How to Remove Gel Nails From Toes and Brushes

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Gel nails are usually decorated beautifully.
Gel nails are usually decorated beautifully. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

With the proper cleaning, gel nail brushes can look new, and gel nails can be removed effortlessly. Gel nails are smooth, beautiful artificial nails similar to acrylic nails. Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails are healthier, long lasting and flexible. Since gel nails are applied at a salon, most believe that they have to go to a salon to remove them. However, these artificial nails can be removed easily at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton ball

Removing Gel Nails

Choose a location with good ventilation. It is best to remove gel nails from your nails and brushes outside. If you are not able to go outside, sit by an open window. Make sure the room has vents.

A well ventilated room will stop odors from harming your body.
A well ventilated room will stop odors from harming your body. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Fill a small bowl with acetone nail polish remover.

Put your fingernails in the bowl. Within 10 minutes, you will notice an odor. This is caused by the acetone and the gel nails mixing.

Remove your hands from the bowl. The gel nails will be soft and sticky. Begin pulling at the gel nails to remove them. Repeat this until they are all removed.

Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover. Rub it against your nails to remove any residue.

Removing Gel Nails from Brushes

Soak a cotton ball in acetone nail polish remover.

A cotton ball is much better at removing gel nail residue than tissues.
A cotton ball is much better at removing gel nail residue than tissues. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Wipe off the bristles of the nail gel brush. Repeat this immediately after every use.

Wipe off the bristles gently, so you do not pull out any of the stands.
Wipe off the bristles gently, so you do not pull out any of the stands. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Dry the brush, and keep it out of the sunlight. The sunlight can damage the bristles and harden any gel nail residue.

Lay the brush in a closed container horizontally.

Tips & Warnings

  • Moisturize your nails well after removing gel nails.
  • Do not allow the gel nails to stay on the bristles for too long. If it hardens, it will be difficult to remove with acetone nail polish remover.

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