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:
- Works just as well as 100% acetone
- Less drying and harsh than 100% acetone
- Easy and cheap to make yourself, from everyday products
- Mimics the popular “Zoya Remove+” at a fraction of the cost
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:
- 5 oz. acetone
- 1/2 oz. glycerin
- 3 1/2 tsp. water
- 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.
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.
- Moisturize Your Nails with Acetone…Kinda by Loodie Loodie Loodie (Detailed comparison to Zoya Remove+)
- Faux Zoya Remove Plus Video by Loodie Loodie Loodie
- DIY Gentle (But Effective) Glycerin Nail Polish Remover by Lab Muffin (Detailed mixing instructions and before and after pictures)
- DIY Moisturizing Glycerin/Acetone Nail Polish Remover Recipe by Lacquerheads of Oz