DIY Nail Polish Remover

DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial


A bit optimistic with the Bourjois who subheading aren’t I? However, here is an easy tutorial which will take you no more than 5 minutes to do. It’ll save you from wasting a lot of cotton balls/pads (I use quite a bit when removing nail polish especially those that are harder to remove). This tutorial doesn’t contain any mixing unknown, dangerous, random chemicals if you have read the post title in a different way.

Tools needed:
A small jar or container
Nail polish remover
Any sort of sponge (soft preferably)

DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

1. Remove the rough part of the sponge. You can either cut it off or tear it off. When you’re tearing it off, be careful with it as you want the soft sponge part to be in one piece. You can discard the rough part or still use it to clean dishes etc.
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

2. Fold the sponge in half horizontally and put it into the jar.
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

3. Pour your nail polish remover into the jar until your sponge is saturated.
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

4. Put the lid on and you’re done! You can always decorate the jar if it is unattractive to you.
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

Or you can use it straight away.
DIY Nail Polish Remover tutorial

The sponge will become less dense when it absorbs liquid. You could always insert another sponge or two into the jar if you would like it more dense. In the end, I have added another one after testing it out initially. It’s all down to personal preference. With a clear jar or container, you can see how saturated the sponge is. With that, you are able to refill it whenever it is needed and is also effortless to replace or adjust the sponge. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

I haven’t actually tested out the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover therefore I can’t comment or compare the two. This may not be the 1 second remover like Boujois from what I’ve read but it is still an effective remover. Please excuse the slight photo discolouration. Flickr has some how distorted the colours slightly (well brightened it up when it really shouldn’t).

What do you think of this DIY?


  1. Bex
    16th January 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Brilliant idea! Definitely works out better for your bank account and does the job too! πŸ™‚

  2. Anita Pun
    16th January 2014 / 10:35 pm

    love this! I've tried a cheap dupe of the Bourjois one and I might try this next instead of repurchasing that one to save more pennies πŸ™‚

    Anita @ ATA|AllThingsAnita

  3. Rikki Poynter
    16th January 2014 / 11:19 pm

    That definitely comes in handy!


  4. Nayna Kanabar
    16th January 2014 / 11:50 pm

    Fantastic idea at a fraction of the cost.

  5. Jade | JadeFungBlog
    17th January 2014 / 12:25 am

    :O very clever! Even with so many good reviews I'm still a bit dubious about the Bourjois one. But cba spending a fiver to give it a try! To be honest, I'm more wondering where you got that mini super cute jar!!?

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

  6. hurny2009
    17th January 2014 / 12:44 am

    This is really good and cost effective. Who said beauty had to be costly. xx

  7. 17th January 2014 / 1:21 am

    This is such a great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing! Also, will work out much cheaper than buying it I'm sure! Alice xx

  8. Janelle Marie
    17th January 2014 / 2:27 am

    Omg I am so going to do this, what a fab idea! love the jars too, they are super cute.



  9. Kacie Cone
    17th January 2014 / 2:44 am

    This is amazing, I must try this!

  10. Coco N
    17th January 2014 / 3:10 am

    Girl, this is awesome!!!

  11. Eunicia Balaj
    17th January 2014 / 4:55 am

    This is such a great idea!! I never thought about this!!



  12. Charu Sharma
    17th January 2014 / 7:09 am

    This DIY is absolutely awesome. I will surely try it out…so easy and effective it looks. BTW, would you like to follow each other via GFC, G+, bloglovin and facebook!!
    Please let me know and I would surely follow back πŸ™‚

  13. Christine
    17th January 2014 / 8:31 am

    IMO this is the best way to remove glitter polishes without using foil. I tried this diy method once but the lid of my bottle got rusty over time. Did that happen to yours?

  14. Vivian Yuen
    17th January 2014 / 1:24 pm

    I wish I did this earlier, I purchased the Bourjois one a few weeks ago, it's overpriced for the results…

    LIVE . IN . LOVE ✞


  15. 17th January 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Nice! Thanks for sharing…would love to try this out soon!

  16. Smallnhot Sarah
    17th January 2014 / 2:37 pm

    Your DIY tips is cool ! I shall try it myself later … #giglove

  17. lisa prince
    17th January 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I have done this before and it does work but i find it does dry up eventually, it does last longer though so thankyou for sharing x

  18. Jing-Jing
    18th January 2014 / 1:56 pm

    This is genius! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  19. Mandy Nicholls
    20th January 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Love this idea! Will definitely be giving it a go! x

  20. Paula Kemp
    21st January 2014 / 4:33 pm

    What a great idea! I have the Pretty Quik manicure on the go, which is fab, but this would be perfect as it will be cheaper and great for using up old sponges!

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

  21. Shruti Bapat
    31st January 2014 / 4:07 am

    I have tried this before and it works great. I had to replace my sponge every month or so though as it started falling apart πŸ™‚


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