Friday, August 18, 2006

Reader's Question: How to Remove Nail Polish from Clothing

Just wondering if you know how to remove finger nail polish from a cotton shirt. I have looked at several of your newsletters and I don't see anything.

Thanks much,

Hi Debbie,

Don't you just HATE when stuff like this happens? :) It's called life. (And being a supreme-o clutz-o myself, I know all about these kinds of mishaps.) But don't worry - you CAN remove nail polish from clothing, and it's not even as hard as you might think.

Here's your best bet at removing this nasty clothing stain:

- Blot the stain with acetone nail polish remover - yes, it does need to contain acetone. Check to make sure your nail polish remover isn't the type that is acetone free. Dab at the stain with an acetone soaked cotton ball, and then gently dab at the stain with a soft cloth or paper towels.

- Soak the stain with a gentle laundry detergent mixture: 1 heaping tablespoon of your favorite laundry detergent (either powdered or liquid form is fine) in 1 cup of lukewarm water. Use this mixture to sponge onto the garment and then use cool water to rinse.

- Put into the washing machine, and let the garment run through a regular load.

Please let me know if these tips have helped!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

using acetone on fabrics can cause the fabric's color to fade or even bleach, so this method should only be used on white fabrics.