It’s two-for-one DIY day on the blog! You’ll want to give today’s twofer a high five—it’s hands down one of our favorite DIYs.

Whether you treat yourself to a DIY mani-pedi weekly or only when you have a date night emergency, you know what it’s like to use commercial products on your nails. Store-bought nail polish removers and cuticle oils are laden with nasty ingredients like acetone, artificial fragrances, and parabens. We give that stuff two thumbs way down.

If you’ve been using not-so-natural nail polish remover and cuticle oil, no need to pedi panic! Try your hand at these DIYs—they’re packed with pure essential oils and other nail-loving ingredients.

How to make DIY nail polish remover with essential oils

Can we get a fist bump for homemade polish remover? Citrus Fresh™ and Lemon essential oils keep nails and cuticles healthy as they break down the polish. The bright, sunny scent is a bonus!


  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar or 70 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • 6 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend
  • 7 drops Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil

Instructions for DIY nail polish remover

1. Using a funnel, pour all ingredients into a 6- or 8-ounce bottle with a lid.

2. Shake gently until mixed well.

3. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, then rub onto fingernails until polish is removed. You can also dip your nails in the solution for 20-30 seconds and use a cotton ball to wipe clean.

4. Wash hands with soap and water.

5. Moisturize fingers and nails with our DIY cuticle oil

Why make your own DIY nail polish remover?

While this formula may take a little longer to remove your polish, it’s worth it. Commercial polish removers often contain acetone—a flammable chemical strong enough to dissolve plastic—as well as formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates. They’re quick to clear off polish, but when it comes to strong, healthy nails, slow and citrus-scented wins the mani-pedi race!