A mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol can be used to remove acrylic nails. This is because when you mix vinegar and rubbing alcohol together it forms Ethyl Acetate which can help to break down the nail glue holding your acrylic nails down.
Now it’s important to note that together vinegar and alcohol are too weak to actually dissolve the acrylics themselves but they can work on dissolving the nail glue which allows you to peel off the acrylics.
Ethyl Acetate is commonly used in non-acetone nail polish remover.
How to Use Vinegar or Lemon Juice to Remove Acrylic Nails
- The first thing you need to do is trim off any of your excess acrylic nails.
- Next, mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of white vinegar in a bowl. A 1:1 to ratio.
- Then proceed to soak your nails in the alcohol and vinegar solution for 15-20 minutes
- Now once your nails have soaked you need to wash your hands with soap and water.
- Next, you need to oil up your nails with oil, any type can work you can even use vegetable oil if you want.
- Finally, you can proceed to use a tweezer, a cuticle pusher, or any small flat object to push under the acrylic nails and then gently lift them up.
Now, this method will have varying success, it depends on the type of acrylic used and the chemicals that were used during the application process.
You see some salons and nail techs use chemicals such as nail primers and bonders when applying their acrylics which make removal extra tough.
If you are looking for a better and more effective way to remove acrylic without using acetone I highly recommend using a non-acetone nail polish remover.
Non-acetone removers aren’t as strong and fast as acetone-based ones but they are much safer and gentle for your nails and cuticles
The brand that you should use for acrylic removal is Eternal Non-Acetone Polish Remover. You can click here to see the price for a bottle on Amazon. They are designed to work on both acrylics and nail polish.