How Do I Remove Fingernail Polish?

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Fingernail polish can be removed with a variety of substances. To begin, you need a removal substance, such as acetone or non-acetone polish remover, and an applicator, such as a cotton ball or disposable towel. This process should take about five minutes, or 30 seconds per nail.

  1. Soak the applicator with the removal solution

    Cotton balls are the most commonly used applicators, but folded tissues or paper towels also are effective.

  2. Press the soaked blotter firmly on the nail

    Hold the material on the nail for at least 30 seconds.

  3. Wipe the applicator away from the cuticle and off the nail

    If any polish remains, repeat the process or wipe the remaining spots with the applicator.

  4. Repeat steps 1-3, replacing applicator as needed

    When the applicator becomes ripped, saturated or dirty, replace with a fresh one.

  5. Throw applicators away and wash hands

    Because some removers are toxic, be sure to dispose of applicators and wash hands when finished.