How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Acetone? The Step-by-Step Guide

Acrylic nails are trendy these days. But some people can’t stand the smell of acetone, or they have nail psoriasis, which makes coating nails with glue very bad for them. Try these alternative methods to remove acrylic nails without acetone:

Method Number One Remove A Cleric Nails With Replace-tone

I am using 100% Replacetone for this procedure; however, if you know, it works better on your nails (thinner/thicker) with another solvent such as pure Replacetone (99%), 91% isopropyl alcohol, or even nail polish remover that contains Replacetone in lower amounts, then go ahead and use it. The result should be the same in the end.

Step 1: Soak your fingers in Replace-tone for 10 minutes

Some say 10 minutes is enough, but I prefer to leave them at least 15 minutes before starting any prying action, so they get soaked up even more.

You can submerge your hands into a bowl with 100% Replace-tone or put them under running warm water. If you are using pure Replace-tone, never pour it onto your foil/nails directly! It will burn through paper instantly! I learned that the hard way – don’t ask me how I did it. After soaking for a couple of minutes, you should start paying off your artificial nails with a cuticle pusher or any other tool (in case those aren’t available) such as an orange-wood stick or even an old credit card would work too.

The idea is to use something very slender and sturdy enough to not bend under pressure to pop/lift one side of the fake nail. Be gentle but firm; slow and careful – even delicate! You don’t need to scrape or damage your natural nails underneath because this whole process would be more challenging and take much longer to do this before sleeping at night, or you can leave them like that for an hour in the morning before you start working. Either way, its 10 minutes in Replace-tone soaked fingers.

Step 2:  Pry off your acrylic nails with a cuticle pusher

I got mine on eBay for about $3 where I live since it is hard to find tools of any sort here, especially for nails. The one I have has two sides, and one is slanted, so it’s perfect to use as a nail file/buffer, and the other side works excellent with removing artificial nails since its pointy tip does all the work. It takes some time to shape how to use it properly, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too difficult to remove them.

Step 3: Remove the remaining glue with an orangewood stick

It may look like there is no more glue left on your natural nail but trust me. You can feel it at some spots, so be sure to clean up all of that gunk off your nails before moving on. You should do this after every step until the end (or maybe even twice if you want).

I say once here because I still think Replace-tone is the best solvent for the task, and using something else instead may increase the risk of damage; however, you can try whatever works for you. Use a cuticle pusher to scrape out any residue stuck deep inside the cuticles (a single swipe to remove the excess, not multiple swipes).

Step 4: This is to be done after you finish all of your nails

I didn’t use gloves since I don’t have nail glue on my fingers anymore but if you’re still using it, wear one to protect both sides of your hands from Replace-tone staining. It’s more potent than regular polish removers that contain Replace-tone in higher amounts, so it can quickly ruin your clothes or any other materials that are sensitive to solvents, such as adhesives.  

Step 5: Buff off any leftover residue with a buffer/rough surface

It’s time to buff off all of that goo with a quick swipe of your orange-wood stick. It may feel like it won’t be enough, but once you start rubbing, you’ll see how the Replace-tone dissolves the glue, which is now softened up by soaking in pure Replace-tone for 10 minutes.

If some parts are left that still contain residue after buffing, repeat step 5 until they are gone. You can also use a buffer or any other rough surface with sharp edges to rub against your cuticles and natural nails. You’re done! All of this should take no longer than 20 minutes. It might seem like it’s too much work but trust me when I say that removing artificial

Method number two remove acrylic nails with oil (without acetone)

Acrylic nails are highly fashionable with ladies who want to pinch pennies or do their manicures. These artificial nails have grown in popularity over the last few years because they are easy to apply and look fantastic. For many women who cannot afford expensive nail salons, these artificial nails are a great alternative.

They can be used at home without spending a lot of money at a beauty parlor, but the problem is that once you have them on, they are not so easy to remove. If done incorrectly, your skin may become irritated and red by the acetone, which usually comes in nail polish remover bottles. But if done right, this process will leave your nails looking great.

Tools Needed To Remove Acrylic Nails With Oil:


If you want to remove your acrylic nails at home, the only tools you need are oil and cotton balls. Making sure that you do not have any bits of nail left on your fingers will help avoid getting ingrown nails, which is another reason for using cotton balls.

Warm Oil:

The most acceptable oil to use is sweet almond or olive oil because they are gentle on the skin and don’t contain harsh chemicals that could damage the skin around the nail area. I use coconut oil, but it works just as well with olive or almond oil, so whatever you prefer should work fine! An alternative method is to use Vaseline instead of oil, but I find that oil works much better, and it’s a lot cheaper too!

Oil must be warm to the touch, so make sure you test it on your skin before applying it to the nail. If it feels cold, don’t use it because the nail could become yellow and brittle as a result.

Process of Removing Acrylic Nails with Oil:

  • The method is straightforward; all you need is to saturate the cotton ball with the oil and wrap each finger individually in transparent cling film (the type that doesn’t stick together). You can avoid them like this for up to one hour or until they feel dry to the touch. It will take a bit longer if you have lots of nails to do, so maybe leaving overnight would be a good idea!
  • Once they are dried up, you can bring them off and see the results. The oil will have softened the acrylic, making it easier to remove without damaging your nails underneath. If there is any excess leftover on your skin after taking off the cling film, use a wet fabric with hot water and soap, and that should do the trick! Your natural nail should look intact and beautiful while having perfectly polished nails too. If you need to add some paint to your nails after this process, apply some new polish like you usually would on top of the slippery surface where the old polish has been removed (obviously, make sure you let each coat of color dry before applying another one).
Process of Removing Acrylic Nails with Oil:


You can also remove acrylic nails using warm water if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals. You can also make the addition of soap and make the solution. then dip your nails in hot water for some time. it is best to dip for 20 minutes. Then smoothly remove your nails.


Do acrylics on natural nails cause lifting?

No, they are not the primary cause of nail separation. Lifting usually occurs due to water subluxation, i.e., being under-moisturized or having too many layers of artificial nails applied at one time, which produces an elevated ridge that offers a foothold for bacteria and fungus to enter underneath the nail plate. Also, poor hygiene can contribute to fungal infections – so don’t forget to wash your hands before touching your nails!

What is an acrylic nail?

Acrylic nails are artificial fingernails that have been attached to a person’s fingernails with a unique adhesive. The fake nails were invented by Charles N. Libow and Michael Swann in the early 1940s.

What is a complete set of acrylic nails?

A complete set of acrylic nails involves the application of a single color over the entire fingernail.

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