Raise your hand if you have a drawer full of nail polish with bottles that haven’t been opened in years. Here are some unusual uses for nail polish to put all those old bottles to use. You may be surprised to find that nail polish isn’t just for your fingers and toes!
1. Stop a Run – When I was a teen, my mom taught me this one. Use clear nail polish to stop a run in tights or a knit top. Dab it on the wrong side of the fabric to stop the run from growing. Use thin layers, as it will harden.
2. Thread Needles More Easily – One for the crafters and sewers (or anyone who needs to replace a button) – Drop a dot of polish on the end of a thread. Wait for it to dry and then thread your needle. The polish thickens the thread and makes it easier to push through the eye. (This also works well with fraying shoelaces.)
3. Secure a Screw – Have a screw that needs securing? Use clear nail polish over the threads of the screw to lock it into place. I like to use this especially on furniture nibs. We have some old pieces and no matter how much I tighten the screws, they are still loose. Dab on a little nail polish and they are good as new!
4. Prevent Rusting – Clear polish can be used to prevent rusting of exposed screws and nails. Apply a thin coat on the bolts or screws of outdoor furniture. You can use clear nail polish or use a color that matches the piece of furniture.
5. Avoid Rust Rings – Hate getting those rust rings from hairspray or shaving cream cans? Paint a ring of polish around the bottom. Allow the can to dry fully. The polish helps keep the bottoms from rusting.
6. Prevent Tarnishing – Clear polish can also keep your style. Put a thin coat on costume jewelry to prevent tarnishing. This works for belt buckles, too.
7. Mark Levels – Use colorful nail polish to mark levels in a bucket. Use a different color for each amount; e.g. pint, quart, gallon. I use this tip on measuring cups too. When the boys help me bake, we use the plastic measuring cup. The marks have been worn off with wear. I painted different colors to help the boys know wear to pour. Like the blue line is 1 cup and the red line id ½ cup.
8. Fill Scratches – Use clear nail polish to fill scratches on wood floors. Put a few drops over the scratches. Let dry and then buff gently with light sand paper to remove excess shine.
9. Seal Envelopes – You can avoid licking envelopes by sealing them with clear nail polish. You don’t have to paint the whole thing. Just a couple dabs will do. I like to use this trick with big envelopes that are going long distances. Then I don’t have to worry about them popping open.
10. Paint Your Remote – Make your TV remote visible even in the dark. Mark the buttons in different bright glow-in-the-dark colors to distinguish the volume from the channel buttons. Or, just color code them to help children understand how to use the remote. You know, for those Saturday mornings when you want to sleep in!
Now, I’m not condoning keeping the entire drawer of old nail polish but it might be prudent to keep a couple of those old bottles!