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Removing Nail Polish from Clothing

May 30, 2015

Earlier today I stupidly applied glitter polish on my toenails right before I started my yoga class and apparently one of my nails hadn't fully dried yet and stained the back of my new workout leggings! I came here to try and find a solution and unfortunately we don't have any oven cleaner or acetone-free nail polish remover in the house at the moment, so my husband made a mixture of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar and applied it with a cotton bud to the stain. After a couple of minutes of gentle rubbing I rinsed it and it had lessened significantly! He continued applying and after the second rinsing there's almost nothing left. A few of the glitter grains even came off while I was rinsing. Hope it works for you!

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September 10, 2015

How do I get dried nail polish off my 98%cotton 2% spandex jeans? They are my favorite pair of ripped jeans and I tried the hairspray method, nail polish remover method, and I am currently going to try the Windex method.

Is there a better way to get it out? I haven't washed or dried them yet in the laundry. Please help!

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September 11, 20150 found this helpful
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No promises that it will work, but try straight acetone. It can be purchased at beauty supply or home improvement stores. It is the main ingredient in nail polish remover.

Get plenty of paper towels or a few old towels. put the stain face down on a towel on a protected surface. Pour a little acetone on the back of the stain, press gently with another towel. Keep moving to a new spot on the towels or keep replacing the paper towels, and repeat until as much has come out as possible.

Then pretreat with a stain remover and launder. I say no promises it will work, because even though the acetone will remove all the solvents from the polish (the part that makes polish dry hard, shiny, and waterproof) and some of the pigment, but it may not remove all the pigment. That is where the stain remover comes in, because it will remove more pigment after all the solvent has been removed. But, it may not remove all the pigment, either.

Pigments by themselves are rather tricky and some like to bond to things more than others. But it will lighten the stain considerably. At this point you haven't much to lose, either it will come out completely, or it won't. Good luck!

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September 12, 20150 found this helpful
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Have you tried the old ice cube trick? It's pretty basic but works a treat for globs of chewing gum and dried nail varnish.

Simply hold an ice cube directly against the glob for several minutes (to freeze the glob). Then use a piece of hard plastic (credit card or driving license edge, putty knife, spatula, etc) to 'flick' or chip away the glob.

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September 17, 2018

I just got new sweatpants, and I accidentally spilled reddish pink nail polish on them. What do I do and how can I get it out?


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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

This is a tough one...I have had some, but not a lot of luck--depends on the fabric....using an ice cube to "freeze" the polish then flaking it off with my nail file..very carefully so as not to put holes in the fabric. Challenge is sometimes the polish stains the fabric...and often that is what is almost impossible to remove.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

Removing Nail Polish from Sweatpants

Step 1
Blot stained area with acetone

Step 2
Use cotton ball soaked with acetone to block underside of fabric.

Step 3
Stain will go to the cotton ball.

Step 4
Rinse and repeat as necessary.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

Nail polish remover is the best for this type of problem but be sure the acetone will not harm the fabric before working it in.

The best way to do that is to put a small amount of remover on a Q-tip and dab the inside of the seam. Wait several minutes to see if it changes the color or harms the fabric in any way. You can also check this same way if you decide to try hydrogen peroxide.

Here is a website that gives excellent instructions and these should be followed as closely as possible.

classroom.synonym.com/nail-polish-out-pink-sweatpants-11649...

www.wikihow.com/Get-Nail-Polish-out-of-Fabric

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January 6, 2019

I recently went to the nail salon and accidentally dropped a bottle of nail polish and it broke and spilled on my acrylic material boots and a bit got on my waterproof North Face! I tried acetone on my boots, but I think it might have stained and I don't know how to remove it. Someone please help!


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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Try Off bug spray. Instructions are here: www.howtocleanstuff.net/.../

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Ouch! Call their customer service and get their feedback:

www.thenorthface.com/.../contact-us.html

I heard they are pretty amazing to deal with so hopefully they can give you a quick fix.

PS if the salon was at fault, may be they would offer to replace them???

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January 13, 2011

I had a drop of nail polish get on a pair of khaki pants and tried nail polish remover to get it out and it didn't work. Then I tired soap and water and that didn't get it out. How can I get the polish out even after the polish has dried on the pants?

By Pumpkin

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

I am able to get paint out of my clothing by using a small scrubber paint brush. A small one, by dipping it in paint remover. Kut-zit or any paint stripper and letting a drop sit for 1 min. then scrubbing it off with the brush. Sometimes it comes off with one try and sometimes it takes a few tries by wiping it off with cloth and repeating it, then wash garment. Hope this helps.

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December 18, 20110 found this helpful

"Awesome can be bought at Family Dollar Stores. It is in the cleaner department.

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September 2, 2011

How can I remove a small nail varnish stain from a T shirt?

By Chris from Heathfield, UK

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

You may be able to remove it with nail polish remover, but try this on a hidden spot first. I don't think it will hurt a tee shirt, but I made a bad situation worse when I used it on a polyester dress, made a much bigger spot.

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October 10, 2014

how do I get gold nail polish out of a white dress?

By lilac

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August 13, 2014

I spilled some glitter nail polish on a black top and I just can't get it off. A website said that it helps with nail polish remover, but it doesn't even work to get it off the nails!


Do you have any ideas how to get this off really quick?
I don't actually have much time, I'm planning to wear it on Saturday, so I need help ASAP!

By Marie

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April 5, 2013

Unfortunately all of my children's coats were washed and dried along with pink nail polish. Is there something I can put in the wash to quickly get the polish out of all the coats?

By Beezus

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March 5, 2013

Unfortunately all of my children's coats were washed and dried :( along with pink nail polish. Is there something I can put in the wash to quickly get the polish out of all the coats?

By Beezus

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September 4, 2011

How do I remove red nail polish on a cotton dress?

By Aida


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November 23, 2010

How do I get nail polish off a sweatshirt?

By Denise Coppess from Coon Rapids, MN

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January 25, 2017

Depending on the fiber content of your sweater there are differing methods for removing a nail polish stain. This is a page about removing nail polish from a sweater.

A woman in a grey sweater doing a manicure on herself.

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