nail polish! Thanks so much for this informative post!

    1. Hi Ebony..Happy that it was helpful!

  2. Great post!! Spray deodorant, huh? I didn’t know anyone used that anymore. Or maybe they buy it just to get off that stubborn nail polish. And I can see how perfume would work. I just would;t want to use my ‘good stuff’. Ket up the good work. A lot of good knowledge here.

    1. Thank you Brent for stopping by. These are fun alternatives to remove polish!

  3. Demi,
    I love these tips!! I don’t usually wear a lot of nail polish, just because it’s such a pain to get off! I usually end up picking at my nails, which are fragile and thin to begin with, so they end up looking horrible. I never seem to remember to pick up nail polish remover at the store and then my nails begin to drive me crazy! I like the idea of being able to use spray deodorant to remove nail polish! I’m going to give that a shot next time I’m in a bind. Thank you for this!

    1. Glad that you liked these tips Ashley. I can relate to you totally on the fragile nail issue. I have struggled through this in the past. May be you will find my post on How to Grow Strong Nails helpful.

  4. The reason I stopped wearing nail polish was because the nail polish remover strips the fat off your nails and I hated the way they felt dry. That was because I was at school and you weren’t allowed nail polish and I would have to take it off with the remover so I couldn’t just keep it on. I’m curious, do these remedies do the same thing? Do you ever feel that your nails loose their gloss and become dry and brittle after you take the nail polish off?

    1. Hi Emma, I agree removing nail polish sometimes left the nails dry. It would be a good habit to moisturize nails right after using polish remover. Nailtiques Nail Moisturizer works great for dry nails. It will certainly nourish and keep your nail healthy.

  5. Michael says:

    This is just what my daughter needs, every week she complains and complains about nail polish and how to deal with it, I will print this off for her and give it to her straight away! Cheers

    1. Hi Michael, Thank you for stopping by. Hope your daughter finds it helpful!

  6. Very informative and nice things to know if you are a nail polish wearer.

    1. Thank you Kathleen!

  7. Very informative post! I didn’t know you could use deodorant spray and perfume also.
    A few years ago I used to apply 2 to 3 layers, then during the week I reapply it again. By the end of the week I had a think layer that I could peel of. The result of that is that my nails turned yellow. So I stopped using nail polish until they turned back to their natural color.
    Your suggestions will help me a lot.

    1. Hi Dira, I’m glad that you found this post informative, Check out my post on how to Get Rid of Yellow Stain on Nails at home. Hope you benefit from the tips mentioned.

  8. This is so incredibly helpful! I never, ever remember to bring nail polish remover along with my regular polish bottles on holidays, which is kind of dumb because my young daughter loves to have her toe nails done… and little girls ALWAYS have chips and whatnot that need fixing, and usually entire nails that need to be wiped off and redone. Who knew that spray deodorant or perfume takes off polish!? Awesome stuff. Thanks!

    1. Glad that you found it helpful Marlaine. Enjoy polishing nails with your little one!

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