How To Remove Simple Acrylic Nails The Correct Way

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Removing simple acrylic nails off at home without anyone’s help may seem a bit weird. This is because it’s not about a manicure or something else. It’s simply a matter of removing them without getting assistance from any professional. Most people(maybe including you) wouldn’t dare to try it in dreams as well. The main reason behind it has been the manicurist who discourages people from doing all this first. 

But what if, like the recent times, you get confined to your home? What if those simple acrylic nails have grown out too? And what they need is some instant removal. But the reality will be that the salons are closed. So then, the time has arrived to get it on your own and remove them by several means with the help of some necessary equipment required. 

But before that, a few things to be kept in mind is that removing those simple acrylic nails would take some sound amount of time. Be patient while carving out, and do carve out an hour in a day. Professionals suggest that removing acrylics isn’t that tough what you would have thought of. But it’s just more than taking off your gel polish, still nothing to worry about because this can get done. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Acetone?

How To Remove Acrylic Nails With Acetone?

Acetone is the easiest way of removing those simple acrylic nails with Acetone. It is considered to be the most impactful way of removing them. This method does not involve the usage of any kind of force or any sort of tugging and rubbing. 

But, a thing to be kept in mind is that Acetone can get harsh on the skin. It may also cause irritation and dryness to the skin. The things that will be needed during this process are a 100% Acetone nail remover, a cuticle stick, a zip lock bag, and an essential moisturizer


1. In a zip lock bag, pour in enough nail polish remover to cover nails when inserted into the bag. Soak your nails in it at least for 3-4 minutes. 

2. After that, you will notice that those fake nails have almost dissolved in that chemical, just like some real illusion. 

3. Use the cuticle stick to remove any remaining amount of glue and repeat the above steps till completely gone. Now, you will find that your nails have become all dry and white. Apply some moisturizer thoroughly, or you can also use cuticle oil. 

4. Any prolonged use of this particular substance may result in damage to your skin. Avoid using Acetone, but you can try nail removers that do not have acetone as a prime ingredient. 

Of course, they are not that impactful and may take some more time. But the fact is they are safe for your nails in the Long Run. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails without Acetone? 

How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone? 

The removal of simple acrylic nails without acetone may take some time. But if you are ready to use your regular nail polish instead of acetone, it can help you get off the simple acrylic nails

Things that will be in need during this whole process are regular nail polish remover with the exclusion of acetone as a prime agent. The other things are a bowl, a tweezer, and nail clippers


1. The acrylic nails must be clipped as short as possible. With the pointed end of the tweezers, the pry should be edged. 

2. Bring some regular Acetone-free nail polish remover in a cup or bowl. Then for the next 30 to 50 minutes, the nails must be soaked in the nail polish remover. 

3. With the help of tweezers, pull off the loosened nail when you feel them. If it still doesn’t come out, take some more time soaking them. 

An important tip while using it is to keep pouring the nail polish remover from time to time because acetone-free nail polish evaporates after some time.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Electric File/Nail Bit? 

How To Remove Acrylic Nails Using Electric File/Nail Bit? 

Things that will be needed during the whole process are Electric nail files, cotton balls, Acetone, Cuticle Pusher, Cuticle oil, and TinFoil


1. To sand down the acrylics carefully, kindly use the nail file. Try to take off the top layer of the simple acrylic nails gently, being of utmost care. 

2. Soak the cotton balls in Acetone and wrap them around each nail carefully. Wait for the next 10-20 minutes before unwrapping foil and taking the cotton balls off. 

3. To remove the remaining or excess acrylic on the nails using the cuticle pusher. Wash the hands thoroughly with the help of soap and water. 

4. Apply the cuticle for the proper moisturization of your nails. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Nail Filers? 

How To Remove Acrylic Nails By Nail Filers? 

Another method that can help in getting rid of simple acrylic nails is filing them off. This method gives the advantage of keeping your skin away from chemicals. But the same process becomes time-consuming as well. 

Things needed during this process are nail filer or buffer, nail clippers, cuticle oil, cuticle scissors, and orange sticks. 


1. Clean the color and design from the nails and try clipping them to the shortest length. 

2. Using the long strokes, start to fill them and keep them filling till you reach the nail bed. Be careful while filing, and try stopping before you file off to the actual bed. 

3. Pry open the edges and clip it using a cuticle scissor, only if you notice some of it staying back on your nails. Do not pry open excessively; try to cut only small pieces. 

4. By taking the orange stick, scrape off the acrylic glue once the acrylic nail is gone. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Hot Water? 

How To Remove Acrylic Nails By Hot Water? 

Things needed for the removal of simple acrylic nails with hot water are:

  1. A Bowl of Hot or Lukewarm water
  2. A Moisturizer or cuticle oil


1. Pour hot or lukewarm water into a bowl and start soaking your hands in it. 

2. Keep the nails soaked for 15 to 30 minutes. Keep the nails like that till it starts swelling. It is a sign which shows that the acrylic nail is coming off.

3. To separate the acrylic nail from the original nail, use a pointed object. Moisturize your nails by using any moisturizer. You can also use cuticle oil. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with a Plastic Bag? 

How To Remove Acrylic Nails With Plastic Bag Soaks? 

This method may not be environment friendly but is one of the easiest ways of removing simple acrylic nails. It does the work without much effort or problem. 


1. Fill a sound amount of Acetone for dipping the nails completely in a big ziplock bag. 

2. Tilt the bag properly to let the acetone travel from one corner of the bag to another.

3. Keep your nails soaked in Acetone for about 20 to 30 minutes. 

4. After the said time, try to pull the nails gently with the help of a cuticle stick. If still, they don’t come off, let them get soaked for another 10 minutes.

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with Dental Floss?

How To Remove Acrylic Nails By Dental Floss?

Dental floss is usually a cord of thin filaments, and it can also be used to remove simple acrylic nails. For some time, this may sound a little weird, but this can be helpful during these challenging times. This is to be kept in mind that; this technique can cause any adverse effects to the actual nails.

So, this procedure should be executed once the simple acrylic nails start to come loose. For proper execution, one must have a cuticle stick, dental floss, and, if possible, someone to assist. 


1. First, start lifting the edges of simple acrylic nails with the cuticle stick. This is to be noted that if the acrylic nails have already started to come loose, there is no need to perform this particular step.

2. Once the nails’ edges are lifted, insert a piece of dental floss right under the removing acrylic nail.

3. In the next step, slowly start moving the floss down the nail in a careful motion, and after a few strokes, the acrylic nail would pop up. 

4. Slowly, check if the process is strictly done or not, and then take the dental floss out. 

How to Remove Acrylic Nails with a Laminated Business Card?

How To Remove Acrylic Nails By A Laminated Business Card?

Using a business card to remove simple acrylic nails may sound something unreal and low, but this works out when there comes a sudden need for it. To perform this act, one needs a good and supportive laminated business card and orange sticks, and you can get this done in the fastest way. 


1. Using the orange sticks, start prying the edges of the acrylic nails and make a small inlet. 

2. Then, take the business card up and slide it into the inlet, applying gentle pressure in the upward direction. 

3. Perform this procedure once at a time; otherwise, there is a sharp chance of ripping your actual nail bed. And then the nail would straight pop up. 

How To Remove The Glue Left Behind?

How To Remove The Glue Left Behind?

Having glue after the simple acrylic nails never looks too great, and this can easily be done using different production steps. Some effective and easy procedures include soaking the simple acrylic nails in soapy water, and they can file off. But the best procedure is to take the residual glue off by using some acetone.


1. First, trim down the false nails as far as possible and file off the glossy surface of the false nail.

2. Then wipe off any dust with a clean and dry cloth and rub some petroleum jelly on the present skin around the nails. 

3. Dip some acetone on the cotton balls and wrap the nails on them and cover them for some time. 

4. After 15 to 20 minutes, remove the pads and just clean the dissolved residue with a towel.  

Important Tips And Precautions While Removing Acrylic Nails

Everything that looks great needs that amount of time and safety measures to maintain its beauty. The same goes with the simple acrylic nails and also while removing them. Before using acrylic nails and before removing them on your own, you must have these safety precautions in your mind. 

1. It is often seen that; people also remove the actual nail while removing the simple acrylic nails. This goes out naturally for many, and this should be done safely. One should never force to remove acrylic nails from natural nails. 

2. The simple acrylic nails come out with some effective odor which may also cause infection to some people. Hence, this should also be kept in mind, and the room should be well ventilated while removing them using different chemicals. This is because, by using different chemicals, the smell reaction can also increase and be hazardous. 

3. After removing the simple acrylic nails, try to dispose of the waste responsibly and not in some sink or any flammable place. This is because acrylic nails are always flammable and can cause further damages. 

How To Care For Your Nails After Removing Acrylic?

After the use of simple acrylic nails, the actual nails may also become weak and can run down. This may also leave a heavy chance of being more susceptible to breakage. Hence, one must rejuvenate and take care of the nails after removing the simple acrylic nails. Here are some tips to follow after that. 

  • Cut Them Down

Once you get rid of the acrylic nails, cut the actual nails down. If the nails are weak, then there is a strong chance that they will break off anyway. Hence, this way it would be better to grow some new ones.

  • Using Nail Hardener

Using a nail hardener, you can polish the lotion daily and continue to use it as a topcoat. Once you see some better results, then you can lessen down the use.

  • Keep The Nails Hydrated

After using simple acrylic nails, it becomes too important to keep the nails and hands hydrated. You may start drinking a lot of water, or you may also hydrate your hands with some particular lotion, or you may just moisten them.

How To Protect Against Acrylic Nail Damage In the Future?

After the use of simple acrylic nails, the fear of damage to the actual nails in the future may multiply if the nails are not protected properly. 

1. One may switch to regular polish on the nails after removing the simple acrylic nails for some time. This can be done instead of using gel polish, and this can make the nails get better with time. 

2. Eating the right nutrients with the daily diet is a must after doing with simple acrylic nails. The food includes eggs, peanuts, almonds, avocados, and all.

3. Among all the best ways to prevent future problems with the nails is to shorten them again and again with time and do this until the nail hardens up to a proper shape. 

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