Many people are often put off of getting acrylic nails because of the need to use acetone to remove them. Even if you are able to create your own beautiful acrylic nails at home you may be too scared to remove them. That is why a lot of people go to a salon especially to have their acrylics removed.

Fortunately, the good news is that you do not need to use acetone to remove acrylic nails!

Removing acrylic nails without acetone

There are several methods for removing acrylics without acetone. We will explore a few of the best options here.

1. Simply soak your nails in water

If you are looking for a quick removal method then, unfortunately, this is not for you. You will need at least 40 minutes to complete this. Trim and buff your nails beforehand. Then place them in a container of warm water (you can add a little bit of soap if you desire).

You can wiggle the nails a little whilst you are waiting as this will help to loosen them off. Once the nails feel loose enough, remove them using an orangewood stick. This method should not be painful.

2. Use nail polish remover (acetone-free)

There are plenty of acetone-free nail polish removers out there that you can use to remove your acrylics. However, this will also take some time and a few extra tools. You will need 40 minutes, clippers, a nail file and a bowl.

Cut and file the nails, but not too short as to damage or hurt them. Then fill a bowl with the nail polish remover and leave to soak for 40 minutes. Once you can feel that the nails are loose, remove them with tweezers.

3. Cuticle oil

If you already have slightly loosened acrylics then you may not need to use nail varnish remover at all. In fact, you can simply use cuticle oil.

You will need to soak a cotton ball in the oil and then hold it against your nail for up to five minutes (pay particular attention to where the nail is already loose). This will allow the oil to seep between your natural nail and the acrylic.

Once they feel ready you can remove them by using an orangewood stick. This should be a painless process, so if you find that there is any pain stop and wait longer.

4. Use floss

This is a slightly more risky method of removing acrylic nails without acetone, but, if you do not have access to any of the above-mentioned tools this may work for you. If you feel pain or pulling at any point, stop.

If your nails have already started to loosen then this trick will work better. Place the floss against your natural nail at the base and try to wiggle the floss under the acrylic (if you have the floss on a stick then this will work better). Keep moving back and forward until the nail comes off.