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Easy DIY Gentle Glycerin Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Now that I have used 100% acetone I am in love with it’s “eraser” like abilities, but not so much it’s drying effects. I took a bit of time to research online and discovered that quite a few people use a glycerin/acetone mixture for a few reasons:

  1. Works just as well as 100% acetone
  2. Less drying and harsh than 100% acetone
  3. Easy and cheap to make yourself, from everyday products
  4. Mimics the popular “Zoya Remove+” at a fraction of the cost

Easy DIY Gentle Glycerin Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Get Removing

Gather Your Supplies

You will need some everyday products that you should be able to purchase from your local drug-store or super center, or online through Amazon.

  • Goggles to cover your eyes or a lid for your mixing container – your garage
  • Container with lid – either an empty glass container, or old emptied nail polish remover bottle (which will be the proper grade plastic)
  • Glass measuring cup – $1
  • 100% Acetone – purchased this bottle for $1
  • 100% Glycerin – $5
  • Filtered water – your fridge

Mix It Up

You will need the water to get the acetone and glycerin to mix, which otherwise wouldn’t mix completely on their own. But since both are soluble in water they become mixable when everything is combined in the right ratio:

  • 10 parts acetone
  • 1 part glycerin
  • 1.2 part water (Yes, that is a decimal!)

Add the glycerin, then the acetone and the water last and slowly. Only add as much water as is needed to get the acetone and glycerin to mix to keep the mixture effective. If you find that the acetone and glycerin are remaining separated, add a splash more water at a time until it mixes thoroughly. Be careful of your eyes and surrounding area when mixing, I like to put the cap on while mixing and you can wear goggles too, just in case.


Okay, that is all well and good, but what about a recipe with real measurements because math is hard:

Option 1

  • 5 oz. acetone
  • 1/2 oz. glycerin
  • 3 1/2 tsp. water

Option 2

  • 150 ml acetone
  • 15 ml glycerin
  • 18 ml water

Want your nail polish remover to smell nice still? Add essential oil – about 25-30 drops for the recipe above. I tried this with sandalwood and orange, and it did smell a little better, but hey, it is still acetone and the extra cost this would add isn’t worth it to me. HINT: Do not take a big whiff of your mixture to see how it smells like I did **cough cough**. Instead dip a cotton swab in there and give that a whiff from a few inches away.

DIY Remover

That is all there is to it. Now for just $20 you can make 70 oz. (64 oz. acetone for $15 and 6 oz. glycerin at $5) of Fake Zoya Remover+ in your own home, which runs for about $10 for 8 oz. That is a 75% savings, effective and thrifty!


Nothing new or innovative in this post, I wanted to make an easy abbreviated version of these wonderful posts and include a little recipe.


  1. Rachel

    Thank you so much for this! I made this today and it works great! Acetone always makes my nail split and peel so I’m really glad that I found this. This is now going to be my go to nail polish remover.

  2. Nina

    Thank you for such a quick and easy recipe! For someone who goes through polish remover like its going out of style, this is amazing.

  3. Thank you so much for this post. And thanks for the conversion, cuz math is harrrrd. lol I was just on Amazon lookin for glycerin & then thought, “Wait. I don’eem know how to mix this stuff!” so I googled it & found you. 🙂 Your chart is so helpful. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by! I’m actually going to add a calculator to this page too eventually, because yeah math can be hard, lol! Hope it works for you as well as it does for me, love this stuff.

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