Tonight I noticed the polish on my toes was looking chipped and needed to be replaced. I decided that tomorrow I'd treat myself to a mid-summer pedicure at a nail salon, but having the salon remove the old polish is pricy, so I decided to take it off myself. However, when I pulled out the bottle of nail polish remover it was almost empty. There was just enough to saturate a couple of cotton balls, which only removed some of the polish. Most of it remained. What to do?
All of a sudden I had a revelation. One of the main ingredients in the nail polish remover is acetone. I had some acetone paint remover left over from a long-ago decorating project in the basement. I wondered if it would work on my nails?
I pulled the gallon-sized container down from its spot on a shelf and blew off a couple of cobwebs. Because of the strong smell of the industrial strength paint remover I decided to do the job outside on the back patio. I poured a small amount into the cap, then dipped a cotton ball in and touched it to my toenail. The polish melted away immediately! It only took two minutes to complete the entire job. I came in with natural-colored nails, which I washed well with soapy water to remove any remaining chemical.
I can't wait to pick out a new 'piggy' color at the salon tomorrow.
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