How to Open a Stuck Bottle of Nail Polish

January 9, 2013 | By | Comments (5)

pink nail polish

We’ve all been there: Wanting to give yourself an at-home manicure…if only you could get your favorite bottle of polish to budge! Here’s the reason nail polish sometimes get stuck: Each time you remove the brush, you swipe it against the bottle’s edge to get rid of excess polish. Some drips down the outside and dries—and it’s as good as glue.

Fortunately, we know how to get it to reopen. First, wrap a rubber band several times around the cap to give yourself a better grip. If that doesn’t do the trick, run hot water over the bottle to loosen the dried polish, then try opening it again. To keep the bottle from getting stuck in the future, use a little polish remover on a tissue to clean around the rim of the bottle after each use.

For more tips, check out this helpful video demonstration.

Check out more fixes for broken beauty products, including smushed lipstick and shattered blush.


  1. John C

    my 5 year old daughter was at lowes with a couple bucks burning a hole in her pocket when she spotted a small pair of vise grip style locking pliers that were only about 3 inches long for only $1. I seen her and her friend attempting to open a bottle when I heard my daughter say hold on I can open that she reached down and fished her vise grips out of the nail polish basket and opened the bottle.

    January 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  2. Julia Edelstein

    Funny! Thanks for sharing, John.

    January 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm
  3. MarieRoxanne

    She was taught well JohnC!

    January 11, 2013 at 8:40 am
  4. patia

    Thanks! This was very helpful!

    February 10, 2014 at 10:20 am
  5. Cindy

    There is a new product out in the market that is specifically used to unstick nail polish bottles, and works so well! You can purchase it online at THECAPNINJA.COM

    May 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

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