How to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home

Heba Abohemed
7/9/23, 6:00 PM

Acrylic nails can beautify your fingernails and leave them looking glamorous, but after a while, the question is: how do I remove acrylic nails at home? As much as acrylic nails look pretty, you may need to look for methods to remove them in a way that doesn't harm your nails and without paying the salon another visit. Read below to learn how to safely remove acrylic nails at home…

7 Steps to Have Strong and Healthy Nails in Just 2 Weeks.

Let's check out how to remove acrylic nails at home

Warm Soapy Water Soak

What you need:

- A bowl 

- Dish soap


 1. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of mild liquid dish soap. 

2. Soak your nails in warm soapy water for approximately 30 minutes. This will help soften the acrylic. 

3. Afterward, gently try to lift and remove the softened acrylic using a wooden cuticle stick or manicure pusher.


How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Acetone

What you need:

- Acetone nail polish remover

- Cotton pads/balls

- Aluminum foil

- Nail file 

- Nail clippers

- Vaseline petroleum jelly


1. Clip your nails as short as possible.

2. File the tops of your nails to get rid of any nail polish that was applied on top of your acrylics.

3. Apply some petroleum jelly to your cuticles and fingers to protect them from Acetone damage and keep them moisturized.

4. Soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover, place the cotton ball on top of your nails, then wrap the nail with a piece of aluminum foil.

5. Leave your aluminum foil nails to sit for 20 minutes and when time is up, gently lift the aluminum foil on one of your nails to check. If the acrylic doesn't start to come off leave it to soak for an additional five to ten minutes.

Natural Homemade Nail Mask Recipes to Make Your Weak Nails Stronger. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone

What you need:
- Acetone-free nail polish remover

- Tweezers or a cuticle stick

- Bowl

- Nail clippers


1. Clip your nails as short as possible.

2. Use a pair of tweezers or a cuticle stick to extremely gently lift the edges of your acrylics.

3. Soak your nails into a bowl of nail polish remover, and wait 30-40 minutes, when the nails start to loosen, reach for your tweezers once more to pull the acrylics off your nails.

NOTE: Be very careful when doing this step so you don't rip of layers from your nails. You want to just gently loosen it. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Dental Floss

What you need:

- Dental floss

- Cuticle sticks 

- A friend or a helping hand


1. Very gently lift the edges of your acrylics with a cuticle stick. If your acrylics are old and have already begun to come loose, this step will be super easy.

2. After the edges of your nails have been lifted, have your friend insert a piece of dental floss under the acrylic nail. Very gently move the floss down the nail in a sawing motion until the acrylics start to pop off. Be very careful so you don't hurt your nails. 

Acrylic Nails Removal After-care

- Buff the top of your nails with a nail file to remove any acrylic residues.

- Apply a generous amount of cuticle oil to soften your cuticles.

- Moisturize the rest of your hand with a hand cream or a deep moisturizer.

If your nails are a bit damaged from the acrylic, check how to repair your nails after acrylics



Heba Abohemed

Starting the morning with the words ‘Good Morning’ in a kid-like voice is a guaranteed way to draw a smile on all our faces. Heba loves all things simple and cute; she spends her free time practicing ...

Share Article

Receive the latest from Fustany & get on our list! is a fashion & lifestyle portal by Arab women for
arab women to inspire them to live a life full of creativity. All Rights Reserved.