Remove chipped and worn nail polish from your nails with a commercial nail polish remover, or try a homemade solution. Most nail polish removers include only one or two active ingredients like acetone or ethyl acetate. You probably have both these chemicals in your home already. Just use them carefully in a ventilated area, as you would with commercial nail polish removers. Both are flammable, toxic, and can irritate skin.

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Apply acetone to a cotton swab and gently wipe the polish off your fingernails.

Apply perfume to a cotton swab and remove the fingernail polish as directed in step 1. Perfume contains ethyl acetate, one of the active ingredients in nail polish removers.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Apply moisturizer to your hands and nails to counteract the harsh chemicals.