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Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I recently got red nail polish on white linen shorts. Panicking I used acetone nail polish remover, which didn't work along with (this was dad's suggestion) paint thinner, with no avail before crying for about 20 min over my favorite and nicest article of clothing. Is there any hope?

Nathalie from Goodrich, MI


Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

My daughter got red nail polish on one of her brand new school shirts. It's made of mostly polyester. I tried the nail polish remover, the hairspray, and the alcohol. Nothing was working. Then I tried the Off Skintastic and the toothbrush. After about 10 minutes and repeated applications of the bug spray with a spoon, the stain was completely gone! I can't explain it, but I thank all of you for the help! (08/10/2008)

By Tanja

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I bought a new pair of black pants and that same day I dropped a nail polish bottle on tiles which broke and splashed white nail polish all the way up both legs of the pant. I tried acetone nail polish remover which eliminated excess nail polish, but it did not rid the stain entirely. I tried a strong stain remover but to no avail. I attempted to dye the pants which still didn't work so I resorted to Aerogard and a toothbrush and scrubbed. It got rid of the stain and did not take any color out of the pant.

The solution was simple, who would've thought insect repellent could remove even the toughest stains? I'm so happy. (08/17/2008)

By Fiona

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I found that for white materials alternating a combination of the bug spray, blotting, nail polish remover, and continuing to blot, till stain is gone works really well. (FYI-nail polish remover will fade colored materials). (08/31/2008)

By Mimi

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

Great site. I had my pants in the washer, so they were wet. I used the bug spray and it did not work, perhaps because they were wet. But I also added Clorox Oxi Magic and it was gone. So if the garment is wet use bug spray and oxi magic together. (09/19/2008)

By Lola


Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I had a bright red nail polish stain on my good jeans. I had a nail file on the table and gently rubbed the file on the fabric and it came right off! (09/23/2008)

By Marilyn

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

Disaster-my granddaughter spilled bright red nail polish all over her Dorothy Halloween costume which I had just finished making. I tried nail polish remover but the polish didn't budge. Then I tried the Awesome product from the Dollar Store. I sprayed it on and with the back of a spoon worked at the stain. To my amazement the nail polish stains disappeared! Thanks be to Awesome! (10/31/2008)

By Lin from PA

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I believe it depends on the type of material as to whether acetone, OFF, or Oxi works. I tried OFF and Oxi paste and neither worked on 100% cotton. I then used acetone after the OFF and Oxi Paste and red nail polish came right out of a light peach top. Great suggestions from all. I then used carpet cleaner on top of that. I often use carpet cleaner for any stains. (12/03/2008)

By Moni

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

If you have a nail polish stain on your coat and your afraid that you are going to ruin it by using acetone, no worries. Just take your coat get a hard sponge do not use a soft sponge, take Windex and Shout, spray Shout and rub it then spray Windex and rub it again then just peel the nail polish off. I t's great on dry nail polish. If you see a little mark just use a bathroom cleaner. It's great. (12/22/2008)

By Kritina

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I used hairspray and it worked great. Just seemed a little less dangerous than bug spray.


By Curtease

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

Do not put acetone finger nail polish remover on clothes it will make the area look like it has been bleached. (01/01/2009)

By Jamey

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

Spray and wash and a toothbrush work wonders! (01/09/2009)

By K

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I got a tiny smudge of red polish on my new yellow bike shirt. I tried the Skintastic Off bug spray and repeatedly scrubbed with a toothbrush, but it didn't work. All it did was make the 100% polyester fabric pill in the spot being scrubbed. Bummer!

I then, as a last resort tried using acetone with a Q- tip. After dunking the Q- tip several times into the acetone and dabbing the spot, the polish finally came out! It appears that the type of fabric you are dealing with determines what removal method will be successful.


By Tamara

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

My friends 1 1/2 year old got a hold of a bottle of brown nail polish and spilled it all over her beautiful pink lace dress. We tried the bug spray, no luck. Then we tried hair spray, no luck. Plain old rubbing alcohol is what worked and it works great! (01/30/2009)

By Barbara

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I just got a hot pink nail polish stain on my favorite shirt and was so sad when I found this. I couldn't find any bug spray since it is winter so I used hair spray and a tooth brush and KABOOM the stain was gone! (02/09/2009)

By happy camper

Nail Polish Stains on Clothing

I got red nail polish on my quilt Feb 12th. I read the feedback here today and it was very helpful. I had to use Rave hairspray and Repel bug spray together to get the stain out with a toothbrush and a lot of scrubbing! The big thing is to make sure nothing is under it, because it came through on the sheets, but I was able to scrub it out. It payed off and the stain is gone! (02/17/2009)

By Beth

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