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How does one get nail polish out of cotton/polyester/spandex pants?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21365 points ) November 23rd, 2010

I have a lovely pair of dark blue, stretchy, skinny jeans that, unfortunately, I got some bright orange, sparkly nail polish on. I thought that running them through the washer would deal with the nail polish, but I was sadly mistaken. My mom suggested spending a few judicious hours scrubbing with nail polish remover but I fear that sending the pants through the washer and dryer may have set the stain beyond an easy repair.

Naturally, I turn to fluther. How would you experienced clothes-washers deal with such a stain?

I figure that a last ditch effort could be to get a really cool patch to sew over the stain but I would like to save the pants in their unblemished state if I can.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

Normally I would say I scrape off as much as possible and then dab it with nail polish remover to get any remaining little bits off. I wouldn’t recommend scrubbing with nail polish remover because you could end up stripping the normal color as well (unless you did that and they used some dye to fix the original color).

Since you washed it, I don’t know if that would work though.

mistik04's avatar

Definitely don’t use nail polish remover on your coloured fabric, this would decolourise it. As for removal of the nail polish, I was told that OFF insect repellant works. It’s worth a shot!

faye's avatar

I would use Ronsonol lighter fuel. It is not, repeat not, dangerous.. It takes gum out of hair with no fuss. Just drip some on the nail polish, wait, repeat. I bet it will dissolve the nail polish and you can rewash. Its label says it will remove tar. It’s cheap, has never taken color out of my clothes. I spent an afternoon class in high school drawing a fabulous fantasy picture in ink on my jean thigh and my mother took it out with this.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Try Goo Gone. Dampen the spot with a towel under it, and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then attack it with an old toothbrush. Apply more GooGone, then relaunder.

Blueroses's avatar

I was also going to suggest Goo Gone or Lemon Oil (wood polish). That citrus oil works wonders.

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