DIY || How To Take Off Gel Polish, At Home!

I figured out how to take off my gel polish at home with these easy steps!

Life is not perfect, but your nails can be. ♡

Today I am going to show you how to remove your gel polish at home But first, let’s have a little chat 🙂

Alright so you know I am a little obsessed with the perfect manicured nail look. It doesn’t even have to be polished, neat nails go a long way for me. When my gel nail polish becomes too old and I haven’t yet made an appointment to take it off, I become extremely sad and anxious. I begin chipping away at my nails, which makes them look worse by the way! For me, the sight of chipped polish puts me over the edge (okay not really, but it annoys me to the point that I will peel away all of my polish until my hands are left looking horrible—not a good look)


Which is why I had to figure out a way to take off my nail polish at home. Thanks to E! online, I found an easy way, and now I am going to show it to you!

What you need :

  • Acetone (found in local beauty supply stores)
  • Cotton balls
  • Aluminum foil 

What to do :

  • Soak your cotton balls in acetone.
  • Wrap your cotton pad around your nails and cover with foil for about 30 minutes. I know, its long-but its worth it.
  • After a little bit over 30 minutes, take off the aluminum foil.
  • Peel off gel and file your nails.


And there you have it, the easiest DIY ever!

Pro tip :

Maximum strength acetone is a must, I bought a really cheap acetone that doesn’t even have a household name and it works perfectly. Nail polish remover is NOT acetone by the way, it contains a really small amount of acetone but its not strong enough to take off your gel nail polish.

Moisturizing your nails first is important, I applied Vaseline to my cuticles to create a barrier and not let the acetone, being as harsh as it is kill my beds.

Do you wear gel polish? If so, what’s your favorite color and brand?

67 comments on “DIY || How To Take Off Gel Polish, At Home!

  1. Thanks for the pro tip! I wouldn’t have thought to put vaseline on my cuticles but that makes perfect sense!
    xo, Laura


  2. mapolostyle

    As a beauty therapist one of the things I like doing is soaking off client’s gelish, its very therapeutic to me.


  3. Sophia Whitham

    Oh I need to do this, will it work for Acrylic nails too? Mine look rank at the moment and I want them off ASAP xx

    Sophia x


  4. hgierosky

    Love the vaseline tip! Acetone always wrecks my cuticles when I do this.


  5. haha i needed this a year or so ago when i got married! I had no idea and it drove me crazy until my friend shared these exact tips with me!


  6. i appreciate you sharing your thoughts, but this kind of a post is definitely the reason why i stay far away from gel nail polish xD i can barely take off regular nail polish xD


    • Yeah it can be stressful, but my love for gel polish is so much, I had to find a good home solution! Haha I know the feeling though


  7. I have such a hard time getting gel polish off. I have such a hard time waiting long enough!


  8. Alexis Reliford

    Thank you! Definitely bookmarking this! Part of the reason I’ve been skeptical about gel polish is that I know that I probably wouldn’t go back to the salon to have it taken off and would ruin my nails doing it myself.

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  9. Acetone is so effective – almost too effective! Whenever I use it it makes me hands and fingers so dry! I have eczema too so I have to really slather on my hand cream afterwards.

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  10. Alix Maza

    I’ve only tried gel nails once because they were hard to remove haha. I’ll give this a try!


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