How to Remove Finger Nail Polish From Bed Sheets

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Cotton balls

  • Acetone or acetone nail polish remover

  • Sponge

  • Water

  • Hairspray

  • Old toothbrush

  • Hydrogen


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the bed sheets prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.


Wear rubber gloves when working with pure acetone to avoid skin irritation.

Spilling fingernail polish on bed sheets can be quite frightening, especially since most people know how difficult nail polish can be to remove. It is important to treat a fingernail polish stain at first sight when it is easiest to remove. Don't throw out your bed sheets just because of one nail polish stain. There are several products and methods that can be used to successfully remove nail polish from bed sheets.


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Step 1

Remove the bed sheet from the bed. Do so carefully so that the polish does not transfer to unaffected areas of the sheets.

Step 2

Lay the bed sheet on a flat surface. Blot up as much nail polish as possible using paper towels.


Step 3

Saturate a cotton ball with acetone or acetone nail polish remover. Blot the acetone-soaked cotton ball onto the nail polish stain. Avoid rubbing as the nail polish may spread further.

Step 4

Continue blotting the stain with an acetone-soaked cotton ball, switching to a new cotton ball when one becomes filled up with nail polish.


Step 5

Moisten a sponge with plain water. Wipe the stained area with water to remove any residue from the nail polish and acetone.

Step 6

Launder the bed sheets as usual. Inspect the sheets for any trace of the nail polish prior to placing them in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will set in the stain, making it even more difficult to remove.


Step 7

Spray hairspray onto the bed sheets for an alternative nail polish removal method. Saturate the stained area of the sheets with the hairspray. Scrub gently with an old toothbrush. Blot up excess moisture from the sheets, along with the nail polish residue, using paper towels. Launder the sheets as usual, inspecting them before placing them in the dryer.


Step 8

Use hydrogen peroxide if the bed sheets are white or colorfast. Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water into a bowl. Pour the mixture onto the stained area of the bed sheets. Lay the sheets in the sun for about two hours to dry. Apply more peroxide as it begins to dry onto the sheets. Launder the bed sheets as usual once they have sat in the sun for a couple of hours. Inspect them before drying for any trace of the nail polish.



Kimbry Parker

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.