When I first started dipping last year, I fell in love with the rice and baggie method. However, I couldn't help but feel guilty for going through so many plastic bags. So, I looked for alternatives to replace Ziplock bags altogether!
Two words, DELI CONTAINERS! The containers are thick enough to where the acetone will not melt the plastic away but thin enough for the rice to warm up the acetone. You can easily wash and reuse your small plastic container after every removal. I also saved money because I didn't have to buy new plastic bags constantly!
What you need:
- Uncooked Rice
- Microwaveable Container
- Deli Container
- 100% Acetone
- Paper Towel
- Face Towel (Optional)
- Coconut Option (Optional)
Step 1 - Heat the Rice
Fill your microwaveable container with rice roughly half full. Place the container of rice into the microwave. Microwave the rice for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.
*Please be careful and adjust the time base on your heat tolerance*
Step 2 - Prep your acetone!
While you wait for the rice to heat up, pour some acetone into your small plastic container. Place a sheet of paper towel into the container.
Optional: Pour a generous amount of coconut or olive oil into the container. This will help keep your cuticles and skin hydrated while soaking in acetone!
Step 3 - Time to Soak
Take the rice container out of the microwave. Place your small container of acetone over the rice. Submerged the paper towel into the acetone. Place your hand into the container. Vigorously rub your nails against the paper towel until the dip has been dissolved. Alternatively, you can also swap out the paper towel for dryer sheets, a green dish scrubby, whichever you prefer!
Optional: Use a small towel to cover your hand. This will help trap the heat in and speed up the removal time.
Step 4 - Wash and Repeat
Wash your hands with soap. Repeat steps again to remove dip from your other hand.
Pro-Tip: Reheat the rice again before you soak your other hand!
If you give this a try during your next removal, let me know what you think. Feel free to save and share this guide with your dip friends! Together we can decrease our usage of single-use plastic and make dipping more sustainable.