Thursday, September 3, 2009

How To Remove Nail Polish From Fabric

Years ago, after naggin' my dad for making them late for dinner with another couple, my mom was "forced" to apply her nail polish in the car (while my dad drove); not 10 minutes after they left, they came back into the house again because mom had spilled nail polish all over her pants (grey sans-a-belt pants, as I vividly recall).

Mom was fuming, especially because dad was enjoying it all too much, making statements about just who it was that was making them late for dinner. (Bad daddy!)

My mother ended up throwing out her pants -- I bet she would have liked to have known about this tip from a 1940's Modern Woman magazine and given it a try. (Then again, those pants were probably ruined due to being associated with the row with my dad! lol) Anyway, here's a tip for you to try, should you ever end up with such a problem with nail polish on your clothing.


Carla said...

Where does one get banana oil?

Jen O said...

i am guessing we are talking about oil based paint here--any oil will do: try mayo or crisco (equally good on tar picked up on feet along the pacific coast)
our current nail color is made to last--an acetone soak might work, but not on acetate fabric!

Deanna Dahlsad said...

As it says on the sidebar, not all the vintage tips will work -- whether tried on modern or vintage things, but if you fear the thing is ruined anyway...

Banana oil is liquid mixture containing amyl acetate, among other components, which has a banana-esque odor. It is used as a solvent &/or a flavoring agent; you can find it here.

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