Monday, May 7, 2012

Lemon Essential Oil Removes Nail Polish

The other day, my daughter decided to paint her nails just before she had to get dressed to go to work.  A couple of minutes before it was time for her to leave she noticed that she had touched her nails to her one and only pair of black work pants.  The pearly, light blue nail polish had smeared on her pant leg. 

Immediately, I recalled how lemon essential oil is great for removing inks like marker or sticky, gooey things such as gum.  I grabbed a wash rag, dabbed it with Lemon Essential Oil and began rubbing her pants with it.  After about a minute of rubbing (at times re-dabbing the rag with a little more oil), the nail polish was completely gone.  The only sign left that anything had happened was that my daughter had a fresh, lemony scent about her. 

This worked great!  However, please be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area of the item of clothing before trying it on a larger area.  Her pants were a polyester blend and there was no noticeable remnant of the oil.  But not all fabrics may do as well with the oil.  Although, if an item of clothing has been ruined by nail polish, I don’t think a person has much to lose by giving this a try.  We know regular nail polish remover will definitely strip the color off.  I don’t know of anything else that will safely remove nail polish from clothing the way the lemon essential oil did.

Let me know if you try this and how it worked out for you.


  1. I just tried the lemon oil that I have for baking purposes to remove nail polish off of my nails (I want to use cruelty free products) I can get vegan nail polish locally, but haven't been able to get vegan nail polish remover locally. This worked pretty well, if slowly. I have heard that a combo of lemon JUICE, alcohol and vinegar can work; so maybe if I add lemon OIL too, I'll have a quicker acting, humane polish remover. Thanks for the tip about the lemon essential oil.

  2. The alcohol will denature the lemon oil, but good thinking!


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