How to Remove SNS Nails at Home in 6 Simple Steps


Have you got SNS nails and are wondering how to remove them as they grow out if you can’t get to the salon?  It’s not hard to remove them at home and you only need a few easily accessed things to do it.

What You Need to Remove SNS Nails at Home

  • Coarse grit emery board (100grit is good)
  • Boiling Water
  • Smaller and larger bowl (they need to fit inside each other)
  • Paper Towel
  • Pure Acetone (available at hardware stores)

Steps to Removing SNS Nails at Home

  1. Start by filing off the shiny coating on your nails.  The more you file down the SNS coating, the faster the soaking off time will be.  
  2. Then pour a little boiling water into the larger bowl, and put the smaller bowl inside it.
  3. Place 3-4 sheets of folded (wadded up) paper towel inside the small bowl and pour acetone over to soak the paper towel.  You can always add more if it dries out whilst you’re soaking them off.
  4. Place hands in the bowl and start rubbing your nails on the paper towel to help the acetone remove the polish, it speeds up the process.  It will take from 10-30 minutes depending on how thick the SNS layer is on your nails.
  5. Turn the paper towel as it tears (this is why you want a few sheets).
  6. Once the SNS nail polish is gone, wash your hands with soap and water to remove the acetone, dry and then slather your hands in hand cream – acetone is drying!

Instructions on how to remove SNS or dipping powder nails at home

How to Remove SNS Nails at Home

How to Remove SNS Nails at Home

Removing SNS (or dipping powder) false nails at home is easy if you use these few simple steps.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Pure Acetone
  • Boiling Water
  • Kitchen Towel


  • 100 grit emery board nail file
  • 2 bowls one slightly smaller that will fit inside the other


  1. File the shiny coat off your nails - the more you file away, the faster the soaking off stage will take.
  2. Boil your kettle
  3. Pour a small amount of water into your larger bowl, not too much as you don't want it to spill inside the smaller bowl when pressed down.
  4. Tear off 3 sheets paper towel and fold into quarters together.
  5. Place the paper towel in the smaller bowl and then put this bowl inside the larger bowl. Ensure that when you press the small bowl down that the boiling water doesn't spill inside it from the large bowl.
  6. Pour acetone over the paper towel to soak. It will now start to warm up which speeds up the removal process.
  7. Rub your nails on the paper towel until the acetone removes the SNS polish.
  8. Wash hands with soap and water to remove any traces of acetone.


If you have any traces of polish left on your nails, file it off with a fine grade emery board. Don't forget to moisturise your hands after washing as acetone is very drying on skin and nails.


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