DIY Nail Polish Remover In A Jar

diy nail polish remover

Removing nail polish isn’t one of those things that is necessarily hard to do…but when you’re in a hurry (and who isn’t?) these “dip and twist” nail polish remover jars are so convenient! Just dip and twist!

No need for cotton balls or toilet paper….just insert your finger into the sponge and twist to remove polish. Perfect for when you want to do a quick polish change.

Here is a how to make your own quick and easy version of the store-bought jars:


diy nail polish remover



DIY Nail Polish Remover In A Jar


What you’ll need:

  • (1) 4 ounce mason jar with screw on lid
  • nail polish remover
  • sponge




diy nail polish remover

Cut the sponge in half lengthwise.


diy nail polish remover

Take the two pieces of sponge and wrap them around each other in a swirl configuration.


diy nail polish remover

Put the tightly-rolled sponges in the jar. The roll should fit nice and snug.


diy nail polish remover

Pour enough nail polish remover in the jar to saturate the sponges.


To use:  

Insert your finger into the center of the rolled sponges and rub until all the polish is gone. It’s great for removing dark colors and glitter polish. No muss, no fuss.


diy nail polish remover



In between uses, keep the cap tightly on the jar so it won’t evaporate. When it gets used up or really dirty, replace the sponge and add more nail polish remover.


Now if I could just figure out how to make one for my TOENAILS! :-)



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  1. Constance says

    Just a hint, acetone is a solving agent, i.e. it dissolves plastics.
    If you’re having artificial nails out of gel or acrylic it makes them soft and damages them when you leave acetone on them for too long. Acetone is actually used in the nail parlors when the nails shall be removed.
    Use acetone-free nail polish remover! (I am also not sure what acetone does to the sponge, depending on the material the sponge is made out of. I guess, it is also some kind of plastic, so the same problem will apply.)

  2. Brenda says

    I buy the little jar of remover which works much better and less mess – I just pour more polish remover into the jar whenever mine starts getting low. A nice fresh jar with the sponge is a much better idea!

  3. Debbie says

    Why did I not think of this?? This will be so inexpensive to make compared to buying it. Also, great gift idea!! Going to dollar store for sponges and jars..should save even more money. OR, recycle some small jars you already have!

  4. Lisa says

    Love the idea, Jillee! We buy the little pots all the time and throw them in the garbage when they get gross.

  5. Karen Nelson says

    I get the convenience and DIY.. but sponges dyi or not breed all kinds of bacteria! sorry can’t get behind this one !!

    • ChrisP says

      With nail polish remover, I wouldn’t be concerned about the bacteria. It’s acetone.
      But I see this as more of a waste of sponges… not the best hint I’ve seen on this site.

    • Jay says

      Seriously?? You have bacteria that will grow on an acetone-soaked sponge? This must be how the zombie apocalypse starts lol

    • Gwyn says

      Wonder if adding a little hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol would solve that. I might just make sure there wasn’t any interaction first but…or even some essential oil like Tea tree or something. Also for those that don’t like the idea of acetone non-acetone remover is readily available and has been for a long time, it’s probably what Jillee is using.