To remove and take off press on nails are easier if you follow my steps which I have discussed in my article, Nowadays, press on nails are going to be used too much. So there are lots of problems and issues regarding press on nails. One of the main frequently asked questions is how to take off press on nails without ruining them: 

In this article, I will describe some methods to take off glue on nails easily with pictures.

Remove Press on nails using Acetone

To get acrylic nails off, always use 100% acetone to get rid of fake nails from your fingers.

What will you need?

  • Acetone remover
  • Warm water
  • Small Bowl
  • Cuticle oil or Olive oil


Please take a little bowl, and put pure acetone on it.

acetone on water bowl

Soak your nails for 3 to 5 minutes. After this, you will notice that your plastic is melting and your gel polish is coming off your nails without damage. And always pull your nails from the side by side. 

soak nails, peel off press on nails

Using this method, the longer you soak them, the easier it is to remove the false nails. But sometimes, it little draws your skin.  

cuticle oil, premium oil

After removing press on nails, some glue will stick on your nails, so you have to use premium oil or cuticle oil to peel off leftover adhesive. You then buffed off them with a buffing block to get rid of excess glue.

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How to remove press on nails without acetone

Most people also try to remove nail polish or press on nails without acetone. Because it dries and brittle the nails. So I am giving you some home remedies and DIY methods to remove press on nails.

Use Cuticle Oil:

What will you need?

  • Nail Brush
  • Warm Water
  • Cuticle Oil

Cuticle oil is also the best way to get rid off fake nails. The process is given below:


  • Apply cuticle oil with a nail brush all around your nail bed
apply cuticle oil on nail edges
  • Take some warm water, and mix body wash gel douche
body wash gel douche
  • Soak your hand in warm water and wait for 3 to 5 minutes. Now you can see that your nails will nicely pop off from your natural nails. 

Use Warm Water:

What will you need?

  • liquid soap
  • warm water
  • bowl


  1. Firstly you should shaky your nails and remove the glue from your nails. For this, take warm water and put the soap in warm water and mix it. 
  2. Now soak your nails for 10 minutes. You will feel that your nail glue will be peel off from your nails.
  3. Using a nail stick, lift the fake nail from the side by side nails until it removes.

Use Foil Method:

What will you need?

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cotton rounds or Squares
  • 100% Acetone


  1. Take cotton and wrap your fingers with aluminum foil
  2. Wait for 15 minutes
  3. Remove the foil; you will feel like that your nails are removed by yourself
remove press on nails using aluminum foil


In my opinion, if you want to get rid off press on nails from your finger fastly; you have to use the acetone method. But if you like safely method then I prefer the cuticle oil and the warm water method.

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