How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone The Easy Way!

How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone

When it comes to beauty, you'll love making yourself up and finding ways to accessorize! One of the best ways to complete your style would be adding a bit of dazzle to your nails. From glitter polish to acrylic nails, you'll be able to look great in time for any event.

Removing it will take acetone, but what if you don't have any on hand and need to remove it as soon as possible? Read on to find out how to remove acrylic nails without acetone!


What Are Acrylic Nails?

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are fake nails placed over natural ones. They are shaped to match your nail, or to extend it for a more sexy look without the need to grow it. These nails are made out of liquid monomer and powder monomer, creating a hard layer over your nails.

It's transparent and needs nail polish for color and design. It's a perfect canvas for applying nail polish and last longer because of its hard material. Plus, you can easily fix a broken nail, or remove it just as efficiently.

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Why Is It Important To Know How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone?

Acrylic Nails

Removing acrylic nails requires acetone, but there will be times you don't have it at home and need to remove it immediately for work or school. That's why it's best to know how to remove acrylic nails without acetone for a quick fix without the hassle. You may also want to remove acrylic nails without acetone due to the harm acetone may cause to your fingers or body as you inhale the fumes.

Whatever reason why you don't use acetone, there is a solution that will still allow you to beautify your acrylic nails! As someone who LOVES nail polish and glomming up my nails, I've been there a lot and would love to share with you some tips to help my fellow gals out there get the acrylic nails out to either clean it off or replace it with better colors!

The Four Ways On How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone

There are four different methods to choose from when you want to remove acrylic nails without acetone. It all depends on what you have available at home.

Here are the ways and steps to follow to remove your acrylic nails as effectively as possible, without the use of acetone:

Method 1: Using Dental Floss

​This is an easy method that you can do when at home and have no time (or the budget) to go to a salon. While you can do this alone, it's best to have someone help you out. Also, it may be a bit painful if your acrylic nails are still firm or short.

​What You Will Need:

  • Dental Floss: Any type of dental floss will do. Make sure you have the sufficient amount of dental floss to remove all the acrylic nails.
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Nail Buffer
  • Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer
  • You will need a partner or some help for this method

How To Proceed:

​1. Remove Bottom Edge of Acrylic Nail

​Use a cuticle stick to slowly remove the bottom edge of your acrylic nail

​2. Slide Dental Floss Under Nails

​Have your partner use dental floss, sliding it underneath the acrylic nail.

​3. Floss Back and Forth

​Floss back and forth, going across the nail. Do NOT yank the floss up quick, as your natural nail may end up being removed, along with the acrylic nail.

​4. Keep Flossing

​Keep flossing back and forth until the entire acrylic nail is removed, repeating it for all your other acrylic nails.

​5. Clean Natural Nails

​Because you forcefully removed the acrylic nails, your natural nails may be cracked. Clean and polish them with a nail buffer.

​6. Add Cuticle Cream and moisturizer

​Put cuticle cream on your nails and moisturize them for your fingers to feel soft and smooth.

​Method 2: Using A Laminated Business Card

​This is an easier method as compared to using dental floss, as long as the card is laminated and strong. This one is easier as you can do it alone.

How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone Using A Laminated Business Card

​What You Need:

  • Laminated Business card: If not a business card, you can also use any other laminated card.
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Nail Buffer
  • Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer

​How To Proceed:

​1. Remove Bottom Edge of Acrylic Nail

​Similar to using dental floss, use a cuticle stick to remove the bottom edges of the acrylic nail.

​2. Slide Card Under the Acrylic Nail

​Using the corner of the laminated card, pry off the edge and slide it side to side gently. Make sure to do it slowly to avoid ripping off your natural nails underneath.

​3. Slide Card Back and Forth

​Keep sliding until the acrylic nail is removed. Repeat it for all other acrylic nails.

​4. Clean Natural Nails

Clean and polish your natural nails using a nail buffer.

5. Apply Cuticle Cram and Moisturizer

​Restore your finger's skin through applying cuticle cream and moisturizer.

​Method 3: Using A Nail Clipper

​Using a nail file is a bit of a tedious task, as it will take more time. But it's a good method for those who have neither business card or dental floss on hand. You can also use an electric nail file machine to make the job easier and quicker.

​What You Need:

  • Nail clipper
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Nail Buffer
  • Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer

​How To Proceed

1. Cut Tips of Acrylic Nails

Cut the tips of your acrylic nails, cutting as much of the tough acrylic as you can. If the coating is still too tough to cut, use a course nail filer until you will be able to trim the acrylic nails and cut through the tough material.

2. File Acrylic Coating

Once the tips are trimmed, file the acrylic coating, using a buffing tool. Work on it slowly, fil it only when there is a thin layer left. You may also use an electric nail file when doing this step.

3. Remove Bottom Edges

Using a cuticle stick, remove the bottom edges of the thin acrylic nail that's still left on your natural nails. Use your cuticle scissors and put it under the bottom edge of your nail.

4. Clip Away

Clip the acrylic material away. Lift the edges of the nail and start trimming it until all the acrylic material is out of your natural nails.

5. Clean Nails with Buffer

Clean and shape your nails back to how it used to be using a buffer.

6. Apply Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer

Apply the cuticle cream and moisturizer to let your skin and nails go back to normal shape.

​Method 4: Using Acetone-Free Mail Polish Remover Or Rubbing Alcohol

​This is a great method if the reason you are not using acetone is because you want a chemical-free way to remove your acrylic nails. You'll need to lay down newspaper for this method though, as it can get messy. Also, ready something to watch as you do this method, since it may take long.

​What You Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Acetone-Free nail polish remover (or rubbing alcohol)
  • Bowl
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Nail Buffer
  • Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer

How To Proceed:

1. Prepare Materials

Spread the newspaper and prepare the materials. Add the rubbing alcohol or acetone-free nail polish remover in a bowl.

2. Apply Petroleum Jelly

Add petroleum jelly to your fingers before dipping your fingers to the bowl. After that, put your fingers in the bowl and leave it on for twenty minutes.

3. Scrape Acrylic Material

Once you see that the acrylic material is starting to soften and dissolve, use the cuticle stick and scrape off the acrylic material out of your nails. Do this slowly so as not to remove or damage your natural nails.

If there is still some acrylic materials left on your nails, dip them in the bowl again and scrape it off with the cuticle stick again.

4. Clean Natural Nails

Use a nail buffer to remove any acrylic material left behind on your nails.

5. Wash and Apply Cuticle Cream and Moisturizer

When all the acrylic material is gone from your natural nails, wash your hands and dry them gently with a soft towel. Apply moisturizer and cuticle cream.

And that's it! These methods would take fifteen minutes to an hour, depending on the toughness of your acrylic nails and how quick you can remove them. Just be careful not to damage your natural nails in the process.

In Conclusion

Acrylic nails are very advantageous for those who want longer nails and a better canvas for coloring them. But when it comes to removing them, it may seem difficult without the acetone! Fortunately, there are ways you can quickly remove them without the need for it.

Hopefully, this article on how to remove acrylic nails without acetone helped you out when wanting to take off the nails as soon as possible. So what are you waiting for? Instead of frantically looking for acetone or getting in trouble at work with chipped nails, try these methods out!

We hope you enjoyed the article. If you have any more questions or tips on how to remove acrylic nails without acetone, then do comment down below. We would love to hear what you have to think.

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Ella Allan

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Polish Perfect - last year

The key thing here is to be patient when removing your acrylic nails. It’s very easy to damage your nails in this process but it takes long to heal (and it’s painful)


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