How to take off acrylic nails with hot water: 3 easy ways

Are you tired of seeing the old set of acrylic nails that you are having? You don’t want to go to the nail salon to remove them? This article will provide you 3 ways to take off acrylic nails with hot water. Even though acetone and polish remover are the best options to remove acrylic nails, we understand that these products don’t casually lay around at home. So learn how to mix these homemade remedies and you can take them off easily.

Prepare the tools and your nails

Before getting down to business, you have to prepare some tools and also your nails. If the set that you have is 70-90% new, this step is even more important. The tools that you have to gather are:

·       Nail clipper

·       Orange sticks or any nail accessories with a flat tip

·       Metal nail scraper

·       Oil or dish soap (You can use them if you have them in hand, if not, skip these ingredients)

·       Hand moisturizer

Now prepare your nails for gentle removal. First, use a nail clipper to cut the extension off. Remember to not cut too close to your natural nails. Leave a bit of extension for leverage. Removing acrylic nails without acetone is purely physical. So you will need to hold on to those extra bits to shake and bend the acrylic extensions off.

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Use an orange stick to lift the edges of the acrylic nails slightly but not too much. You will want to apply the 3 methods that we present instead of applying force on your natural nails and damage them.

Once you finish preparing the nails, move to the main part.

Prepare the tools

3 ways to take off acrylic nails with hot water

Using hot water only is an option. But there are familiar ingredients that we can use to make the progress easier and faster. That is why we recommend using oil or dish soap. You can choose oil of any kind for this homemade remedy.

First way: Hot water only

Step 1: Prepare a big bowl of hot water, not burning but it shouldn’t be warm either. You should prepare a big bowl since this method isn’t supported by any extra element like oil or dish soap. It relies solely on heat and patient.

Step 2: Soak your hand in the hot water for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Start tugging the extensions and check which nails have lost the grip.

Step 4: Use an orange stick to remove extensions that are the most loose. And keep soaking stubborn ones until they lose friction, then remove them. Remember not to use force.

Step 5: Put hand moisturizer on each nail until the leftover bits or glue are softened.

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Step 6: Use the nail scraper to remove impurities from the nails.

Step 7: Clean your hands and reapply hand moisturizer on both hands.

Second way: Hot water with dish soap

Dish soap is an effective lubricant. It can help remove acrylic nails with faux plastic tips. We believe that this is the most effective way to remove acrylic nails with tips. But, remember to wash your hand carefully and moisturize after using this method since dish soap dries very badly. The steps are:

Remove by hot water with dish soap

Step 1: Prepare a small bowl of warm water mixed with a lot of dish soap. You can make a mixture in 2:1 ratio using water and dish soap, respectively. This much dish soap can be irritating for the hands, but it is more effective.  

Step 2: Soak the nails in the mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3: Lift the extensions carefully and if you see more lifting, massage the mixture into the gap.

Step 4: Repeat steps 4 to 7 of the method above.

Third way: Hot water will oil

Hot water with oil is a good combination if you are allergic to dish soap. Any type of oil works since what we need is a slippery substance. You can try coconut oil, cooking oil, olive oil, essential oil, etc. The best part about this remedy is that it is not drying, it’s healthy and it is effective with taking off acrylic nails.

Step 1: Prepare a bowl of slightly warm water. Remember that we don’t use hot water for this trick since hot water is famous for dissolving oil. Then pour in some oil, a tablespoon should be enough but you can use more.

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Step 2: Work the mixture into the gaps between your natural nails and the extensions.

Step 3: Repeat steps 4 to 7 of the first method.

Tips for taking care of natural nails

After removing the extensions with homemade remedies, the hands become more or less dry because of the soaking. But comparing to acetone, these remedies don’t cause as much harm to the nails since acetone contains toxic components. The downside of using natural remedies is that it doesn’t work as quickly as acetone. And professionals also handle the progress better.

Nails care

About taking care of natural nails and hands, we recommend that you moisturize your hand regularly to avoid dryness and cracked skin. Alongside moisturizing, you can try to exfoliate your hands with beauty products or with natural ingredients. Honey with brown sugar is great for your hands and also your lips. The mixture reduces dullness and removes dead skins.

For the nails, it is a wonderful idea to use nail oil. There are many types on the market but we suggest the nail oil pen. It is quick and very easy to use. Apply it to your cuticle so the skin around it doesn’t thicken or dry out.

Final thoughts

We have shown you 3 ways to take off acrylic nails with hot water. The important part is to be patient with the removal. There is a reason why ladies are so into acrylic nails. It is because they stick very securely on natural nails. That is why they are so hard to remove. Remember to take care of your hands and nails. Have a safe and gentle removal session!