10 Little-Known Ways To Use Ordinary Nail Polish Around The Home

Most people have given themselves a manicure at least once. Maybe you only do it on fancy occasions like holidays and parties, or maybe you love switching up your nail color every week.

For a lot of people, painting their nails is an easy and fun way to add a pop of color into their lives and their outfits.

But if you like painting your nails, you might find that over the years, you’ve acquired some colors you just don’t use anymore. Because while some manicures and makeup are timeless looks, others, well, not so much.

Maybe you stocked up on some bright blue shimmeryshades that were all the rage back in the day but really just make your fingertips look frostbitten.

Or maybe you’re over your glamphase, but you still have a lot of dark burgundies and sultry reds left over in your drawer. Or maybe you’re just done with painting your nails, but don’t want to waste all that polish.

Well, you’re in luck. Nail polish is essentially enamel a tough, waterproof lacquer that holds up pretty well on all kinds of surfaces, not just your nails.

And while you might not find use for thewhole bottle of shimmery royal blue polish, it’s a good idea to hang on to a couple of colors, preferable bright and different ones, as they can be great for labeling things with some quick color coding.

But there’s way more you can do, too. And definitely save your clear nail polish! It can be a perfect secret weapon for all kinds of things.

Read onto discover how to use nail polish around the house and take it from a little luxury to a big help!

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Nail Polish Use #1: Make Matches Waterproof

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You probably never thought nail polish and camping would go together, did you?

Matches don’t work if they get wet, so coating their heads with some polish is a great idea if you think you might get caught in a damp situation.

The polish can be scraped off on the striking surface, exposing the dry emulsion underneath and allowing it to ignite. Nail polish will burn, too.

Nail Polish Use #2: Tighten A Screw

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If a screw keeps coming loose, stick it in place with a coat of clear polish.

It will help bond it to the surface and prevent it from coming loose as easily.

And since the polish is clear, the fix won’t be easy to spot!

Nail Polish Use #3: Prevent Costume Jewelry From Turning

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We all have a favorite piece of cheap-o jewelry we love to wear.

But cheap metal tarnishes, which not only looks bad, but can also leave a gross green stain on your skin.

Keep the metal shiny and your skin tarnish-freeby applying a thin coat of clear polish to the metal, especially the surface that touches your skin.

Nail Polish Use #4: Fix An Unraveled Shoelace

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Just like threading a frayed thread through a needle is tough, so too is trying to push a frayed shoelace through a grommet. But just like a thread, nail polish can help here, too.

Dip the frayed end of the shoelace into the polish and let dry. If the neck of the polish bottle is too narrow, try pouring some out onto some waxed paper and rolling the end of the lace in it.

Let it dry, and it will take the place of the plastic tip.

(Fun fact: the plastic bit at the end of a shoelace is called anaglet.)

Nail Polish Use #5: Organize Your Keys

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If you have keys that all look similar, you can color code them to make things easier.

Simply paint the top of the keys with some bright polish and let dry. You can seal it with a clear top coat, too, just like you would your nails.

The color coding will help you pick out the right key for the right door much more quickly and without all the trial-and-error.

Nail Polish Use #6: Thread A Needle

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Threading a needle can betough anyway, but it’s especially hard if the end of the thread is frayed. A quick swipe of clear polish can help keep it all together, though.

It will also make the painted portion of the thread stiff, which will make it even easier to thread through the needle’s eye than simply wetting it.

Nail Polish Use #7: Touch Up Small Dings

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Nail polish is enamel, and so it works just like most other enamel paints, including car paint.

If you get a small scratch in an enameled item, including your car, you can do a quick touch-up job with nail polish in a matching color.

This is really only good for smaller scratches and dings, but it’s great in a pinch!

Nail Polish Use #8: Smudgeproof A Label

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The ink on labels can smear and wear off over time, and when it comes to things where the information is important, like medications, nail polish can keep things clear.

A coat of clear polish over the label will keep the ink from smearing or wearing off. This is especially great for travel, when things are more likely to get knocked around.

Nail Polish Use #9: Stop A Run In Your Tights

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Laddered tights are always awful and can ruin any outfit.

Luckily, a dab of clear polish over the snag will create a seal on the tights’ fibers, and will stop the run from spreading.

Nail Polish Use #10: Decorate Just About Anything

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Nail polish is for decoration and painting, but you don’t have to limit it to just your nails!

It works great for flower pots, glasses and mugs, vases, phone cases, and pretty much anything you can imagine!

What’s your favorite nail polish look? Have you ever used nail polish for anything other than your nails?

Let us know in the comments andSHARE these tips with anyone who doesn’t know what to do with all those bottles of polish!

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