Scheduling a manicure and pedicure at home is a great idea. After all, you save a lot of time and money that you would otherwise spend going to a nail salon and painting your nails with your favorite nail color.
Whether regular nail polish or gel, you can apply nail polish at home. Even if you have your nails done professionally, you can regularly touch up them yourself to make them last longer. But do you know that DIY nail dip comes with its own set of risks? Spilling your nail color on the floor and clothes is one of them.
Applying a light-colored nail polish is a good idea, as long as it’s just resting on your nails and not your clothes. Staining your clothes with nail polish is one of the worst things, especially if you are wearing your favorite dress while applying the nail polish.
So how do you deal with this unwanted situation?
How do I remove nail polish stains from clothes?
Removing nail polish from your precious clothes isn’t rocket science. You only need a few ingredients and are working on some tips to remove them.
1. Nail polish remover
Nail polish remover not only helps remove nail color from your nails, but also from your soiled clothes. All you have to do is apply the remover to the stain. Rub it until it disappears. If you do, be careful with the rubbing process.
Do not apply the remover liberally, especially when removing color from delicate fabrics. Use a cotton swab for this step.
Your kitchen pantry is full of tricks and remedies for treating all types of stains, including nail polish stains on your clothes.
Warm up some water and add vinegar. Dip your cloth in the water and let it soak for 20-25 minutes. The spots will eventually disappear. You can also use this hack to get rid of lipstick stains on your clothes.
3. Baking soda
Another kitchen ingredient, baking soda, helps remove nail polish stains from fabric. This remedy works best on stubborn nail polish stains.
Add washing powder and baking soda to the water and place the cloth in it. Leave it immersed in the solution for 10-15 minutes. After that, take out the cloth and wash it properly. The spots disappear.
You can use Vaseline to remove stubborn nail polish stains from your clothes. Rub the jelly on the stained area and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
Alternatively, shaving foam can also help to remove the stain. Put some shaving cream on the stain, rub and the stain will be removed.
5. Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is one of the most effective ways to remove nail polish stains from any fabric. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol works when other means don’t. Dip a piece of cotton or cloth in the alcohol and rub it over the stained area.
If your cloth is too light, bleach it with hydrogen peroxide for best results.
The remedies also vary from fiber to fiber
The home remedies listed above for removing nail polish from your clothes depend on the fiber you have stained. We therefore recommend checking the care labels on clothing with nail polish. If the fibers are natural, such as linen or cotton, nail polish removal will be easier.
Here is the step-by-step method to do what needs to be done.
- Place an ice pack on the stain to harden it. Do not work immediately with wet polish as this promotes smearing. Your fabric will become more stained.
- Pull off the large flakes of dried polish. Do not tug or tug on clothing when doing this. You can also use tweezers to pick the flakes.
- Soak the microfiber cloth in acetone-based nail polish remover and test the clothes.
- Using the acetone-based microfiber cloth, blot the back of the stain until you see the color of the stain fade. Don’t scrub hard. Always be gentle while performing the step.
- Once you’ve removed the stain, machine wash it with regular, good quality detergent.
If the care label on the clothing indicates it is a synthetic fabric such as polyester or nylon, follow the same steps as above.
If you’ve soiled a fabric labeled “Dry Clean Only” use caution while removing the nail polish stain. Test it to make sure it doesn’t change color. You can use an old credit card or a butter knife to scrape off as much nail polish as possible. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the stain. When finished, allow the alcohol to evaporate completely and wash the cloth.
More tips on how to remove nail polish from clothes
- Always pay attention to the fabric of your clothes. For example, nail polish remover is a great solution for removing nail polish stains, but it doesn’t work well with certain fabrics. If your garment is made of triacetate, acetate or modacrylic do not try nail polish remover as it will ruin the garment.
- Never rub the stain into the fabric as this will only get the nail polish into the garment fibers and other areas, making the stain more difficult to remove.
- It’s a good idea to soak the white cloth or paper towel in the solvent and then test for color fastness. Choose an inconspicuous area of the fabric to test. If you don’t see any color, you can proceed with the pre-treatment.
- Always rub the stain gently in a circular motion from the outside in to prevent the stain from spreading. Transfer the nail polish from the garment to the cleaning cloth with dabbing movements.
- Once you have removed the stain from the cloth, the machine will wash the cloth as usual with your detergent of choice.
We hope the tips above will help you deal with unwanted nail polish spills on your clothes. Always be careful when applying nail polish yourself.
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