If you’re anything like me you have bottles of nail polish building up in your desk drawer from years ago. What you might not know is there are plenty of ways to put that nail polish to use besides just decorating your fingers.
Here are 7 new uses for nail polish that will help you with day to day tasks around the house!
1. Prevent Costume Jewelry From Turning
We all have a favorite piece of cheapo jewelry we love to wear.
But cheap metal tarnishes. This not only looks bad, it can also leave a gross green stain on your skin.
Keep the metal shiny and your skin tarnish-free by applying a thin coat of clear polish to the metal, especially the surface that touches your skin.
2. Fix An Unraveled Shoelace
Just as threading a frayed thread through a needle can be tough, so is trying to push a frayed shoelace through a grommet. Here’s where nail polish can help, though.
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 waxed paper and rolling the end of the lace in it.
Let it dry, and it will take the place of the plastic tip.
3. Organize Your Keys
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.
4. Smudge Proof A Label
The ink on labels can smear and wear off over time, and when it comes to things where the information is important (such as medications), nail polish can keep things legible.
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.
5. Stop A Run In Your Tights
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.
6. Make Matches Waterproof
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.
7. Seal an Envelope
Ever see that episode of Seinfeld where George’s fiance dies from licking too many wedding invitations?
Avoid licking that gross glue on the back of an envelope. Just seal it with a little bit of clear nail polish.