Nail polish and remover can be used on so much more than your nails. Clear polish in particular can be quite a lifesaver. Here are some interesting ways to use nail polish and remover around the house.
Ways to use nail polish
Waterproof your labels
If you have any handwritten labels on bottles, apply some nail polish over the writing to make it waterproof. This works for among others, shampoo bottles and pots for different garden plants.
Thread a needle
Save yourself some stress by applying some polish to the tip of a thread before attempting to push it through the eye of the needle.
Seal an envelope
If you still use those, instead of licking an envelope, apply some nail polish to seal it and save yourself the weird taste.
Protect metal from rust
Apply a thin layer of nail polish under your metal cans to prevent them from rusting and creating a ring in your cabinets. You can also use it on other metal surfaces including parts of your car with chipped paint that is at risk of rusting. It would also work for screws in patio furniture or the toilet.
Apply some clear polish on the ends of the stockings that are starting to run to seal in those fraying ends and prevent further running. It can also work on other fabrics that may be fraying including laces, ribbons, and rope.
Customize ordinary jewellery by painting things like hair clips with colourful nail polish.
Is your ring turning your finger green? Apply a thin layer of clear polish on the ring and it will stop. It can also help renew cheap jewellery and give them a new lease of life and prevent further tarnishing.
Colour code keys
You can use coloured nail polish to differentiate your keys especially if you have many keys on a keyholder.
Cover up wear and tear
Cover up wear and tear on your scuffed shoes by applying some clear polish in the affected areas.
Coat tiny screws like those used in eyeglasses with nail polish before twisting them in. The polish will give it more grip and protect it from rust.
Ways to use nail polish remover
Clean permanent marker and ink marks
The acetone in nail polish remover quickly dissolves permanent marker. Just soak cotton wool in acetone and use it to wipe the affected area. It also works to remove ink marks.
Remove the residue left by price stickers on shoes, metal, and glass by wiping with some cotton soaked in polish remover.
Superglue adheres to anything that comes into contact with it including the skin. Trying to peel it off fingers can actually damage the skin. Soak some cotton in nail polish remover and hold it on the affected area until the superglue dissolves.
Soak bathroom items like tweezers and razors in polish remover for about 10 minutes to sanitize them.
Dab nail polish remover on the affected window with paint drop stains on it. Let it sit for a while before rubbing it off with a cloth.
Patent leather shoes
Dip a towel in polish remover and use it to buff and shine patent leather shoes. Wipe away any residue with a clean cloth.
Keyboard deep cleaning
Wipe your germ infected keyboard with cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover. Rub between and over the keys.
Wipe away unsightly shoe marks on the floor with a paper towel dipped in nail polish remover. This works for tile, laminate and concrete floors only. Don’t use it on wood.
Dilute some polish remover in water and use a sponge on the dirty ring-stained areas. It works perfectly to remove the dirt.
Refresh nail polish
This is by far the most common use of nail polish remover. Drop a few drops into polish that’s starting to dry up and shake to revive it.
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