Beauty Hack: Open Stuck Nail Polish

open stuck nail polish capsRecently, I had a relaxing night in with some of my girlfriends.

The plan was movies (chick flicks, of course), manicures and snacks, and when I brought out my nail polishes, one of my friends were so tickled by one thing: the fact that I tie rubber bands around the bottle caps.

The reason? To help open stuck nail polish caps.

My mom has been doing this for as long as I can remember (I can even recall asking her about it as a young kid), and it’s been such the norm to me since then, that I never thought twice about it, and do it myself now. Almost automatically.

However, my friend found it to be so clever, that she actually called another friend to come from the kitchen and take a look.

Lo and behold, she too had never heard of my mom’s savvy little trick, and so this post was born!


So for whatever reason you may be having trouble opening your hard and stuck nail polish caps, try this trick out.

How to Open Stuck Nail Polish Caps

I’ve been doing this for years (like 20 years, y’all) for stuck nail polish caps and also because I need a better grip – sometimes with hand cream, your hands can get a bit slippery!

And it’s simple: all you have to do is tie a rubber band or two around the handle and voila – your very own griper to open stuck nail polish caps!

I’m not sure how my mom found out about this beauty hack, but it’s pretty genius, and I urge you to give it a try.

Let me know if you do, or if you have any other tips on how to open stuck nail polish? This is one of those little beauty hacks that all women should try.

P.S. This is one of my all-time my favorite nail polish.

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  1. My mom used to do that too but I didn’t like how the dust accumulates in between the rubber band strands since I don’t keep mine in a fridge. What I did was to buy adhesive rubber pieces, they come in cut circles on an A4 sized piece (like about 2cm in diameter each) and stick two pieces on one bottle cap on opposite directions. Works the same way but doesn’t accumulate as much dust. 😀

    1. Michelle, how resourceful! That’s very smart. Yeah, I can imagine the dust accumulating after awhile. You should try to pop them in the fridge – the polish will last AGES.

  2. I don’t leave rubber bands on them all the time, but I do find bands to use when I actually want to open any of the bottles. Its that or go find my partner and ask him to be all strong and manly…he’s fine at doing that for food-related items, but rolls his eyes when he has to open nail colour bottles 🙂

  3. You wont believe that this the trick works real great. The alternate way is to use a coarse piece of cloth to wrap around your palm or the rim of the object. I use the trick to open a stiff jam lid. I wrap about 4 bands around the rim.

    So you see, everything in the home has use. Rubber bands too.

    1. Ooh thanks for that! Never thought of using a cloth, either – another great tip! And yes, the most “random” stuff at home can be used for all sorts of things!

  4. What a smart little idea indeed! x Never thought of doing this before as I’ve luckily have no trouble with opening them so far. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous! It is very clever – Laura was so cute getting all excited about this beauty tip! Here’s to lazy girls nights in! XO 🙂

  6. Haha cool! I don’t leave rubber bands on the bottles but i do use rubber bands whenever i have a jar/bottle that refuses to open! 🙂

  7. Well it seems obvious now! Definitely going to do this and save my boyfriend/auntie the trouble of rolling their eyes at me and tutting whenever I ask them to open YET ANOTHER one!

  8. What works even better than a rubber band are those rubber bracelets (like livestrong ones). Wrap it loosely two or three times, and caps come off super easily!

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